Extracurricular

Creative Discovery

The Creative Discovery program is open to students in grades K-8 and is designed to appeal to the student's varying interests. Creative Discovery is offered following the trimester schedule, FALL - WINTER - SPRING, and each session is approximately ten weeks. The current trimester's session offerings are listed below.

Creative Discovery Clubs & Classes

Below you can read some of the Creative Discovery descriptions of our most popular Creative Discovery clubs and classes. This program is offered each Harborlight trimester and most sessions run from 3:30-4:30 one day per week for ten weeks. However, there are some exceptions to both the time and number of weeks. Please review your reservation form for details. 

PLEASE NOTE:
  • Specialty Clubs require dual registration for those clubs hosted by a provider in our community (Mighty Kicks Soccer and Tiny Tigers, for example)
    • First, reserve a space for your student using the reservation form. 
    • Second, submit the secondary registration and payment directly with the host provider.
  • Harborlight Clubs offer a discount rate for all students currently enrolled in our after school. That would be any student enrolled in our B-Block (3:00-4:30) Extended Montessori program. Additional child care is not provided for students who are not registered through the admissions office. Child care is not available when a Club is cancelled. 
CREATIVE DISCOVERY RESERVATION FORM WINTER 2023

Kindergarten and Grade 1 Combined: Winter 2023

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  • K and Grade 1: Ballet

    K/Grade 1 only: MONDAYS  3:30-4:30 
    Students will learn the basic ballet positions and moves, including the French terminology. Each week the students will be exposed to some classical ballet music.  The session will end with a short performance. Leotards, tights, and ballet slippers are optional, but not required. Students need to have clothes that will not hamper movement. They should wear either ballet (or jazz) shoes or simply go barefoot. Costume pieces for the performance will be created. Ballet will be offered with Middle School Teacher, Karen, and Lower Elementary Teacher, Bonnie. 
     
  • K and Grade 1: Author's Corner

    K/Grade 1 only: THURSDAYS  3:30-4:30 
    Open to Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. THURSDAYS from 3:30-4:40.  Students will explore different genres such as non-fiction, fiction, poetry and comics during Author's Corner with Jamie Oakley, Lead Teacher Children's House 6 and Harborlight's Kindergarten Reading and Literacy Specialist. There will be an authors' celebration to the conclude the club session as well.

Grades 1-8 Winter 2023 Clubs/Classes

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  • Baking Club with Jess (Grades 1-3)


    Join Harborlight’s Baking Club! 
    My name is Jessica Enos and I will be hosting Harborlight’s Baking Club. I have my undergraduate degree in Public Health with a focus in Childhood Nutrition. I am excited to share my knowledge with this club!
    Your child will have fun exploring and experimenting with baking ingredients, enhancing their skills to prepare food for themselves, family,  and friends, as well as continue their practical life knowledge. We will try unique recipes, both non-bake and bake, as well as try ideas they may come up with or are interested in.  We will compile all our recipes and make a book for your child to use and grow from!
    Each child will be given an apron at the beginning of the club and a mason jar they will be responsible to bring back and forth with their treat!
    This club meets on Mondays from 3:30-4:30.
    Cost: $150 or $75 (B-Block Discount)

  • Pokemon Club (Grades 1-3)

    Join Jen Tarr, Lower Elementary One Teacher, for a Pokemon Club.  Students should bring any cards they have. They will work on card care, deck building, card games rules, sportsmanship and tournaments. Jen recommends cards be sleeved to make them easier to organize and less likely to get lost.  Extra decks for students to use are available, but quantity is limited.
    This club meets on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30. 
    Cost: $150 or $75 (B-Block Discount)

  • Film Club with Christine Casado (as piloted in NYC) Grades 3-6

    Tuesdays for Grades 3-6. 3:15-4:45 (90 minute sessions)
    Christine Casado has developed a curriculum that touches on the 5 stages of filmmaking. Students will develop ideas, create storyboards, produce their films, and learn how to edit. To celebrate the students hard work, we will premier their films at an event for family and friends to watch along.  Christine piloted the program at Thrive Collective in NYC and is excited to now bring it to Harborlight.
    Session Includes:
    • Film curriculum touching on 5 phases of filmmaking : Development, pre-production, production, post-production, distribution
    • Professional headshots per student (Digital copy only)
    • Hands on experience with filmmaking equipment 
    • End of program film premier event (TBD)

    Cost: $375

  • Zentangle (Grades 1-3)

    Wednesdays for Grades 1-3 from 3:30-4:30. 
    Join Lower Elementary Teacher, Candice Milan, for 60 minutes of relaxing Zentangling each week.  
    Cost is $150 or $75 for B Block students
  • Magic Card Game (Grades 3-8)

    This club meets on Wednesdays from 3:00-4:00
    Magic: The Gathering Club! Calling all "wizards of the coast," whether you're a beginner or a seasoned planeswalker. Join Diana Norma Shafer who will go over the basic rules of the game while students get to know the strengths of all of the card colors and practice by playing with one another. Harborlight has a limited number of decks on hand to lend for beginners; it is recommended that club players purchase their own decks at their local comic shop or online. 
    Cost: $150 or $75 (B-Block Discount)
  • Bowling (Grades 1-3)

    This session will run on THURSDAYS from 3:15-4:45
    Do you like to Bowl?  Do you like Pizza?  Come join Beth and Meg at Cape Ann Lanes in Gloucester on Thursday afternoons.  We will take the small white bus to/from Gloucester.  The bus will leave at 3:15 each Thursday and will arrive back to campus by 4:45. Price of the club includes bowling and pizza each Thursday.
    Cost: $200 or $100 (B-Block Discount)


  • Glass Art (Grades 3-8)

    Thursdays for Grades 3-8 from 3:30-4:30 
    North Shore Glass School will come to Harborlight on Thursdays to work with students in Grades 3-8.  They will bring all materials and safety gear. Students in this class will learn the ancient art of glass fusing! This class requires no prior experience and is ideal for students with an artistic flare or who are interested in trying something new.  Students will be taught through demonstrations and hands-on instruction about different methods for cutting, working with and arranging glass. They’ll learn about color, composition and other art terms to further their understanding of glass work. All students will be taught the basic building blocks of working with glass through specific small projects including pendants, coasters, sandblasted cups, and etched design. After making these glass creations each participant will complete a larger project which may be a large serving platter, a unique and ornate jewelry bowl, or sun catcher! Art pieces will go to the glass school for kiln work and firing and then be brought back to our students the following week.   
    Cost: $275 for 9 week session, all materials, and safety items.
Have an idea for our Creative Discovery program?  Would you like to host a Club here at Harborlight? Please let us know! Send an email to info@harborlight.net using "CREATIVE DISCOVERY SUGGESTION" in the subject line. Take a look at our past offerings to see if any of these ideas interest you or your student. 

Past Creative Discovery Classes for Children's House

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  • Yoga Power

    Our certified Children’s Yoga teacher has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to children for over 10 years. In this class, weekly themes inspire fun creative movement, games, stories, songs and of course yoga asanas. Mindfulness activities, games and breathing exercises will stretch your body and mind and also develop physical, mental, emotional, social and healthy habits that foster future fitness!
  • Ballet

    Students will learn the basic ballet positions and moves, including the French terminology. Each week the students will be exposed to some classical ballet music. The session will end with a short performance. Leotards, tights, and ballet slippers are optional. Students need to have clothes that will not hamper movement. They should wear either ballet (or jazz) shoes or simply go barefoot. Costume pieces for the performance will be created.
  • Books Alive

    We will read award winning children’s books and then participate in activities to bring the books to life. Activities will include theatre games, crafts and many other fun projects! The goal of this class is to introduce children to engaging literature that will promote their love of reading.
  • Author's Corner

    Explore the creative writing process. We will be working with poetry, making comics, creating a newspaper and book making. This club will conclude with a writer’s celebration where authors can share their work with the community!
  • Fun with Practical Life

    This club will explore extensions to the practical life area. We will do various activities including food preparation, sewing, jewelry making and much more!
  • Learn with Legos

    Join your friends for an hour of creativity, collaboration, discovery and good old Lego fun! Lego Club will be a great way to relax and explore for an hour each week.
  • Mighty Kicks Soccer

    Coordination. Confidence. Character. Mighty Kicks was created and franchised by a professional soccer player who developed the fun, age appropriate, curriculum with the help of professional educators. Sessions are healthy, educational and fun! The Mighty Kicks program introduces the positive character strengths that are proven to have a direct impact on achievement and success in sports, school, and life. All Mighty Kicks coaches are FBI and CORI background checked and trained and certified on age appropriate instruction for children.
    Learn more at mightykicks.net.
  • Tiny Tigers with North Shore Karate

    The Tiny Tigers Program is a character development and martial arts curriculum for children ages 2.9 to 6. Our classes incorporate life-skills such as respect, honesty and kindness, and we teach basic martial arts as a way to get them moving around and also learning self-defense techniques. Our mission is to inspire children to make positive choices and we accomplish this through a curriculum that is devoted to keeping kids safe, healthy and happy. Registration will include Friday sessions and a North Shore Karate Academy t-shirt.
  • Canta y Baila Conmigo:Music & Movement in Spanish

    Our instructor is a former Harborlight Infant/Toddler teacher and a Canta y Baila Conmigo licensed instructor. CyBC brings students Spanish immersion and music education in one joyful class experience. Learning happens naturally within an authentic, culturally rich and dynamic musical experience. Every child will bring home a songbook and a CD to practice at home and share their experiences with their families. Each session brings new songs and repertoire. This winter we will discover new places and sing with farm animals from our brand-new collection “CHEQUI MORENA.”

Past Creative Discovery Classes for Elementary & Middle School

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  • Cocinando con frutas - Spanish cooking

    Enjoy a fun cooking class with our Spanish teacher and discover delicious way to eat fruit! While students are learning how to make smoothies, treats and desserts Paola will help them practice the Spanish language. This fun opportunity allows students to learn food-prep, experience healthy eating and participate in hands-on learning. This class is nut and egg-free.
  • Author's Corner

    Explore the creative writing process! We will be working with poetry, making comics, creating a newspaper and book making. This club will conclude with a writer’s celebration where authors can share their work with the community!
  • Chess

    Chess is a fun game that requires critical thinking, concentration, pattern recognition, decisiveness, and patience. With an emphasis on sportsmanship, children will strengthen these skills while developing a strong understanding in the rules and strategies needed to play the game.
  • "Bootcamp" with KidSHINE

    Does your child want to build strength and conquer obstacles like a Ninja Warrior? KidSHINE Bootcamp is designed to build core strength, balance, motor planning/agility and upper body strengthening using group exercises, physical challenges and mega obstacle courses! Children will flip tires, slam battle ropes, challenge balance on BOSU balls and complete complex obstacle courses each week using different imaginative themes (jungle safari, spies, etc). Bring your muscles and join our KidSHINE staff to build strength, skills and confidence with KidSHINE Bootcamp!
  • Magic, The Gathering

    Magic, The Gathering Club! Calling all “wizards of the coast,” whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned planeswalker. We will go over the basic rules of the game, get to know the strengths of all of the card colors and practice by playing with one another. While we may have a limited amount of decks on hand to lend out to beginners, it is recommended that club players purchase their own decks at your local comic shop or online. Magic is a strategy game that incorporates many skills, including logical thinking, mathematical calculations, imagination, cooperation and more!
  • Mighty Kicks Soccer

    Coordination. Confidence. Character. Mighty Kicks was created and franchised by a professional soccer player who developed the fun, age appropriate, curriculum with the help of professional educators. Sessions are healthy, educational and fun! The Mighty Kicks program introduces the positive character strengths that are proven to have a direct impact on achievement and success in sports, school, and life. All Mighty Kicks coaches are FBI and CORI background checked and trained and certified on age appropriate instruction for children.  Learn more at mightykicks.net.
  • Just Desserts

    Indulge your sweet tooth as we prepare some scrumptious desserts. Lolipops, cupcakes, cookies and more are on the menu for this delicious and fun class. This class is nut-free. Our teacher will be happy to assist students with homework during "baking-wait-time" in this class.
  • Arts & Crafts

    Enjoy fun arts and crafting projects themed to the season and winter holidays. Enjoy collage, inspirational rock painting, zentangle, watercolor painting, beading and more! Explore your crafty side in a fun, relaxed atmosphere with friends.
  • Yoga

    Our certified Children’s Yoga teacher who has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to children for over 10 years. In this class, weekly themes inspire fun creative movement, games, stories, songs and of course yoga asanas. Mindfulness activities, games and breathing exercises will stretch your body and mind and also develop physical, mental, emotional, social and healthy habits that foster future fitness!
  • Sewing

    Learn to sew or improve your skills as we learn basic stitches and techniques while working on fun sewing projects in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Theatre Games

    Play fun theatre games while improving your improvisation and acting skills. Collaborate, create and have fun.

About Harborlight

Harborlight Montessori is an independent, co-educational, day school for children from infant-toddler through grade 8 that is committed to innovative teaching and learning.