Enrichment Schedule & Registration
BETTER CURSIVE IN A DAY
Cathy Cummins brings back this class by request! Many children lack information and practice in the important communication skill of handwriting. Even in this age of texting and emailing, students should still learn the correct way to write by practicing the proper strokes for the entire cursive alphabet. Using the Palmer Method, Mrs. Cummins will provide instruction in correct pencil position, posture, letter size and form; participants will have ample time to practice in a casual atmosphere, free of pressure. Tuition includes workbooks and writing equipment.
Date: Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 5:00 PM
Ages: 3rd Graders and older
Instructor: Cathy Cummins
BRICKS ACADEMY: FIRST RESPONDERS
Today, students will enjoy using LEGO bricks to construct an entire village of buildings that house community helpers! First, learn the essential skill of interlocking the individual bricks. Then, you can build a police station, a fire department and a medical center. Your fire station can have doors, windows and even a helicopter pad. Role-play with a hook and ladder engine, and firefighters serving as first responders. The medical center can feature a doctor’s office, ambulances and specialized medical equipment. The police station will have motorcycles, cruisers and helicopters. Dress in community helper costumes as you stroll around the completed village. Movable walls will enable participants to reconfigure the emergency responder centers over and over again. Students will take home a goody bag of theme-related toys!
Date: Sunday, November 10, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:30 PM
Ages: 4 – 6 years old
Instructors: Bricks Academy Staff
FREE PARENTING LECTURE: THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD
By Amanda Ripley - CANCELLED 11/11/19join us this evening for a fascinating review of Amanda Ripley’s bestseller THE SMARTEST KIDS IN THE WORLD: And How They Got That Way, and a discussion of differences among schools in America and abroad. Ms. Ripley states that it’s a 21st Century mystery: America’s most privileged students have high-tech schools and well-educated parents and teachers. We even spend more on each student than any other nation. Yet, our students perform lower in reading than affluent kids in 17 other countries, and lower in math than children in 27 other countries! To discover why, Ms. Ripley decided to spend a year traveling in the “smart-kid” countries. She followed three American teenagers, each visiting a country whose students have demonstrated remarkably improved academic success in recent years: Finland, Poland and South Korea. Her findings detail the similarities and differences in educational practice, ideology and curriculum. The book is an essential read for anyone interested in the future of American education. Participants will receive additional reviews and related articles, plus examples of standardized tests used to assess skill levels in essential subjects. Admission is free, but space is limited; for reservations, email Michele Cummins: firstname.lastname@example.org (and please include your phone number).
Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Time: 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Lecturer: Cathy Cummins
EXTREME WIZARDRY OF HARRY POTTER
Enter the Hogwarts Lab to mix up concoctions for the spooky season. Choose your House: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff; Ravenclaw or Slytherin; make a wand, and play with Professor MacLaren’s collection of Harry Potter memorabilia. Don your wizard hat and mix fantastic potions. Turn a liquid into a solid by making orange gak - you can play with it and mold it, but it doesn’t stick to floors or furniture. Experience extreme explosions too! Create homemade butterbeer and watch it bubble in your cauldron – you’ll want a chocolate frog, too! Enjoy lots of extra crafts and maybe a game of quidditch. Everyone will take home wizardry prizes.
Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 3:30 PM
Ages: 6 – 11 years old
Instructor: John MacLaren
KEYS TO READING COMPREHENSION
Many children are excellent readers, but comprehension is another level of performance that takes much practice. In this two-session class, instructor Carmina Trejo will show students how to excel on daily reading assignments and standardized tests. Participants will receive a notebook with exercises featuring analogies, fact-and-opinion, inference, summarizing, cause-and-effect and author’s purpose. Focused, meaningful practice and entertaining high-interest topics will motivate students to strengthen their comprehension skills. We’ll also read a book or magazine and write about the content, using graphic organizers. Take home your binder and a comprehension workbook.
Dates: Saturdays, November 16 and 23, 2019
Time: 2:00 – 4:30 PM
Ages: 7 – 11 years old
Tuition: $110Instructor: Carmina Trejo