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Raising Hands

Grades 1 & 2

Tons of fun for 1st and 2nd graders!

We blend a heavy dose of play with ample opportunities to examine big topics through silly scenarios.


Rather than teaching kids to become debaters, we use play-based learning to cultivate critical skills like self-regulation and interpersonal dynamics. As our Littles parents know best - managing our behaviors and getting along with others is key! (Scroll down to learn more)

DiF Littles - Highlights:

  • 60 Minute Zoom Classes

  • Variety of Class Types:

    • DiF Minis - one, two, and three day classes

    • DiF Multi-Week - once/twice a week - multiple weeks

  • Summer Camps - In-Person in Chicago & Virtual Zoom

    • Click All Upcoming Classes to find camps and classes

  • Wiggle Breaks!

  • Enthusiastic College Student Teachers

  • Safe and Inclusive Environment

  • Parent Emails with Progress Updates

Fun Games Like:

"Use Your Voice,' "Brain Buzz," "Mario Party," "Disney Day"

One Hour

Class Duration

Once or Twice  

Per Week

6 to 8

Friends per Class

Upcoming Littles Classes
The Games We Play & What We Learn Together

Our Littles programs help develop important developmental skills like: critical thinking, self-awareness, self-control, and more. Through play-based learning we practice empathy and perspective-taking, and this helps us improve our interpersonal dynamics - or how we get along with others. 


Your child will simply enjoy the games we’re playing in our inclusive environments, but you’ll begin to recognize much more. You’ll notice your child grow in confidence and empathy, and you’ll see big changes in how we listen carefully, think critically, and express our thoughts with friends that do or do not share our beliefs. 


While all our Littles classes are Virtual (for now!), our teachers are outstanding at helping kids stay focused while having fun. We’ll take tons of breaks to keep us moving, and we’ll prove that Zoom time can actually be enjoyable. 


At Debate it Forward, it’s never too early to ‘learn how to learn,’ and we’d love to have the chance to work and play with your little sweetie.

If Pricing is a Concern...

Here are two ways to meet you where you are!

The DiF-Ferral Program

You tell a friend about DIF, and let them know you’ll both get a discount if they sign up. When they insert your name on our registration form, we’ll issue you both a discount. And the more people that reference you, the more you save:

  • Refer 1-3 Friends - You'll get a 50% discount and your referrals will each receive a 20% discount.

  • Refer 4+ Friends - You'll get a 100% (full) discount and your referrals will each receive a 20% discount.

Flexible Pricing

Flexible Pricing Deposit - Our Flexible Pricing program allows parents who have difficulty paying full price to pay what they can. This Deposit option allows you to make a small down payment to secure your child’s spot in your selected DiF program. We’ll then follow up with you to discuss your need, validate it, and then work out what you’re able to pay. 

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