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, April 1, 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

 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 (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

COOKING FOR KIDS: 5 INGREDIENT FEAST (TK-5)

Want your kids to cook EASY and HEALTHY recipes using only 5 ingredients?  Each recipe is designed to be simple, healthy and able to get you and your child cooking in the kitchen! Join our fun and interactive cooking class where kids will make Healthy Veggie Fried Rice, Yogurt Parfait with Homemade Granola, Chicken & Broccoli Teriyaki, Mac & Cheese with Zucchini and more!  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

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)

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.

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

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

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

MATH CIRCLE (2-3)

Take part in an innovative new experience designed to help students learn about mathematics in a way that is both fun and engaging. The goal is to promote enjoyment of mathematics by bringing students together with mathematicians and educators to work on interesting problems or topics. The class will focus on problem solving, perseverance, and abstract reasoning. “The only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics.” – Paul Halmos Kim Price, Pennekamp teacher, and Anna Bargagliotti, LMU Associate Professor of Mathematics

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.

NEUROSCIENCE FOR KIDS: IT’S ALL IN YOUR HEAD! (1-3)

Join Mira Costa student members of the NeuroScience Club and learn about how your brain works. This awesome curriculum will introduce you to Brain Basics, Cellular Neuroscience, Neuroanatomy, Sensation and Function, Brain Development, Learning and Memory Cognition, and much more. This is a unique opportunity to learn from students who have a passion for understanding the brain. If your child loves science, they will find NeuroScience both fascinating and fun! Mira Costa NeuroScience Club

PHILOSOPHY IN HARRY POTTER (4-5)

Come discover the magic of Philosophy! Over the course of this session, we will learn about philosophical concepts presented in J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series, including identity, heroism, and love. Students will participate in discussions and activities led by members of the Mira Costa Philosophy Club, and learn that Philosophy is for everyone – even wizards!

RACE ADVENTURES (1-5)

This cutting-edge class teaches students all about cars! Students learn to build a Mini 4WD vehicle, then put their creation to the test making modifications along the way. It’s a fun, engaging experience with other students who have a passion for art, science and engineering. Tamiya Mini 4WD kits are snap-together 1/32 scale model cars. After assembling their own cars, students then get to race their friends on a HUGE track each week, making small adjustments and modifications to make their car go faster. Dress-up parts are available for students to customize the appearance of their vehicles. Fundamentals of responsibility, sportsmanship and problem-solving are reinforced through a variety of race-day activities. Students get to take home their creations on the last day of class!  Race Adventures

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 WORKSHOP (1-5)

Learn engineering principles such as gears, wheels, and axles as you design amazing robots to battle against others in becoming the Battle-Bot Champion! Build one awesome robot to take home!   Parker Anderson Enrichment

SING IN CHINESE (TK-K)

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! For new and continuing students.  Sing in Chinese

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. For new and continuing students.  Pilar DeNardo is a credentialed teacher with a MA in Bilingual Education (Pacific, Meadows)

SPY KIDS: SECRET AGENT (TK-2)

Take fingerprints, decode secret messages, search for clues, go on a scavenger hunt and decipher our Escape Room! Explore the fascinating world of solving mysteries and develop observation and reasoning skills! Every student also receives their very own ID Badge and detective kit!  Parker Anderson Enrichment

TECH KIDZ: CODING WIZARDS (1-5)

Create your own animations, programs, and games with MIT’s Scratch, Python, Sploder, and more! Computer programming helps with brain development, math skills, and logic, and is tons of fun!  Parker Anderson Enrichment

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

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

YOUNG ACTORS WORKSHOP (TK-1)

Fun is the name of the game in this acting class designed for grades TK-1. Each week has a new theme while our students enjoy a truly well-rounded cross-section of the Arts, including; Dramatic Play, Music, Voice & Singing, Creative Movement, Fairytale Theater, and more. Set in the context of the Arts, children will further develop life skills such as creative thinking, verbal and diction skills, working in cooperation, following instruction, sharing, taking turns, developing self-esteem and confidence.  Performing Arts Workshops

 

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