Cottonwood Creek K-8 School

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from Kindergarten through to 8th Grade.

Cottonwood Creek Elementary School
Hello Cottonwood Creek Families!!!!

We are delighted to be offering in-person after school classes again.  We have some of your favorite teachers back and some new courses to offer you.  

We are offering a dynamic selection of courses available from 1st Grade through to 5th Grade.  

As per DUSD requirements, masks are optional for the after school classes.
ALL DPIE VENDORS WILL BE FULLY VACCINATED.

Actors’ Workshop!

Instructor:             Professional Actors from Kenn Adams Synergy Theater
Grade Level:          1 -5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday – Dec  7, 14, 21  |  Jan   11, 18, 25    |  Feb  1, 8, 15, 22 
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2.05 - 3.05pm 
Room:                     C103
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing -$195     After November 23rd - $205

It’s laughter, learning and limelight with the After School Drama Club - The Actor’s Workshop! Through a fun series of theater games, acting exercises and scripted scene work, this introductory acting class teaches the fundamentals of the actor’s craft. Students explore the “three tools of the actor” – voice, body and imagination – as they learn how to create characters, interpret scripts and perform for an audience. The class teaches true theater skills such as stagecraft, emotionally truthful acting, and professional theater etiquette, while encouraging creativity and inspiring the imagination. The class culminates with a workshop presentation of scenes and monologues for an invited audience.

Take it once or take it again and again! Students are encouraged to repeat the program several times. While the overall objectives remain the same, there are always new games, new activities and new performance scenes to keep the program varied and interesting. As students progress through successive iterations of the program, they continue to work on more sophisticated material in order to ensure that their skills continue to grow and that they are being appropriately challenged.

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Advanced LEGO™ Robotics

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:         Thursday -  Dec 8, 15  |  Jan 12, 19, 26  |  Feb 2, 9, 23  | Mar 2  
Sessions:            9 classes x 67 Minutes
Time:                   3:05 - 4:12pm
Room:                 C104
Tuition:                Early Bird - $190   After November 24th- $200

Prerequisite: To enroll in this course you MUST have first completed our Lego Robotics, WeDo Lego Robotics for Elementary Students or some other beginning Robotics class so your child is familiar with the basics of block coding. Otherwise, students should enroll in the Lego Robotics class at least once before enrolling in the Advanced Lego Robotics course.

Do you have a budding engineer in your family and a child who just can’t get enough of building and problem solving? Then the Advanced Lego Robotic course might be just the class you’re looking for. Working in teams, students will participate in an interactive engineering design process and will be challenged to construct more complex and dynamic robot projects that enable them to successfully complete a series of engineering challenges.

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Chess Academy for Kids (Monday)

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 5
Day/Dates:             Monday – Dec  5, 12, 19  |  Jan  9, 23, 30    |  Feb  6, 13, 27   |  Mar 6
Sessions:               10 X 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05 pm
Room:                     C103
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $190    After November 21st -  $200

Learn chess with Pacific Chess Academy!  This program is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to overcome obstacles, think strategically, and stay focused. Specifically designed for young players with various levels (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation to chess tournaments. The use of the modern technology (projectors, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. Participants receive certificates and trophies at the end of the school year. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a Chess Champion, this class is for students at all ability levels.

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

  1. Improves concentration, attention span and memory abilities.
  2. Enhances reading and math skills.
  3. Fosters critical-thinking and creativity in young minds.
  4. Encourages and rewards hard work.
  5. Develops problem solving skills.
  6. Exercises both sides of your brain


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Creative Writing: Fables, Fantasy & Fairytales for Primary Grades

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 2
Day/Dates:            Tuesday – Dec  6, 13, 20  |  Jan 10, 17, 24, 31  |  Feb  7, 14, 21
Sessions:                10 x 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3.05pm
Room:                     C101
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After November 22nd -  $205

Inspire your child to write and create a storybook! 

This course will explore the art of fables, and fairy tales in storytelling and read aloud short stories.  Reading spurs imagination and fables and fairy tales teach about the consequences of good and poor behavior and relationships. Fantasy is the theme this semester, and stories motivate young children to learn language and develop writing skills. Aesop's fables will be read aloud and fairy tales from Disney and other classics will be explored as well.  

Students will read and hear fables and fairy tales and be encouraged to write some of their own. Often, the story changes when the ending is up to the student. We will also encourage your students to create their own characters through mentoring, examples, and templates. Through the art of fantasy and characters, your child will recognize fictional characters and create some of their very own stories that take them to the depths of their imagination.  What fun!This course will enable your student to:    

  1. Develop creative writing skills with sensory details.
  2. Write about characters, plot, and conclusions.
  3. Complete their own writing storybook.

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Creative Writing: Fables, Fantasy, and Fairytales for Upper Grades

Instructor:             Talent Nook Writing Academy 
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:            Friday – Dec  9, 16   |  Jan  13, 20, 27   |  Feb  3, 10, 24    |  Mar 3
Sessions:                9 x 67 Minutes 
Time:                       3:05 - 4:12pm 
Room:                     C104
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $195    After November 25th -  $205

Inspire your child to write in the world of fantasy!

This course will explore the art of fables and fairytales and the ingredients that go into creating this type of fiction. This course is all about fantasy!  Students will read several fables and fairytales and develop an appreciation of a compelling story: plot, dialogue, figurative language, character development, sequence of events, and imagery.   Fables from Aesops will be read and fairy tales from Disney and other classics will be read as well. Meaning and characters will develop imaginative writing. Each student will attempt to create their own story with guidance from the instructor on how to realize motivation and consequences of morals and lessons learned from human behavior.

Students draw on all materials read aloud in class and get their chance to create their very own stories. Imagination through reading and writing allows each student to have fun and share their voice through fables and fairy tales which allows the characters to come to life and mimic human behavior in the worlds of forests and palaces of fantasy. Consequences and morals of good and poor behavior will come through in characters and your child’s voice.  What fun!

This course will enable your student to:    

  1. Develop creative writing skills.
  2. Read, sample, and write in different genres.
  3. Complete their own short stories with fun and guidance.

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For the Joy of Singing!

Instructor:             Ms. Laura Marotto, Cottonwood Instructor 
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:            Thursday – Dec  1, 15  |  Jan  12, 19, 26  |  Feb  2, 9, 23  |  Mar  2 
Sessions:                9 X 1 Hour
Time:                       3 - 4pm 
Room:                     E206
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $167*    After November 24th-  $176*
 *Please note that the price of this class has been pro-rated for 9 hours of instruction instead of our usual 10-hour class

Learn to sing with this fun and interactive class that teaches students beginning/intermediate choral skills. Students will engage in learning solfège to develop singing skills such as pitch, rhythm, beat, and tempo. They will also learn strategies and techniques to warm up the voice which will help develop vowel sounds and singing in unison. Students will build from their solfège and warm up skills to learning repertoire. The repertoire will be varied as students will learn different styles of songs to gain a variety of exposure to music. Each session will highlight new songs for students to learn, therefore students are encouraged to sign up for multiple sessions! The class will culminate with a showcase performance for parents where a set of songs are performed. Don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to develop a love for singing. 

 

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Game Development

Instructor:             CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:          2 - 5
Day/Dates:             Monday – Dec  5, 12, 19  |  Jan  9, 23, 30   |  Feb  6, 13, 27   |  March 6
Sessions:                10 X 1 Hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05 pm 
Room:                     Library
Tuition:                    Early Bird - $190   After November 21st - $200

This is a beginner’s course in design and building games. Students will be using the roblox game engine to build 3D games and learning the fundamentals of programming doing so. This is a fun way for kids to learn programming while applying their creative side to design games. They will be learning and practicing the concepts of variables, IF ELSE conditions, Loops, timers, functions, checkpoint, and events in this course.

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Keys to Becoming an Inspirational Presenter & Creative Writer!

Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         2 - 5
Day/Dates:           Tuesday – Dec 6, 13, 20   |  Jan 10, 17, 24, 31   |  Feb  7, 14, 21
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   C104
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $195    After November 22nd - $205

A highly confident speaker is viewed as being more credible & knowledgeable.

Our goal is to help kids overcome public speaking anxiety to present impressively and write effectively in 6 easy steps. Students will gain an understanding of various writing formats such as persuasive, narrative, descriptive etc. They will also learn to make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence on thought provoking debatable topics.

This course will help kids formulate their thoughts with a clear and concise structure and prepare them for SUCCESS with CONFIDENCE!! 

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LEGO® Robotics

Instructor:          CompuChild Instructor
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Friday – Dec  9, 16  |  Jan  13, 20, 27   |  Feb  3, 10, 24   |  Mar 3
Sessions:            9 classes x 67 minutes    
Time:                   3:05 - 4:12pm   
Room:                 C101
Tuition:                Early Bird - $190   After November 25th - $200

Kids will have a great time in this hands-on Robotics course while also being introduced to various aspects of mechanical, electrical, and computer science Engineering. Students will be introduced to a block coding language in order to provide an intuitive understanding for programming as well as provide easy to follow instructions to build many simple machines.

 

In every class session students will use Lego pieces to build figures like airplanes, alligators, a smart spinner, etc., and they will be introduced to mechanical and electrical mechanisms like sensors, gears, pullies.  They will then use block programming to help their fit all these pieces together to create their own moving project.

Note: Students can enroll in this class two times without repeating activities.

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Instructor:             Professional Dance Instructors from BollyNaach Dance Company
Grade Level:          1 - 5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday – Sept 7, 14, 21, 28   |  Oct 5, 12, 19, 26    |  Nov 2, 9
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                    TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing - $195    After Sept 2nd - $205

A fun-filled introduction to beginner & intermediate Bollywood dance for kids. Instruction includes foundational movements, fundamental techniques, hand gestures, rhythmic patterns and communicative expressions.  Students will learn dance routines choreographed to snippets of popular Bollywood songs as well as some Koliwood and Tollywood songs from the South Indian cinema. The classes will also strengthen individual coordination and rhythmic skills through various exercises and drills.  Additionally, students will develop a vocabulary of common Bollywood dance moves that they can string together to create their own unique dance. This class will expose kids to many different dance styles as Bollywood has become a melting pot of many popular traditional and western dance styles.

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Instructor:            Gurus Education, East Bay
Grade Level:         6 - 8
Day/Dates:           Tuesday - March  8, 15, 22, 29    |  April  12, 19, 26    |  May 3, 10, 17   
Sessions:              10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                     3:05 - 5:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $195    After March 3rd - $205

It’s an outstanding class where speakers experience the usage of audio and visual aids to make their speech more effective and memorable for the audience. The students enjoy presenting on thought provoking topics with the help of props, Power Point presentations, charts, diagrams, and models to get their point across. This class prepares students to make strong arguments by providing reasoning & evidence and become a complete presenter. Students thoroughly enjoy the hands on way of presenting their speeches and get ready to SUCCEED!

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Instructor:          Licensed instructor from Code to the Future
Grade Level:       2 - 5
Day/Dates:          Thursday  -  March 10, 17, 24    |   April  14, 21, 28    |   May 5, 12, 19, 26 
Sessions:             10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                    3:05 -4:05pm
Room:                   TBA
Tuition:                  Early Bird Pricing - $189   After March 6th - $199

Prepare for the world of technology and learn the secret language of computers! New and returning students are welcome! Continue or begin your coding adventure with the Code To The Future team, and create brand new projects like a projectile platformer or multiplayer racing video game! The possibilities to create are endless! New students are always welcome to join throughout the year, and every class is differentiated for individual learning. Choose your favorite theme, from Minecraft to Fortnite!  

This class is online and offline, giving the students the ability to learn coding through Scratch and then uploading their projects to share.

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Instructor:          CompuChild
Grade Level:       1 - 2
Day/Dates:          Monday – March  14, 21, 28    |   April  11, 18, 25    |   May 2, 9, 16, 23  
Sessions:             10  x 1 Hour
Time:                    2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                   C103
Tuition:                 Early Bird - $189       After March 10th - $199

In this course we teach basic engineering, electronics and circuitry concepts by building components (musical doorbell, siren, motion detectors, 2 speed fan with lights and many more) using hands-on snap circuit kits.  This is a part of maker series where children build their own circuits and learn in depth about electricity, battery, parallel and series circuits etc. We teach kids basic concepts in a fun and exciting way. If your child likes to work with creative hands-on projects, the Snap Circuit class is the one for them.

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Instructor:             CodeFu Tri-Valley Certified Instructor
Grade Level:          1 - 2
Day/Dates:             Wednesday – Sept 14, 21, 28  |   Oct 5, 12, 19, 26   |  Nov 2, 9, 16
Sessions:                10 X 1 hour
Time:                       2:05 - 3:05pm
Room:                     C101
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $189    After Sept 2nd -  $199

In this course students will learn how to build games and tell digital stories using the application Scratch Jr. Student will piece together sequences before executing to see the outcome of the story. Students will have the opportunity to decide what story they want to tell and the objective they want to achieve.  Once those decisions are made they will program each step in the storyline utilizing code blocks to complete the animation tasks. The course will give new students a foundation to work from as they learn coding principles in an easy and user-friendly environment. Enroll your child now to begin his/her journey into the world of computer science.

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Instructor:             CodeFu Tri-Valley Certified Instructor
Grade Level:          3 - 5
Day/Dates:             Thursday – Sept 1, 8, 15, 22    |   Oct 13, 20, 27    |  Nov 3, 10, 17
Sessions:                10 X 1 Hour
Time:                       3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                     TBA
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing -  $189    After Aug 27th -  $199

In this course, students will learn how to build games and tell digital stories using the application Scratch. Students will piece together sequences before executing to see the outcome. Students will begin by deciding on a story and objective then program each step using code blocks to complete the animation or task. Join now to begin your journey to become a master game designer! No prior coding experience needed.

Coding languages learned: Scratch Core Subjects Incorporated: Problem Solving, Creative Writing, Percents and Fractions, Arithmetic (Adding, Subtracting, Comparing), Graphing and Coordinates

Coding Core Subjects Learned: Variables, For Loop, If Else, Functions, Lists, While loop

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Middle School Courses

Instructor:             Bricks 4 Kidz
Grade Level:          1 -5
Day/Dates:             Thursday - Sept  2, 9, 16, 23, 30    |    Oct   7, 14, 21, 28    |   Nov  4    
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3 - 4pm
Room:                     D101
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing - $189     After August 29th - $199

It’s a Zoo in here! This course is sure to delight kids who love animals. Using Lego bricks, kids will have the chance to build snakes, insects, mammals and creatures and critters from their own imagination. Each week students will learn about the animals they build, from a chameleon that changes colors to their construction of a model seal that waddles across their table. Students will fall in love with their mobile creations that celebrate the wonders of the animal kingdom.

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Instructor:          Bricks 4 Kidz  
Grade Level:       1 - 5
Day/Dates:         Monday – Sept  13, 20, 27   |  Oct  4, 11, 18, 25   |  Nov  1, 8      
Sessions:            9 classes x 67 minutes
Time:                   2 - 3:07pm
Room:                  TBA
Tuition:                Early Bird - $189    After September 9th- $199

Join us for an adventurous journey through space! Build a rocket to blast through the atmosphere into a realm that is truly out of this world. Build a world where rebels and the dark side start epic battles.  We’ll build motorized models that represent spacecraft from your favorite popular space movie.  We will also learn about the characteristics of space along the way.  Come experience this stellar journey to a galaxy far far away.

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Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          1 - 5
Day/Dates:             Wednesday – Sept   8, 15, 22, 29    |  Oct   6, 13, 20, 27  |  Nov   3, 10
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       2  -  3pm
Room:                     E201
Tuition:                    Early Bird Pricing - $180    After September 5th - $190

Learn chess with Pacific Chess Academy!  This program is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to overcome obstacles, think strategically, and stay focused. Specifically designed for young players with various levels (Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation to chess tournaments. The use of the modern technology (projectors, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. Participants receive certificates and trophies at the end of the school year. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a Chess Champion, this class is for students at all ability levels.

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

  1. Improves concentration, attention span and memory abilities.
  2. Enhances reading and math skills.
  3. Fosters critical-thinking and creativity in young minds.
  4. Encourages and rewards hard work.
  5. Develops problem solving skills.
  6. Exercises both sides of your brain


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Instructor:           Certificated Chess Instructors from Pacific Chess Academy
Grade Levels:      5 - 8
Sessions:              8 x 1 Hour 
Day/Dates            Wednesday – March 31  |  April 14, 21, 28  |  May 5, 12, 19, 26 
Time:                     3:00 – 4:00 pm
Place:                    Video Access from Pacific Chess Academy Website
Tuition:                 $140

Course Description:
The Advanced chess class is open to Cottonwood students only and is designed for students with a solid understanding of chess games. This course covers more advanced techniques and chess strategy and is followed by weekly tournament games as well as simultaneous games against the instructor. Our All-in-One unique Chess system is easy to use and navigate; the idea is to give children even greater learning opportunities, practice chess puzzles at home and receive fun daily assignments from instructors.

Pacific Chess Academy will host at least two chess tournaments during the program that will be open to all middle school students and medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in each grade level.

Class Equipment Requirements:

  • Internet Connection
  • Reliable device (Laptop or Desktop with audio and video access)

 

ENROLLMENT OPEN

Instructor:            Ms Katie Nerheim, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:        1 - 5
Day/Dates:           Monday – March 16, 23, 30  |  April 13, 20, 27  |  May 4, 11, 18
Sessions:              9 X 70 minutes
Time:                     2.10 - 3:20pm
Room:                   C106
Tuition:                  $195    

Jump like a frog!  Salute the sun. Root into the earth as a tree and sit like a lotus petal floating in a calm pool of water. Monkey Bear Yoga brings story-telling to the practice of Yoga for Kids. Through imagination, children are engaged and excited to learn yoga. Yoga for Kids is a fun-filled journey to the self. Through mindful movement, breathing techniques and imaginative play, children connect with their authentic selves.

We live in a high speed, fast paced environment that can be taxing to our spirit and sense of self. Children experience stress and anxiety just as adults do. Yoga fosters the whole child. Children will develop strength and flexibility in their bodies and minds through yoga poses and partner exercises. They will learn breathing techniques to soothe anxiety, focus better, and practice patience. Yoga for Kids give children the tools to live a balanced, peaceful life.

Instructor:             Pacific Chess Academy 
Grade Level:          6 - 8
Day/Dates:             Monday - Dec  2, 9, 16  | Jan  13, 27  | Feb  3, 10, 24  | March 2
Sessions:                9 x 70 minutes
Time:                       3.20 - 4.30pm
Room:                     D205 
Tuition:                   Early Bird Pricing -  $195 After August 25th -  $205

Learn chess with Pacific Chess Academy!  This program is a great opportunity for kids to learn how to overcome obstacles, think strategically, and stay focused. Specifically designed for young players with various levels (Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced), the course offers video lessons, easy-to-follow instructions, individual recommendations, and preparation for chess tournaments. The use of modern technology (projector, iPad, teaching software) makes the learning process easy, fast, and fun! The class is offered to Grades 1-7. All necessary equipment (boards and pieces, clocks, demo tools) provided. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or a Chess Champion, this class is for students at all ability levels.

6 Reasons Kids Should Learn Chess

  1. Improves concentration, attention span and memory abilities.
  2. Enhances reading and math skills.
  3. Fosters critical-thinking and creativity in young minds.
  4. Encourages and rewards hard work.
  5. Develops problem solving skills.
  6. Exercises both sides of your brain


We are using a new teaching software, which is FREE and remarkably easy-to-use and fully motivates students with features like ratings and standings, bonus points and statistics.  Kids will have access to thousands of chess workouts while parents can monitor their progress, see the curriculum, and even learn new chess techniques with their kids.

Enrollment Open

Instructor:            Ms Akinder Gill, Cottonwood Teacher -  (Certified BASP/BCLAD K-12 Spanish/English Dual Immersion)
Grade Level:         K  -5
Days/Dates:          Thursday - March 7, 14, 21, 28 |  April 11, 25 | May 2, 9, 16, 23
Sessions:               10 classes x 1 hour
Time:                      3:05 - 4:05pm
Room:                     D101
Tuition:                   $199

We are all global citizens! Let's begin a journey to explore and understand the Latin American experience and learn to speak Spanish in highly interactive and engaging ways!  We will gain cultural and linguistic understanding through interactive dialogue, songs, videos, games, maps, literature, and the arts. Learning how to express oneself in another language builds confidence.  It also develops articulate and culturally, linguistically, and socially tolerant individuals. Learning another language produces immeasurable benefits socially as well as academically. The goal of the program is to teach students how to speak another language confidently and to think critically about the benefits of learning about other cultures and languages.  The program also enhances students’ verbal skills, active listening, communication, and critical thinking skills through presentations, activities, songs, and games.

CANCELLED
Instructor:             Ms. Lorrin Harris, Cottonwood Teacher
Grade Level:          3 -5
Day/Dates:             Friday - Aug 30  | Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 | Oct  4, 11, 18, 25  | Nov 8
Sessions:                10 x 1 hour
Time:                       3.10 - 4.10pm 
Room:                     C206
Tuition:                   Early Bird Princing - $189 After Aug. 25th - $199

Explore the world without ever leaving Dubin! Immerse yourself in the language and cultures of the world. Join me in this fun-filled class as we tour the world and introduce students to amazing world culture. Student will have the chance to explore and learn about art, music and theater around the world while also learning to appreciate that for all of our differences, people have many similarities in their daily lives. 

Students will be introduced to a number of languages and cultures in this course such as Spanish and Braizilian Portuguese and will learn some basic language skills along the way..   Come join the fun of exploring the world and learning to speak in a different language. You won’t want to miss this trip.