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Back To School Ready Classes

Back To School Ready Classes

Get ready to rock the upcoming school year!

Enjoy fun back-to-school ready classes online covering everything from geometry to typing. Build your knowledge in important school subjects, and prepare to go back to school leaps and bounds ahead. Our virtual back-to-school classes designed by experts and specially selected by professionals from Google and Stanford, provide a fun small-group experience, awesome teachers, and hands-on learning — just a few of the many reasons we've received 600 5-star reviews. Reserve your child's spot today!

About back to school ready classes online

  • Back to school refresher: Have fun learning Geometry, Typing, Science, and more with lessons designed by expert teachers.
  • Personalized attention: Enjoy a maximum of 5 students per instructor, which means more progress and more play.
  • Easy scheduling: Choose from structured classes available in multiple time zones.
  • 100% happiness guarantee: We offer a full satisfaction-guarantee refund so you can be confident your student will love their class.
The Path to Space Careers: Private Classes
Bruce Callow

Fine tune your knowledge of space exploration in private classes tailored to your individual interests and needs. Recommended for students interested in developing their own space projects and for those preparing to apply for NASA internships. Please click the "Contact” button above to request a private class and we will work out a schedule based on your needs.

Next class: 10/23/2021, 4:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Private Space Classes ( 4 class cycle)
Bruce Callow

A convenient way for private space class students to book 4 classes in a schedule that best meets their needs. Classes are tailored to the specific interests, goals and learning styles of the students.

Next class: 10/26/2021, 4:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Introduction to Procreate - Lettering (iPad Only)
Sarah Hofheins

Learn how to use the drawing app Procreate! Procreate is my favorite app because it really lets you express your creativity. We'll go over different functions of the app and basics of lettering while we work towards our final project of lettering a short quote or phrase. You'll gain skills that you can use for future lettering projects or any kind of drawing.

Next class: 10/26/2021, 11:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Junior Lunar Explorers: Phases of the Moon
Long Island Science Center

How far away is the moon? What is the moon made of? Is there weather on the moon? Learn interesting facts and information about the moon and explore the phases of the moon visible to us here on Earth. Students will learn how light creates those phases, how to determine which phase the moon is in, and tricks for remembering what each phases is. They will recreate the phases of the moon using cookies and will make their very own moon phase slider. A fun edible look at scientific facts for students who are interested in our only natural satellite! Supply List: Sandwich cookie or other hard cookie and frosting For Project: Glue stick Aluminum foil Slider pieces printed out on card stock and cut according to the instruction

Next class: 10/27/2021, 6:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Illustrator and Graphic Design
Sarah Hofheins

Students will learn the basics of Adobe Illustrator and design principles. You can use Illustrator to create anything from illustrations and graphics to logos. Adobe describes Illustrator as, "the industry standard design app that lets you capture your creative vision with shapes, color, effects, and typography. Work across desktop and mobile devices and quickly create beautiful designs that can go anywhere—print, web and apps, video and animations, and more."

Next class: 10/27/2021, 7:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Rockets 101
Ken Patel

Are you excited about outer space, science, or humans going to the moon and Mars? Have you been watching rocket launches and astronaut videos, like those from the popular space company, SpaceX? Well then you probably want to learn more about ROCKETS and this class was designed for you! In this class, you will learn the answers to: * What exactly is a rocket? * When was the first rocket invented? * How does a rocket work? * What kinds of rockets are there? * Can I ride on a rocket? * What might rockets be like in the future? We will start with the history of the rocket, cover rocket fundamentals, and talk about the new rockets being developed today and in the future. A must for any student curious and excited about space exploration!

Next class: 11/6/2021, 8:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Star Trek and the NASA Connection
Bruce Callow

Star Trek Conversation Club: The History of the Future & the NASA Connection In this fun multidisciplinary class, students develop leadership skills while becoming familiar with the history, philosophy and technology of the first 3 Star Trek series as they learn about their impact on NASA and popular culture. Class One: Star Trek's impact on technological innovation and the NASA connection In this class we review Star Trek's important impact on NASA and technology. This will include its impact on the Apollo program as well as the work of African American Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols in the Space Shuttle's recruitment program. Many tech devices we use everyday, including smartphones, were inspired by Star Trek. We will explore which Star Trek inventions have come true and which ones are still a few years ahead, such as the phaser, medical tricorder and transporter. We will discuss some of the scientific principals behind these devices. This class is ideal for those interested in tech history and innovation as well as the history of American popular culture. Class Two: First Contact with Extraterrestrial Civilizations and the philosophy of Star Trek's Prime Directive In this class we review several topical dramatic situations from Star Trek and compare and contrast Star Trek's non interference directive to an eventual real life first contact scenario with an alien civilization. These issues are becoming increasingly relevant as humanity approaches the day when life beyond Earth is officially confirmed. Students will have fun creatively acting out 1st Contact scenarios. Class Three: Applying Problem Solving and Leadership Skills. In this class we debate the strengths and weaknesses of the leadership styles of 3 Star Trek captains based on scenarios we will review together. Students will develop their problem solving /conflict resolution skills through fun role role plays inspired by scenarios from Star Trek that have real life implications. This class develops team work skills and is ideal for aspiring astronauts. Get ready for some time travel! Class Four: The Legacy of Star Trek in Popular Culture Star Trek has gifted us with a rich cultural and technological legacy including the Vulcan hand salute and the Vulcan philosophy of "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations." In this class students will explore the lasting impact Star Trek has made through movies spin off series and merchandising. Students will get an exciting inside view of a Star Trek Convention and pay a virtual visit to Starfleet Academy. Students will discuss which area of Star Fleet appeals to them the most: Command, Communications, Science etc. These decisions will help orient students towards their future study paths and careers.

Next class: 11/8/2021, 4:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Basics of Photoshop
Elizabeth Stockfish

Have you ever wanted to make a monkey have a shark head? Or make an astronaut look like he was swimming the cloudy skies? Well now you can learn how! Photoshop is the most popular digital design program used by graphic designers, allowing you to create anything your mind can conjure up. The creative possibilities are endless! Join us for Basics of Photoshop to get the low-down on some of the most useful tools in Photoshop! In the first class, students will learn how to navigate Photoshop and use layers, masks, crops, direct selection, and brushes to combine multiple images into a digital collage. Further sessions will delve deeper into color, adjustments, blending modes, editing tools, text, shapes, and filters.

Next class: 11/10/2021, 11:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Intro for Young Beginners
Central NY Chess

This class is for young learners with little or no exposure to chess. We'll start by teaching the foundational basics of the game, and then build upon that foundation to introduce key strategies for winning games. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students will have a thorough foundational understanding of the game of chess, how to plan ahead, and how to win against their peers. They will also leave with a basic understanding of how competitive chess tournaments are structured, and will feel prepared to compete against peers of their age and skill levels. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - The Basics: Board Setup Piece Movement Introduction to Check & Checkmate ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Opening & Closing Games: The "D" and "E" Pawns The Staircase Checkmate More Practice Games Day 3 - Special Moves: Castling Pawn Promotion More Practice Games Day 4 - Advanced Strategy: Fork Attacks Introduction to Chess Puzzles More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 11/29/2021, 12:00 PM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Intermediate Lessons for Established Players
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners with strong previous experience with chess (such as completing our Beginner camp). We'll briefly review the basics of the game, and then spend most of the semester building upon that foundation with proven strategies used by advanced players, including early-game checkmate techniques. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students will have a competitive edge in the game of chess, with a greater understanding of the game and greater confidence in themselves than they began with. They will also leave with a better understanding of how competitive chess tournaments are structured, and will feel prepared to compete and win against peers of their age and skill levels. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - Brushing Up on the Basics: Brief Review of Beginner-Level Topics Protecting Pieces on the Board En Passant Capturing ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Swift & Shrewd Strategies: The Four Move Checkmate Pins & Skewers More Practice Games Day 3 - A Delicate Balance: The King and Queen Sandwich Checkmate Something to Avoid: Stalemate More Practice Games Day 4 - Puzzle Day: Introduction to Checkmate Puzzles More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 11/30/2021, 12:30 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Lessons for Advanced Players
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners who already have a significant formal chess background, likely including having attended multiple previous camps. All learners are expected to already be comfortable with all of the foundational rules of chess, up to and including en passant capturing and stalemate, and also have a prerequisite knowledge of multiple checkmate strategies including the Scholar’s Mate (The “Four Move Checkmate”). Throughout the semester we will review historic games of famous chess Masters and Grandmasters, analyze the strategies employed, and learn how and when to replicate them, including some variations. Each meeting starts with explanation and discussion, followed by, for the remaining duration of each class, virtual chess games between the classmates, with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. By the end of this camp, students should have a deep understanding of the advanced chess strategies discussed and how to implement them against their peers. No homework will be assigned, but students are encouraged to practice what they've learned against family and friends, at home or online, between classes. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - The Opera Game: Analysis of Grand-Master Paul Morphy's Famous Historic Game in 1858 ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - Advanced Tactics: The King and Rook Checkmate The Sicilian Defense (and Variations) More Practice Games Day 3 - Commonly Played Openings: The Italian Game The French Defense The Spanish Opening The Petrov Defense More Practice Games Day 4 - Magnus vs. Karjaken: Analysis of the Final Game of the 2016 World Championship More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 12/7/2021, 12:30 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available
Become a Chess Pro: Advanced Graduates Continuation Club
Central NY Chess

This camp is for young learners who have completed our Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced level camps (or otherwise have significant formal training and outstanding chess ability) and are looking for continued experiential learning following a similar format to our previous camps, with a dynamic revolving curriculum to facilitate a camp experience that can be repeated multiple times and still be productive and enjoyable. Each day of the camp focuses on a different aspect of chess learning and allows the students to experience something new about chess in addition to virtual chess games between the classmates each day with live coaching and feedback by the instructor. We host our virtual games on ChessKid.com, the leading scholastic virtual chess platform; we provide all students with a premium "Gold Membership" to ChessKid while they are enrolled in our camps. Camp Schedule: Day 1 - Reinforcement: Instructor & Students Collaborate to Examine & Address any Weak Points in their Understanding of Chess Theory & Strategy ChessKid Tutorial & Practice Games Day 2 - New Topic Discussion: Different for each Section of the "Continuation Club" camp, a New Topic (or Topics) will be introduced for Explanation & Discussion, either at the Request of the Students or the Suggestion of the Instructor; this may include intricate openings, gambits, checkmate strategies, or any other high-concept topic. More Practice Games Day 3 - Puzzle Day: Checkmate Puzzles (Different for each Section of the "Continuation Club" camp) More Practice Games Day 4 - Game Analysis: Rather than examining games of famous chess masters, the Instructor will lead the class in one or more in-depth analysis discussions revolving around games that the students played against each other earlier in the week, to highlight the missed opportunities, potential alternate outcomes of games, and to get students into the habit of using personal retrospective game analysis as a tool to learn from their mistakes and improve for the future. More Practice Games Day 5 - Conclusion: In-Class Tournament Final Review of Lessons & Tournament Games

Next class: 12/14/2021, 12:30 AM. Click to check out additional dates/times available

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Back to school preparation checklist

Make sure your child is ready to head back to school this year with a simple back to school preparation checklist.

  1. Get registered! Be sure that your child is registered for their school, particularly if they’re attending a new school.
  2. Mark off important dates on your children’s school calendar, such as the first day of school.
  3. Get and complete the required medical forms. Set up an appointment with your family physician to make sure your child is up to date on all required immunizations.
  4. Finish all the homework! Be sure your child has completed all their summer assignments.
  5. Do your back to school shopping using your school’s supply list and dress code.
  6. Give your child’s mental muscles a refresher with games and classes to get your student back in schoolwork mode.
  7. Figure out where the bus stops are before and after school, or set up other transportation.

Getting ready to go back to school after Covid

Creating a new routine this year is helpful to keep everything on track. "Kids do best when they know what to expect, so establishing normalcy and a routine are very important," says Yamalis Diaz, PhD, child and adolescent psychologist at NYU Langone's Child Study Center. She recommends creating a calendar that outlines which days are online versus in-person learning, and then breaks down what will happen during each of those days.

On the first day of school try to mark the transition in a special way, Catherine Halberg, a school psychologist at an elementary school in Shelburne Falls, Mass said. Consider getting a new outfit or backpack, for example, or cooking a favorite breakfast.

“Or you can create a new routine by giving your child a memento to take to school each day. You can take a picture of yourself, for example, and put it inside a locket or glue it on a piece of paper that gets tucked inside their lunchbox,” Ann Densmore, an educational psychologist who has consulted at private and public schools for more than 25 years said.

The CDC provides an in-person school checklist for getting ready to go back to school after Covid.

Back to school tips 2021 to get back to school ready

Address any learning loss

Because the 2020 school year did not go as planned, there will likely be gaps in students’ knowledge. It’s important to address the learning loss by identifying areas, and creating a plan for moving each student to the grade-level requirement. Back to school classes can help!

Prepare for healthy hygiene

Stock up on face coverings, hand sanitizers, and disinfecting wipes. In any in-door public setting, the CDC advises people to wear cloth face coverings that cover both their mouth and nose. Face shields can help make it easier to see, so they might be an option to consider for younger students.

Recognize your child's feelings

Young children may not have the vocabulary to express how they feel heading back to school this year. Look for behaviors that indicate they are feeling anxious, such as crying, irritability, stomachaches, or clinginess. It is important for parents to acknowledge and validate these feelings says Dr. Mary Alvord, a psychologist in Maryland who specializes in treating children and adolescents with anxiety disorders and behavioral regulation problems. She suggested using this script: "I know it’s been hard, I know you like it at home. I know there’s a lot of things you don’t know and it may be scary."