Wonder students will engage in creative construction, imaginative engineering, design models and work in collaborative teams. They will be introduced to basic engineering and physics as they problem solve, test ideas and analyze results in a project- based approach. Students will study inventions, designs in structures and tinker with how different things work. They will learn to draft a plan, collect resources and consider possible results, all powered by play. Students will develop a work journal to reflect on project development and the fun adventures of every seasonal STEM lesson as they document the learning process with a sense of wonder. Activities are student driven; they will research their interest and motivations through high engagement challenges. Susan Varghese brings nineteen years of experience in Early Childhood Education, as a classroom teacher, teacher trainer and former curriculum developer. She has taught in Christian private schools throughout Austin. Susan studied Child Development at Texas State University, with an emphasis in early brain development and she is a state certified Preschool Director and has been a school administrator for ten years. Prior to returning to the classroom, Susan launched a preschool from the ground up, hiring an exceptional team of educators, training in curriculum components and building a Christ-centered program primarily focused on collaborative learning. She is currently on staff at Regents as a Kindergarten Enrichment teacher. Her passion is to bring innovation, creativity and wonder into the lives of young students as they develop a love for learning.Fundamentals of Cookery 4th-8th grade ($575*/15 weeks)
Great cooking is about more than recipes – it’s about techniques. In Chef Keii’s hands-on classes students will work together, learn essential skills and fundamentals that will boost kitchen competence and confidence. Classes are 2 hours and each student will enjoy or take home generous tastes of each dish. Chef Keii is a certified safe serve food manager. She dual majored as a culinary & pastry student at Escoffier Culinary Arts School. Keii owns a dessert catering business in addition to mentoring. She was also the culinary assistant for Chef Stephane Beaucamp at Lake Austin Spa. Class meets after school on Tuesdays in the Café kitchen. *$575 includes a tool kit that contains a cake decorating kit, chef knife and case, chef coat, hat, apron, and cut-proof gloves that students may keep.