Dougherty Elementary School

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

Dougherty Elementary SchoolHello Dougherty Elementary 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 5th Grade.  Below is the list of courses we are offering at Dougherty Elementary.


Actors’ Workshop!

Instructor:            Professional Actors from Kenn Adams Synergy Theater
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Monday – March 11, 18, 25   |  April  8, 15, 22, 29   |  May 6, 13, 20
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      2:05 - 3:05 pm
Room:                    MPR
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $196     After March 4 -  $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.

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Advanced 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 Advanced Lego Robotics course.

Instructor:            CompuChild Instructor
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
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:                   MPR
Tuition:                  Early Bird - $199   After March 5 - $210

Do you have a budding engineer in your family and a child who just can’t get enough of building and problem solving? Then the Advanced Lego Robotic course might be just the class you’re looking for. Working in teams, students will participate in an interactive engineering design process and will be challenged to construct more complex and dynamic robot projects that enable them to successfully complete a series of engineering challenges.

The Advanced Robotics course is designed for students who have already participated in our Beginning Lego & Robotics course as taught in the DPIE After School Program or a student who has already taken a basic robotics course and learned or is familiar with the basics of block coding.

Note: Students may enroll in this class twice without repeating projects.

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Instructor:            Challenge Island Instructor
Grade Levels:       TK - 1
Day/Dates:           Monday - March 11, 18, 25   |  April 8, 15, 22, 29   |  May 6, 13, 20 
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $205     After March 4 - $215

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™!

Kindergarten parents will need to bring their students back to school for this class.

 

Note: The Challenge Island instructor has agreed to pickup and drop off TK and Kindergarten students from EDCC.  If your child is enrolled in EDCC please complete and turn int 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 for Grades K-5

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          K - 5
Day/Dates:            Monday - March 11, 18, 25  |  April 8, 15, 22, 29   |  May 6, 13, 20
Sessions:                10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                     P4
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200        After March 4 - $210

Dive into the world of Art Integration for grades K-5, where our curriculum seamlessly blends art with core subjects, fostering enhanced problem-solving, creativity, and critical thinking. Whether your child is in kindergarten or fifth grade, they'll explore captivating themes, cultivating a love for learning beyond textbooks.

With weekly themes like Animals and their habitats, Bilateral Symmetry, and the Solar System, students engage in Science, Math, History, and Language Arts. From creating cartoon characters to crafting 3D models using colors, pencils, or recycled materials, our program ensures a perfect blend of fun and learning.

Art Integration empowers students to:

1) Think innovatively across grade levels.
2) Visualize abstract ideas, linking math symbols to real-world applications.
3) Enhance fine motor skills through activities like drawing and crafting.

Art Integration creates well-rounded individuals with a deep understanding of subjects and an appreciation for the arts.

 

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Believe It Or Not Island©

Instructor:            Challenge Island Instructor
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday - March 12, 19, 26   |  April 9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:              9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                     2:05pm - 3:12pm
Room:                   27
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $205     After March 5 - $215

Take a deep breath and dive into the most mind-blowing, jaw-dropping, eye-popping island ever! You and a STEAM Team® of friends will take on unbelievable engineering challenges inspired by zany, wacky, wild, 100% true facts! From amazing animals to extreme sports; from epic earthquakes to outer space; from breathtaking rescues to crazy competitions - Believe It Or Not Island is sure to be an all-time record breaker!

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Café Art – Spring Art: All Things Kawaii & Zentangles

Instructor:            Jean Wright from Café Art
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday –   March 12, 19, 26   |  April  9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14 
Sessions:              9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                     2:05 -  3:12pm 
Room:                    P4
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $192    After March 5 - $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!

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Chess Academy for Kids

Instructor:            Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Levels:       1 - 2 and 3 - 5 (Two classes)
Day/Dates:           Friday – March 15, 22   |  April 12, 19, 26    |  May 3, 10, 17, 24
Sessions:              9 x 67 minutes   
Time:                     3:05 - 4.12pm   
Room:                   MPR
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $198    After March 8 - $210

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. Specially designed for young players with various levels of chess experience (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced) the course offers easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations and preparation for chess tournaments.  Parents can monitor kids’ progress by using our FREE mobile application PACIFIC CHESS ACADEMY easily downloadable from AppStore with unlimited chess games, studies, puzzles and tournaments.

Our students learn chess tactics and strategies and quickly become decent players ready for any challenge. We also offer make-up classes in online format (2 per semester) to kids who miss their regular class at school. Our students are provided with all necessary chess equipment for lessons so all they need to bring is a big smile and a willingness to win!

Chess being played at an After School Elementary School in Dublin.

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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Creatif: Exploring Art through Drawing and Painting

Instructor:           Creatif Art Instructor 
Grade Level:       1- 5
Day/Dates:          Wednesday – March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8
Sessions:             8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                    2:05 - 3:20pm
Room:                  P4
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $199        After March 6  - $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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Creative Writing for Grades 1-2: Comedy and Thriller

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:             Wednesday – March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15, 22 
Sessions:                10 x 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     120
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200    After March 6 -  $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.

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Creative Writing for Grades 3-5: Comedy and Thriller

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:            Wednesday - March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:                10 x 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                     27
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200    After March 6 -  $210

In this course, students will explore the mysterious elements of plot twists, character development, and enigmatic settings, inviting them into a world of intellectual discovery. This course is a rollercoaster ride through the worlds of comedy and thriller, promising an unforgettable blend of laughter and suspense.

This captivating Course is not just an academic endeavor, it's an opportunity for the students to explore the magic of Comedy and Thriller genres, tapping into the essence of human connection, emotion, and shared imagination. Each student will get a chance to share personal reflections on how comedic and thrilling tales resonate with their own experiences.

This course aims not only to educate but to touch the hearts and minds of your exceptional students. Through laughter, suspense, and heartfelt narratives, we are confident that this expedition will profoundly impact their literary journey.

Through the reading 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 a range of 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.



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Dynamic Dougherty’s Readers Book Club

Instructor:            Ms Lina Barakat, Dougherty Teacher
Grade Levels:       3 - 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday – March 14, 21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm 
Room:                    15
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $190     After March 7 - $200

Are you ready to embark on a thrilling literary journey?

Join our Young Readers' Book Club for 4th and 5th graders, where we dive deep into the magical realms of books and unlock the doors to imagination and critical thinking. We'll explore the fascinating world of literature through thought-provoking discussions and activities designed to sharpen your young minds.

Our goal is to foster a love for reading, encourage expressive communication, and inspire a passion for understanding stories on a deeper level. We will carefully choose a variety of captivating books from different genres, including adventure, mystery, fantasy, and more, to keep you excited about reading.

 

Lina Barakat -  Readers Book Club, After School Enrichment Class

Enrollment Open

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Entrepreneurship, Finance & Public Speaking Combo Class!

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Levels:       4 - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursday – March  21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16    
Sessions:              8 x 75 minutes
Time:                     3:05 – 4:20pm
Room:                   27
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $200   After March 7 - $210 

Confident speakers articulate themselves clearly!

This is an excellent combo session to develop the skills of leadership, public speaking, critical thinking & financial independence.

Kids learn to present & write effectively in 6 steps and gain confidence to make strong arguments, provide reasoning and evidence on though provoking impromptu speech topics.

Learning the concepts of Money management will help students better understand the elements of financial literacy, the value of saving wisely and budgeting. They will acquire knowledge of entrepreneurship by creating & presenting a business project!

It will be a fun, effective and invigorating class!

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Game Development

Instructor:         CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:      2 - 5
Day/Dates:         Monday –   March 11, 18, 25   |  April  8, 15, 22, 29   | May 6, 13, 20
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2:05pm - 3:05pm
Room:                  P5
Tuition:                Early Bird - $199   After March 4 - $210

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 may enroll in this class twice without repeating 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:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          K - 5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday – March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15, 22 
Sessions:                10 x 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200    After March 6 -  $210

Recognizing the importance of fostering linguistic diversity and cultural understanding, we aim to implement a comprehensive curriculum that will provide students with a foundational knowledge of the Hindi language and its cultural context.

In the initial weeks, participants will be introduced to basic greetings and directions through interactive sessions and the lively "Hindi Hokey-Pokey" song. As the program progresses, students will delve into recognizing Hindi alphabet, exploring vowels with engaging songs, and practicing their writing skills in a recommended Varnamala workbook. The curriculum also includes colorful activities such as naming colors in Hindi, creating rainbow coloring sheets, and participating in educational quizzes on colors. Subsequent weeks will cover essential language elements, including family member names, conversations, vegetable and fruit vocabulary, and the oral and written recognition of Hindi consonants.

As the program concludes, participants will engage in fun quizzes and activity worksheets and even present Hindi songs of their choice, fostering a dynamic and immersive learning experience in the Hindi language and culture.

Hindi Harmony will enable your student to:

  1. Immerse thImemselves in the rich tapestry of Hindi language and culture, providing an enriching and immersive experience
  2. Deepen their bond with cultural heritage
  3. An early exposure to multicultural literature

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LEGO Engineering & Design Thinking Class - 90 minutes

Instructor:           Lando Trained Instructor
Grade Level:       1- 3
Day/Dates:          Thursday –  March 14, 21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:             10 classes x 90 minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:35pm
Room:                  P4
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $300        After March 6  - $310

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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LEGO® Robotics (Wednesday)

Instructor:            CompuChild Instructor
Grade Levels:       1 - 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:                   MPR
Tuition:                  Early Bird - $199   After March 6 - $210

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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Life Science in the Garden - The Power of Pollinators

Instructor:            Mr John Price, Dougherty Teacher
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Thursday – March 14, 21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16 23  
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 Hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm   
Room:                    11/Garden
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $190     After March  7 - $200

Have you ever noticed hummingbirds going from flower to flower and wondered what they were doing? The hummingbird is getting nectar, a high energy drink flowers use to attract hummingbirds. By attracting birds and insects, the flower is making sure that its pollen gets taken to other flowers. If you’ve ever seen a bee close-up when it’s visiting flowers, you might have noticed that the legs are covered with yellow grains of pollen. Pollination is the process in which pollen is transferred from one plant to another. Plants need pollination in order to make seeds and reproduce itself.

In Mr Price’s Life Science class, students will examine the diversity of pollinators in the garden and their role in the ecosystem provides an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the mechanisms of adaptation.

  • Planting pollinator friendly plants.
  • Pollinator art projects.
  • Developing our observation skills
  • Designing our own flowers

 

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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 - 3
Day/Dates:          Friday - March 15, 22   |  April 12, 19, 26    |  May 3, 10, 17, 24
Sessions:             9 classes x 67 Minutes
Time:                    3:05 - 4:12pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $205        After March 8  - $215

Join our dynamic Mandarin Immersion class where language comes to life through explorations, interactive activities, and cultural adventures. Ignite your child’s curiosity, make friends, and embark on a language journey full of fun and discovery! All classes are designed to combine academic and social-emotional learning (SEL) to foster language fluency, vocabulary, grammar and expression, cultural awareness, self-esteem, and respect for diversity through immersive classes.

Learning goals are set up for each class with two reference materials, YCT (Youth Chinese Test) and HSK (Chinese proficiency Test). We also incorporate oral Mandarin expressions and daily used sentences into our lessons.

In our Mandarin Immersion program, students will be actively involved in the whole Mandarin learning process.  A unique topic is designed for each class covering real-life problems, culture, community, nature, art, or social-emotional development. Students start thinking, observing, and discussing from a driving question. They also lead the exploration process by asking more questions and participating in group discussions. The class will have abundant hands-on activities that students will have a chance to finish their “work”— a final presentation, a poster, a handcraft, or a questionnaire, etc.

Please join us, enroll now and empower your child with the gift of bilingualism!

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Note: Students may re-enroll in all Talent Nook 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, Certified Instructors
Grade Level:     K - 5
Day/Dates:        Friday - March 15, 22   |  April 12, 19, 26  |  May 3, 10, 17, 24   
Sessions:           9 classes x 67 Minutes 
Time:                  3:05 - 4:12pm 
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200     After March 8 - $210

This program is designed to take students on an enriching linguistic and cultural journey, aiming to provide them with a solid foundation in Mandarin.

The course provides a thorough initiation into Chinese language and culture. Starting with an introduction to Mandarin and its unique characters, a basic pronunciation guide, essential greetings and conversational phrases, common verbs and nouns for everyday communication, cultural insights, and much more.

Overall, this course aims to furnish students with invaluable skills and a deep understanding of one of the most globally prevalent languages and cultures.

Learning Mandarin will enable students to:

  1. Global opportunities as it’s one of the most spoken languages in the world
  2. Cognitive benefits as studies suggest that learning a tonal language can improve auditory skills and enhance overall cognitive function.
  3. Deeper understanding of a rich cultural heritage.

 

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Noetic Math – Inspire the Mathematician Within Your Student

Instructor:            Instructor from Math Trek Program
Grade Levels:       1 - 3
Day/Dates:           Wednesday – March 13, 20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15, 22
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 Hour change to 9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                     2:05 - 3:05pm change to 2.05pm to 3.12pm
Room:                   19
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $192   After March 6 - $205

Help your child discover the “magic” of math by enrolling them in our Noetic Math course. This class is different from a typical math class as it focuses on problem-solving skills that help students discover their own mathematical abilities and learn to appreciate how math can help them in the real world. During the course students will work on problems both individually and in teams to solve complex math problems through a variety of math games that are fun, challenging and inspirational.

Students will not only learn to effectively multiply, divide. they will be introduced to algebraic concepts that help them learn math conceptually. The class takes a gradual approach of exposing students from conceptually easy problems to progressively more complex problems. Not only will their math skills improve but they will be inspired to learn and enjoy math on a level they may not have experienced in the past. During our time together students will have the chance to participate in a variety of math contests that challenge them to apply the skills they are learning. Students who choose can participate in semi-annual Noetic Learning Math Contests (NLMC) for elementary students which we will let our families know about.

The goal of our program is to help students develop their problem-solving skills, enhance their enjoyment of math and to inspire them to excel in math as time goes on.

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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, Certified Instructors
Grade Level:     K -  2
Day/Dates:        Friday - March 15, 22   |  April 12, 19, 26  |  May 3, 10, 17, 24   
Sessions:           9 classes x 67 Minutes 
Time:                  3:05 - 4:12pm 
Room:                 9
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200     After March 8 - $210

This is a fun library reading hour after school. The reading material encompasses reading picture books to simple text, where children learn to follow characters, plot, and dialog. Here, we also use pop-up books to create tension and color in the stories. The books are read in a friendly, happy environment to provide a love of reading for pleasure.

The teacher engages each and every student with a theme of the week, reading material from Animal Babies to A Trip to the Airport. Children are encouraged to bring their own books to read with the class if they have a favorite to share. Children are asked questions about the story, share their thoughts, identify the lousy character/good character (protagonist/antagonist), and comment whether they liked or disliked the story and why. Each story is followed by coloring a picture and some new words to learn and sound out, along with discussions, hands-on activities, and animations. There is fun and smiles along the way as children learn the importance of reading for pleasure, information, and leisure activities.

Read Aloud will enable your student to:

  1. Develop a love of reading, listening, and word skills
  2. Stimulate language and reading by reading books with plot
  3. Read books and learn the art of discussion and character development

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Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies - Literary Fiction 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 new curriculum each time they enroll in one of their courses.

Instructor:        Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:     1 - 2
Day/Dates:        Thursday - March 14, 21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16, 23   
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 Hour 
Time:                  3:05 - 4:05pm 
Room:                 P5
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200     After March 7 - $210

Implementing reading comprehension and writing strategies offers a wide array of benefits for students. Exposure to well-written texts contributes to the development of proper grammar and language usage in student’s writing and comprehensive reading methods which enhance vocabulary, thus empowering students with a richer language experience even at a beginning level.

In this course, students will build a more extensive vocabulary through exposure to a variety of texts to understand and implement context clues to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words and sound them out. Reinforcement to apply proper grammar, punctuation, and language usage in reading enhances writing. This comprehensive course aims to provide a well-rounded set of literacy skills, preparing students for more advanced reading and writing tasks while fostering a love for literature and practical written and textual communication.

Reading and writing with Comprehension Strategies course will :

  1. Boost student confidence in translating suspense and tension into their writing
  2. Create a foundation of understanding the author’s purpose in written material
  3. Learn to illustrate writing into words and pictures from unknown events

 

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Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies - Literary Fiction 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:        Monday – March 11, 18, 25   |  April  8, 15, 22, 29   |  May 6, 13, 20    
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 hour 
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                 11
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200     After March 4 - $210

This comprehensive Reading and Writing course is targeted to academically enhance students' grammar, reading comprehension, writing, and vocabulary skills through a carefully crafted curriculum that combines academics with comprehension techniques and direct instructor input.

With expository reading passages, the understanding of the text will emphasize the alignment of thought development and writing expression to produce better writers. This course encourages the development of details, analysis, and summarization.

Students will develop new strategies for reading and writing skills that enhance reading comprehension to create writing output that is taught and practiced. The course encourages students to express their thoughts through correct words and proper sentences. The integration of comprehension strategies supports holistic language development and academic success in years to come. By reinforcing skill building, we create thoughtful understanding and expression through reading and writing.

Reading and writing with Comprehension Strategies course will :

  1. Boost students' confidence in their academic abilities by refining their reading and writing
  2. Develop essential literacy skills that carry over into all academic subjects
  3. Instill an appreciation for reading and writing that develops critical thinking

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Spanish Safari: Sing, Rhyme, Play, and Write! - For Grades K-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, Certified Instructors
Grade Level:     K - 5
Day/Dates:        Tuesday – March 12, 19, 26   |  April 9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21   
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 Hour 
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                 15
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200     After March 5 - $210

“Spanish Safari” is an enriching language program tailored to captivate young minds early on and deepen their understanding of the Spanish language and culture. In our Spanish course, our dedicated teachers are committed to providing a comprehensive and engaging learning experience that starts from the very basics. Week 1 of the course will be a foundational journey into the world of the Spanish language, beginning with essential elements like greetings, alphabets, numbers, and colors. Subsequent weeks dive into a diverse array of subjects, including personal and relatable topics like my home/family, parts of the body, weather, animals, telling time, hobbies, routines/school, and much more.

Each week offers an immersive and dynamic learning experience, incorporating interactive activities, games, music and discussions to make language acquisition engaging and enjoyable. Students get to showcase what they've learned through exciting projects. These projects focus on Spanish-speaking countries and cultural activities, allowing students to apply their language skills in creative and meaningful ways.

Spanish Safari will enable your student to:

  1. Cultivate cultural awareness, tolerance, and an appreciation for global perspectives
  2. Open up global opportunities in an increasingly interconnected world.
  3. Enhance problem solving skills, as learning a new language requires navigating grammar rules, vocabulary, and sentence structures.

 

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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, Certified Instructors
Grade Level:     1 - 2
Day/Dates:        Tuesday -  March 12, 19, 26   |  April  9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 Hour 
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200     After March 5 - $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, Certified Instructors
Grade Level:     3 - 5
Day/Dates:        Tuesday -  March 12, 19, 26   |  April  9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:           10 classes x 1 Hour 
Time:                  2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                 TBA
Tuition:               Early Bird - $200     After March 5 - $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:            CompuChild Instructor
Grade Levels:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday - Sept  5, 12, 19, 26   |  Oct  3, 10, 17, 24, 31   |  Nov  7 
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2:05pm - 3:05pm  
Room:                   P5
Tuition:                 Early Bird Pricing - $199       After August 29th  - $210

Everyone has a story to tell. Make yours memorable with Frames. Combine imagination, art and technological skills to create stop motion animation projects to share at your school, with family or with friends. Learn how to use cool special effects while creating your project that will be the envy of all your friends. You will learn how to use stop motion as can be seen in many popular movies such as Kubo, Missing Link, Boxtrolls, and even Robocop. During the course you will learn the step-by-step instructions, from video editing to the compilation of pictures, to make your own movie.

  • Master the creative foundational skills of stop motion animation and graphic design concepts

  •  Project-based, instructor guided class. Students work on 135 frame movie from inception to publishing the movie

  • Final project involves envisioning concept, script writing and development (visual & sound editing, frame rates, frame duration, shapes, adding nodes, pan & zoom, animating texts etc.). Presentation and peer evaluation in the last class

  •  Introduction to different animation styles (Claymation, object, cut-out and pixilation) through examples and discussion. Our program promotes out of the box thinking, observing, communicating and reflecting.

 
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Instructor:            CompuChild
Grade Levels:       1 - 2
Day/Dates:            Monday – March 14, 21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25    |  May 2, 9, 16, 23   
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                    P4
Tuition:                   Early Bird - $189         After March 10th - $199

In this course we 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.  This is a part of maker series where children build their own circuits and learn in depth about electricity, battery, parallel and series circuits etc. We teach kids basic concepts in a fun and exciting way. If your child likes to work with creative hands-on projects, the Snap Circuit class is the one for them.


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Instructor:            CompuChild Instructor
Grade Levels:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:            Thursday – Dec  7, 14   |  Jan  11, 18, 25   |  Feb  1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Sessions:              10 x  1 Hour
Time:                     3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                   P4
Tuition:                  Early Bird - $199   After November 30 - $210

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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