Class Descriptions for Spring 2020
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Aaron Clarke gets our kids moving in the morning. Each semester he offers fun challenges that inspire our kids to be their best selves. Movement is essential for brain development and we are lucky to have such a master supporting our children as they learn how to live healthy lives.
ATLAS of ADVENTURES
Do you want to learn how children celebrate their day in Japan? are you curious about Holi or the spring festival of India? Do you want to celebrate the Day of the Dead in Mexico and steer a gondola in Venice?
In this class, based on Rachel Williams book, children will travel the world through a collection of natural wonders, exciting experiences and fun festivities from the four corner of the world.
Get your passport ready!
Let’s go visit lost of countries during their most beautiful festivals. We can travel in the Fall, the Winter, the Spring and the Summer. We will listen to stories , make crafts .
Please buy the book.
SPANISH: ERASE UNA VEZ
The Fairytale books we will be reading are part of a bilingual collection. Snow White, Aladdin, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid, Puss in Boots, and Rumpelstiltskin are a few of the stores we will be covering. Children will enjoy making their own art and I will encourage the practice of their Spanish along the way.
Your child will need a watercolor notebook.
WHERE IS....? EXPLORE THE WORLD
Travel around the world and back in time! Taking the popular “Where Is?” book series as inspiration, we will journey to different places including the Galapagos Islands, the Berlin Wall, the Congo, The Great Barrier Reef, Antarctica and the Kremlin. In addition to reading passages from the books and writing down facts we've learned, students will do fun hands-on activities and geography games to provide a greater appreciation for and deeper understanding of these extraordinary places.
PREREQUISITE: Student must be able to read and write independently in order to be enrolled in
MYTHS AND LEGENDS
There are a lot of beautiful Ancient Legends and Myths in Mexico. Like all good stories, they contain a lot of hidden meanings and they speak directly to our hearts. In this class we will explore several of them by reading them in Spanish, translating them to English, and making beautiful art. Your child will need a watercolor notebook that we will keep at school. I am confident we can immerse ourselves in a world of Spanish, colorful stories, and keep the children's imagination at work by Processing those stories into watercolor prints.
In this class, students will perform excerpts from what is considered by many to be the greatest play of all time, Hamlet. They will learn about Shakespeare's life and theatre as well as what goes into staging a play, including theatre vocabulary and design elements (costume, hair & make-up, props, scene, sound, and lighting). We will embrace Shakespeare's language with passion and joy in a positive, nurturing environment! Through improvisational games and rehearsing with a script, their confidence with being onstage, handling Shakespearean text and ability to collaborate will grow. On the final day of the semester, students will perform scenes for their peers and parents.
HOMEWORK: Students will need to memorize their lines outside of class time (around 30 minutes a week depending on the number of lines).
PREREQUISITE: Student must be able to read independently in order to be enrolled in this class.
ENTOMOLOGY: A WORLD OF BUGS
Based on Yuval Zommer's The Big Book of Bugs we will take a journey through the World fo Insects. There are so many and they are all so different! We will learn scientific facts about different bugs and study their characteristics. Pond bugs, night bugs bugs in our garden and our house, big bugs, little bugs. We will keep a journal with all of our findings and we will take advantage of our beautiful surroundings to find some bugs and respectfully observe them, no need to hurt them! We will study some scientists that were in love with bugs and we will make lots of arts and crafts throughout the semester. your child will need a watercolor notebook.
LEWIS and CLARK EXPERIENCE
This 2-hour class will be a genuine adventure! Following in Lewis and Clark’s epic footsteps, we will study nature, geography and American history. We will use math to figure out distances, travel times and how much food we’ll need to purchase and pack. We will get an up-close look at many Native American tribes; at Thomas Jefferson, the president who commissioned the expedition; and a young country that had not yet gone to war with itself. Everything we see and learn will be illustrated and/or written about in our travel journals: maps and plant studies, scientific and cultural discoveries and, of course, letters home!
WRITING FOR SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES
This class will focus on helping middle schoolers practice writing essays. We will gather information on fascinating people, events, places, animals, discoveries, etc. Then the kids will summarize what they have learned. Finally they will add an introduction and conclusion. Together we will learn how to keep paragraphs on topic, site our work, and edit our writing.
CERAMICS: HAND BUILDING
Because we are located on the lovely McGroarty Art Center campus we have access to a marvelous ceramics studio. Here kids of all ages can learn how to create with real clay from expert teachers.
3D building is the easiest way to access our mathematical mind. In this class children will have the freedom to use their imaginations and learn to build the projections of their minds while sharing space and resources with their friends. We will have stations that they will explore back and forth and help each other. I will introduce them to math concepts too. Since it is towards the end of the day, it is a great way for them to have a respite of the work they did during the earlier hours. This will help them process and integrate what they learned and shared.
ROCK THE VOTE
An inside guide to our nation's democracy. With election in the near future, it's important for our students to take a deep dive into the mechanism of our electoral process. We will cover the entire process from primaries to the electoral college. The aim is to ensure that the students are informed citizens ready to exercise their constitutional rights when their turn comes.
Get your Magic ready and let the Sorting Hat ceremony begin!
We are about to embark in the world of Harry Potter and explore Science-Technology-Engineering-Art-Math and social studies through Astronomy, Charms, Arts, Herbology, History of Magic, Muggle Studies, Potions, Alchemy and Arithmancy.
Come and join us and become part of the Hogwarts School through math puzzles, science experiments, lots of games, arts and crafts, beginning with our own wands, hats and quills!
There will be lots of dueling by quizzing our knowledge in the series, which makes kids want to read the Harry Potter Books.
This is one of my favorite classes! It is so dynamic because children allow me to share many subjects of general and specific knowledge under the disguise of Wizardly fun through the world and characters created by J.K.Rowling. Have you ever baked muffins and secretly add zucchini to them? This class is just like that: It's a very rich mix of fun and learning. COME PREPARED FOR BOTH!
IF YOUR CHILD TOOK or CURRENTLY IS TAKING THE CLASS, REST ASSURED HE/SHE CAN JOIN US AGAIN SINCE THERE WILL BE LOTS OF NEW MATERIAL TO COVER AND NEW GAMES TO PLAY!
This class will have the potential to count for high school credit. Call Reese (818-434-1422) for details! Come learn about how trees communicate with one another, the structure of animals cells, how blood caries oxygen, the classification of living things, etc. in this introductory class to biology.
TEEN CERAMICS: THROWING ON THE WHEEL (2 hours)
Teens and Adults
This class takes full advantage of all that the ceramics studio at the McGroarty Art Center campus has to offer. In this class teens (and their parents!) can learn how to how to use a pottery wheel.