Virtual Course Offerings

The following list provides class descriptions for classes offered virtually. This year, all classes will be open to all students throughout MBUSD, with the exception of Math Olympiad, which is site specific.

Fall 2020


This class focusses on learning to “See to Draw” while taking a fine art approach to creating stimulating artwork.   Each week we will draw a different subject from reference and discuss various techniques and approaches, geared at improving drawing ability and creating the confidence in our students to successfully complete their own projects.   We’ll discuss composition, perspective, shadows, reflections, color usage and much more.  Each one hour class will be instructed via a zoom meeting.  Students will have the opportunity to make their own artistic choices as well as interact and ask questions.  Materials will be simple and easy to acquire.  As this is our inaugural online session, we will start with colored pencils with the goal of adding materials along the way which may include chalk pastel, oil pastel and watercolor.   Most importantly, we’ll have fun and create some artwork we can all be proud of.  Jake Tedesco, Community Art Instructor 


While learning to play chess, students will be taught critical thinking, mental discipline and problem solving skills, which can positively impact learning in the classroom. Designed to motivate and entertain, the curriculum introduces otherwise difficult concepts while teaching the art of chess. Intermediate and advanced players must understand “check” and “check mate” and be able to utilize end game strategy. Come prepared with a big smile and either a laptop or desktop. Students will enjoy an exciting lesson plan and daily tournaments!  Duke of Chess


Have fun learning Chinese through songs and games! Daily Chinese conversation is taught using a series original songs by Sing In Chinese, written with our unique Patent Pending method, to enforce the learning of Chinese speaking. All lessons are paired with interactive learning games to engage students by using their audio, visual and kinesthetic senses. Sing Language Foundation


Learn all about Dinosaurs in this fun, virtual class! Explore the Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous eras through interactive activities: Dino Digs, fossil hunts, and ‘Dino of the Day’ activities! You even get your own create Dinosaur Egg! For the 2nd half of the session, come join us for some virtual fun with Weird and Wacky Science! New, cool, safe and interactive experiments each week! Magnetism, static electricity, gravity, and so much more! Experience the Scientific Method as never before! Basic household items needed to participate in this class. Materials list to be given once you are registered. Parker Anderson Central LA


Celebrate the magical music of the wonderful world of Disney. You’ll learn songs and dances from your favorite musicals and explore your most beloved Disney characters in this creative and interactive class.  The Actor’s Place


Fairy Tales have been adored by generations! This class brings the magic to life through improvisation, music, character development and acting exercises. Our students will explore the familiar classics and also use imagination to create their own original fairy tales. Come join the fun!  The Actor’s Place


Great Master Artists and Architects! Innovation and Creativity Here We Come! A Critical Time to Strengthen Life Essential Skills From Impressionist lessons inspired by Monet to Modern Art Lessons inspired by Mondrian to Architecture lessons featuring Gaudi Tile Mosaic, Frank Gehry and Frank Lloyd Wright each week your student will be engaged in hands-on learning building creative resilience, improving focus, increasing agility in complex problem solving and having a ton of fun! **Flex Option Included: To accommodate your child’s availability, schedule and balancing of screen time, The Art Box Academy Virtual Lessons are created for weekly scheduled Teacher Instruction and offers the option for your child to create independently if needed. Both options will engage and provide hands-on learning modalities and a ton of fun! Make sure you have your Jumbo Art Box with you before class begins! We will provide detailed information to you personally for curbside pick up at one of the MBUSD schools for your student’s Jumbo Art Box pick up! Art To Grow On Inc.


Hajime no Honto Judo (Beginning Real Judo) establishes a strong base of judo technique, culture, and character. As we jump, run, and spin we develop balance, coordination and confidence. And we have fun! We start out learning our names in Japanese then do movement exercises and some simple judo techniques that teach us to fall safely. We place a strong emphasis on culture so everyone speaks the language of Japan. We learn to “nete” (lie down) and to “tonde” (leap) like a “raion” (lion). Judo allows a smaller person to control an opponent bigger and stronger than themselves. We practice throws where our opponent can be flipped upside down – on our invisible partners. Every class finishes with games that develop physical coordination, balance and laughter. We sing in Japanese about inspiration and bow to each other respectfully. Then we say “arigotoh” (thank you). In our positive learning environment Respect and discipline are as much a part of Hanabi as smiling.  Hanabi Judo

HIP-HOP & JAZZ (TK-K) (1-3)

Rock out with the Funky Divas & Dudes! Get great exercise and have fun right from your home! This Hip-Hop & Jazz dance class is designed to help students gain confidence and self-esteem. We promote a healthy lifestyle through fun-physical activity that encourages self expression through music and movement. We teach age appropriate dance routines to all the best tunes. We’ll perform our Rockin’ dance routines on the last day of class, record it via Zoom, and send it to families for a great keepsake! Let’s get funky! Clear a small space to dance. Dress comfy and wear tennis shoes, jazz shoes or barefoot. Funky Divas & Dudes


Perfect your Wizardry skills in this virtual, interactive, creative, spell-binding class! Find out which house you belong to and learn how to make potions, use your wand, identify creatures, and more! Witches and wizards of all ages will graduate the Academy with the supplies and skills to use their magic for good. For the 2nd half of the session, MatheMagic combines the exciting skills of Magic with the brain-teasing aspects of Math to create an intellectual and entertaining activity that not only enhances students’ problem solving, logic, and lateral thinking skills, but also teaches them that Math can be fun! Basic household items needed to participate in this class. Materials list to be given once you are registered. Parker Anderson Central LA


Kids need to move after a day at school. Hustle and Muscle will give kids a chance to stretch, build muscle, and get some heart-beating cardio in as well. We might even end with a stretch and calming moment of meditation. This is a great way for kids to get their energy out! Bring a mat, beach towel, and your water!  Lana Rizika Fitness


Journal, Breathe, Move, Relax. The B&L Signature Series follows a unique curriculum designed to support and strengthen emotional intelligence through the lens of yoga and mindfulness.  Each week, students investigate a particular theme which guides the class discussion and journaling.  Students also learn a specific breathing or mindfulness exercise, followed by daily yoga postures which are introduced and practiced in fun, engaging ways.  Class ends with a visualization to help students relax and reflect by connecting back to their breath.  Breathe & Learn Educational Programs


Join reDiscover Center for an online afternoon class series that is sure to set your child’s creativity soaring! A group of up to 6 students is guided by one of our fabulous Facilitators in how to use a few of our favorite prototyping tools to create, utilizing recycled materials that you already have at home. This is no sit-and-watch class, students will spend most of their time engaged in hands-on, open-ended activities using recycled materials. Tool Kit canary cutter, small screwdriver/awl, masking tape and small grab bag of creative reuse materials are included!  reDiscover Center


This jump rope course will introduce students to the sport of Freestyle Jump Rope! Students will learn a variety of skills and exercises to improve confidence, endurance, focus, and creative expression. Students will create their own freestyle routine, and perform for friends and family at the end of the session. Materials: Students will need a jump rope. Ropes can be purchased here. Classes will be conducted via Zoom, so a laptop is recommended (phone also works, but has some limitations).  Let’s Jump, LA


Mamá Maestra follows the Foreign Language Framework of California for Public Schools K-12. All of our Spanish classes focus on the mastery of every topic we present. Students will learn basic Spanish vocabulary and phrases, count 0-100, and respond to basic greetings in Spanish. Our classes are engaging and so much fun! Our virtual classes have games, songs, and movement to keep our students focused throughout the class.  Pilar DeNardo is a credentialed teacher with a MA in Bilingual Education


Explore the diversity of ocean life from organisms in hot deep sea vents, to tropical fish, to the astonishing varieties of arctic marine life! Participate in virtual dissections of a squid, a mackerel, and even a dog fish shark! Write with squid ink and learn about the largest environment on the planet! For the 2nd half of the session, students will explore the natural world, acquire tips and tools to spot wildlife while camping and on hikes, and learn all about animals’ natural habitats. Students will learn techniques for locating and tracking animals in the wild! Materials needed: any notebook or just some paper; pencil; eraser; marker, crayons, or colored pencils; glue or tape, ruler or tape measure. Parker Anderson Central LA

MATH OLYMPIAD (3-5 or 4-5) – Sign up for your school program

Do you like Math? Do you want to solve fun problems with friends? Join us online! Together we will solve math problems, play math games, and make new friends. Class meets once a week on Zoom throughout the school year. Even if you think you’re not great at math but still like to solve problems, this club will help you improve your skills. There may be an opportunity for math tournaments throughout the year and if your child is interested in enrolling, extra fees may be requested.  This class is only open to MBUSD students and only students enrolled at this school site can register for this class. MBX Math Olympiad Coaches


Listen, Breathe, Move, Relax. The Mindful Minis class series is the perfect introduction to yoga and mindfulness. Each week we’ll begin with a gratitude share followed by a breathing exercise. Yoga poses will be introduced through creative stories and imaginative play. Books, coloring and tracing in a custom journal bring the poses to life, enrich the classes and keep engagement levels high!  Breathe & Learn Educational Programs


Are you a person of passion and conviction, with a love for critical thinking and dialogue? In this virtual class, students learn to use logic and other rhetorical tools to support their positions and to express themselves succinctly and skillfully. Students learn to walk and talk with assuredness and purpose, overcome jitters, and deliver speeches with confidence and animation! No additional materials needed for this class except pen and paper. Parker Anderson Central LA


This is the perfect time to learn the craft of on-camera acting. You’ll gain comfort and skill as we work together on scripts from actual TV, films and commercials. We’ll explore lighting, angles, and how to use the computer camera to your advantage. Come join the fun…lights, camera, action!  The Actor’s Place


This course will focus on the essentials of effective and powerful communication. Students will learn to craft and structure speeches, manage nerves, develop analytical and organizational skills, and express themselves distinctively and successfully. While in class, students will be given the opportunity to explore and develop the skills of speech and persuasive debate while presenting on a weekly basis. Most importantly, students will gain confidence and ease when speaking in public.  The Actor’s Place


Explore the fascinating world of solving mysteries and develop observation and reasoning skills! Take fingerprints, decode secret messages, search for clues, go on a scavenger hunt and decipher our virtual Escape Room on the last day of class! Every student also receives their very own ID Badge and detective kit in this virtual class. For the 2nd half of the session, conduct physical and chemical experiments and learn what makes them work. This class is filled with cool reactions and fun experiments! Students won’t be bored for a minute with the wide range of activities each week! Basic household items needed to participate in this class. Materials list to be given once you are registered. Parker Anderson Central LA


Using improvisation and song selections, we will dive in to musicals and tales adapted from beloved books in this engaging and creative class. Stories such as Cinderella, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and Oliver! will be explored and enhanced through the computer screen!  The Actor’s Place


Create your own animations, programs, and games with MIT’s Scratch, Python, Box Island, and more! Computer programming helps with brain development, math skills, and logic, and is tons of fun! Non tablet device such as Mac, Windows, or Chromebook recommended for this virtual class. In order to prepare for this class, detailed info will be given once you are registered. Parker Anderson Central LA


A highly interactive performing arts program teaching the fundamentals of acting for the Theater. Students will tap into their imagination and develop their own creative voice while learning the art of improvisation. We will study script analysis and interpretation, character development, voice, movement and storytelling through the performance of theatrical scenes. This class stimulates individual expression and group collaboration while also boosting confidence and self-esteem. The Actor’s Place


We’ll draw cats. We’ll draw dogs. But what do you get when you mix a cat and a butterfly? Or a T-Rex with an Octopus…Catterfly, Rextopus and a whole session of cute pets and crazy, hybrid animals in this super unique session of Watch Me Draw! Students learn to draw complex characters but using basic shapes with which they are already familiar. This results in your student creating a drawing they never thought possible! If a class is missed, it will be recorded and available online. A 60 minute live online instruction includes pencil instruction, online with sharpie followed by the students coloring (could be online or offline based on individual student pace). Supplies you’ll need: pencil, eraser, sharpie, crayons or colored pencils.  Oh, Rio! Productions


From Rockruff to the magical Mew to Mario, Kirby and Princess Peach, this session of Watch Me Draw! will bring your favorite Nintendo and Pokemon characters to life! Students learn to draw complex characters by using basic shapes with which they are already familiar. This results in a drawing they never thought possible! If a class is missed, it will be recorded and available online. A 60 minute live online instruction includes pencil instruction, online with sharpie followed by the students coloring (could be online or offline based on individual student pace). Supplies you’ll need: pencil, eraser, sharpie, crayons or colored pencils.  Oh, Rio! Productions


From adorable ice cream to Captain Underpants to Eevee and Polliwhirl, this session of Watch Me Sculpt has something for everyone! Taught live online via Zoom, students will increase their fine motor skills while joining in on this fun, new sculpting program! If a class is missed, it will be recorded and available online. Students will be rubbing foil on a flat surface. It can scratch up furniture so it’s advisable to have a paper plate or some sort of protective…something on the surface where students will be working. Once the project is finished, to solidify it, bake at 275 for 15 minutes. Please note: Students will need to provide their own aluminum foil, toothpick or plastic knife (is helpful) and clay. Oh, Rio! Productions
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Little Yogis will develop their focus, strength, flexibility and coordination in this fun, ACTIVE yoga class. Kids practice the basics of a real yoga routine through the use of playful yoga games, and easy yoga postures. Students also learn breathing, meditation and visualization techniques, a sense of self and respect for others in our fun, positive environment. Come ready to move in a space that has plenty of room to comfortable stretch, strengthen and relax your body and minds.  All skill and experience levels welcome!  Stacey Corvalan, yoga teacher and Pacific parent

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