More online fun!

Fall Session 1 will begin on September 28 and run until October 31. Below is the Fall session class schedule. The cost for Fall session 1 is $100/student. Members may take as many online classes with us as they like in that session.

To sign up for Fall Session 1 as a returning member, click here.

If you are new to Whole Children/Milestones Recreation, please contact Jane.Pronovost@pathlightgroup.org for registration forms. Then click here to sign up as a member through the “Parent Portal” (or sign up directly with Jane).

New links for Zoom classes will be emailed to members the week of September 21 if payment has been received.

For Discord, the current link will remain accessible to the general public, regardless of membership status, for sending private messages to friends; and it will be moderated by teachers. However, only members will be able to take part in weekly Discord-accessible classes, and only members will have access to the server’s voice chat function.

Looking at our Fall session class schedule, you may notice that we are offering a number of new classes! For 7 - 12-year-olds check out “Yoga Dance,” “Fitness,” “Growing Up,” and “Internet Explorations.” And for ages 13+ or all ages we’re introducing “Nature Photography,” “Party (non-video) Games,” and “What’s Going On?”- a class about current events in our country and the world. We’re also bringing back old favorites “Theater Studio” and “Joyful Chorus!” Detailed class descriptions can be found by clicking on the classes, below.

Questions? Please email Julie.Hooks@pathlightgroup.org or call 413-585-8010.

Fall Session 1: September 28 - October 31, 2020

Mondays

Art Explorations - Ages 13+, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

This class is for everyone with an interest in exploring the visual arts – whether you’re an accomplished artist or someone looking to discover your creative side. We do drawing, painting, collage, and other artistic methods as students suggest. This class offers a casual atmosphere with a teacher who is a talented artist herself, and who is also an expert at helping students feel comfortable and welcomed. Feel free to offer her music requests to listen as everyone makes art.

Minecraft - All ages, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Join us in the pixelated world of Minecraft, where gamers explore and build to their hearts’ content! On our designated Minecraft Server, students interact with one another while being in the game world, and while chatting with their friends online. Teachers are ready to help those just learning to play, and to model appropriate social skills. Minecraft at Whole Children promotes cooperation and enhances students’ ability to negotiate space and resources. “Minecraft Java Edition” is required for this class. A personal account can be purchased at Minecraft.net for $26.95. Note: the tablet version, and Windows 10 version does not work for this class.

Yoga Dance - Ages 13+, 4:00-4:45 p.m.

Move to the sounds of fabulous music at your own pace to improve flexibility, strength, and balance. Experience a reduction in stress, improved cardiovascular fitness, and well-being of body, mind, and spirit in a warm and welcoming group setting.

Song-Writing - Ages 13+, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Do you like listening to music and talking about musical artists? Whether it’s be-bop, rap, rock, or something else, this class is for you. We’ll share favorite songs and explore what makes them great. Then we’ll create some new music and lyrics ourselves!

Growing Up- Ages 7-12, 5:00-6:00 p.m. NEW CLASS FOR THIS AGE GROUP!

This class is designed to help kids learn about friendship and socialization, personal boundaries, and becoming more comfortable within a group dynamic. We’ll also discuss and practice consent and self-advocacy. We’ll use Discord as a platform and toss in some video games in each class!

Tuesdays

Dance Movement - Ages 13+, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Get your body moving and groove to some popular tunes with your friends. Song requests are definitely taken!

Book Club - All ages, 2:00-2:45 p.m.

We’ll be diving into a new story, to be chosen by current and prospective students, and with funny voices provided by the staff reader. What’s your favorite story? Would you like have it re-read together with your friends? This summer we had a great time with James and the Giant Peach and Charlotte’s Web. (This class meets on Thursdays too.)

JackBox Games - All ages, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Quiplash, Fibbage, Drawful... these may sound like weird, made-up words, but they are actually beloved games thousands of people are playing online together right now through something called Jackbox Party Pack. With almost all of the party packs at our disposal, no class is ever the same. Each game is a battle of wits, charm, and sometimes drawing skills, so come prepared! All you need is a phone, tablet or computer and you can play along with your friends!

Intro to Boundaries & Relationships - Ages 13-17, 4:30-5:30 p.m. NEW CLASS FOR THIS AGE GROUP!

This class is designed for teens, even those who have second thoughts about being in a class like this. Students enjoy learning about all the issues they’ll encounter as they start the journey towards adulthood. Starting off with understanding that what they think and feel is important, they learn about consent, boundaries, personal space, and appropriate touch with people in their lives. Other topics may include body changes, personal hygiene, public and private, levels of trust, identifying feelings, and romantic relationships.

Men's Group - Ages 18+, 4:15-5:15 p.m.

What is a real man, anyway?! Men's Group is a place where men come together, give each other support, and discover all of the ways we can be good men. Come join us!

Animal Crossing - All ages, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

You made your getaway and created the perfect island for yourself. Now it's time to share all your hard work, trade for those items you've been eyeing for ages, and maybe even meet some villagers that your fellow players wouldn't mind parting with. This game is all about bartering and trading with each other while showing off our newest creations, and we are here to help you do it! With parties, rare item giveaways, and time traveling to special events, there always seems to be an island open to visit. Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing New Horizons is required to play, along with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Wednesdays

Harry Potter Club - All ages, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

In Harry Potter Club we'll explore the magical elements of the Potterverse! We'll play games and discover our patronus, wand, and Hogwarts house. Join us to hang out with fellow Harry Potter fans, watch a movie and discuss the books and all things Harry Potter!

Joyful Chorus - Ages 13+, 3:00-3:45 p.m.

Encapsulating the spirit of Whole Children, our Joyful Chorus is a truly inclusive and, of course, joyful opportunity for students to come together in song with teachers and peer mentors.

Yoga Dance - Ages 7-12, 4:00-4:45 p.m. NEW CLASS FOR THIS AGE GROUP!

Move to the sounds of groovy music—some slow and meditative, and some fast and loose. In a welcoming group setting the teacher will help you do yoga poses to warm up and cool down.

What's Going On? Understanding Current Events - All ages, 4:00-5:00 p.m. NEW CLASS!

What is happening in the world these days? We’ll talk about whatever is on your mind in regards to politics, COVID-19, racial justice, and any other local, national, or international topics that might be on your mind. If you want to tune in just to listen, that’s fine too!

Thursdays

Dance Movement - Ages 18+, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Get your body moving and groove to some popular tunes with your friends. Song requests are definitely taken!

Book Club - All ages, 2:00-2:45 p.m.

We’ll be diving into a new story, to be chosen by current and prospective students, and with funny voices provided by the staff reader. What’s your favorite story? Would you like have it re-read together with your friends? This summer we had a great time with James and the Giant Peach and Charlotte’s Web. (This class meets on Tuesdays too.)

Anime - All ages, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Relax and watch anime with your friends! Many think of anime as a genre, but it is actually just another way that stories can be told, with many different genres to explore. This class offers a forum for everyone to share their favorite shows with each other, which treats us to a large variety of storytelling and art. Thursdays, students will pick an anime show to share, while Saturdays will be longer showings so we can watch entire movies together. Anime can contain both constructive and somewhat questionable messages about society and values, so during and after the film our teachers invite students to participate in thoughtful discussion, while also cracking a few jokes and gushing about our favorite characters.

Self-Advocacy - Ages 16+, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

You matter! Let’s talk about and practice how you can advocate for yourself, and also recognize when others are advocating for themselves.

Animal Crossing - All ages, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

You made your getaway and created the perfect island for yourself. Now it's time to share all your hard work, trade for those items you've been eyeing for ages, and maybe even meet some villagers that your fellow players wouldn't mind parting with. This game is all about bartering and trading with each other while showing off our newest creations, and we are here to help you do it! With parties, rare item giveaways, and time traveling to special events, there always seems to be an island open to visit. Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing New Horizons are required to play, along with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Theater - Ages 13+, 4:00-4:45 p.m.

Theater Director Matt Meers will introduce a number of performance styles and techniques with an aim of producing an original production in the spring, either online or a live show, depending on health and safety circumstances then.

Nature Photography - All ages, 5:00-6:00 p.m. NEW CLASS!

Learn how to take awesome pictures of your natural surroundings. We’ll review how to use your camera and focus on a different theme each week (like “birds” or “colors”). After the first class you’ll receive assignments for taking pictures according to the theme. Then you’ll have a chance to share your work with the class online the following week.

Fridays

Boundaries & Relationships - Ages 18+, 3:45-4:45 p.m.

Want to make a friend? Get a date? We can help! This class lays the groundwork for a life full of meaningful, healthy and safe relationships. In Boundaries and Relationships, we establish a learning community that can last many consecutive sessions (sometimes years!) as students move through our Whole Selves’ relationships curriculum. Come to learn, make friends, and get support as you grow into adulthood.

Fitness - All ages, 4:00-5:00 p.m. NEW CLASS!

Let's work out together! We'll do all sorts of exercises in this class to build strength and do something with all our energy. This class is for anyone! Workouts will be designed to make and keep the body happy, and can be modified based on ability.

Internet Exploration - Ages 7-12, 4:00-5:00 p.m. NEW CLASS!

The internet is an amazing place filled with unlimited information and meaningful social connection with others. However, there are also dangers to be found online, such as predators, viruses, and disturbing or harmful content. This class is all about empowering students to navigate the internet in general, and social media in particular, by giving them the tools to identify and avoid situations online that are potentially unsafe. Target Skills: Communication, Perspective Taking, Social Awareness, Self-Advocacy.

Dungeons & Dragons - Ages 11+, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

From dungeons to dragons, and everything in-between! Come take part in a unique role-playing experience where you and other members of your adventuring party create characters, overcome obstacles, and explore the world. Veteran players and newcomers are welcome.

Party Games (Non-Video) - All ages, 5:00-6:00 p.m. NEW CLASS!

We love playing games at Whole Children! We’ll be playing non-video games like Scattergories and Hangman. Don’t forget to have some snacks on hand to make it more of a party!

Super Smash Brothers & Mario Kart - All ages, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of cartoony stress-relief, as we select our favorite Nintendo icons and playfully throw our friends off the stage. Whether your preference is to embrace the chaos of all the items or to rely on your character's own strength to win, we have a place set up for that! We will also be offering Mario Kart occasionally throughout the night, in case racing is more your speed. Feel free to join in the fun or spectate from the sidelines, but remember to be supportive of your pals! A Nintendo Switch and Super Smash Brothers or Mario Kart are required to play, along with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Saturdays

Minecraft - All ages, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Join us in the pixelated world of Minecraft, where gamers explore and build to their hearts’ content! On our designated Minecraft Server, students interact with one another while being in the game world, and while chatting with their friends online. Teachers are ready to help those just learning to play, and to model appropriate social skills. Minecraft at Whole Children promotes cooperation and enhances students’ ability to negotiate space and resources. “Minecraft Java Edition” is required for this class. A personal account can be purchased at Minecraft.net for $26.95. Note: the tablet version, and Windows 10 version does not work for this class.

Anime Movies - All ages, 12:00-2:00 p.m.

Relax and watch anime with your friends! Many think of anime as a genre, but it is actually just another way that stories can be told, with many different genres to explore. This class offers a forum for everyone to share their favorite shows with each other, which treats us to a large variety of storytelling and art. Thursdays, students will pick an anime show to share, while Saturdays will be longer showings so we can watch entire movies together. Anime can contain both constructive and somewhat questionable messages about society and values, so during and after the film our teachers invite students to participate in thoughtful discussion, while also cracking a few jokes and gushing about our favorite characters.

Animal Crossing - All ages, 2:30-3:30 p.m.

You made your getaway and created the perfect island for yourself. Now it's time to share all your hard work, trade for those items you've been eyeing for ages, and maybe even meet some villagers that your fellow players wouldn't mind parting with. This game is all about bartering and trading with each other while showing off our newest creations, and we are here to help you do it! With parties, rare item giveaways, and time traveling to special events, there always seems to be an island open to visit. Nintendo Switch and Animal Crossing New Horizons is required to play, along with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

Pokémon - All ages, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Do you want to be the very best? The best there ever was? Well I don't know if we can promise that much, but we are going to talk competitive Pokemon. Learn strategies such as IV breeding, EV training, and how to build a Pokemon team that can compete in the current Video Game Championship season. This Pokemon class is video game focused, but that doesn't mean that we don't take the time to discuss our favorite starter Pokemon, or gym leaders. Come strategize, trade, and of course battle with your friends! A Nintendo Switch and Pokemon Sword or Pokemon Shield are required to play, along with a Nintendo Switch Online subscription.

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About Us

Our mission at Whole Children is to provide recreational, social, and enrichment programs for children and teens of all abilities, specially designed for those with special needs.

We provide valuable resources for their families and facilitate integration with the larger community in which we live.

All of our classes have built-in skill-building components, whether it's teaching the finer points of basketball, how to navigate the playground, or how to talk to friends.

We are a social/recreation center that welcomes families and students of all abilities, philosophies, and cultures. We are not a therapeutic program and we do not adhere to any one system or approach to teaching, running groups, or working with students. Whole Children is a community of families who are walking a similar path and who are happy to share the experience!