Amador Elementary School

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

Amador Elementary SchoolHello Amador 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 TK, Kindergarten through to 5th 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, 16, 23, 30  |  Nov 6 (no class on 9 Oct)
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $200        After August 14  - $210

It’s laughter, learning and limelight with the After School Drama Club’s 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 free 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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Animal Island™

Instructor:          Challenge Island Instructor
Grade Level:       TK, K - 1
Day/Dates:          Tuesday - Aug  27  |  Sept 3, 10, 17, 24  |  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sessions:            10 x 1 hour 
Time:                   3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $208     After August 13th - $218

Join us for an exciting island expedition where you and your pals will take a journey through the Animal Kingdom. Dive into the captivating world of diverse habitats, including oceans, rainforests, farms, and the realms of birds and reptiles. Along the way, you'll have the chance to explore various sensory bins and unleash your creativity through arts and crafts. Prepare for an incredibly thrilling adventure at Challenge Island's® Animal Island™!

 Animal Island from Challenge Island

Note: The Challenge Island instructor has agreed to pickup and drop off  TK, Kindergarten students from EDCC.  If your child is enrolled in EDCC please complete and turn in the required EDCC form allowing them to release your child to the Challenge Island instructor. Otherwise, parents will need to bring their students back to school to attend this afternoon class.

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Art Integration-Blending STEM and Creativity - For Grades 1-5

Instructor:           Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:       1 - 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 - $250   After August 13th - $260

This innovative curriculum seamlessly blends Science, Math, History, and Language Arts with the power of artistic expression, providing students with a holistic learning journey that ignites their curiosity and sparks innovation.

Students will embark on a dynamic exploration of STEM concepts through hands-on projects, collaborative activities, and interactive lessons, all infused with a creative twist. Each class session will revolve around a captivating theme, offering opportunities for learning, reading, discussions, idea sharing, and, of course, plenty of artistic expression.

From measuring and creating intricate designs with geometric math art, to building 3D models, exploring chemical reactions, understanding geological formations, and yet sharing their personal favorites, this class captivates students of all ages. Additionally, crafting Halloween-themed spiders and insects will also be a fun and engaging activity this fall semester.

Art Integration: Blending STEM and Creativity will enhance students to:

  • Inspire curiosity and imagination, bridging the gap between analytical thinking and artistic innovation.
  • Cultivate critical thinking skills by approaching STEM challenges with creative problem-solving strategies.
  • Develop a holistic understanding of complex concepts by exploring them through both scientific and creative lenses.

Join us for this class brimming with fun, exploration, and enriching learning experiences that will inspire and empower your student.

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Art of Public Speaking: Build Confidence & Charisma!!

Instructor:          Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Monday – Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28       
Sessions:             9 classes x  67 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4.12pm     
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $200     After August 12th - $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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Bolly Fusion Dance Class for Kids

Instructor:           Ms. Krishna Mehta, Amador Teacher
Grade Level:       1- 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday - Aug 29  |  Sept 5, 12, 19, 26  |  Oct 3, 17, 24  |  Nov 7
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                    2.05pm - 3.05pm   
Room:                  B203
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $195      After August 15th - $205

An active, energetic, and diverse Bollywood Dance class that will focus on merging many different styles of dance into one, while encouraging students to build their confidence levels. Students will be exposed to Indian Classical Dance, Folk Dance, Bhangra, and Bollywood through choreographed dance pieces. Students will learn specific technique associated with each of these dance styles, including but not limited to what the hand gestures and steps are called, the meaning behind each gesture, and how to string it together in a fluid motion. Lessons will focus on understanding rhythm and how to hear the beats within each song.

Students will learn the true art of performance, with lessons on stage presence, facial expressions, and expressing emotions through dance! Students will build their knowledge on how to weave all the different forms of dance to create a choreographed piece. In addition, through BollyFusion dance classes, students will learn character traits like responsibility, passion, and hard work, while learning vibrant and entertaining dances.

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Instructor:          Ms. Jean Wright from Cafe Art
Grade Level:      1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Friday –  March 15, 22   |  April 12, 19, 26  |  May 3, 10, 17
Sessions:            8 classes x 75 minutes 
Time:                   3:05 - 4:20 pm
Room:                 D104
Tuition:                Early Bird - $192     After March 8 - $205

Café Art is excited to invite your child on a seasonal art journey as we combine our favorite classes – all things kawaii (cute) and zentangles (fun doodles) with seasonal art. This session we will be learning to draw Kawaii characters such as, but not limited to, flowers, baby animals, butterflies, bees…  Students will use their skills to make sketchbooks, Shrinky dink keychains, bookmarks, button pins, canvas, final portfolio’s and more. We will be using art mediums such as pencils, sharpies, watercolor pencils, markers, and others. Don’t wait! These classes fill up fast. Hope to see your child soon.

Kawaii art students creating art!

Enrollment Open

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Chess Academy for Kids (Monday)

Instructor:          Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:          Monday –  Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
Sessions:             9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                    3.05 - 4.12pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $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 being played at an After School Elementary School in Dublin.

Six Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess:

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

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Chess Academy for Kids (Thursday)

Instructor:           Pacific Chess 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 - $208    After August 15th - $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.

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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Clay With Me: Videography & Claymation

Instructor:          Ms Christine Miller, Amador Teacher
Grade Level:       1 - 5 
Day/Dates:         Thursday - Aug 29  |  Sept 5, 12, 19, 26  |  Oct 3, 17, 24  |  Nov 7
Sessions:            8 classes x 75 Minutes
Time:                   2:05- 3:20pm   
Room:                 B102
Tuition:               Early Bird - $195     After August 15th - $205

Are you interested in being a director and creating your own videos? Have you ever used a green screen? Would you like to create your own Claymation movie?  If all of this sounds like fun to you then this is the class for you. We will combine science with clay by creating Claymation videos. Students will create their own podcasting videos using the latest state-of-the-art technology and videography. Lift off into space and create a digital video of the moon phases or get creative and create a Claymation video of our childhood favorite story: The Hungry Caterpillar.  All this and more are possible in this fun new class offered only to Amador students.

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Clean Technology & Electrical Circuits

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:         Friday - Aug 30  |  Sept 6, 13, 20, 27  | Oct 4, 18, 25  | Nov 8
Sessions:            9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                   2:05pm - 3:12pm
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:          Monday – Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
Sessions:             10 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:12pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $215      After August 12th  - $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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Crafting & Art Fun With Ms Jennaro

Instructor:          Ms. Angelina Jennaro,  Amador Teacher
Grade Level:      1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Thursday - Aug 29  |  Sept 5, 12, 19, 26  |  Oct 3, 17, 24  |  Nov 7  
Sessions:            8 classes x 75 Minutes   
Time:                   2pm - 3:15pm   
Room:                  B104
Tuition:                Early Bird - $195      After August 15th - $205

This engaging arts and crafts course is designed to spark creativity and develop artistic skills in students of all ages. Through a variety of hands-on projects, young artists will explore different mediums, techniques, and styles while having fun and expressing themselves creatively.

Each session will focus on a new theme or concept, allowing students to discover the joy of making art with their own hands. From painting and drawing to sculpting and crafting, this course encourages imagination and problem-solving in a supportive and inclusive environment. Students will not only create beautiful artworks but also learn valuable skills such as teamwork, patience, and attention to detail. Join us for a colorful journey where every child's creativity can flourish!

 Crafting and Art Fun with Ms Jennaro

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Creatif - Clay Workshop

Instructor:           Creatif Art Instructor 
Grade Level:       1- 5
Day/Dates:          Wednesday - Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:             8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                    2:05 - 3:20pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $205       After August 21st  - $215

Join the Creatif - Clay Workshop, where imagination meets craftsmanship! In this hands-on class, participants will dive into the versatile world of clay artistry. From sculpting and molding to shaping and detailing, students will create art using clay. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced artist, join us as we explore the endless possibilities of clay and create stunning works of art together!

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Creative Writing for Primary Students – Elements of Writing a Story

Instructor:        Ms  Elizabeth Urdahl (formerly Littlejohn)
Grade Level:     1 - 3
Day/Dates:       Thursday - Aug 29  |  Sept 5, 12, 19, 26  |  Oct 3, 17, 24  |  Nov 7
Sessions:           8 classes x 75 Minutes  
Time:                  2pm - 3:15pm   
Room:                 B103
Tuition:               Early Bird - $195     After August 15th - $205

Does your child love to write and put their unique ideas on paper? Or, does he/she struggle with writing and need a little extra help? Either way, this is the perfect class for them! Amador 2nd grade instructor, Ms Elizabeth Urdahl LOVES to see returning and new students alike as writing is a process that improves with practice over time. In this ever-changing course your child will learn about character, plot and setting development and use their 5 senses to enhance and add detail to their story line before sharing their stories with their peers!

Students will experiment with all of these techniques and challenge themselves to think outside of the box. Some of the activities include raffle stories, random picture stories, painted paper stories, shared stories, squiggle stories, seasonal stories, and many more! What better way to encourage your child to love writing than in this upbeat, fun class?! To make it even sweeter, we also learn about sharing our stories in a way that allows our readers/listeners to be engaged by using intonation and expression, AND how to give respectful feedback to help our peers make their writing even better! 

Note: Ms. Urdahl’s class is open to returning students as the theme and emphasis of each writing course changes each session and new skills are learned in each session.  

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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:        Certificated Instructor from 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 - $230      After August 15th - $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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Escape Room Fun!

Instructor:        Ms Darcie Hamilton, Amador Teacher
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:                 C102
Tuition:               Early Bird - $195     After August 16th - $205

A classroom escape room is a series of obstacles or challenges that students complete as a team in a specific amount of time (typically 45 - 60 minutes long). Escape Room is a great way for students to learn about new content and use their thinking skills to solve puzzles and riddles.

During the escape room challenge students will use their academic skills to read passages closely, think critically, answer comprehension questions, and use math skills to decipher challenging and fun puzzles! While working as a team, students will develop their intrapersonal skills such as communication and growth mindset as they journey together on this joint effort. The classroom teacher will be there to guide and support students along the path to solving these fun and challenging tasks. Escape or not - students are bound to have lots of fun in an interactive environment! 

Additionally, students who are quick problem solvers will have access to google classroom to play an ongoing digital escape room or will be given tools to design their own escape room and challenges.

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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:          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 - $210        After August 14th  - $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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Full STEAM Ahead!

Instructor:        Ms. Jessilyn Hill, Amador Teacher
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:                  2pm - 3:07pm  
Room:                 C104
Tuition:               Early Bird - $195      After August 15th  - $205

Wanted: Creators, thinkers, problem solvers, doers, innovators, and inventors!

In this course you will engage collaboratively in applying your knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math through various problem-based learning opportunities.  Students will be immersed in an exploratory learning environment where they will learn scientific principles behind creating balloon powered rockets, musical straws, and so much more! Exposing kids to simple STEAM activities at an early age today sets a foundation for higher learning tomorrow. Looking forward to learning and exploring with you!

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Game Development (90 mins)

Instructor:       CompuChild
Grade Level:     2 - 5
Day/Dates:       Wednesday – Aug 28  |  Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Sessions:           10 classes x 90 minutes
Time:                  2:05 - 3:35pm 
Room:                TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird - $310    After August 14th - $320

This is a beginners 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 enroll in this class twice without repeating any of the projects.

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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 Traveller Lego Robotics course.

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Monday – Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
Sessions:             9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:12pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $215   After August 5 - $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 (90 mins)

Instructor:           Lando Trained Instructor
Grade Level:       1- 3
Day/Dates:          Monday –  Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
Sessions:             9 classes x 90 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:35pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $345        After August 12th  - $355

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:          Wednesday –  Aug 28  |  Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Nov 6
Sessions:             10 classes x 2 hour
Time:                    2:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $445        After August 14th - $455

Students discover an excitement for engineering as they design, prototype, and test solutions to real-world challenges with LEGO bricks — building grittiness and problem-solving skills along the way. Each class features progressively challenging levels of a distinct engineering problem, like building domes that withstand asteroids, designing air cannons to launch circus performers, or creating air filters to remove debris. Plus, we regularly share class learnings and photos of each student’s creations with families after class.

 

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Lando Sculputing with Modeling Clay (90 mins)

Instructor:           Lando Trained Instructor
Grade Level:       1- 3
Day/Dates:          Tuesday - Aug  27  |  Sept 3, 10, 17, 24  |  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sessions:             10 classes x 90 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:35pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $385        After August 13th  - $395

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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LEGO® Robotics (Monday)

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:          Monday – Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28     
Sessions:            9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:12pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $215   After August 12th - $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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Math Marvel! For Grades 1-2

Instructor:           Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:       1 - 2
Day/Dates:          Twice a week on Monday and Wednesday
                              Monday – Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
                              Wednesday - Aug 28  |  Sept 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (no class Sept 4)
Sessions:             18 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                    Monday - 3:05 - 4:12pm     Wednesday - 2:05pm - 3:12pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $415   After August 12th - $425

Math needs to be fun and accessible to all students. Our curriculum, meticulously designed for 1st and 2nd-grade students, ensures that foundational concepts are strongly laid and well-developed. Through interactive lessons, manipulatives, and group activities, students acquire crucial skills using our multidimensional teaching strategies.

Our skilled instructors follow Common Core standards as young learners explore math in an exciting and engaging way. Creative challenges, concept development and reinforcement, practical exercises, worksheets, math puzzles, and games all form the core of this class. Tailored to their developmental stage, our approach nurtures an early love for mathematics, strengthens concepts, and helps students smoothly sail through their academic journey. Students not only gain confidence in math for the school year but also build a solid foundation for future success.

Math Marvel is your ticket to mathematical excellence. Enroll this fall for a transformative experience that ensures a robust foundation for lifelong learning!

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Math Marvel! For Grades 3-4

Instructor:           Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:       3 - 4
Day/Dates:          Twice a week on Monday and Wednesday
                              Monday – Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
                              Wednesday - Aug 28  |  Sept 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (no class Sept 4)
Sessions:             18 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                    Monday - 3:05 - 4:12pm     Wednesday - 2:05pm - 3:12pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $415   After August 12th - $425

Our curriculum for 3rd and 4th graders is designed to build on their existing knowledge while introducing more advanced common core concepts in a captivating way. Through dynamic lessons and collaborative activities, students will deepen their math skills in a supportive and engaging environment.

Our instructors use a variety of innovative teaching methods tailored to this age group. Understanding their unique needs and interests, we create a relatable learning environment that captures students' imaginations and curiosity. Interactive games, hands-on projects, and real-world problem-solving exercises make this class exciting. Students are further given a lot of practice exercises and word problems to further cement their learnings.

In our collaborative classroom atmosphere, students work together on group activities and challenges. This approach not only makes math more understandable but also helps students develop important teamwork and communication skills. They are encouraged to ask questions, think critically, and share their ideas and ways of approaching different problems, enhancing their overall understanding and confidence in math.

Math Marvel is your ticket to mathematical excellence. Enroll this Fall for a transformative experience that ensures a robust foundation for lifelong learning!

 

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Math Marvel! For Grades 5

Instructor:           Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:       5
Day/Dates:          Twice a week on Monday and Wednesday
                              Monday – Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
                              Wednesday - Aug 28  |  Sept 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (no class Sept 4)
Sessions:             18 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                    Monday - 3:05 - 4:12pm     Wednesday - 2:05pm - 3:12pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $415   After August 12th - $425

Welcome to Math Marvel, the ultimate program for 5th-grade students this Fall. Prepare for an exciting semester filled with engaging math activities that will captivate and inspire. Our comprehensive curriculum combines interactive lessons, collaborative group exercises, and independent study to provide a fully immersive learning experience aligned with Common Core standards.

Our experienced teachers tailor each lesson to meet the developmental stage and academic needs of 5th graders, balancing foundational concepts with more advanced skills. Through differentiated instruction, we address diverse learning styles and paces, ensuring that every child is appropriately challenged and empowered to succeed. With plenty of practice, students will build confidence and master key concepts, preparing them for the challenges of middle school.

At Math Marvel, we aim to make math both dynamic and enjoyable. Whether solving intricate problems in class or participating in interactive simulations, each activity is crafted to ignite curiosity and foster a genuine enthusiasm for mathematics. Our goal is to build confidence, readiness for middle school, and a solid foundation for future academic success.

Join us for a semester of discovery and growth, where learning becomes an adventure. Enroll your child in Math Marvel this fall for a transformative educational experience that promises to make math exciting, engaging, and rewarding. Don't miss the opportunity to give your child the tools they need to thrive in their mathematical journey!

 

Money Matters - Fun Finance for Kids

Instructor:           Talentnook Writing & Reading 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

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

Mindfulness in Movement (Yoga for Kids)

Instructor:        Vanessa Leong, Amador 5th Grade Teacher
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:                 Stage
Tuition:               Early Bird - $195     After August 15th - $205

Mindfulness in movement will develop a student's whole self by creating positivity within, building self awareness, gaining confidence and academic achievement through yoga practices and mindful awareness techniques. In this course of Mindfulness in Movement, students will build social emotional skills through mindful, breathing and relaxation activities. We will also incorporate team building activities, which will cultivate and increase confidence in their ability to handle personal problems and deal with emotional challenges calmly. Together we will foster gratitude, resilience, cooperative, self awareness, kindness and making good choices that your child could apply throughout their lives. 

Mindfulness Yoga with Ms Leong at Amador Elementary.

 

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Python for Young Minds

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
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 - $215   After August 13th - $225

Students in this digital age will need to have computational thinking abilities as computer programming has become an essential skill used in almost any profession you choose. "Python for young minds" is aimed at introducing young elementary students to think logically, enhance problem-solving skills and think creatively. We believe coding skills are going to be part of an essential set of skills and will also give a competitive edge in times to come. Python is kid-friendly and beginners language, as Python has natural language like structures, which enables kids to grasp programming concepts easily and keeps them interested. We also intend to keep learning fun and interesting through code challenges and interactive projects.  

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Read Aloud! for Grades K-2

Instructor:           Talentnook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:       K  - 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

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

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 a new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:           Talentnook Writing & Reading Academy
Grade Level:       1 - 2
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

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 a new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:        Talentnook Writing & Reading Academy
Grade Level:     3 - 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 - $230     After Auigust 14th - $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:          Monday –  Monday – Aug 26  | Sept 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Oct 7, 14, 21, 28
Sessions:             9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:12pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $230   After August 12th - $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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STEAM Slime-tastic Adventures

Instructor:          Challenge Island Instructor
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Wednesday – Aug 28  |  Sept 4, 11, 18, 25 |  Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 30  |  Nov 6
Sessions:             10 x 1 Hour 
Time:                    2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $208      After August 14th - $218

In this bestselling Slimetopia sequel, the world is being taken over by slime! Join a crew of STEAM Teammates and dive into the ooey-gooey excitement of our 9-week STEAM enrichment program, featuring 3 weeks of mind-blowing slime recipes.

Calling all innovative and inventive kids to an adventure in STEAM and entrepreneurship! You and your STEAM Team will design, create, and open new businesses every day: From PIZZApreneur Day and SWEETrepreneur Day to SLIMEtrepreneur Day, PETrepreneur Day.

Did you know that engaging in STEAM activities can significantly boost academic achievement and cognitive development?   Our STEAM Slime-tastic Adventures class combines the thrill of creating slime with the educational benefits of STEAM learning and entrepreneurship. This unique program will spark curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in young minds.

Get ready to mix up an amazing array of internationally-inspired slimes, from Italian Pizza Slime and Ghana Chocolate Slime to Boba Slime. Each session is packed with squishy, squashy, and sensational fun that’s guaranteed to captivate and inspire.

This slime adventure is sure to sell out in a flash, so book your spot today and don’t miss out on the slimy fun!

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Instructor:          Ms. Rachel Sleek, Amador 4th Grade Teacher
Grade Level:       K- 5 
Day/Dates:         Tuesday – March  19, 26  |   April  9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:            8 classes x 75 Minutes
Time:                   2:05- 3:20pm   
Room:                 C203
Tuition:               Early Bird - $190     After March 12 - $200

This cheerleading class will consist of learning basic cheer motions, cheer chants with moves, and cheer dances. All skill sets, genders, and grade levels (K-5) are welcome to this class! If your child has any interest in dance or cheer, is thinking about trying out to be a cheerleader in middle school one day, or just has an abundance of energy… they will love being a part of this class. Whether your child has cheer experience or they are brand new to cheerleading they are welcome to participate in this fun and exciting course. Cheerleading is a great way to build confidence, teamwork abilities, and memorization skills.

Ms. Sleek comes to this course with 15 years of cheerleading experience. She began her cheerleading days in elementary school where it slowly became a passion for her. She said that learning cheerleading at an early age provided her a jump start to the basics of cheerleading before she graduated to competitive cheer in middle and high school. Ms. Sleek currently serves as the STUNT cheer coach at Dublin High School and she is excited for the opportunity to work with your child.

Enrollment Open