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

Our Reading & Writing Programs Are as Unique as Your Child

Little Ivy Academy's Approach Launches Students' Literacy Skills

Reading and writing should be enjoyable for your child, not a source of frustration and disappointment.

 

Whether their need to understand and be understood has outpaced their reading and writing skills, or they’ve just fallen behind in developing these skills at age-appropriate levels, a child's frustration and disappointment is just as real, just as keenly felt.
 

Too many elementary and middle school-age children fall behind in reading and writing early on in their school career. Once a child falls behind, even the slightest deficit begins to affect their performance across all subject areas. Your child’s self-esteem suffers as they just can’t produce the work they expect of themselves or is expected of them at school. Before long, all you hear around the house is “I hate reading, writing,” too often escalating into, “I hate school!”

 

Learning to read well involves mastering a complex set of skills. Children must de-code, understand context, learn sight words and forms of grammar, and in the end guess at words and sentences that don’t fit the rules. A child must be able to concentrate, gain fluency and remember what they read. The process is similar with writing.

 

Research has shown that children learn best in environments that are trusting, comfortable and offer small group and one-to-one support.  At Little Ivy Academy, our reading and writing programs, informed by our Methodology, help your child build both their skills and the self-confidence to meet and exceed grade-level standards. We get to know your child and your child’s interests to provide a personalized program that uniquely helps your child become a confident reader and writer

 

Using a balanced phonics- and whole language-based approach, each of our age- and grade-appropriate, Customized Small-Group and Private Reading & Writing Tutoring Sessions and small-group Express Yourself! Reading/Writing Learning Enrichment Lab courses harness your child’s natural curiosity and their need to have useful tools for understanding and being understood with opportunities for exploring and progressing towards skills mastery. . . and have more than a little fun doing it!

Express Yourself! Learning Enrichment Labs
Course Catalog 

Register NOW for Fall 2017

Afterschool Labs!

Below you'll find a sampling of this school year's Fall 2017 RealScience! and Express Yourself! Learning Enrichment Labs we're offering right here on our Ridgewood campus. CLICK HERE to learn more and register. 

 
If instead you would prefer to register your child for any of our RealScience! and Express Yourself! after-school Learning Enrichment Labs at select, local elementary schools, just CLICK HERE.


  • WebDevelopers Internet Rockstars!
    6th-8th Grade

    • Dates: Seven Thursdays, October 19 - December 14 (Off Days: November 9, November 23)
    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Description: Your child can open the world of website creation for themselves, discovering the coding know-how they’ll need to build a website for their favorite team, band or show! Using Mozilla’s Thimble software and their own imaginations, kids will use CSS, HTML and more to develop a functional website for all to see! 
    • Class Size: Maximum 12, Minimum 6 students


  • InventionMakers: Get Connected!
    Kindergarten - 2nd Grade

    • Dates: Seven Tuesdays, October 17 - December 12 (Off Days: October 31, November 21)
    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Description: Now your child can connect to the secrets of creating and developing their own wireless devices to make life easier for them and their friends! Utilizing their critical thinking skills and the Little Bits invention system, kids will be able to will design, create and pitch, Shark-tank style, a range of radio-controlled & Bluetooth-enabled inventions for everyday use!
    • Class Size: Maximum 10, Minimum 6 students


  • InventionMakers: Get Connected!
    3rd - 5th Grade

    • Dates: Seven Tuesdays, October 17 - December 12 (Off Days: October 31, November 21)
    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Description: Now your child can connect to the secrets of creating and developing their own wireless devices to make life easier for them and their friends! Utilizing their critical thinking skills and the Little Bits invention system, kids will be able to will design, create and pitch, Shark-tank style, a range of radio-controlled & Bluetooth-enabled inventions for everyday use!
    • Class Size: Maximum 10, Minimum 6 students


  • InventionMakers: Get Connected!
    6th - 8th Grade

    • Dates: Seven Thursdays, October 19 - December 14 (Off Days: November 9, November 23)
    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Description: Now your child can connect to the secrets of creating and developing their own wireless devices to make life easier for them and their friends! Utilizing their critical thinking skills and the Little Bits invention system, kids will be able to will design, create and pitch, Shark-tank style, a range of radio-controlled & Bluetooth-enabled inventions for everyday use!
    • Class Size: Maximum 12, Minimum 6 students


  • GameMakers Jr. Game Developers
    1st - 2nd Grade

    • Dates: Seven Mondays, October 16 - December 04 (Off Day: November 20)
    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Description: Put your 1st or 2nd grader in control of bringing their imagination to digital life as they create characters & worlds for their own series of interactive video games, all while developing their coding and critical-thinking skills with the age-appropriate Scratch Jr. coding language developed at MIT’s Media Lab.
    • Class Size: Maximum 10, Minimum 6 students


  • GameMakers: Classic Adventure
    3rd - 5th Grade
    • Dates: Seven Mondays, October 16 - December 4 (Off Day: Nov 20)
    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Description: Your child will be engaged in designing & coding a range of basic adventure-style video games, including inventing their own customized characters, new worlds of mazes and awesome challenges for their avatars.
    • Class Size: Maximum 12, Minimum 6 students


  • Robots in Motion
    PreK - 1st Grade

    • Dates: Seven Wednesdays, October 18 - December 6 (Off Day: November 22)
    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Description: Your child will put real fun into action as they advance their STEM skills building & coding a range of moving, spinning robotic devices... bringing motors to life... setting wheels & gears into action while they become familiar with both the programming language & engineering know-how they’ll need to complete each project
    • Class Size: Maximum 10, Minimum 6 students


  • Robots: Engage & Interact
    3rd - 5th Grade
    • Dates: Seven Wednesdays, October 18 - December 6 (Off Day: November 22)
    • Time: 4:50 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Description: Now your child can deploy NXT Generation mobile robotic technology to create robots that use a range of sensors (touch, hear, see, etc.)  to engage &interact with environmental challenges and each other! Paired with a “flavor” of the age-appropriate Scratch programming language created at MIT’s Media Lab, your child can develop their critical thinking and STEAM skills as the build & code these engaging mobile bots.
    • Class Size: Maximum 12, Minimum 6 students

Customized Reading & Writing Tutoring. . .
As Unique as Your Child!

Our Customized Reading & Writing Tutoring sessions, whether Small-Group or Private, are designed to provide your elementary or middle school-age child with their own individual guide through the progression of reading and writing skills.

 

Whether your child is falling behind at school, or reaching ahead to stay at the top of their class, our tutors will craft a customized program to advance your child's literacy skills that is uniquely suited to their learning style and developmental level.
 
Through ongoing observation, formal and informal skills assessment, and equally important, ongoing conversation, your child’s tutor learns about your child's unique talents and needs, strengths and weaknesses, using these as the basis for crafting and pacing individualized lessons that best meet your child's specific needs from session to session.



Express Yourself! Learning Enrichment Labs 


W
ith an emphasis on personalized learning for your child, students in our small-group Express Yourself! Learning Enrichment Lab courses use an evolving set of literacy skills each week to advance their project or unlock the day's adventure.

 
Throughout each project-based or themed Express Yourself!  lab course, your child may use their literacy skills to produce a short-form digital video. . . create and program an animated story or video game. . . solve a mystery. . . train for a journey through space. . .and more! 
 
Our seven-week Express Yourself! Learning Enrichment Lab courses call on your child to apply a range of evolving reading, writing and visual literacy skills, integrating real-world challenges in each lab session as their literacy skills and self-confidence progress.
 
Learn more about our current Express Yourself! lab courses when you CLICK HERE for an overview of our Express Yourself! program.


Learn More

To learn more about Little Ivy Academy's Customized Reading & Writing Tutoring programs & Express Yourself! Learning Enrichment Lab courses for your kindergartener, first grader, second grader, third grader, fourth grader, fifth grader, sixth grader, seventh grader or eighth grader, please send your questions using the form below, or contact us by e-mail at info@littleivyacademy.com or by telephone at 201.444.8400.
 
We look forward to hearing from you!