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GLL Family Program courses are designed around activities that children complete with their parents, both at the computer and away from the screen. Master instructors guide parents through activities while modeling how to help develop students’ higher-order thinking skills. Online, real-time discussions allow participants to share their discoveries and collaborate with other family groups from around the globe within a secure and private online environment. Blending convenient “on-demand” activities with occasional “live” sessions has been appealing both to families with students in traditional schools looking for flexible out-of-school enrichment and for homeschooling families seeking to provide a customized core curriculum and opportunities for positive peer interaction.

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Application Process

There are no test scores or further documentation required for participation in the Family Program. The best criterion to ensure success is that the child has an interest in the topic and at least one family member has time to work with the student.

Course Environment

Students will work with parent(s) on engaging course activities, requiring 2-5 hours per week. Courses feature:

  • Regularly scheduled online meetings
  • Discussion boards
  • Core exercises as well as a variety of supplemental/extension projects

Technical Requirements

  • Students need access to a stable internet connection and updated web browser.
  • Participation in “live” online sessions may require a computer microphone or headset.
  • While iPads and tablet computers may be sufficient for most coursework, some web tools and/or websites may require the use of a computer or laptop.

Program Orientation

  • Acceptance notifications are sent via e-mail upon receipt of a completed application.  
  • Prior to the course start date, students receive login information allowing them to gain access to the learning management system, Schoology, which houses Gifted LearningLinks courses.  
  • Course access begins on the official start date.
  • Syllabi, assignments, timelines, discussion boards, links and more are found on the course site, which is available 24/7.
  • Primary communication with the course instructor and/or classmates occurs within the learning management system.  
  • Online, real-time discussions allow participants to share their discoveries and collaborate with other family groups from around the world.

Evaluations

Students will receive a certificate of participation at the conclusion of the course.

For Schools

For information on how schools can partner with Gifted LearningLinks, visit our Partner Opportunities page.

Courses

Toy Engineering (gr K-1)

January 15, 2017 - March 17, 2017
Description

Slinkies, yo-yos, building blocks. The real fun behind toys is the science! During this course, children and their families will test toys and explore the scientific elements of various devices. From gravity to magnetic energy, students will explore what makes toys so fascinating.

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
Technology & Engineering
Location
Online

Math in My World (gr K-1)

January 15, 2017 - March 17, 2017
Description

How do we use math in our everyday world?
From counting the money earned from a lemonade stand to estimating just how many mornings are left until winter break, we use math to help us navigate the world around us on a daily basis. In this course, families will explore seemingly ordinary tasks as they relate to time, money, measurement, sequencing, and classification. Appreciate math in everyday life as your family works together to find solutions to common problems.

 

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
Mathematics
Location
Online

Lego Architecture (gr 2-3)

January 15, 2017 - March 17, 2017
Description

Introducing students to the architectural design process, Lego Architecture seeks to provide an open-ended design challenge to future architects and designers. Before developing their structures, students will learn various scientific concepts to help them understand the fundamentals of architecture. The final product, designed through thoughtful consideration, will seek to meet criteria that can be tested and observed.
 

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
Technology & Engineering
Location
Online

Digital Story Lab (gr 2-3)

January 15, 2017 - March 17, 2017
Description

Students will experience and engage with children's literature. They will also build language and literacy skills through dramatic play, storytelling, creative writing, and journaling and join other aspiring authors to produce creative original works.

Eligibility: http://www.ctd.northwestern.edu/eligibility

Program
GLL Family Program
Subject Area
English & Language Arts
Location
Online
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