Spring 2021 Class Descriptions

Personalized classes have 4-8 friends attending. 

 

Tuesdays

Artful Math (Kit Class) - Zoom - $25 per Class

1st & 2nd grades, TUESDAYS 12-1 PM Teacher Ms. Alyssa

Study Mondrian, mandalas and more seeing the interconnectedness of art and math.  A focus on different culture’s traditional arts will  open up a more global and holistic view of math and allow students to learn important geometry, fractions and measurement in a very artistic and engaging way! Students will love opening their kits and using the materials for each class!

 

Star Book Club - ZOOM - $20 Per Class 

1st-2nd grades, Tuesdays 2-3:15 PM Teacher MS. Genevieve 

During this popular class, students and their teacher will read a short chapter book and do fun activities such as acting a scene out, making a diorama or playing a game.  Younger students can still participate even if they can not read independently yet. Vocabulary, character development and themes will be focused upon during this cozy book loving time.

 

Makers Math (Kit Class) - Zoom - $25 per Class 

1st & 2nd Grades, Tuesdays 3:15-4:15 Teacher Ms. Genevieve 

Attention All Makers! This hands-on math kit class will allow tinkers to work on artistic expression, counting and fine motor skills while assembling, sculpting and building math centric art and craft projects.  A Maker’s Kit delivered every few weeks will provide more of the exciting materials the students will use to create their “matherpieces”. In addition upcycling products from home will allow their imaginations run wild in this creative class for tinkerers.  Class size would be 3 - 8 students.

 

Wednesdays 

Mysterious Math Mysteries (Kit Class) - Zoom - $25 per Class

3rd-5th, Wednesdays 1-2pm Teacher  Ms. Alyssa 

Students don their detective caps and grab their ciphers to help the characters in suspenseful stories solve mysteries.They will be super engaged and motivated to practice or learn new math skills and excited to get a detective kit to explore!

 

Golden’s Book Club Grades - Zoom - $25 per Class (includes books) 

3rd-5th, Wednesdays 2-3pm, Teacher Ms. Alyssa

Our popular book club is back!  Students will decide upon a book to read and meet each week to discuss and do engaging activities on this book. Their weekly homework will be to listen to or independently read the chapters assigned in order to discuss them in their club. Many Common Core Standards will be covered.  These Stars will learn more deeply, learn to ask good questions and hear different perspectives. (Meets 1 per week for 1 hour each). We even have the novel delivered to your home!

 

Art lab - (Kit Class)-Zoom- $25 per Class

1st-3rd, Morning TBD by group and teacher Ms. Jenn 

Young Artists, come create by using natural materials to create your own sketchbook, and wool felted geodes, birds and nests! Get creative sculpting clay, dying, and making mandalas. Build your own robot out of trash and discover the colorful crafts from recycled silk saris.

 

Enrichment Wednesdays In Person At A Beautiful Hermosa Beach Outdoor Location. - $50 per day

Includes BOTH Art lab Al Fresco and Wild about STEAM for Grades 1-3 or Mysterious Math Mysteries and Art Lab Al Fresco for Grades 3-5

1st & 2nd Grades, Wednesdays 9:00-11:30 

3rd - 5th Grades, Wednesdays 9:00-11:30 

Only 4-6 students per Class/Teacher!

Wednesday Enrichment Daily Schedule

9:00  Drop off, students participate in Sharing, Socially Distanced Games or 

Dancing, Breathing and Brain Gym Exercises

 

9:15   Wild About STEAM 2nd-3rd Graders (Ms. Nicole)

          Art Lab Al Fresco 1st-2nd Graders (Ms. Alyssa)

          Art Lab Al Fresco 3rd-5th graders (Ms. Jenn)

10:15 Snack Break

10:30 Wild About STEAM 1st-2nd Graders (Ms. NIcole)

          Art lab Al Fresco 2nd-3rd Graders (Ms. Jenn)

          Mysterious Math Mysteries 3rd-5th Graders (Ms. Alyssa)

11:30 Sign your child out from class, and enjoy the beautiful park

 

Class Descriptions for Enrichment Wednesdays

Art lab Al Fresco- (1st-2nd) (2nd-3rd) (3rd-5th) Ms. Jenn, Ms. Alyssa  

Young Artists, come create in the sunshine allowing the joy of the park and the butterflies in the gardens to be your muse! You will use natural materials to create your own sketchbook, and wool felted geodes, birds and nests! Get creative sculpting clay, dying, and making mandalas. Build your own robot out of trash and discover the colorful crafts from recycled silk saris.

 

Wild About STEAM! -  (1st-2nd) (2nd-3rd) Ms. Nicole 

The energy in the outdoor classroom is one of quiet focused anticipation as the challenges for the next hands-on discovery project begin. Winter weather, animals and their habitat will be explored in this fun, active class.  As always the 4 C’s of 21st century learning are experienced as children collaborate, create, communicate with each other and demonstrate critical thinking as they problem solve while engaging their hands and heart. Always mindful of the whole child, the teacher will integrate seamlessly growth mindsets and compassionate communication.  

 

Mysterious Math Mysteries & Games -  (3rd-5th) Ms. Alyssa 

Students don your detective caps and grab your ciphers to help the characters in suspenseful stories solve mysteries. Play exciting board and card games that will stretch strategic thinking and reinforce math fact memorization!

 

THURSDAYS - In Person

Hermosa Beach Outdoor Park Classes. $50 per class for both language arts and math! 9:00-11:30pm

 

Thursdays Daily Schedule

9:00     Drop off, students participate in Sharing, Dancing, Yoga and Brain Gym Exercises

9:15     Language Arts Naturally Class 1st-2nd Grades or the Writing Excellence Class 3rd-5th Grades

10:15   Snack Break

10:30   Math Naturally Class either 1st & 2nd or 3rd-5th

11:30   Pick Up and enjoy the beautiful outdoors!

 

Class Description - Thursdays

Language Arts Naturally and Math Naturally -$50 per Day

1st -2nd, 9-11:30 am, Ms. Alyssa 

Students will engage their hearts, minds and body while learning in a natural setting. Students will have indoor and outdoor classroom time at a park in Hermosa Beach. Teachers will take the students’ interests in mind when planning the reading and writing common core aligned lessons. These classes are a hit with kids since they love being read a short book, discussing it and then completing a related writing assignment. Often artistic and craft activities are incorporated into this well- rounded class.

This class is designed to promote interest and confidence in mathematics among elementary students. Students will be working cooperatively, connecting concepts in meaningful ways. The teacher will facilitate the discovery of mathematical concepts and the students will learn that there can be many ways to solve a single problem. Students will solve real life problems in hands-on ways. In any given class, conceptual learning will take place through singing and movement, exploring nature in the park, creating art, building or playing games. Lessons are Common Core aligned and taught in a caring, encouraging and fun environment that helps students thrive!

 

Writing Excellence and Math Naturally - $50 per Day 

Writing Excellence, Thursday 9-11:30 am, 3rd-5th, Ms. Nicole

In this power packed morning class, the lessons are designed to meet the needs of a particular small group of students. Everyone is embraced at their own level with their strengths and areas of need. Then, the experienced teacher supports them and builds their confidence while giving them the tools to bring forth their inner creative writer!  This class uses the writing workshop approach to a lesson; starting with a mini-lesson and then giving the kids the time to work on their writing. This individualized time could include: pre-writing, first drafts, self, peer and teacher editing, revisions, and completion of an attractive final writing project. In addition, great examples of the narrative, expository and informative writing are analyzed.

As a culminating event to a unit, the child looks forward to sitting in the “Writer’s Chair” to share their final writing pieces with their supportive classmates and teacher. Classes can also include an opportunity for students to express themselves artistically in ways such as portrait making, crafting or sculpting.

 

Math Naturally, 3rd-5th

This class is designed to help elementary students develop a positive attitude towards mathematics. Throughout the school year, students will learn innovative techniques and participate in hands-on activities which will foster a sense of curiosity and capture their imagination.  After all, math can be so much more than worksheets, drills, and rote memorization. Activities will vary and can include crafts which will help them get familiar with the diverse shapes they encounter in the park, or card games perfect for reinforcing multiplication and division. Students will explore and deepen their understanding with the help of manipulatives, thematic units, and the use of literature with mathematical content. What truly makes this class exciting, is seeing math come to life as students begin making connections to real-world situations. Lessons are Common Core aligned and taught in a caring, encouraging and fun environment that helps students thrive!

 

Fridays

Excellence in Writing - 1 hour Small Group class plus 25 minutes of Private Writing Time 1:1 with their Teacher -ZOOM- $40 per Class, per week

3rd-5th Grades, Fridays 10am-11am for group, Tutoring time TBD, Ms. Alyssa

Students will complete writing pieces covering the 3 common core writing areas: narrative, informative/explanatory and argument/opinion. Students will  be introduced to and use the MLA format. Researching using technology will be stressed and the teacher will custom design the lessons to fit the level and needs of the small group of students. This class uses the writing workshop approach to a lesson; starting with a mini-lesson and then giving the kids the time to work on their writing. At any given class time, students may be working on a  pre-writing, first draft, self, peer or teacher editing, revisions, or completing an attractive final writing project. The classmates will celebrate their good work by sharing their final pieces with each other and their teacher. In addition, great examples of the narrative, expository and informative writing are analyzed. These could include Shakespeare, Asimov, Angelou and others.  Finally, learning will take place in a joyful way with the students crafting great projects, creatively publishing their work and playing grammar games.

 

FRIDAY CLASSES IN PERSON !

Class will be outdoors in Hermosa (15 minute break between classes for snacks and socialization) Choose 1 or both classes. 

Excellence in Writing for Teens! $40. 5th-8th, Friday 10-11:45 AM,  Ms. Nicole

Students will complete writing pieces covering the 3 common core writing areas: narrative, informative/explanatory and argument/opinion. Students will  be introduced to and use the MLA format. Researching using technology will be stressed and the teacher will custom design the lessons to fit the level and needs of the small group of students. This class uses the writing workshop approach to a lesson; starting with a mini-lesson and then giving the kids the time to work on their writing. At any given class time, students may be working on a  pre-writing, first draft, self, peer or teacher editing, revisions, or completing an attractive final writing project. The classmates will celebrate their good work by sharing their final pieces with each other and their teacher. In addition, great examples of the narrative, expository and informative writing are analyzed. These could include Shakespeare, Asimov, Angelou and others.  Finally, learning will take place in a joyful way with the students crafting great projects, creatively publishing their work and playing grammar games.

 

Tweens and Teens Book Club - $25 

Grades 3rd-5th, Friday 11:45-1:00pm Ms. Nicole

Grades 6th-8th, Friday 11:45-1:00pm Ms. Alyssa

Novels come to life as students meet in a small group to read and discuss a book they chose. This highly motivating and engaging way to share the love of reading with their peers is akin to an adult book club, but with more rigor and accountability. Students begin by selecting a book together then are introduced to the different types of rotating jobs such as word watcher, discussion director or connector. The teacher and student volunteers model the task for each of their roles, and then the students practice the strategies. These roles give the student independence, leadership opportunities and allow for deep conversations. After this introduction, students are ready to use the strategy independently, rotating the roles as they read the books they have chosen. Chapters will be read as homework each week. When the novel is finished, a celebration will occur with a culminating activity such as comparing the book to the movie, making and eating a protagonist’s favorite food and more!