Cottonwood Creek K-8 School

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

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

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

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

Actors’ Workshop!

Instructor:             Professional Actors from Kenn Adams Synergy Theater
Grade Level:          1 -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:                     E206
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing -$196     After March 6 - $210

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

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


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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 Level:       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:                 E206
Tuition:                Early Bird - $199   After March 7 - $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 can enroll in this class twice without repeating any of the projects.

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Chess Academy for Kids (2 Classes)

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 2 and Grades 3-5   (two classes)
Day/Dates:             Monday – 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:                     C103- Grades 1 - 2       C104 - Grades 3-5
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $198    After March 4 - $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 Academy after school program at Dublin Elementary Schools

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

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



Please enroll via your students Grade.

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

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

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Creatif: Exploring Art through Drawing and Painting

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

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

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Creatif: Springtime Kawaii Art Adventure

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

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

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

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

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

Talentnook Creative Writing after school classes at Dublin elementary schools.

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

Through the readings of Comedy and Thriller, students will:

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

 

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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:             Friday –  March 22   |   April 12, 19, 26   |  May 3, 10, 17, 24
Sessions:                8 classes x 75 minutes  
Time:                       3:05 - 4:20pm 
Room:                     C104
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200    After March 15   - $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.

Talentnook Creative Writing after school classes at Dublin elementary schools.

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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Instructor:           Lando Trained Instructor
Grade Level:       1- 3
Day/Dates:          Tuesday –  March 12, 19, 26  |   April 9, 16, 23, 30   |  May 7, 14, 21
Sessions:             10 classes x 2 hour
Time:                    2:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                  TBC
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $400        After March 6  - $410

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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Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         4 - 5
Day/Dates:           Wednesday - March  20, 27   |  April 10, 17, 24   |  May 1, 8, 15  
Sessions:              8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                     2:05 - 3:20pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $200    After March 13 - $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:                       2:05 - 3:05pm 
Room:                     D203
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 can take this class twice without repeating any 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:            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:                     TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200        After March 7 - $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® Robotics

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Friday –   March 22   |  April  12, 19, 26  |  May 3, 10, 17, 24
Sessions:            8 classes x 75 minutes    
Time:                   3:05 - 4:20pm 
 Room:                 C205
Tuition:                Early Bird - $199        After March 15 - $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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Mandarin Immersion Class for K-Grade 3

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:          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:                  D104
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $205       After March 5  - $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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Masters of Public Speaking: Present With an Impact!

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         2 - 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:                   C204
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $200        After March 5 - $210

Help your child build their presentation confidence by learning the important skills of public speaking.  The skills practiced in this class will help your child make effective presentations that they will use the rest of their lives.

The course will focus on six important presentation skills that enhance your child’s public speaking ability:

  • Non-Verbal communication skills – Students will come to understand how expressions, gestures, eye contact and body language help make presentations more impactful.
  • Eliminate Irritating Mannerisms – Students will learn how to identify and eliminate distractions like filler words, fidgeting & interruptions can detract from a presentation.
  • Vocal Expression – Students will learn how voice and tone can help them enrich their presentations and help them make important points.
  • The3 P’s, Prepare, Practice & Present – Like an attorney who is preparing to go to court, students will learn that proper preparation will help them make effective presentations.
  • Making Strong First Impressions – Students will come to understand the importance of strong opening statements and how they can help them effectively capture the attention of their audience.
  •  Have Fun – The more relaxed the presenter the more fun it will be for everyone.

Kids learn how to think critically and impact an audience effectively. Students begin to conduct research on more current issues and make powerful presentations with the use of Power Point, Charts, Posters and other Audio/Visual Aids. This course will help kids formulate their thoughts with a clear, creative and concise structure.

Our goal is to develop well-rounded confident individual and to give kids with any level of prior knowledge a HANDS-ON experience in each class!!

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Noetic Math – Inspire the Mathematician Within Your Student

Instructor:             Instructor from Math Trek Program
Grade Level:          1 - 3
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:                     C205
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
Grade Level:       K - 2
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:                   E203
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $200      After March 6 - $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 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:             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:                    C104
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing - $200       After March 5- $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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Reading Comprehension and Writing Strategies - Literary Fiction for Grades 1-2

Instructor:          Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:       1 - 2
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:                   E105
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $200          After March 4 - $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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Spanish Safari: Sing, Rhyme, Play, and Write! - For Grades K-5

Instructor:           Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:       K - 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:                   E104
Tuition:                Early Bird - $199   After March 7 - $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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Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       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:                   3:05pm - 4:05pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $199       After March 7 - $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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WordSMASH! Reading and Word Fun 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:             Certified Instructor from Talentnook Writing Academy
Grade Level:          K - 2
Day/Dates:             Friday – March 22   | April 12, 19, 26   |  May 3, 10, 17, 24 
Sessions:                8 classes x 75 minutes
Time:                       3:05 - 4:20pm
Room:                     B203
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $200      After March 15 - $210

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

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

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

WORDSMASH will enable your student to:

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

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

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

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

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

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

WORDSMASH will enable students to:

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

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Instructor:             Gillian Rhett, Cottonwood Creek 8th Grade Teacher
Grade Level:          4 - 8
Day/Dates:             Thursday – March 14, 21, 28   |  April 11, 18, 25   |  May 2, 9, 16, 23       
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3pm - 4pm 
Room:                     B105
Tuition:                    Early Bird - $190     After March 7 - $200

Yoga and Mindfulness will develop a student's whole self by supporting physical fitness and mental health, building self-awareness, and gaining confidence and academic achievement through yoga practices and mindful awareness techniques. 

This course is suitable for all levels of experience including beginners. We will explore popular styles of yoga including hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, and yin yoga to build physical strength and flexibility. We will explore a variety of mindfulness practices including breathing exercises, relaxation and meditation techniques that students can use in their daily lives to increase their self-awareness and improve their wellbeing.

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

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

Singing After School class at Dublin elementary schools

Enrollment Open

 

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Middle School Courses

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

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

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

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

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

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


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

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

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

Class Equipment Requirements:

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

 

ENROLLMENT OPEN

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

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

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

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

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

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

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


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

Enrollment Open

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

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

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

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

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