Cottonwood Creek K-8 School

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from 1st Grade through to 5th Grade.

Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Hello Cottonwood Creek Families!!!!

We are delighted to be offering in-person after school classes again.  We have some of your favorite teachers back and some new courses to offer you.  

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from Kindergarten through to 8th Grade.  

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Actors’ Workshop!

Instructor:             Professional Actors from Kenn Adams Synergy Theater
Grade Level:          1 -5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday – Aug 28  |  Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Nov 6 (no class on Oct 2) 
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.05 - 3.05pm 
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing -$200     After August 14th - $210

It’s laughter, learning and limelight with the After School Drama Club - The Actor’s Workshop! Through a fun series of theater games, acting exercises and scripted scene work, this introductory acting class teaches the fundamentals of the actor’s craft. Students explore the “three tools of the actor” – voice, body and imagination – as they learn how to create characters, interpret scripts and perform for an audience. The class teaches true theater skills such as stagecraft, emotionally truthful acting, and professional theater etiquette, while encouraging creativity and inspiring the imagination. The class culminates with a workshop presentation of scenes and monologues for an invited audience.

Take it once or take it again and again! Students are encouraged to repeat the program several times. While the overall objectives remain the same, there are always new games, new activities and new performance scenes to keep the program varied and interesting. As students progress through successive iterations of the program, they continue to work on more sophisticated material in order to ensure that their skills continue to grow and that they are being appropriately challenged.

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Art of Public Speaking: Build Confidence & Charisma!!

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday – Aug  27  |  Sept 3, 10, 17, 24  |  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $200        After August 13th - $210

Make your biggest fear, your greatest triumph!!

Our program will provide your child with the instruction, interaction, and practice to develop confidence and deliver compelling presentations with lesser anxiety.  This class will not only teach non-verbal skills, but will also enhance their writing, critical thinking & communication skills.

Kids will learn to make strong arguments through thought provoking topics, campaign speeches, and thru various activities.

We make learning EASY & FUN and prepare them for SUCCESS!!

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Chess Academy for Kids (2 Classes)

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 2 and Grades 3-5   (two classes)
Day/Dates:             Monday – Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 29
Sessions:                9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                       3:05 - 4:12 pm
Room:                     TBA- Grades 1 - 2       TBA - Grades 3-5
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $208    After August 12th - $218

Learn chess with Pacific Chess Academy! Offered to all levels (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced) this program is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to overcome obstacles, think strategically, cultivate champion psychology, stay focused, and make new friends.

Each lesson consists of interactive instructions, analysis, and tournament games during which students play against each other. Lessons are fun and easy to follow and include individual instructions to practice at home. Kids are provided with all necessary chess equipment for lessons (boards, pieces, clocks, demonstration tools).

Additional online sessions (two per semester) will help students to improve their skills and become decent chess players in no time. In-person tournaments are organized at the end of each semester- all participants get trophies!  Our students can enjoy a FREE application PACIFIC CHESS ACADEMY, easily downloadable from AppStore, to play against friends or computers, solve puzzles and participate in online tournaments. The Leaderboard allows parents to monitor their children’ progress.

Chess Academy after school program at Dublin Elementary Schools

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

  1. Improves concentration, attention span and memory abilities.
  2. Enhances reading and math skills.
  3. Fosters critical-thinking and creativity in young minds.
  4. Encourages and rewards hard work.
  5. Develops problem solving skills.
  6. Exercises both sides of your brain



Please enroll via your students Grade.

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Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 2
Day/Dates:            Tuesday – March 12, 19, 26   |  April 9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:                10 x 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     C105
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200    After March 5 - $210

Embark on an imaginative journey with our upcoming course, Creative Writing. Designed to encourage creativity, critical thinking, and a love for storytelling, this course introduces students to the dynamic worlds of Comedy and Thriller genres.

In the first five sessions, students will be engaged in interactive comedic tales featuring relatable characters and settings, which will be narrated. These stories will introduce them to the whimsical world of Comedy, emphasizing the humor derived from everyday situations. Through laughter and perspective, students will naturally connect with characters whose experiences mirror their own, fostering a sense of familiarity.

Talentnook Creative Writing after school classes at Dublin elementary schools.

Through the readings of the Thriller genre, students will analyze character traits and behaviors in suspenseful contexts that lead to tension and climax of events. By exploring how characters respond to mysterious situations, students will recognize the parallels between the characters in the stories and their own experiences, making the circumstances more relatable.

Through the readings of Comedy and Thriller, students will:

  1. Gain an appreciation for the diverse ways stories can be told, from humorous narratives to suspenseful plots.
  2. Experience various emotions, from hearty laughter during comedic readings to the anticipation and excitement of thrilling stories
  3. Develop the ability to identify elements that contribute to the comedic or thrilling nature of a story.

 

 Enrollment Open

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Creative Writing: Narrative and Folklore - For Grades 3-5

Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:             Friday – Aug 30  |  Sept 6, 13, 20, 27  | Oct 4, 18, 25  | Nov 8
Sessions:                9 classes x 67 minutes  
Time:                       2:05 - 3:12pm 
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $230    After August 16th   - $240

Embark on a journey of imagination with our upcoming course, Creative Writing: Narrative and Folklore. Tailored to inspire creativity, critical thinking, and a passion for storytelling, this course introduces students to the captivating realms of Narrative and Folklore.

In the initial sessions, students will dive into interactive narratives, exploring diverse storytelling techniques and crafting their tales. Through engaging narratives, they will immerse themselves in the rich storytelling tradition, learning to develop characters, plot twists, and settings that captivate readers' imaginations.

As students delve into Folklore, they will unravel the mysteries of traditional tales and legends passed down through generations. From mythical creatures to heroic adventures, they will analyze the themes and motifs in folklore, gaining insight into the cultural significance of these timeless stories.

Through the exploration of Narrative and Folklore, students will:

  • Hone their storytelling skills, crafting compelling narratives that captivate audiences.
  • Explore the cultural significance of folklore, gaining a deeper understanding of traditional storytelling.
  • Cultivate a love for literature and creative expression, fostering a lifelong appreciation for the power of storytelling.

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Clean Technology & Electrical Circuits

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:         Wednesday - Aug 28  |  Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sessions:            10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                   2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $215       After August 16th - $225

Let your student explore the world of engineering, electronics and circuitry in this new and creative course designed to inspire your student’s interest in new forms of technology. This innovative and hands-on course combines electrical engineering and helps your student learn about important concepts like clean energy.

During the class, students will build their own circuits and learn in-depth about electricity, batteries, parallel and series circuits, resistors, switches, transistors and more.

Our instructors will teach basic engineering, electronics and circuitry concepts by building components (musical doorbell, siren, motion detectors, 2 speed fan with lights and many more) using hands-on Snap Circuit kits.

Students will also learn and build clean energy tools such as electric cars, windmills, solar powered car, and hand-generated power in addition to geothermal, hydrogen fuel cells, wind, solar, tidal, hydro, and other technologies. The class is perfect for budding environmentalists and future engineers!

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Code to Play

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       TK, K-1
Day/Dates:         Friday - Aug 30  |  Sept 6, 13, 27  | Oct 4, 18, 25  | Nov 8, 15
Sessions:            9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                   2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $215       After August 16th - $225

Children will explore the wonderful world of coding and logical thinking using physical tiles (no screen time) to make their bot move, sing, dance, and create beautiful artwork. Coding concepts such as; sequences, loops, and subroutines will be introduced through fun projects around treasure hunts and exploration. This fundamental coding course has been designed by CompuChild’s outstanding team members with a Ph.D. in engineering, children’s librarian, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.). We are one of the two national children’s education franchises that are ‘STEM Certified’ by Cognia.

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Entrepreneurship, Finance & Public Speaking Combo Class!

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         4 - 5
Day/Dates:           Wednesday - Aug 28  |  Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $200    After March 13 - $210

An excellent combo camp!!  Kids will learn to present confidently and write effectively in 6 steps. They will develop public speaking & leadership skills to provide reasoning and evidence on thought provoking topics.

Learning the concepts of money management will help students better understand the elements of personal finance, value of saving wisely & budgeting effectively. They will acquire the knowledge of entrepreneurship by creating step-by-step plan & present a New Business Project!

It will be Fun, Effective & Invigorating camp!

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Fall into Mandarin Joys: Mandarin Immersion Class for K-5

Prerequisite – This classes is designed for student who have some experience listening to daily use of Mandarin in their home.  However, speaking, reading and writing skills are not required and English explanations will be used in the classroom as needed to facilitate learning.

Instructor:           Ms. Yu Wang, Owner Joyful Thoughts Mandaring Immersion Program
Grade Level:       K - 5
Day/Dates:          Tuesday - Aug  27  |  Sept 3, 10, 17, 24  |  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $210       After August 13th  - $220

Welcome to our fall Mandarin Immersion class!

We're thrilled to have you join us as we leap into the vibrant world of autumn. Our classes are packed with fun, excitement, and a sprinkle of seasonal magic, all while boosting your Mandarin Chinese language skills.

Each class is a unique adventure, capturing the essence of fall through culture, art, social studies, and natural sciences. Imagine:

  • Crafting clay moon cakes while learning about the Mid-Autumn Festival!
  • Uncovering the science behind the changing colors of leaves and the phases of the moon.
  • Exploring fall harvests and diving into social studies with fun surveys about everyone's favorite season.

Our lessons are designed to keep you hooked and make language learning a breeze, all guided by the top-notch principles of Second Language Acquisition theory.

Say goodbye to boring, repetitive lessons! Our year-round curriculum ensures that every session is fresh, exciting, and filled with new surprises. Whether you're painting, crafting, or conducting cool experiments, you'll be learning Mandarin in the most natural and enjoyable way.

Come along for a whirlwind of fall fun and fantastic learning. Let's make this season unforgettable together!

Mandarin Immersion Class

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Happy Traveler LEGO Robotics

Prerequisite: To enroll in this course you MUST have first completed our Lego Robotics, WeDo Lego Robotics for Elementary Students or some other beginning Robotics class so your child is familiar with the basics of block coding. Otherwise, students should enroll in the Lego Robotics class at least once before enrolling in the Happy Traveler course.

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:         Thursday -   Aug 29  |  Sept 5, 12, 19, 26  |  Oct 3, 17, 24  |  Nov 7
Sessions:            9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                   2:05 - 3:12pm
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $215   After August 15th - $225

This unit will develop your students' understanding of computer science as they create sequences and loops, decompose problems, and improve programs to meet specific needs. They'll investigate ways of accurately describing the decisions they've made when creating a program, carry out fair tests, and develop their ability to generate and debug multiple solutions. Your students will recount experiences using relevant facts and descriptive details. This will help them to improve their communication skills.

They will build river ferries, swamp boats, cable carts etc. by using LEGO pieces and program these LEGO figures to perform various actions. 

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Lando Creative Coding with Scratch (2 hours)

Instructor:           Lando Trained Instructor
Grade Level:       1- 3
Day/Dates:          Thursday - Aug 29  |  Sept 5, 12, 19, 26  |  Oct 3, 17, 24  |  Nov 7
Sessions:             9 classes x 2 hour
Time:                    2:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  TBC
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $415        After August 15th  - $425

Our classes are designed to engage both new and experienced coders. Instead of your typical coding puzzles, students learn by creating a variety of mini-games. They’ll master key concepts — such as sequencing, variables, conditionals, and events — all while enjoying the process of building games for themselves and their friends. We provide laptops loaded with our custom, distraction-free version of Scratch and send regular updates to keep parents informed about each student’s progress.

Lando Coding from Scratch - NEW CLASS for 90 minutes

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Lando LEGO Engineering & Design Thinking Class (2 Hours)

Instructor:           Lando Trained Instructor
Grade Level:       1- 3
Day/Dates:          Friday - Aug 30  |  Sept 6, 13, 27  | Oct 4, 18, 25  | Nov 8, 15
Sessions:             10 classes x 2 hour
Time:                    2:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  TBC
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $445        After August 16th  - $455

Lando classes teach students the skills needed to solve real world engineering problems without relying on step by step instructions. Our unique classes give students the freedom to explore their own solutions to engineering problems, while our expert teachers guide them with tactical hints and suggestions, as well as explanations of core engineering and design concepts. This approach allows them to gain early exposure to complex concepts and ideas, while developing mental toughness and perseverance. In each class students will utilize legos to solve a specific engineering or design challenge (e.g., building a bridge, dome, elevator, catapult, train.) These challenges include distinct levels (bridge holds 2, 5, 10, 15, 20, 35+ pounds) to keep students engaged and allow them to progress at their own pace.

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Lando Sculpting with Modeling Clay (2 hours)

Instructor:           Lando Trained Instructor
Grade Level:       1- 3
Day/Dates:          Wednesday - Aug 28  |  Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sessions:             10 classes x 2 hour
Time:                    2:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  TBC
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $445        After August 16th  - $455

Unlock artistic passion with our unique sculpting technique class, developed by experts from the Rhode Island School of Design. Students explore fundamental concepts such as color theory and structural supports while learning to simplify complex forms. Each session introduces new and exciting projects from our extensive library of builds, ensuring fresh challenges and creative fun for all skill levels. In addition, students can take home their unique sculptures to showcase their growing skills.

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Game Development (90 mins)

Instructor:             CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:          2 - 5
Day/Dates:             Monday – Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 29    
Sessions:                9 classes x 90 minutes
Time:                       3:05 - 4:35pm 
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird - $310     After August 12th - $320

This is a beginner’s course in design and building games. Students will be using the roblox game engine to build 3D games and learning the fundamentals of programming doing so. This is a fun way for kids to learn programming while applying their creative side to design games. They will be learning and practicing the concepts of variables, IF ELSE conditions, Loops, timers, functions, checkpoint, and events in this course.

Note: Students can take this class twice without repeating any projects.

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LEGO® Robotics

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Friday –   Aug 30  |  Sept 6, 13, 27  | Oct 4, 18, 25  | Nov 8, 15
Sessions:            9 classes x 67 minutes    
Time:                   2:05 - 3:12pm 
 Room:                 TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $215        After August 16th - $225

Kids will have a great time in this hands-on Robotics course while also being introduced to various aspects of mechanical, electrical, and computer science Engineering. Students will be introduced to a block coding language in order to provide an intuitive understanding for programming as well as provide easy to follow instructions to build many simple machines.

 

In every class session students will use Lego pieces to build figures like airplanes, alligators, a smart spinner, etc., and they will be introduced to mechanical and electrical mechanisms like sensors, gears, pullies.  They will then use block programming to help their fit all these pieces together to create their own moving project.

Note: Students can enroll in this class two times without repeating activities.

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Money Matters - Fun Finance for Kids

Instructor:            TalentNook Academy
Grade Level:         3 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday – Aug  27  |  Sept 3, 10, 17, 24  |  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $230        After August 13th - $240

Money is an integral part of our lives, and understanding how to manage it is crucial, especially from an early age. Welcome to "Money Matters - Fun Finance for Kids," a dynamic and engaging course designed to introduce elementary students in grades 3-5 to the exciting world of money management.

Through a blend of interactive activities, games, and hands-on projects, students will learn essential financial concepts in a fun and practical way. In this course, students will explore the basics of money identification, budgeting, saving, spending, debit, credit, banking, and much more. They will participate in role-playing activities, such as running a classroom store and managing a lemonade stand, to practice real-world financial skills. Interactive online games and educational board games will reinforce their learning and make financial literacy enjoyable.

Students will also delve into important topics like needs versus wants, the value of earning money through chores or entrepreneurial activities, and the benefits of saving and investing. Engaging discussions and creative projects, such as DIY piggy banks and charity drives, will help students understand the importance of money in their everyday lives and the broader community.

By the end of the course, students will have a solid foundation in financial literacy, empowering them to make informed decisions about money now and in the future. Join us on this exciting journey to financial independence and responsibility!

Money Matters - Fun Finance for Kids will enable your student to:

  • Learn the importance of saving and setting financial goals
  • Develop budgeting skills through practical exercises and role-playing
  • Understand the difference between needs and wants


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Read Aloud! for Grades K-2

Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:          Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:       K - 2
Day/Dates:           Tuesday – Aug  27  |  Sept 3, 10, 17, 24  |  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3:05 -4:05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $230      After August 13 - $240

In this course, students can explore the magic of storytelling and develop a lifelong love of reading. In the Fall class, we will delve into a variety of reading materials, from enchanting picture books to simple texts that captivate young minds. With each story, students will have the opportunity to follow characters, unravel plot twists, and engage in lively dialogues.

Our dedicated teacher will guide every student through themed readings each week, covering a range of topics from Nature's Wonders to Adventures in Space. After each story, students will participate in discussions where they can share their thoughts, identify key characters, and express their likes or dislikes about the tale. Through these interactions, they'll learn the nuances of character development and storytelling, while honing their language and communication skills. Join us this semester and watch as your student develops a deep love for reading, engages in stimulating discussions, and explores the wonders of storytelling!

Read Aloud will enable your student to:

  • Develop a deep love for reading, fostering a lifelong passion for literature.
  • Enhance their language and communication skills through engaging discussions and storytelling.
  • Explore the art of character development and plot unraveling, nurturing their imagination and critical thinking abilities.

 
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Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies - Narrative Writing for Grades 1-2

Instructor:          Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:       1 - 2
Day/Dates:          Wednesday - Aug 28  |  Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $230          After August 14th - $240

It is never too early to start children on a path to reading for enjoyment and learning how to find important material in the text. Our Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies program developed with a theme of Narrative Writing for the fall semester for grades 1-2 allows children to read engaging passages with interest and accuracy, pulling out relevant information and developing a relationship with the text. The material is fun to read and encourages building a connection with the stories. Reading comprehension questions are designed to test understanding, while writing response questions foster student creativity.

Since writing skills are emerging at this age, teachers encourage students to draw and use illustrations to express their understanding. Learning to appreciate literature by listening, attempting to write, and creating through labeling and illustration is a win-win approach.

Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies will enable your child to:

  • Listen, react, and illustrate the meaning of the text.
  • Express main ideas and concepts about narrative texts through questions and responses.
  • Engage in exploring the meanings behind literature.

Enroll your student in our Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies program to ignite their passion for reading and writing, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of literature.

 

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Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies - Narrative Writing for Grades 3-5

Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:             Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:             Thursday - Aug 29  |  Sept 5, 12, 19, 26  |  Oct 3, 17, 24  |  Nov 7
Sessions:                9 classes  x 67 minutes
Time:                       2:05 - 3:12pm
Room:                    TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing - $230       After August 15th - $240

This Reading and Comprehension course is designed for grades 3-5 to provide students with narratives they want to read, so they can enjoy writing about the experience. The reading is geared towards teaching students how to annotate and form a relationship between the text and the author. The goal is to create a relationship with the text so that recall of important details and information is understood and not forgotten when answering questions and giving written responses.

The writing aspect of the course is designed to further a student's awareness of literature and reading passages so that they can hone in on the important prompts and literary elements to create a more concise, thoughtful, and targeted response to reading. The aspects of figurative language, point of view, and author’s purpose will be utilized

Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies will enable your child to:

  • Develop strategies for understanding written text
  • Find important details and meanings behind the author’s objective
  • Write a concise, thoughtful response to literary analysis.

 

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Spanish Safari: Sing, Rhyme, Play, and Write! For Grades 1-5

Instructor:           Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday -  Aug 29  |  Sept 5, 12, 19, 26  |  Oct 3, 17, 24  |  Nov 7
Sessions:             9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                    2:05 - 3:12pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $230   After August 15th - $240

"Spanish Safari: Sing, Rhyme, Play, and Write!" embarks on a fresh expedition through language and culture in the Fall season, tailored to captivate and educate students in Grades 1-5.

This immersive language program invites young learners to explore the depths of the Spanish language and its cultural richness. Guided by well-experienced teachers, the semester kick-starts with fundamental aspects like greetings, alphabets, numbers, and colors, laying the groundwork for a captivating learning journey.

Throughout the semester, students engage in stimulating projects that allow them to demonstrate their newfound language proficiency in imaginative and purposeful ways. These projects shine a spotlight on Spanish-speaking cultures and their unique traditions, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation for global diversity.

Spanish Safari will enable your student to:

  • Foster cultural awareness, acceptance, and a keen appreciation for diverse viewpoints from around the globe.
  • Sharpen problem-solving skills as they navigate through the intricacies of grammar, vocabulary, and sentence construction in a new language.
  • Access a world of global opportunities in an increasingly interconnected society, laying the groundwork for future endeavors.

 

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Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:             Certified Instructor from Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:          K - 2
Day/Dates:             Friday – March 22   | April 12, 19, 26   |  May 3, 10, 17, 24 
Sessions:                8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                       3:05 - 4:20pm
Room:                     B203
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200      After March 15 - $210

WordSMASH! at the kindergarten to second grade level is a combination of reading, playing, and drawing fun that ignites your child’s creativity and love for language. This course is jam-packed with sensory details and engages play-on words and letter recognition sounds. In this most basic program for our youngest learners, WordSMASH! comes alive with new themes, games, fun, laughter, and music. It will make language inspiring for their age level with phonics, word families, and rhymes.

WORDSMASH! offers weekly activities ranging from “Color My World” to “Make a Wish” and many more out of the box themes. Our program includes engaging word games, find the mistakes, rhymes, jokes, nonsense words, connect-the-dots, and more. With activities like "Can you rhyme with?" and "Music to write with," we bring laughter and learning together, encouraging a fun and interactive reading experience for children.

Our teachers let their inner child come out to play with your students. WordSMASH! provides the perfect foundation for kids to unleash their understanding of letters, sounds, and drawings to listen, laugh, and smile as their words flow. Warning: WordSMASH! is extremely entertaining, and your students might tell you everything that happened as they laugh out loud.

WORDSMASH will enable your student to:

  1. Develop thinking skills with phonics, word families, and tactile word games
  2. Stimulate language with sensory and drawing manipulatives.
  3. Complete portfolios with illustrative language and activity projects.

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Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook Writing & Reading courses as the themes change from session to session and the students will learn new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:          Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:          Wednesday - March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24  |  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $200          After March 6 - $210

WordSMASH isn't your typical language course – it's a journey into the wonders of words, cleverly disguised as a thrilling game of language, sounds, scavenger hunts, with the complexities and exceptions of language. Each week provides a theme that creates excitement from Music Makes to Superheroes Save the Word as students explore reading activities, and music to enlighten and inspire.

The course is crafted to combine learning with excitement, making language exploration an exhilarating game. The program incorporates a variety of interactive word games, challenges, and activities that stimulate critical thinking and creative expression. From puzzles to collaborative projects, to “What ifs,” and “This can’t be true,” students actively participate in the learning process all the while entertained with the nuances of language. Students learn with fun and games.

Each week introduces a captivating subject ranging from "Mythical Odyssey" to "Scientific Marvels." These themes serve as a gateway for students to explore diverse aspects of language in a fun and engaging manner.

WORDSMASH will enable students to:

  1. Develop thinking and word skills by enjoying language
  2. Read and explore new themes that ignite imagination and word play
  3. Complete language projects in illustrative ways to build cognitive skills Let the joy of learning words be an ongoing, animated adventure!

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Instructor:             Creatif Art Instructor  
Grade Level:          1 – 5 
Day/Dates:             Monday – March 18, 25   |  April  8, 15, 22, 29   |  May 6, 13
Sessions:                8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                       2:05 - 3:20 pm
Room:                     Change to Middle Flex Room
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $199    After March 4 - $210

Creatif is excited to invite your child to a delightful spring-themed Kawaii art adventure! Join us for an enchanting session where participants will dive into the world of drawing adorable Kawaii characters. This engaging class will immerse your child in the joyful art of creating cute and vibrant spring-inspired Kawaii art.
 
Every student will receive an individual sketchbook to nurture their spring-themed Kawaii artistry. They'll explore these newfound skills while crafting treasured mementos like windchimes, bookmarks and canvases adorned with delightful kawaii designs. Our creative journey will traverse through an array of mediums, embracing the use of pencils, sharpies, colorful markers, and other imaginative tools.
 
Don't miss out on this exciting and highly sought-after class; secure your spot today! We are looking forward to creating art with your child.

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Instructor:             Creatif Art Instructor  
Grade Level:          1 – 5 
Day/Dates:             Tuesday - March 19, 26   |  April  9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14
Sessions:                8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                       2:05 - 3:20 pm
Room:                     Change to A209 (Middle Flex Room)
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $199    After March 12 - $210

Join us for an exciting and interactive drawing and painting class tailored specifically for young artists. Through this fun session they will be introduced to basic drawing and painting skills. They'll have the opportunity to express themselves artistically, creating vibrant artworks.
No prior experience required as this class is designed to inspire creativity and foster a love for art. Join us as we embark on a colorful journey of self-expression and creativity! Enroll your child today to ignite their passion for drawing and painting.

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Instructor:             Ms. Laura Marotto, Cottonwood Instructor 
Grade Level:          2 - 5
Day/Dates:            Thursday – March 16*, 23    |  April 13, 20, 27   |  May 4, 11, 18, 25
Sessions:                9 X 1 Hour
Time:                       3 - 4pm 
                                *NOTE: March 16 is a minimum days and class will run from 12:45 – 1:45 pm 
Room:                     E206
Tuition:                    After February 23rd -  $177  (please note only 9 sessions)

Learn to sing with this fun and interactive class that teaches students beginning/intermediate choral skills. Students will engage in learning solfège to develop singing skills such as pitch, rhythm, beat, and tempo. They will also learn strategies and techniques to warm up the voice which will help develop vowel sounds and singing in unison. Students will build from their solfège and warm up skills to learning repertoire. The repertoire will be varied as students will learn different styles of songs to gain a variety of exposure to music. Each session will highlight new songs for students to learn, therefore students are encouraged to sign up for multiple sessions! The class will culminate with a showcase performance for parents where a set of songs are performed. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to develop a love for singing. 

Singing After School class at Dublin elementary schools

Enrollment Open

 

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Instructor:             Ms. Dominique De Vera, Cottonwood Creek Media Tech
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:             Friday – March 22   | April 12, 19, 26   |  May 3, 10, 17, 24 
Sessions:                8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                       3:05 - 4:20pm
Room:                     Library
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $190      After March 15 - $200

Artists of all levels and comic book enthusiasts unite! Graphic novels and Mangas are the rage these days! This course offers the absolute basics of creating comics such as storytelling, layouts, and more! Students will learn how to tell a story from beginning to end and how to organize their panels. All artists from beginner to advanced can participate and share their creative spin! This is a great opportunity for artists to learn more about storytelling with the use of visual art if they aspire to create their own graphic novels or Mangas someday.

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Instructor:             Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Level:          1 -5
Day/Dates:             Thursday - Sept  2, 9, 16, 23, 30    |    Oct   7, 14, 21, 28    |   Nov  4    
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3 - 4pm
Room:                     D101
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $189     After August 29th - $199

It’s a Zoo in here! This course is sure to delight kids who love animals. Using Lego bricks, kids will have the chance to build snakes, insects, mammals and creatures and critters from their own imagination. Each week students will learn about the animals they build, from a chameleon that changes colors to their construction of a model seal that waddles across their table. Students will fall in love with their mobile creations that celebrate the wonders of the animal kingdom.

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Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday – Sept   8, 15, 22, 29    |  Oct   6, 13, 20, 27  |  Nov   3, 10
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2  -  3pm
Room:                     E201
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing - $180    After September 5th - $190

Learn chess with Pacific Chess Academy!  This program is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to overcome obstacles, think strategically, and stay focused. Specifically designed for young players with various levels (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation to chess tournaments. The use of the modern technology (projectors, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. Participants receive certificates and trophies at the end of the school year. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a Chess Champion, this class is for students at all ability levels.

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

  1. Improves concentration, attention span and memory abilities.
  2. Enhances reading and math skills.
  3. Fosters critical-thinking and creativity in young minds.
  4. Encourages and rewards hard work.
  5. Develops problem solving skills.
  6. Exercises both sides of your brain


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Instructor:           Certificated Chess Instructors from Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Levels:      5 - 8
Sessions:              8 x 1 Hour 
Day/Dates            Wednesday – March 31  |  April 14, 21, 28  |  May 5, 12, 19, 26 
Time:                     3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                    Video Access from Pacific Chess Academy Website
Tuition:                 $140

Course Description:
The Advanced chess class is open to Cottonwood students only and is designed for students with a solid understanding of chess games. This course covers more advanced techniques and chess strategy and is followed by weekly tournament games as well as simultaneous games against the instructor. Our All-in-One unique Chess system is easy to use and navigate; the idea is to give children even greater learning opportunities, practice chess puzzles at home and receive fun daily assignments from instructors.

Pacific Chess Academy will host at least two chess tournaments during the program that will be open to all middle school students and medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each grade level.

Class Equipment Requirements:

  • Internet Connection
  • Reliable device (Laptop or Desktop with audio and video access)

 

ENROLLMENT OPEN

Instructor:            Ms Katie Nerheim, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Monday – March 16, 23, 30  |  April 13, 20, 27  |  May 4, 11, 18
Sessions:              9 X 70 minutes
Time:                     2.10 - 3:20pm
Room:                   C106
Tuition:                  $195    

Jump like a frog!  Salute the sun. Root into the earth as a tree and sit like a lotus petal floating in a calm pool of water. Monkey Bear Yoga brings story-telling to the practice of Yoga for Kids. Through imagination, children are engaged and excited to learn yoga. Yoga for Kids is a fun-filled journey to the self. Through mindful movement, breathing techniques and imaginative play, children connect with their authentic selves.

We live in a high speed, fast paced environment that can be taxing to our spirit and sense of self. Children experience stress and anxiety just as adults do. Yoga fosters the whole child. Children will develop strength and flexibility in their bodies and minds through yoga poses and partner exercises. They will learn breathing techniques to soothe anxiety, focus better, and practice patience. Yoga for Kids give children the tools to live a balanced, peaceful life.

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          6 - 8
Day/Dates:             Monday - Dec  2, 9, 16  | Jan  13, 27  | Feb  3, 10, 24  | March 2
Sessions:                9 x 70 minutes
Time:                       3.20 - 4.30pm
Room:                     D205 
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing -  $195 After August 25th -  $205

Learn chess with Pacific Chess Academy!  This program is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to overcome obstacles, think strategically, and stay focused. Specifically designed for young players with various levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation for chess tournaments. The use of modern technology (projector, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! The class is offered to Grades 1-7. All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a Chess Champion, this class is for students at all ability levels.

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

  1. Improves concentration, attention span and memory abilities.
  2. Enhances reading and math skills.
  3. Fosters critical-thinking and creativity in young minds.
  4. Encourages and rewards hard work.
  5. Develops problem solving skills.
  6. Exercises both sides of your brain


We are using a new teaching software, which is FREE and remarkably easy-to-use and fully motivates students with features like ratings and standings, bonus points and statistics.  Kids will have access to thousands of chess workouts while parents can monitor their progress, see the curriculum, and even learn new chess techniques with their kids.

Enrollment Open

Instructor:            Ms Akinder Gill, Cottonwood Teacher -  (Certified BASP/BCLAD K-12 Spanish/English Dual Immersion)
Grade Level:         K  -5
Days/Dates:          Thursday - March 7, 14, 21, 28 |  April 11, 25 | May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:               10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                     D101
Tuition:                   $199

We are all global citizens! Let's begin a journey to explore and understand the Latin American experience and learn to speak Spanish in highly interactive and engaging ways!  We will gain cultural and linguistic understanding through interactive dialogue, songs, videos, games, maps, literature, and the arts. Learning how to express oneself in another language builds confidence.  It also develops articulate and culturally, linguistically, and socially tolerant individuals. Learning another language produces immeasurable benefits socially as well as academically. The goal of the program is to teach students how to speak another language confidently and to think critically about the benefits of learning about other cultures and languages.  The program also enhances students’ verbal skills, active listening, communication, and critical thinking skills through presentations, activities, songs, and games.

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Instructor:             Ms. Lorrin Harris, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:          3 -5
Day/Dates:             Friday - Aug 30  | Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 | Oct  4, 11, 18, 25  | Nov 8
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3.10 - 4.10pm 
Room:                     C206
Tuition:                   Early Bird Princing - $189 After Aug. 25th - $199

Explore the world without ever leaving Dubin! Immerse yourself in the language and cultures of the world. Join me in this fun-filled class as we tour the world and introduce students to amazing world culture. Student will have the chance to explore and learn about art, music and theater around the world while also learning to appreciate that for all of our differences, people have many similarities in their daily lives. 

Students will be introduced to a number of languages and cultures in this course such as Spanish and Braizilian Portuguese and will learn some basic language skills along the way..   Come join the fun of exploring the world and learning to speak in a different language. You won’t want to miss this trip.

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