9 to 11 Years
Adventures in Literature
1 hour, Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
This class provides an introduction to fractions and will progress to converting them, adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions. There is a possibility that the class may also progress to decimals! Students joining this class should have experience with all the aforementioned mathematical operations.
1 hour Mondays 11 am – 12 pm
This class meets with the goal to answer the questions students have about how America got started and what shaped our history. We will follow the adventures of rulers, explorers and common people who just wanted to live in freedom- at any cost! From the era of discovery up through the American Revolution and eventually the Civil War, students will learn not only what happened and to whom, but why.
1 hour Mondays, 2 – 3 pm
Art and the History of Artists
1 hour Fridays 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Why did Columbus set sail for the New World? What were the Americas like before he arrived? Who were the first settlers and how did we become the United States? What problems did we have and how did we try to solve them? In the Fall term of this class, we learn about the early years of this country and how we developed our constitution. In the Spring, we continue with an exploration of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, what problems do we have now and how are we trying to solve them? How do citizens create change? And we’ll learn about some of the great citizens who helped shape our country.
1 hour Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
Curious about coding? An introductory course to coding using Scratch and Blockly. A laptop is required for in-class use to facilitate coding, project sharing, and collaborative computer science thinking.
1 hour Wednesdays, 10 – 11 am
1 hour, Mondays, 10 – 11 am
Take your writing to a whole new level to preserve this dying and precious art. Students will learn to connect their letters according to the cursive alphabet, with the goal of creating beautiful, flowing script. We do some art projects with this, combining cursive writing with illustrations, as well as creating works where the writing itself is the artistic expression, both in letters and in content. Although seldom used in modern life, cursive handwriting enlivens many important parts and functions of the brain, and we explore ways to incorporate it into our daily lives.
1 hour Fridays, 2 – 3 pm
History of Rock includes a more immersive understanding of music, its construction, its execution, and how that has impacted world events including politics, style and fashion, cultural evolution, and the rethinking of art itself. This will include examining music of last 100 years.
In addition to reviewing various artists, discussing their contributions and what effect they had on our culture, a basic understanding of music theory will also be taught, as well as a familiarization of the tools used throughout the history of music. This includes various instruments AND recording devices and techniques. We plan on giving the students a hands-on experience.
The goal is to impart a more comprehensive understanding of music, its creators and listeners, and how it has changed and been changed by important historical, technological, and cultural events.
1 hour Tuesdays, 11:30 – 12:30 pm
History of Writing
1 hours Mondays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
It’s a Mystery
1hour, Fridays, 9 – 10am
We start our class with a weekly warm-up. This is a time when students have some straightforward math problems, and can get help with the functions that may be troubling them. Then, we focus on brain teasers, estimations, and deductions. We use place value base-ten blocks for all sorts of activities. They help illustrate expanded form, patterns, numbers in words, and a hands-on way of expressing ourselves using math. Money, making change, understanding decimals, and organizing data are on the horizon. Area and perimeter are covered as well. We love our games, and we now have a full shelf devoted to the ones we’ve learned and the ones to come. Get your game on!
1 hour Wednesdays, 11 am – 12 pm
Multiplication and Division
1 hour, Monday, 9am – 10 am
We have fun as we get exercise working as individuals, with partners, or on teams during our classes. We emphasize fairness and the advantages of working with your teammates. Accepting a loss in stride is a main goal because in the end “if you had fun you won”.
1 hour Wednesdays, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
1 hour Wednesdays, 9 – 10 am
This class is designed for musicians of all instruments who have mastered the fundamentals of playing, and now want to explore the very different skill of playing in a band. If your student would like to take this class, please contact us to arrange a tryout.
1.5 hours Tuesdays, 10 -11:30 am
Learning an instrument? Want to be in a band? Grab your friends and come join Christian Nesmith (of our popular History Of Rock classes.) This class is created for younger kids to have fun together while learning the art of band-hood. Do you play guitar? Learn the difference between your role as rhythm and lead. Play bass? Find out why you need to become very close friends with the drummers! Play piano? Keyboard is incredibly versatile in a band. Are you a singer? Christian helps you find you inner Rock God (or Goddess)!
1.5 hours Tuesdays, 10 am – 11:30 pm
Let’s explore social problems and issues, their root causes and society’s response. Students work together to make a difference locally and globally through a series of philanthropic and community service projects. But this class isn’t stuck in the philosophical–it’s hands on action!
1 hour Mondays, 3 – 4 pm
1 hour, 2 times a week
Tuesdays and Fridays, 9 am – 10 am
We finish our trilogy of books from Who Was, to Where Was to now, What Was! These are historical books presented in a friendly manner. Children can learn the background of social movements, natural disasters, or other events that led to turning points in history. Climate change, the world cup, the San Francisco Earthquake, the Twin Towers, Rock n’ Roll, and the wild west are all options. I choose the first book, What is the Statue of Liberty and then we will vote on suitable topics that will be appropriate for the composition and maturity of the class. I combine weekly readings with follow-up activities and projects.
1 hour Fridays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Writing and Grammar
90 minutes, Fridays, 11 – 12:30 pm