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Big Learning Workshops for Families

Enjoy an afternoon of learning family-style. Each of our Family FUN workshops is interesting at many levels, from early elementary to adult. So the whole family will learn something new. Hands-on building keeps everyone involved, and we also show parents how to use the workshop to jumpstart learning at home and at school

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Host a Workshop! When you bring together three or more families, we'll teach the workshop at your place. Fees are the same as our scheduled workshops for any location in the DC Metro area, (a travel fee may apply).

Call for more information (301)560-1633 or e-mail workshops@biglearning.org.

Making Toys

Here's real woodworking that kids can do safely. In this workshop, kids design and build their own wooden toys with moving parts, and learn lots of measurement, geometry, engineering, art, and science while they're at it.

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Making Kites

Spend a fun-filled morning or afternoon making your own kites, and learn about the culture, history, vocabulary, engineering, and geometry of kite making. Come home with two ready-to-fly kites and instructions for launching. Practice measuring, pattern-making, and other useful skills. Plenty of time for creativity too.

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Birdfeeder and Beyond

More than peanut butter in a pinecone! In this workshop, kids design and build a bird feeder, learn to recognize local species, and learn lots of measurement, geometry, engineering, art, and science while they're at it. Parents learn about important science concepts they can help their kids develop through this fun hobby.

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Build a Birdhouse

No woodworking required! Participants build a sturdy little birdhouse from start to finish. Each part of the birdhouse teaches something about the shelter needs of cavity-nesting birds. You'll chose a local bird species and custom-build the birdhouse to suit. Along the way, we'll encounter important measurement and geometry mathematics that kids are likely to see again at school. Parents will learn how to build on the math and science ideas this workshop explores.

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Build a Castle

Kids learn about different types of castles from history, and create their own castles with authentic architectural features. Parents learn how to use history projects to develop literacy and thinking skills.

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Gardening Together

Grow your child's math, science, and literacy skills along with the carrots. You and your kids will get your hands dirty while learning about seeds, soil, and even bugs. Fun-filled activity stations will lead you and your child through a complete introduction to gardening. You'll plant seeds, build soil, design a garden plot, and make a set of tools to help you create and keep track of your garden. As you do the activities, you'll encounter math and science naturally and stoke your child's curiosity and engagement - identifying bugs, learning about pH as it applies to soil, measuring seed depth, and using scale drawings to plan a garden. This is an afternoon of Big Learning fun for parents and kids 5-12, plus a summer's worth of garden learning to take home. More about Big Learning Workshops...


Kids and parents build a wooden model sailboat with working parts. You and your kids will learn sailing science and vocabulary, plus math, woodworking, and craft skills in this fun-filled two-hour workshop.


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Big Learning Workshops help you get started learning with your kids in a special way - by doing fun things you care about together. It's a way of learning that fits families like a glove: parents and kids together, sharing an activity that is interesting at many levels and leaves parents and kids alike with energized minds and spirits.

Big Learning Workshops engage families with learning in the real world. In the garden or the garage, at the monster truck rally or the county fair, academic subjects like science and math are wrapped in an enticing package that kids can't resist exploring. Because kids care about the activity, they are willing to tackle hard problems, and even learn to use powerful vocabulary and mathematics. That helps them in school and in life.

Big Learning Workshops hook your kids on learning while teaching parents how to lead their children higher levels of skill and knowledge. Dr. Cole designs the workshops so that when you leave, your kids are ready to keep learning, and you are ready to guide them.



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