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 20, 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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Winter 2020: Class Descriptions

ARCHITECTS, DESIGNERS AND MAKERS (TK-K)

Join us for this awesome class featuring projects that showcase clay, wire, wood, sustainable materials, paints, artists markers and more! From Frank Gehry to Automotive Design to Clay, student’s imaginations will soar as they sharpen their critical thinking skills becoming our next innovators and creators!  Art To Grow On Inc.

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 FERNANDO (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 KARATE (TK-5)

Our Black Belt Kids program is designed to target age-specific skills for children in kindergarten and elementary school grades. The curriculum introduces core skills training to the student reinforcing their 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.  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

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 Pendingmethod 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. For new and continuing students.  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: ASIAN CLASSICS (TK-5)

Kids will learn to cook Asian cuisine in his fun, hands-on cooking class. Our Chef Teacher will take kids on a culinary journey through Japan, China and Thailand as we combine food, culture, and science. Our goal is to teach kids to expand their palates, try new foods and learn a variety of fast, easy recipes they can make at home. Menu includes: Spring Rolls, Homemade Sushi Rolls, Ramen Noodles, Orange Chicken, Pineapple Fried Rice, Pad Thai Noodles, Sticky Rice with Mango and more!  Lift Enrichment

CRAFTY CHARACTERS (TK-K)

Students explore character work in a variety of creative and artistic ways. They will make animal masks, hats and costumes, puppets and other imaginative projects, and do improv and acting exercises – all with the intent of learning how to bring different characters to life. Come join the fun!  The Actor’s Place

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-4)

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 Premier Sports

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 MUSIC VIDEO (TK-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

HOT SHOTS TENNIS (1-3)

This program is designed to develop a love for tennis by utilizing the most cutting-edge techniques for tennis players. Our objective is to develop self-esteem, strong athletic foundation, solid tennis fundamentals including receiving and projecting skills as well as an understanding of ball control and tactics. Our players will also develop into better competitors and great teammates.  Hot Shots Tennis Academy

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! 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.

JR. ROBOT BUILDING WORKSHOP (TK-K)

Build 3 awesome robots to take home. Students will learn engineering principles such as gears, wheels, and axles as they design amazing robots to battle against others in becoming the Battle-Bot Champion! For new and continuing students.  Parker Anderson Enrichment

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 Warsto 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

LITTLE CLICK CLUB (K)

Using laptop computers, your child will be the main character of a guided learning adventure in a world full of technology. The Puterbugs program prepares kindergartners with the fundamentals of important tech skills starting with the letters of the keyboard. Students will learn everything from basic mouse, keyboard, and navigational skills to more advanced mobile concepts, such as networks, satellites, cell phones, cloud technology, wireless, email, and the internet. Each class improves listening skills, concentration, promotes self-confidence and offers the opportunity to learn a new skill.  Little Click Club

MAD SCIENCE (TK-2)

SYSTEM 2 – Ready, Set, Science! We are on a mission to explore the world of science! Learn about the hidden components of light. Use hands on experimentation to find out if compasses really help you find your way. Have fun with thermometers and investigate amazing optical illusions. Explore how sounds are created and transmitted and create hair-raising experiments with plasma balls!  Lastly, cultivate a healthy attitude about fitness and nutrition in a fun way while discovering the biology of your taste buds!  Mad Science

MAKERSPACE DREAM LAB (3-5)

This class is for building dreams! Students are guided in making their ideas come to life. Have you always wanted to design a dress, build a model of a tree house or design a video game controller? From the planning stages to working prototypes, this student-led class will make their dreams come true. Multiple materials and processes will be explored depending on the needs and wishes of the students. MakerSpace Dream Lab is also perfect for students who want to go deeper and have more time to continue working on their class projects.  Meadows MakerSpace Specialist Crista Riccio

MAKERSPACE OPEN STUDIO (3-5)

A student driven class for those who just want more MakerSpace time. Students will be able to finesse a current project or conceive and design one of their own. Open Studio is perfect for students who want to go deeper on a project than class time allows. Each week will also introduce a new tool or give access to past favorite tools and technology. Pacific MakerSpace Specialist Teri Hampton

MAKES & CRAFTS (TK-2)

Students will have the opportunity to delve into their creativity in this Makes & Crafts class which focuses on sustainability, the sensory and upcycled materials. Finding the maker with projects that use decoupage, weaving, print making, paper mache, macramé, and collage, we will explore what can be done with plastics, fabrics, paper and more. Our endless imagination will allow us to become environmental superstars in crafting.  Erica Sauber, Pennekamp parent and artist

MAMA MAESTRA SPANISH (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)

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. For new and continuing students.  Miss Chih-Yu Hu, Chinese Language Teacher

MUSICAL THEATRE: THE GREATEST SHOWMAN (1-5)

Let your dreams COME ALIVE at the circus! Join us after school and shine on stage as you bring to life your favorite songs and characters from the hit movie, THE GREATEST SHOWMAN! This class has something for everyone, first timers and advancing performers alike. 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 season. You have a MILLION DREAMS, come share them with the world!  Performing Arts Workshop

NERF SPORTS SUPERSTARS (TK-1)

Nerf Sports is a fun and safe way for kids to develop their motor skills and get exercise while learning the basics of many different sports and games. Dribbling, passing, shooting, and hand-eye coordination are all practiced as students play basketball, soccer, flag football, dodgeball, capture the flag, and much more. Our emphasis is on sportsmanship.  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: CAR CREATOR (K-5)

Build 3 awesome robots to take home: the Box Racer, the Balloon Buggy, and the Camaro Concept Car! Gain knowledge of motors and gears to create super cool vehicles such as Solar Powered Cars and Fold-N-Roll Racers that you’ll compete with in the Parker-Anderson Grand Prix. (Robots subject to change based on availability)  Parker Anderson Enrichment

ROCKET SCIENCE AND ASTRONOMY (TK-3) 

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

SOUND ARTS: (3-5)

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

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 and much more! Students will build online projects and games with multiple platforms as their skills increase. Time permitting, students may also 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! Week 1 will focus on log in, account set up, and an introduction to the programming platform. For new and continuing students.  Parker Anderson Enrichment

THE ACTOR’S PLACE: IMPROVISATION (2-5)

Using classic improvisation techniques, this exciting class ignites kid’s imaginations and gets them working together. Each student will develop their own unique creative voice by engaging in active storytelling, movement exercises and character exploration – all thought up in the moment. They’ll build confidence and most importantly have a great time!  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 DRAW AND SCULPT (TK-5)

Get ready to have your child’s creativity unleashed through two unique art forms. Students are taught the art of sculpting with Sculpey, the same clay used by animation studios, jewelry makers and professional doll makers. Drawing is focused on 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

YOGA WITH MS. STACEY (K-2)

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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