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, September 9, 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 (TK-3)

This class will focus on the basics of basketball with speed & agility training. 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.  Semper Fit Sports

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

BREATHE & LEARN YOGA AND MINDFULNESS (TK-3)

Connect, Breathe, Move, Relax! This class is 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. Students also learn a specific breathing or mindfulness exercise, followed by daily yoga postures. Creative stories, imaginative yoga play and fun props help enrich the classes and keep engagement levels high! Class always ends with a visualization to help students relax and reflect by connecting back to their breath.  Joanie Plake, CEO of Breathe & Learn Educational Programs (Grand View)

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

CERAMIC PAINTING (TK-5)

Take advantage of this unique opportunity. Color Me Mine is returning due to popular demand. Pick, paint, have your item fired, and take it home! Everyone is an artist in this class as you express your creativity.  Color Me Mine

CHEM KIDZ (TK-3)

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 (K-3)

Come have fun learning Chinese through songs and games! Daily Chinese conversation is taught using our original songs 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 in Chinese

COMPUTER KEYBOARDING (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

COOKING FOR KIDS: MEDITERRANEAN FAVORITES (1-5)

Kids will learn to cook Mediterranean classics in his fun, hands-on cooking class. Mediterranean food is considered one of the healthiest cuisines in the world because it focuses on lean proteins, healthy fats (olive oil) and lots of fresh fruits and vegetables without sacrificing flavor. We teach kids to expand their palates, try new foods and learn a variety of fast, easy recipes they can make at home. Develop your culinary confidence, learn from professional chefs and eat delicious food from Greece, North Africa, Spain, and Italy and more! Menu includes: Couscous Salad, Chickpea Saute with Greek Yogurt, Homemade Pita Bread, Beef & Veggie Shish Kabobs, Quinoa Salad, The “Chocolate-Cookie” Roll.  Lift Enrichment

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 Meadows

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! For new and continuing students.  Magda Joye teaches at Manhattan Beach Preschool and has an MBA (Pennekamp)

HIP-HOP & JAZZ (TK-2)

Are you ready to ROCK! Learn the basic techniques of dance and how to move to the beat. A healthy lifestyle is promoted through fun, physical activity that encourages self expression through music and movement. This is a performance-based class, designed to help students gain confidence and self-esteem. Age-appropriate dance routines are taught to pop music and classics from the past! We put on a rockin’ performance in costumes on the last day for family and friends to enjoy!  Funky Divas & Dudes

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

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! Please note that the lessons and curriculum change each session in order to accommodate the needs and interests of returning students.  Art To Grow On Inc.

ROBOT BUILDING WORKSHOP (TK-1)

Build 3 awesome robots to take home: the Box Bug, Box Robot, and Box Dino! Learn engineering principles such as gears, wheels, and axles as you design amazing robots to battle against others in becoming the Battle-Bot Champion! (Robots subject to change based on availability)  Parker Anderson Enrichment

ROCKET SCIENCE AND ASTRONOMY (K-2) 

Ready, set, blast off! Explore the Universe as we launch everything from Film Canister Rockets, to Water Bottle Blasters, Business Card Boomerangs, and much more! Our adventures will take us to Titan, Mars, and a Galactic Cluster as we learn about comets, constellations, and our galaxy! This class is out of this world!  Parker Anderson Enrichment

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

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 1 – Crazy Chemworks!  Shake up a flask of fun in the lab as a junior chemist! These chemistry classes are packed solid with cool reactions and tiny atoms! Slide down the pH scale and dip in to the world of acids and bases. Put on some goggles and change liquids to solids and back again. Handle laboratory tools, build and break molecules, and pick up some tricks on chemical changes. Finally, ooze into a gooey hour of sliming around! Using the Mad Science recipe, enter your creation in to the Slime Olympics!  Mad Science

MATH OLYMPIAD (4-5)

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.

MISS HU’S CHINESE (TK-K)

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.  Miss Chih-Yu Hu, Chinese Language Teacher

MULTI-SPORT (TK-3)

Come and enjoy learning the fundamentals of some school yard favorites in a fun, stress-free, and non-competitive setting. Students will develop the skills necessary for a variety of team building games including: Dodgeball, Kickball, Ultimate Frisbee, and Capture the Flag.  Semper Fit Sports

MUSIC VIDEO CREATION (1-5)

Calling all Rockstars! It’s time to move and groove to the best new tunes. Each week we crank up the music, teach cutting-edge choreography, dress up in Rockstar Costumes and film clips for a fun music video. The video will be edited and emailed at the end of the course to be viewed over and over.  Lights, camera, Rock Out!  Funky Divas & Dudes

MUSICAL THEATRE: TOY STORY 4 (1-5)

THE TOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN! Join us after school and shine on stage as you bring to life your favorite characters from the hit movie, TOY STORY 4! This class has something for everyone, first timers and advancing performers alike. Let your imagination run to Infinity and Beyond 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 season. You’ve Got a Friend in Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the whole Toy Story Gang!  Performing Arts Workshop

POKEMON ART ACADEMY (TK-3)

Learn the step-by-step techniques to draw characters like Pikachu, Charizard, Mewtwo, Dragonite, and many more! Explore different hands-on art media such as watercolor, modeling clay, pastels, and more as you create Poké-Balls, Pokémon Shrinky Dinks, and even your own Pokemon Trading Cards.  Parker Anderson Enrichment

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.

 ROBOT BUILDING GREEN SCIENCE (1-5)

Build 3 awesome robots to take home: the Salt-Powered Robot, the Tornado Maker, and the Solar Robot. Gain knowledge of alternative energy sources like Wind, Water, and Solar power as you build windmills, solar boats, hydro-cars, and more to discover renewable energy sources that make our planet greener! (Robots subject to change based on availability) Parker Anderson Enrichment

SONGS & STORIES OFF THE BOOKSHELP (TK-K)

Using both improvisation and song selections, we explore musicals that are based on beloved books and stories. Cinderella, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Peter Pan, The Wizard of Oz, and Oliver! leap off the shelf and on to the stage in this engaging class. It’s showtime!  The Actor’s Place

SOUND ARTS: “PRIME TIME FOR A HOLIDAY” (3-5)

It’s holiday time and the clock is ticking! The store front windows of Grand View are decorated with the finest of displays and festive lights. Together, young and old are enjoying time with family and friends as the season’s holidays quickly approach. All are happy except for the workers at Amazing Prime factory, where they are working overtime sorting the many packages that need to be delivered. One package can’t seem to find its rightful owner and continues to end up back at the sorting facility. Join the fun as the people of Grand View try to solve the mystery of the gift that keeps on giving!

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!”  Click Here to learn more about the Fall Session Production “Prime Time for a Holiday.” Mrs. Laurie Draper, Master of Arts in Vocal Performance

SPANISH, POR FAVOR (TK-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. For new and continuing students.  Pilar DeNardo is a credentialed teacher with a MA in Bilingual Education (Grand View, Pacific, Meadows)

TECHKIDZ WORKSHOP (1-5)

Experience a combination of our Video Game Design, Coding Wizards, and Minecraft classes, all in one session! Students will learn how to design and modify their own exciting arcade-style video games! They will create their own animations, programs and games with MIT’s Scratch! Lastly, students will learn Minecraft building techniques, details of command blocks, and how to change the look of the game, while playing Minecraft in a fun, safe, and supervised environment!  Parker Anderson Enrichment

THE ACTOR’S PLACE: COMMERCIALS (1-5)

Students will learn the art of commercial acting in this fun and creative class. They will be working with real commercials seen on TV and explore the different skills required for on-camera and voice-over performance. Students will also invent their own “products” and present their own person scripts. Lights, Camera, Action!  The Actor’s Place

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 (TK-5)

Students are taught the art of sculpting with Sculpey, the same clay used by animation studios, jewelry makers and professional doll makers. Sculpting is a great way to encourage creativity while covertly increasing fine motor skills. All supplies are included and students take home a project after each class.  Oh, Rio! Productions

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! Please note that the curriculum changes each session.  Performing Arts Workshops

YOGA WITH MS. STACEY (K-1)

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

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