Simi Valley: Jacki Solis
Valencia: Jacki Solis
Cost: $240 or $230 if taking 2 or more classes. Can be split into 3 equal payments
Mat fees: $35
Full Year Course
Come join us while we explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Math AND Language Arts through some of the very best childhood stories ever! In this class, we'll always start with a great story which will launch our exploration into our STEM activities!
What FUN we'll have with our stories this trimester! We'll start out listening to the story When a Dragon Moves In, and then we'll build our very own sand sculptures while learning about the different parts of a castle! We'll be able to time some of our readings with the seasonal holidays. When we read The Easter Egg, we'll be ready to create a simple rolling vehicle out of common materials that will carry a plastic egg. Students will discover how wheels and axles work together to make
work easier. They will then test/measure the distance that their egg mobile rolls using a simple ramp while practicing using new vocabularly like Wheel, Axel, Ramp and Vehicle. We'll play with magnets, learning how to attract and repel, doing lots of sorting & pattern making - like all good scientists do!, learn about the physics of how and why things move, and so much more! Join us while we listen to stories, and then make the science of the story come alive with our projects!
This trimester we'll be reading many books that are themed to each month! In January we'll include Animals In Winter, where we'll learn how animals survive, create a garland feeder for birds, squirrels, and other small wild animals. We will string various foods such as unsweetened Cheerios, fruit pieces, and bread onto a pipe cleaner using a repeating pattern and then hang the garland outdoors for small animals to enjoy in winter. Each week we'll learn new vocabulary like migrate, hibernate, repellent, resist and more! When we read Martin's Big Words, we will write big or powerful words about character on different dixie cup and use them to build the tallest tower possible. Kids may come up with their own big words or use examples from the book Martin’s Big Words. Students may use a variety of strategies to build towers, including flipping and stacking cups on opposite ends and creating various three-dimensional structures such as pyramids and cones. They will test the stability and balance of different tower designs, measure the height with yard sticks and more! We'll read The Day It Rained Hearts in February, test a variety of common materials to determine which are waterproof and which are not, design a Valentine for a friend or family member out of construction paper and scraps, then cover it in a choice of waterproof materials. Our vocabulary will include the difference between water resistant and water repellant and so many other new words and concepts! Come join us for fabulous stories and a fun integration of all types of learning!
When we read Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon, we'll use pennies to explore many different concepts! We'll learn about torque, balance, momentum and balance as we make penny spinners! We'll take on architecture and build penny towers, learning about balance, learning to measure with rulers, and challenging ourselves to make tall towers just like Molly Lou Melon had to stand tall! We'll even learn about water & surface tension when we do our penny drops! We'll also practice our writing and explore when we've had to stand tall and brainstorm together how to help Huck to stay as a bully-free zone! Other books we will read include Press Here, and then we'll explore chair reactions, including watching videos of some of the very best Rube Goldberg chain reactions! When we read We're All Wonders, we'll explore nouns, verbs & adjectives in this powerful story, and then explore simple machines while making a lever and launching our astronauts as far as possible! This helps us to work again on our measuring skills! When we read Iggy Peck Architect, it will be the perfect time to explore building and engineering concepts of how high and how to make structures strong. We'll learn how to identify the parts of a 3D structure, different shapes of solids, what is a joint, and why a triangle is such a strong shape for building! When we start with such wonderful books, learning can be so much fun as we incorporate all of our learning into our projects. We've divided our lessons up so that every month, we'll be exploring Language Arts, Science concepts, engineering and math at least once, but normally these disciplines will be incorporated into each day we are together. Students will be bringing home small booklets, their projects and more each day to help with your learning records as they also work on a group project to display on Exhibition Night!