Cedarbrook Winter/Spring 2017

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Cedarbrook Winter/Spring 2017


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Cedarbrook Spring Session classes will still be on Tuesdays, from 9:30am to 2pm starting on March 14.  Session will be 10 weeks and ends on May 23.  Class size is max of 18 students.  This is still intended to be a drop-off program, but parents are welcome to stay for any portion.   Spring Session will focus on Enterprise City “Learning for Life” hands-on learning experiences facilitated by Lisa Lanne and local business leaders and STEM simulations led by our returning Audubon Naturalist Maureen Roberts.    

Cedarbrook students will have an opportunity this session to participate in the Enterprise City “Learning for Life” program, a hands-on applied math, social studies and language arts program for students between the ages of 9 and 15.  We will adjust the curriculum to promote growth for all age levels of Cedarbrook students.  It combines a 20-hour curriculum with a culminating event that takes place at a state-of-the-art student run city in Dover, NH on May 9.   We will learn the curriculum together as a group, and any interested students can attend the trip on May 9 (no additional fee).  We can arrange carpool transportation to ensure all interested students can attend the trip on May 9.  Course materials will be taught by Lisa Lanne (certified Enterprise City Instructor) and local business leaders.   http://www.enterprisecity.org/home

Class Dates and Classes:

March 14            What makes a Town or City?,  City Fair

March 21            Finances, Checks & Registers, Deposits, Debits;   Careers:  Skills & Interest Profile

March 28            Careers:  Job Applications,  Resumes, Job Interviews

April 4                Trade and Commerce,  Managers, Accountants, Production, Sales & Marketing

April 11               Audubon STEM;    Business Budgets,  Marketing Plan, Goods & Services, Supplies & Demand, Scarcity & Abundance

April 25               Audubon STEM;    Financial Institutions, Personal Budgets and Finances, Health Insurance, Saving & Investing

May 2                   Audubon STEM;    Citizenship, Laws & Justice, Taxes

May 9                   Trip to Enterprise City, Dover, NH

May 16                 Audubon STEM;    Business Success, Personal Growth

May 23                 Wrap-up of Enterprise City,  End of Year Party


Daily Schedule:   Each Tuesday will have a morning and afternoon class as we have done before, with lunch and social time in between. 

9:30    Drop-off

10:00   Morning class

11:00   Lunch & Social Time

12:00   Afternoon class

2:00      Pick-up


Enterprise City Hands-on “Learning for Life” Curriculum Summary:  20 classroom hours

The Enterprise City Community

• Students learn about the major parts of a community.

• Exploration of the interaction of individuals, businesses, organizations, local, regional and national government.

• Students also learn about the rules, responsibilities, laws and expectations that citizens, businesses, organizations and government have placed on them.

• Students learn that philanthropy is an important part of the free enterprise system

• Students will work individually and in a team throughout their center during the pre-visit preparation period.

Career Exploration and Workforce Preparedness

• Students learn how their interests and skills can be linked to various career alternatives.

• Students practice work-related soft-skills such as  working well as an individual and as part of a team resolving conflict and teamwork. Students are made aware of these skills and their importance to succeed in the workplace.

• Students learn the value of teamwork as they participate in problem solving activities.

• Conflict resolution, negotiation, collaboration, respect and networking.

• Students learn about the steps required to apply for, and obtain a job.

• Students engage in hands-on activities, including completion of a job application, resume, career research, and obtaining letters of reference.

• Students have real job interviews with faculty and/or local business employees holding the interviews.

• Students explore the many career opportunities available to them, and the career and education pathways to realize them.

• Students will have classroom and hands-on learning of soft skills, career interests and skills, employers, employees, teamwork, negotiation, networking, job applications, resumes, letters of recommendation and interviews.

• Students will demonstrate proper interview skills, including dress, demeanor, handshake, eye contact, and being articulate. They will also work on preparing job applications, resumes, letters of

recommendation, and building confidence to overcome anxieties that often come with job interviews.

Economy, Trade, Government and Taxation

• Students learn about the flow of economic activity.

• Students explore the flow of goods, services, and resources between people and businesses, as well as the money flow that occurs for exchange purposes.

• Examination of local, regional, national and global economies.

• Students will examine that trade and commerce in the free-enterprise system occurs locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

• As they engage in a serious of hands-on learning activities to prepare them for the simulation, students learn that governments play an important role in an economy by providing public goods and services, paid for by tax revenues. Students learn about the balances involved here, and will experience the consequences of their group decisions and the effects of taxation.

Business Operation and Management

• After their job interviews, students receive their business assignments and work in their business team to determine the components of a successful business operation.

• Students learn about operating a business and create and then present a business plan for the day of their visit to the city. Businesses will also factor in their operating costs to their business loan and

financing. This will also include rent, taxes, payroll, healthcare, and utilities, inventory purchases, sales and marketing.

• Students brainstorm and share the characteristics of a quality business. Student will discuss what it takes to get a business started and what it takes to get it to continue to operate successfully.

Students will define revenue as related to quality businesses and best practices. Student business teams will complete a business loan application to a credit union.

• Students, operating in their business teams examine their business costs and expenses. These will include payroll, payroll taxes, city taxes, state taxes, federal taxes, utility costs, medical insurance

costs, advertising, business loan repayment and interest costs, advertising budget and inventory purchase. Students will examine and experience the costs and expenses associated with operating

a business.

• Working in business teams, students will examine the importance of setting the prices of goods and services to earn a profit.

• Students also prepare advertising plans to market their businesses goods and services. Working in their business teams they will develop advertisements, logos and slogans to market their company

through radio, TV, newspaper, and the web.

Citizenship, Community Life and Responsibilities

• Students will learn and experience how people are citizens within a community within which they live, work, interact and trade with others.

• Students engage in hands-on activities learn about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

Financial Literacy and Personal Finance

• Students will learn the importance responsibly balancing income and spending, including exploring wants and needs and opportunity cost.

• Students will also learn about the importance of saving as part of their responsible personal financial well-being.

• Although saving is very important, students will also learn and experience the value of spending, to attain personal good and services or important life- quality things. They will also experience that balanced consumer and business spending plays a critical role in an economy.

• Students learn that having a checkbook with checks does not mean there is money in the account. Students apply for an account, seek authorized approval, and receive their own checkbooks. They

will also learn to fill out deposit tickets, stand in a line and make deposits and withdrawals. Students will learn about the importance of maintaining their checking accounts. Through participation in hands-on learning activities, students become aware of various banking services with a focus on checking accounts.

• Students also learn how to manage these personal and business accounts, which they will experience firsthand. This will include check writing, using a check register and completing deposit tickets, the importance of account numbers and consequences of insufficient funds.


STEM Classes with Audubon Instructor Maureen Roberts:   4 one-hour classes

Maureen will use simulations and hands-on experiences to educate students about our natural world, botany, biology, herbology, biomimicry, ecology, conservation, and more.  Maureen is a former 8th grade Science Teacher and a great fit for our group.  Each class challenges students through hands-on science and nature activities.  We are so glad that Maureen can return to teach again this Spring!   Our Audubon program is an extension of Mass Audubon’s School Programs and is a great opportunity to learn from a certified Audubon instructor during our Cedarbrook day.   http://www.massaudubon.org/learn/schools-groups


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