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We host a variety of engaging workshops throughout the year. From engineering, to creative writing, we are bound to excite the imagination! Workshops are for both homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers alike. We host adult classes as well.

Please note: Students may be dropped off for workshops with a signed waiver. Parents or guardians must be on time when picking up students.

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At Compass, we are always looking for new ways to engage kids. If you have a workshop or class you would like to teach, please contact us at

Tuesdays in May 7, 14, 21 & 28     5:30-7 pm
Ages 9-13

Send checks in full amount to Compass Community Education Center (CCEC) PO Box 704 Goshen, MA 01032

Have fun creating characters, stories, and games! With a few colorful blocks of Scratch code and some creativity you'll be able to design your own character, animate it, and program it to talk, move, and have conversations. Add sound effects to make your projects even cooler. Get experience with drawing tools and code while you showcase your ideas using this awesome programming language from MIT.

Holyoke Codes is an organization dedicated to creating a fun learning environment for kids to get involved in coding, robotics, and technology. We provide access to resources and tools to develop technical skills in an accessible, supportive environment while encouraging students to develop creativity, abstract thinking, systematic reasoning, collaborative working skills, and confidence.

Learn all about specialty mushrooms like shiitake oyster and lions mane. Learn how these mushrooms grow, where to find them locally, and how to prepare them in the kitchen. We will cover growing shiitakes in the backyard on logs and wine caps on wood chips.

This is a free workshop that will be taught by Willie Crosby of Fungi Ally located in Montague, MA.

The workshop will be held on Monday, May 20

6:00pm-8:00pm R.S.V.P. at

A Writers' Workshop

Finding Your Voice Through Theatrical Writing

Grades: 5th - 8th
When: April 23rd/30th and May 7th/14th/ 21st/28th from 4:00 - 6:00PM
Cost: $150 ($25 deposit to reserve spot, full payment due at first class)
Where: 221 Pine St., Ste 320, Florence, MA 01062
Questions? Contact us at or (323) 337-2143

This workshop blends theater and writing to explore the ways in which performance can be used to enhance our creative writing practice. During each session, participants will be provided with creative prompts and time to write, as well as engage in a variety of improv games and basic acting activities aimed at helping writers invent new plot points and add depth to their characters. There will also be ample time to give and get feedback on our writing, and potentially perform aspects of our work in a collaborative manner. To get the most out of each session, participants are encouraged to work on an extended piece of writing throughout the workshop, but this is not required. What is required is an open-mind and a willingness to put ourselves out there and have fun - both on paper and on the "stage".

This workshop is facilitated by Samantha Briggs, a teacher-consultant for the Western Massachusetts Writing Project. Samantha teaches English and directs both the play and musical at Tantasqua Regional High School in Sturbridge, MA.

Computer Skills Workshop

This workshop is taught by Michelle Eastman, a current middle school computer science teacher.
Send checks to Compass Community Education Center (CCEC) PO Box 704 Goshen, MA 01032

In this 6-week workshop, we will dive into important computer skills, such as typing, mindful use of the internet, and learning how to optimize the use of Google docs, slides, and sites. Class will start with typing practice, then a mini-lesson focused on a specific computer skill. Students will have time to work on a project to apply what they have learned, in a supportive environment based on their interests. Participants will need to bring their own device.
Participants under 13 will need a parent to create a Google account. Creating a Google account prior to the first class is helpful but not necessary. Come join us as we explore the computer world together!

Dates: March 11, 18, 25 April 8, 22, 29
Time: 3:30 - 5:30 Age: 8-14 Cost: $150 ($25 deposit)

Write & Stretch Workshop

This workshop is taught by Michelle Eastman, a current middle school teacher, 200-hour certified yoga teacher, and a teacher-consultant for the Western Massachusetts Writing Project.

Dates: March 17, 24, 31 and April 7 (Sundays)

Time: 10:30-12:00

Age: Adults and teens Cost: $80 ($25 deposit) 

Send checks to Compass Community Education Center (CCEC) PO Box 704 Goshen, MA 01032

Stretch your body and mind in this 4-week workshop series! We will do some gentle stretching, led by a certificated yoga teacher. Then, we will use a writing prompt
to do some reflective writing (or drawing). We will have a share circle; it's your choice to share or not. We will end with a seated meditation. No prior experience necessary, just an open mind.

Items to bring:

  • Yoga mat

  • Writing journal & pens/pencils