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Grades 3, 4 & 5

Outdoor Class

Ready to tackle big topics ... together

Our Middles kids are at that age where they want to have fun with friends but are ready to engage in critical conversations.

We embed silliness and play in our learning, but our discussions nudge your child to develop important skills  such as:  self-regulation, empathy, perspective-taking and more.

Debate games are the hook - but our real aim is to help your child develop a better sense of self in relation to others while solving problems and exploring ideas we may or may not share with one another. (Scroll down to learn more)

DiF Middles - 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

  • Enthusiastic College Student Teachers

  • Safe and Inclusive Environment

  • Parent Emails with Progress Updates

Fun Games Like:

"Stand Up & Speak Out," "Craft a Campaign," "Loaded with Logic"

One Hour

Class Duration

Once or Twice  

Per Week

6 to 8

Friends per Class

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

Our Middles programs help cultivate important developmental skills like self-awareness, public speaking, and perspective-taking in a fun and inclusive environment. Our phenomenal teachers will use play-based learning to expose your child to bite-sized, age appropriate topics and we guarantee that they will reach key developmental milestones all while having fun.


Our one and two day classes - the DiF Minis - expose your child to complex yet age appropriate topics and our Multi-Week classes layer in more skills to meet more developmental milestones, and the silly factor ramps up. Either way, we have a class for you. 


While all our Middles classes are Virtual (for now!), our teachers are outstanding at helping kids stay focused while having fun. We’ll take tons of Wiggle Breaks to keep us moving, and we’ll prove that Zoom time can actually be enjoyable. At Debate it Forward, we adamantly believe that it’s never too early to ‘learn how to learn,’ and we’d love to have the chance to work and play with your kiddo.

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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