Elementary Class Descriptions

The following list provides class descriptions for classes offered at all five elementary sites. Not all classes are offered at all sites. Interested in a class that is only offered at another school? No problem! On Monday, January 14th, you can enroll in classes at other sites. To register for classes at a site other than your home school, during registration, filter your search by the location of the school where the class is offered.

When registering for classes, be sure to review and update your child’s teacher, room number and other important information.

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ART WITH JAKE TEDESCO (TK-5)

This art program is for students who are really interested in learning to see to draw! Through the course of instruction students are exposed to one and two point perspective as well as interior perspective, using themes that are interesting to young minds.  We talk about negative space, shadows, highlights and ‘cast’ shadows. The students learn to blend colors with colored pencils, pastels and paints.  We explore facial proportions, giving the students the confidence to draw a person or animal.  References to artists of historical importance are made whenever possible and especially if it ties in with the subject matter. During the class, the student is given the freedom to make choices and to think about their composition and what is visually and aesthetically pleasing to them as an artist! The classes are really about drawing, seeking spatial relationships and observation. Jake Tedesco, Community Art Instructor

BASKETBALL WITH COACH DIMITRI (TK-5)

Join the popular Coach Dimitri for an afternoon of basketball. This class will focus on skills, drills, fun, learning and team building. Always a fun and active afternoon! Dimitri Upshaw, South Bay Athletics

BLACK BELT KIDS (TK-K)

This class is designed to target age-specific skills for children in kindergarten. The curriculum introduces basic skills training reinforcing physical, intellectual, social, and emotional abilities. Emphasis is placed on building their basic fundamental skills with a strategic balance of martial arts. Each class students will earn skill stripes signifying their progress and qualifying them for their next rank. New incoming students will receive a BBK logo t-shirt and white belt. Black Belt Kids

BLACK BELT KIDS (1-5)

Designed to target age-specific skills for children in grades 1-5, the curriculum introduces core skills training reinforcing physical, intellectual, social, and emotional abilities. More emphasis is placed on building their core fundamental skills with a strategic balance of martial arts. Each class students will earn skill stripes signifying their progress and qualifying them for their next rank. New incoming students will receive a traditional karate uniform and white belt. Black Belt Kids

BRIT WEST SOCCER (TK-3)

Brit West Soccer, Inc. offers a developmentally appropriate soccer curriculum that teaches skills through fun games in the context of STEAM topics. Each class highlights a specific skill such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and game development while also introducing a new STEAM concept. Games focus on fun, progression, and inclusivity. Brit West Soccer

CHEM KIDZ (K-2)

Chemistry is amazing! Conduct physical and chemical experiments and learn what makes them work. Make your own desiccators and Elephant Toothpaste, grow copper sulfate crystals, and get ready for an instant snowstorm! All reactions are done outdoors and students wear protective goggles. Parker Anderson Enrichment

CHESS: ALL LEVELS (TK-5)

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. Academic Chess

CHINESE (TK-2)

Have fun learning Chinese in an activity-oriented, fun class using an immersive technique. Students develop a solid foundation in the Chinese language through a mix of language instruction and activities enriched with cultural information. Games, books, songs, and arts and crafts make the learning experience joyful and engaging. Mrs. Chih-Yu Hu, Chinese Language Teacher 

COOKING FOR KIDS: EUROPEAN FAVORITES (1-5)

Enjoy delicious and healthy foods as we take a culinary journey through Europe! Your kids will learn to make Italian classics like Penne with Creamy Tomato Sauce, Italian Chopped Salad, Spanish favorites like Veggie Paella, Greek staples such as Gyros, Hummus and Greek Salad plus we’ll finish in France with a Ratatouille Stew and Chocolate Mousse with Fresh Fruit. Each lesson students will develop their culinary skills while learning about nutrition, culture and even dining etiquette. Get hungry to learn the art of cooking! Lift Enrichment

ECO-ARTS AND CRAFTS (1-3)

This is an inventive and artistic opportunity to create earth-friendly projects using sustainable materials. The art projects will include the use of found objects, organic materials, and recycled items. With each lesson, students will learn the importance of a sustainable environment with hands-on creative fun! Elizabeth Kneisley, local ecological artist

EXCITING WORLD OF ROBOTICS (3-5)

Have you ever wanted to design, build and program your own robot? Students will construct their own robots from the ground up, using the VEXIQ design system. The robots will then compete against each other in the VEXIQ High-rises Challenge. In the challenge, students will build and program their robots to stack high-rises of colored blocks, and compete to score the most points in a designated time period. This is a STEM based curriculum where students will learn coding, building and the engineering process for basic robotic construction and design. The VEX design system is a national standard, and the standard used throughout MBUSD for STEM classes and robotics. This class is offered by the Mira Costa High School Robotics team and Ken Brenan, LEGO instructor and Computer Science teaching assistant at MCHS – Offered at Pennekamp

FASHION RUNWAY DESIGN (1-5)

This Fashion Design class is all about you! Create a “line” of clothing, from formal gowns to casual chic! Come up with your own design for a school uniform and make an outfit for yourself using clothes from your closet. It will be fun…and chic too! Parker Anderson Enrichment

FLAG FOOTBALL (TK-5)

TGA Flag Football combines station based skill development with academic STEAM labs (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and character development lessons. Our multilevel advancement program includes drills and scrimmages taught by professional football instructors. Quality flag football equipment provided. TGA maintains a safe, nurturing environment with a low student to instructor ratio. The session culminates with a game day for friends and families to attend. Come out to play with TGA where we make learning flag football convenient, enriching and fun. TGA Beach Cities

FUN 2 LEARN SPANISH (TK-2)

Join us for a class full of enjoyable, hands on, interactive activities that include games, songs, instruments and other fun props. Lessons are developed to ensure that the student’s knowledge builds and is easy to put into practice right away. The activities are engaging and also adapt to suit different skill and ability levels including reading and writing. During each lesson the vocabulary of a specific topic will be introduced and then solidified in games, catchy songs, and cute crafts. Vocabulary from the previous lessons will continue to be reviewed and reinforced. ¡No lo pienses mas! Think no more! Join us; it is Fun 2 Learn Spanish! Magda Joye teaches at Manhattan Beach Preschool and has an MBA (Pennekamp)

GOING GOLFING (TK-3)

TGA Premier Golf combines station based skill development with academic STEAM labs (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and character development lessons. Our five-level advancement program includes swing fundamentals and rules/etiquette taught by professional golf instructors. Quality TGA golf equipment provided. TGA maintains a safe, nurturing environment with a low student to instructor ratio. Come out to play with TGA where we make learning golf convenient, enriching and fun. TGA Beach Cities

JEWELRY MAKING WORKSHOP (1-5)

Make your own jewelry in a hands-on introduction to this exciting and creative art form. Students make professional looking beaded jewelry using a variety of materials. Among the items created are earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pins, and rings. Parker Anderson Enrichment

JR ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, AND ARTISTS (TK-K)

From Frank Lloyd Wright to automotive design to Van Gogh, Picasso and Monet, students will learn about the many artists, architects, designers, and engineers that influence the arts and design in today’s world. Clay, wood, wire, paint, sketching, tile, sustainable materials, artist’s markers and more are part of this amazing introduction to the arts. Get ready to have a ton of fun and let the imagination soar! Art To Grow On Inc.

KEYBOARDING IS FUN! (2-5)

Long gone are the typing classes we dreaded years ago, but with computers playing such an important role in our children’s education, the need to learn keyboarding is more important than ever. As we know, keyboarding is not a skill that can be acquired after a couple of classes, it takes time and practice.  Fun is the motivating factor; we will be using software that makes learning the keyboard a challenging game.  The class will always end with choices of art and puzzle software which is a trek of math, logic and science.  It’s all about having fun while learning, which is what makes this class so much more enjoyable than a traditional keyboarding course. Little Click Club

KINDER YOGA WITH MS. STACEY (K)

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. All skill and experience levels welcome! Stacey Corvalan, yoga teacher and Pacific parent

LA DODGERS: BASEBALL (TK-3)

A development-based baseball program designed to help your child grow in the areas of hitting, pitching/throwing, fielding, catching, and game awareness. No experience…no problem. In order to be the best, you must be trained by the best!
LA Dodgers Training Academy

LA DODGERS: BASKETBALL (TK-3)

This class is designed to focus on the basics of Basketball with Speed & Agility training using the LA Dodgers Training Academy methodology. Players will learn the proper dribbling, passing, and shooting techniques of basketball while being taught the appropriate execution of all individual movement patterns. Game scenarios and situations will aid in the development and further understanding of basketball. LA Dodgers Training Academy

LEGO BUILDING (TK-5)

Come join Mr. B and his team exploring the world of LEGO building.   Participants learn to build a variety of LEGO sets from Star Wars to Castle to Friends and more!   Participants are encouraged to build sets larger and bigger than their abilities with help from the instructors.  Each child will learn independent building, LEGO instruction reading, self-reliance, and socialization. Join the fun today! Mr. B and team

MAD SCIENCE (TK-2)

System 4 – Radical, Mad-ical Science! Are you ready to get engrossed in entomology, the study of bugs? To investigate and analyze crime scene evidence to solve a mystery? To DIG in to Earth Science? We’ll see what physical and chemical changes take place in and around your kitchen and discover how simple machines make our lives easier. Movie Effects gives you a chance to sit in the director’s chair and discover why science is the real star of the big screen. What makes toys work? Test and play with spinning tops, building gears, and gravity toys. Finally, conduct hands-on experiments to understand how and why weather occurs! Mad Science

MARINE BIOLOGY (TK-3)

Explore the diversity of ocean life from organisms in hot deep sea vents, to tropical fish, to the astonishing varieties of arctic marine life! Observe dissections of a lamprey eel, a crayfish, and even a shark! Write with squid ink, grow Sea Monkeys, and learn about the largest environment on the planet! Parker Anderson Enrichment

MATH OLYMPIAD

Looking for a challenge! Joining this class develops Mathletes–students who learn skills in competitive math. Our team will practice solving challenging word problems and develop problem-solving strategies and confidence. Mathletes will participate in select competitions and tournaments. Math Olympiad will prepare students for the MathCounts competitive math program at MBMS.

MIND YOUR MANNERS (TK-2)

Learning good manners is fun! Students will gain the skills they need to succeed in the world today. Through interactive games and role-playing, kids learn the importance of good behavior, confident body language, courteous actions, and much more. From meet and greet essentials to proper dining protocol and everything in between…students will become more polite, poised and self-assured. The session concludes with an in-class “dinner party” where their dining skills are put to the test. The Actor’s Place

MISSION: CODE (2-5)

Prepare your children for a digital future! Students learn and apply the basic principles of coding in a fun and educational game-like environment. Coding teaches kids lifelong skills such as creativity, innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and digital literacy! Mad Science

MUSICAL THEATRE: HOGWARTS SCHOOL MUSICAL (1-5)

All Aboard the Hogwarts Express! Join us after school and shine on stage as you bring to life your favorite characters from the Harry Potter universe in our original play, HOGWARTS SCHOOL MUSICAL! This class has something for everyone, first timers and advancing performers alike. Don your wizarding robe and let your imagination run wild as you discover the joys of acting, improv, voice and speech, theater games, and choreography! Develop self-confidence and team spirit! Parents and friends of our students will be invited to enjoy a special workshop presentation that highlights the class show and the skills & techniques our students have learned throughout the course of the session. Hogwarts is back in session, so break out your wands and let the magic begin! Performing Arts Workshop

NASA SPACE ACADEMY (1-5)

Explore the far reaches of our solar system and experience astronaut life as students participate in a building mission! Compare the Earth’s atmosphere to other planets and probe the mysteries of meteors and comets. Follow stellar life cycles and view the stars from different angles of the universe. Steer a laser beam through a laser maze and find hidden objects using principles of laser technology. Be mesmerized by a water bottle rocket launch and build your very own Skyblazer II Rocket to take home! All this and more! Mad Science

READING PARTY (TK-K)

Join the fun! Listen to favorite classic and contemporary storybooks and then create theme related artwork using a variety of media. A great way to supplement the classroom reading-readiness curriculum. Some of the activities will include hunting for golden eggs with the giant in Jack and the Beanstalk, taking a trip with Flat Stanley and making a shell home where the Hermit Crab will want to live. Please note that the curriculum changes each session in order to accommodate the needs and interests of returning students. Sue Kneisley has taught preschool, elementary, and college level classes in art, writing, and child development. 

SING IN CHINESE (TK-K) Continuing students only

Original songs are taught using a unique patent pending method that combines the melody with the basic four tones of Mandarin. Children have fun singing useful conversational phrases in the correct tones that are easily stored in their long-term memory. Through fun songs and games, children are eager to learn to speak Chinese. Students will soon be singing in Chinese while doing other daily tasks!  Sing in Chinese

SOUND ARTS: “AMUSE ME!” (3-5)

Welcome to the legend of King Arthur and his Royal Knights like you’ve never seen or heard before! The story is told through Merlin, the magical, medieval mystic with the help of nine very crafty and clever Muses. Together, they guide Arthur to not only change the shape of his table, but to also change his sword, and ultimately save his kingdom. Come join our mighty medieval team through the musical adventure – “AMUSE ME!” Sound Arts reflects the philosophy of giving every child the opportunity to experience music and performance. Musicals are specifically designed around the National Standards for Arts Education and the California State Standards. Students sing, act, dance, while also learning about science, history, art, and cultural events. All students in third through fifth grade are eligible to participate. Weekly attendance is important. Class Motto: “Team Work Makes the Dream Work!”  Mrs. Laurie Draper, Master of Arts in Vocal Performance

SPANISH, POR FAVOR (K-2)

Come learn Spanish the way you learned your first language! Students will be actively taught the Spanish language through music, movement, repetition, visuals, and games. This class is both fun and engaging. Pilar DeNardo is a credentialed teacher with a MA in Bilingual Education (Pacific, Meadows)

TECH KIDZ: VIDEO GAME DESIGN (2-5)

Students will learn how to design and modify their own exciting arcade-style video games! They will learn how to control characters, objects, and outcomes in their games as they increase the difficulty level and add more features.  Parker Anderson Enrichment

TENNIS (K-5)

TGA Premier Tennis combines station based skill development with academic STEAM labs (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and character development lessons. Our five-level advancement program includes racquet and rally skills taught by professional tennis instructors. Quality TGA tennis equipment provided. TGA maintains a safe, nurturing environment with a low student to instructor ratio. Come out to play with TGA where we make learning tennis convenient, enriching, and fun. TGA Beach Cities

TINKERING INVENTION STUDIO: THINK MAKE TINKER! (1-5)

Come make awesome stuff with us! Imagination Invention Studio, based on Tinkering School LA camps and a Tinkering Mindset (experiment, fail, learn, try again), teaches children to confidently design and build creations as wild as their imaginations. A mix of materials exploration, tool training, design challenges, and open builds provide skills students need. Watch them build, tinker, refine, and playfully engage real materials to create unique projects. ReDiscover Center

WATCH ME SCULPT AND DRAW (TK-5)

Get ready to have your child’s creativity unleashed through two unique art forms. Students will sculpt a variety of different animals from cute to slimy. Drawing is focused on zany characters from the new game, Camping with Sasquatch!! We will draw with basic shapes that students are already familiar with to create a complex drawing. Each class will be a new sculpt or drawing that students can take home. No need to bring anything as all supplies will be provided! Sculpts can be baked at 275 degrees for 15 minutes to make them hard set. Oh, Rio! Productions

WEIRD AND WACKY SCIENCE (K-2)

Come join us for some fun with Weird and Wacky Science! New, cool, and hands-on experiments each week! This class is filled with fun science activities: amazing crystals, magnetism, static electricity, gravity, and so much more! Experience the Scientific Method as never before! Parker Anderson Enrichment

WORLD OF WORDCRAFT: A DEBATE TEAM FOR KIDS (3-5)

Should children be allowed to have cell phones in schools? Should wearing helmets be mandatory when bike riding? What’s the better gaming platform—Xbox or PlayStation? These are just some of the issues and questions that kids ponder every day. You have an opinion, but how do you prove your opinion is the better opinion? To learn how, join us after school for an adventure in debating as you experience the World of WordCraft! This is your chance to find your voice, get involved, empower yourself, and begin a life-long exploration of the majesty and wonder of words and ideas. WOW gives students the tools for developing self-confidence, public speaking skills, building a powerful vocabulary, and learning the finer points of language arts. Working off a foundation of voice, speech, and diction, WOW uses debate to teach students the art of organizing and articulating ideas, structuring and supporting arguments, listening and countering and more, in a fun, safe, and non-competitive environment. Words and ideas can change the world! Performing Arts Workshops

KIDS’ YOGA WITH MRS. RADL (K-5)

Bring social and emotional learning skills alive through the lens of yoga and mindfulness practices. We will play, breathe and move our bodies in a positive and uplifting environment. Emotional awareness, stress reduction, deepening relationships, self-regulation, connection to body and breath are some of the tools we will explore and take into our life off of the mat. Danielle Radl, yoga teacher trainer, founder and director of Kids to Teens Yoga Teacher Training School and Meadows 2nd grade teacher

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