Little Ivy Academy

Year-Round Enrichment for the 21st Century!

Exclusively for Kindergarteners-8th Graders

660 East Glen Avenue

Ridgewood, NJ 07450

201.444.8400

WELCOME TO OUR HO-HO-KUS SCHOOL FAMILIES!

Afterschool Enrichment
Right Here
@ Ho-Ho-Kus!

[UPDATE: We look forward to seeing your child this Fall and we'll be announcing our Fall 2017 afterschool lab schedule shortly. Be among the first to know! Click Here to join our email notification list.]


This Winter-Spring, right here at Ho-Ho-Kus Public School in Ho-Ho-Kus, we're thrilled to be offering the following RealScience! & Express Yourself!  STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) enrichment lab programs:
 
  • InventionMakers: Everyday Inventions!, where your child will put hands-on creative engineering & electronics into action, engaging the Little Bits electronics building system throughout the invention cycle to develop an electric toothbrush, a digital scale and other awesome gadgets from daily life- for your 3rd-5th graders.

    • Robots Coming to Their Senses!: Creating robots capable of interacting with their environments is in store for your child when they engage this challenging series of project builds that deploy sensors, along with the related engineering concepts and programming commands needed to animate 'bots that make sense of the world--- for your Kindergartner-2nd grader

    • GameMakers: Classic Platformers where your child will have oportunities to design and code the elements of their own basic platform-style game that could include creating a character world, inventing a challenger or challengers to face their hero and providing the power-ups they'll need to take it to the next level-- for your 6th-8th grader.


     

    This page is your exclusive resource for registration and program updates about the enrichment labs we're offering at Ho-Ho-Kus Public School, as well as the tutoring programs, enrichment labs and summer camp programs we offer at our nearby Ridgewood campus and other local schools. We encourage you to bookmark it for easy reference.

    To register your child, click on the REGISTER link in the grid below. Our OneApp Registration form will allow you to register more than one of your children for the IventionMakers: Everyday Inventions (3rd- 5th graders) Robots Coming to Their Senses! (Kindergarten-2nd graders) & GameMakers: Classic Platformers! (6th-8th graders) labs here at Ho-Ho-Kus Public School. A 10 % discount will be applied for each sibling who also registers!
    Our Learning Enrichment Lab class sizes are limited to provide your child with a robust, small-group learning environment. We will process registrations on a rolling admission basis until each class is full. Additional registrations will be placed on a wait list, and we will contact you in the event your registration is wait-listed.

    Meanwhile, please scroll down this page to learn more about our STEM/STEAM-based InventionMakers!, The Robots Are Coming!!! and GameMakers! lab programs.

     

    If you have any questions, please contact our director, Erich Bassler, by e-mail at info@littleivyacademy.com, or by phone at 201-444-8400.


    New Featured Program: InventionMakers!

    Think about the phones we carry with us everywhere or the household appliances we use every day. Our world is wired with electronics. We cannot imagine life without these devices that someone had to imagine & make.


    Now, your child can capture the creative power of making,designing and building their own electronic creations in our all new, InventionMakers after-school lab series for your K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-8th graders.


    First launched during our 2016 summer camps, our InventionMakers programs open the door to hands-on digital invention. Using our age-appropriate electronics building-systems, your child will engage the invention process, from first idea to functional product!


    This Winter-Spring, we'll be offering the following seven-week MakersLab course, here at Ho-Ho-Kus Public School:


    • Everyday Inventions: Your child will put hands-on creative engineering & electronics into action, engaging the Little Bits electronics building system throughout the invention cycle to develop an electric toothbrush, a digital scale and other awesome gadgets from daily life- for your 3rd-5th grader.

    Featured Program: THE ROBOTS ARE COMING!!!

    Elementary and middle schoolers have a fascination with the world of automated and mechanical operations-- most especially a curiosity about the “what” “how” and “why” of things set into motion by computers.

    Our RealScience! The Robots are Coming!!! Learning Enrichment Lab courses and Summer Camp programs capture this fascination, this curiosity, putting your elementary and middle schooler in control of their very own robotic creations as they bring them from first movements to fully programmed strength!

    In fact, our projects-based The Robots Are Coming!!! lab courses and summer camp programs are built upon a “differentiated learning” approach, providing our students with projects that include both basic builds and more challenging enhancements that accommodate their range of skill levels--- from beginners to advanced students. Even our “advanced students-only” programs use this approach in order to provide unique opportunities for the full range of our advanced students.

    Combining LEGOs, supplemented by a range of additional materials, for the engineering, plus an age-appropriate programming language—including an image-based language for the programming created at Tufts University especially for our young, elementary schoolers, and the more robust Scratch language created at MIT's cutting-edge Media Lab for our middle schoolers-The Robots Are Coming!!! provides your child with full, hands-on access to the S.T.E.M.-based (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) world of creative engineering and programming.


    This Winter-Spring, we'll be offering the following seven-week Robots Are Coming! lab course, right here at Ho-Ho-Kus Public School: 

     

    • Robots Coming to Their Senses!: Creating robots capable of interacting with their environments is in store for your child when they engage this challenging series of project builds that deploy sensors, along with the related engineering concepts and programming commands need to animate 'bots that make sense of the world- for your Kindergartner-2nd grader.

    Featured Program: GameMakers!

    While elementary and middle school girls and boys love to play with interactive stories and video games , especially video games, the only thing they love more is making interactive stories and games of their own!

    Our GameMakers! Learning Enrichment Lab & Summer Camp programs provide your Kindergartners- 8th Graders with hands-on opportunities to actively design and program their own interactive, animated games as they learn the age-appropriate Scratch programming language created at the cutting-edge MIT Media Lab (Grades 3-8) or the new Scratch, Jr coding language created at Tufts University (Kindergarten-2nd grade)-- in separate, age-appropriate labs.

    With our small-group, STEM/STEAM-based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) approach, your child and their lab mates will move from passively playing games and stories created by others to active, engaged creators of games and stories of their own.

    Each of our project-based GameMakers! lab courses call upon your child's imagination, nurturing their emerging critical-thinking and organizational skills, as well as their reading, writing and STEM/STEAM skills, as they bring new characters to life, crafting functional plots and environments for game-play and story-telling, all while designing and programming their own basic video games or interactive stories!

     

    This Winter-Spring, we'll be offering the following seven-week GameMakers lab course, right here at Ho-Ho-Kus Public School:

     

    • GameMakers: Classic Platformers where your 6th-8th Grade child will have the opportunity to design and code the elements of their own basic platform-style game that could include creating a character world, inventing a challenger or challengers to face their hero and providing the power-ups they'll need to take it to the next level.
     

    We look forward to seeing your game-maker when the action gets underway this Winter!

    Fall 2017 Enrichment Labs

    @ Ho-Ho-Kus Public School

    Labs to Return
    This Fall!


    [UPDATE: Fall 2017 lab programs will be announced as Fall approaches. To be among the first to know, CLICK HERE to join our e-mail notification list.]


    Below you'll find the schedule for our Winter 2017 Learning Enrichment Lab Program, right here at Ho-Ho-Kus.


    InventionMakers: Everyday Inventions!

    • For Third-Fifth Graders
      • When: 7 Tuesday afternoons,
        Feb. 7-Apr. 4 (no lab 2/14, 2/21)
      • Time: 3:15 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
      • Location: Ho-Ho-Kus Public School, Ho-Ho-Kus
      • Lab Size: Maximum 12, Minimum 6 students


    GameMakers: Classic Platformers!
    • For Sixth-Eighth Graders
      • When: 7 Thursday afternoons,
        Feb. 9-Mar. 30 (no lab 2/16)
      • Time: 3:15 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
      • Location: Ho-Ho-Kus Public School, Ho-Ho-Kus
      • Lab Size: Maximum 12, Minimum 6 students
     
    Robots Coming to Their Senses!
    • For Kindergartners-2nd Graders
      • When: 7 Tuesday afternoons,
        Feb. 7-Apr. 4 (no lab 2/14, 2/21)
      • Time: 3:15 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
      • Location: Ho-Ho-Kus Public School, Ho-Ho-Kus
      • Lab Size: Maximum 10, Minimum 6 students

    RealScience & Express Yourself
    Fall 2017 Afterschool Labs

    Countdown is On
    for Fall 2017 Labs!
     

    [UPDATE: Be among the first to know when registration opens for our Fall 2017 RealScience! & Express Yourself! after-school Enrichment Labs at our Little Ivy Academy campus and select, local elementary schools  All you need to do is CLICK HERE to send your e-mail request to join our mailing list.

    Meanwhile, we invite you to take a peek at a sampling of our Spring 2017 lab programs, just below.]


    Below you'll find this Spring's Express Yourself! and RealScience! Learning Enrichment Lab programs for your elementary and middle schoolers.


    While some labs are underway, new labs are launching now!

     
    The new labs that are launching now are clickable, below. Brief backgrounders on these labs are just one click away.
     
    For Quick Registration, CLICK HERE.


    Robots At Work!
    (Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
    @Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood
    @Memorial School, North Haledon



    Robots: Engage & Interact
    (Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
    @Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood


    AppMakers: Connect & Share!
    (Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)  
    @Dorchester School, Woodcliff Lake


    InventionMakers:
    Everyday Inventions!
    (Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
    @Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood
    GameMakers: First Encounters!
    (Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
    @Little Ivy Academy Campus, Ridgewood


    GameMakers: Jr. Game Developer!
    (Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)  
    @Orchard School, Ridgewood


    GameMakers: Classic Adventure!
    (Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)
    @Travell School, Ridgewood


    GameMakers: Classic Platformers!
    (Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)

    Robots Coming to Their Senses!


    Robots Next Generation!
    (Click on Link Below for Preferred Location)

    @West Ridge School, Park Ridge

    Our Bespoke Lab Program

    for Your Private Group

    Have Your Own Lab:
    Your Friends, Your Schedule!

    Have a group of elementary or middle school friends, scout group, sports team, children of your work friends interested in discovering how to produce digital videos. . . build and program robots. . . design and program video games, mobile apps, animated stories?

    No need to wait for our next round of scheduled labs to get underway! Your group can have their own seven-week Express Yourself! or RealScience! enrichment lab with our popular Bespoke Lab program, hosted here on our Ridgewood campus or at a convenient location you've arranged.

     

    All you need to do is choose from any of our Robots Are Coming!, VideoMakers, InventionMakers, GameMakers, WebDevelopers or AppMakers lab programs. . . reach out to your friendship network, select a location, dates and time, and we'll do the rest.

     

    To learn more about our Bespoke Lab program, please contact our director, Erich Bassler at info@littleivyacademy.com or 201.444.8400.
    Customized Tutoring
    Empowers Your Child's Success!
    Tutoring As Unique
     As Your Child!

     

    Little Ivy is offering customized small-group and private Tutoring programs in Reading, Writing & Math, exclusively for kindergarteners, first graders, second graders, third graders, fourth graders, fifth graders, sixth graders, seventh graders and eighth graders right here on our park-like Ridgewood campus.

    We invite you to learn more about how we can help unlock the mysteries of successful skills development for your child by clicking on any of the links above, or contacting our director, Erich Bassler at 201.444.8400, or by e-mail at info@littleivyacademy.com ------Discounts available for our Ho-Ho-Kus enrichment lab students and their families!