News from American Space Madrid in February 2017

Happy New Year!

Starting in February, at American Space Madrid we are launching three new programs for our community:

  • Made in the USA: of our Family Maker Club for parents and their children
  • The Garden Project at American Space Madrid: for children ages 9-12 to design and create a community garden for our community at the International Institute
  • Family Book Cluba collaboration between the Library and American Space Madrid in order to launch a family book club around American children's literature and American recipes.

Come join us in our new 2017 programming!

 

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Family Maker Club: Made in the USA

Made in the USA (Made in the United States)

Based on the success of the American Space Maker Club in Madrid and the growing interest from families, Made in the USA (Made in the United States) will consist of an activity creación for families in which parents can accompany their children in sessions of creación, strengthening skills and experience through the American Space community in Madrid. In each session, families will engage in sensory STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) activities and art experiments with their children, led by a creador expert in the field. The main goal of the activity will be to provide the necessary tools for families to practice creation activities together at home, limiting families' “TV time” while developing critical thinking skills through creative projects.

Building upon the success of The Maker Club at American Space Madrid and growing family interest, Made in the USA will consist of a family maker activity where parents can accompany their child to maker sessions, building capacity and expertise across the ASM community. During each session, families will engage in a sensory STEAM science and art experiment with their child, facilitated by an expert maker in the field. The overarching goal of the activity will be to provide the tools necessary for families to engage in replicable maker activities at home together, limiting “screen time” across the family unit while developing critical thinking skills through creative projects..  

Directed: To families with children from 8 to 12 years old

Hours: Wednesday from 18 to 19 p.m. at American Space Madrid at the International Institute

Maximum number of participants: 15

 

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The Garden Project at American Space Madrid

The Garden Project in the American Space in Madrid

Based on the goal and idea of ​​the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA), The Garden Project in the American Space in Madrid will focus on the creation of a community urban garden at the International Institute. The urban garden will be a space for community members to engage in bilingual exchanges, showcase American art and films, participate in Espacio Americano events in Madrid, and grow healthy food. It will begin in February 2017 and participants will have access to a variety of learning experiences focusing on garden design, community gardens, and sustainability, culminating in the design and construction of the American Space Community Garden in Madrid in the International Institute. During the course of the planning process, participants will analyze and compare American models of community gardens for inspiration, including New York City's Clinton Community Garden.

Inspired by the mission and vision of the American Community Gardening Association (ACGA), The Garden Project at American Space Madrid will focus on the creation of an urban community garden at the International Institute. The urban garden will be a space for community members to engage in bilingual language exchanges, showcase American art and films, participate in ASM events, and grow healthy food. Beginning in February, 2017, participants will engage in a variety of learning experiences focusing on garden design, community gardening, and sustainability that will culminate in the design and construction of The American Space Madrid Community Garden at the International Institute. Throughout the course of the planning process, participants will compare and analyze American models of community gardens for inspiration, including New York City's Clinton Community Garden.

Directed: To boys and girls of 8+ years

Hours: Wednesday from 18 to 19 p.m. at American Space Madrid at the International Institute

Days:

– February: 1, 15

– March: 1, 15

– April: 5, 19

– May: 3, 17, 31

– June: 14

Maximum number of participants: 15

 

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Family Book Club: American Family Food Stories

Family Book Club: Food Stories from American Families

The Family Book Club will connect stories about food sustainability and American children's literature with “take home” recipes that contain foods and ingredients that appear in the texts used in each of the sessions. All “take home” recipes will be from the United States, with a focus on sustainable eating.

In each Family Reading Club session, families will listen to and discuss a story with their children and a moderator, addressing issues and important ideas around sustainability and environmental preservation. Families will return home with the “take home” recipes for a family activity with their children, trying new American dishes and addressing topics from the text. Families and children will journal with recipes and family photos to document their collaborative learning experiences and share with members of the American Space community in Madrid.

The Family Book Club will pair food sustainability stories and American children's literature with short “take home” recipes using food items and ingredients from the text used in each session. All “take home” recipes will be from the United States, focusing on sustainable eating.

during each Family Book Club session, families will listen to and discuss a story with their child and the moderator, addressing topics and great ideas surrounding sustainability and environmental preservation. Families will then return home with their “take home” recipes to engage in a family-focused activity with their child, trying new American dishes and addressing topics from the text. Families and children will complete family photo journals and recipe books to document their collaborative learning experiences and to share their journey with members of the ASM community.

Aimed at: Families with children aged 6-8 years

Hours: Wednesday, once a month, from 18:19 p.m. to XNUMX:XNUMX p.m. at American Space Madrid at the International Institute

Days:

– February: 8

– March: 8

– April: 5

- May 10

– June: 14

Maximum number of participants: 15

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