This Week at Rock Creek

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Class Descriptions Spring 2019

123 Go! Fun with Numbers
Kids will play ALL kinds of counting and level appropriate math facts games.This class will help students to learn the basics of numbers and early math skills. We have a selection of game that will challenge them by increments so it will meet the needs of all students.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
Brianna’s passion is to connect with kids and help them grow. That is why she chose to teach this class. She will be using the book and the workbook from Sean Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, (where the title of the class comes from). With more than five million copies in print all around the world, the book is the ultimate teenage success guide. In class, Brianna will apply the timeless principles of the 7 Habits to the tough issues and life-changing decisions teens face. This class will provide a simple approach to help teens improve self-image, build friendships, resist peer pressure, achieve their goals, and get along with their parents, as well as tackle the new challenges of our time.

ABC Phonics
This class will help students learn their ABC, phonics and/or improve their reading skills It will provide a range of reading levels to encourage students to learn at their own pace. Personalized instruction helps meet the needs of all students at all levels.. Kids will play ALL kinds of ABC, phonics and TK-K spelling games.

Acting With Books.
Every week we will take a new children’s story read it and act it out.  We will use a variety of theatre skill building exercises throughout the class.

Activities and Strategies:
The focus here is to offer an opportunity for students to get together to challenge themselves and create with their peers. This group setting is a prime place to allow teachers to reinforce character building skills of respect, patience, impulse control, kindness to others, compassion and more. Part of this class will be to offer board games and giant games so kids can learn in competitive and cooperative game play. The other part of this class will be to allow them to create stories with their friends using animal figurines, Playmobil and Calico Critters etc… and let their imagination take control. Come spend time with friends in a fun environment.

American Sign Language 1
ASL is recognized as a foreign language taught in school and is one of the top 3 studied languages today. It’s a fun language to learn and has many uses outside of the classroom. Come learn the basics of ASL and begin to use your hands and face to communicate.

American Sign Language 2
Use what you learned in ASL 1 to start signing in a conversational level.

Art In 3-Dimensions and Design
Come create fun 3-D and Flat  textural pieces of art using different mediums.  Learning about lines and shapes in the process. If you like to create form and design this class will be fun for you!  For beginners to advanced I will work with you individually based on your ability.

Art and Science: Crafting Habitat
Bring your creative mind to our Art and Science class and discover the world around you. Learn to work on your own and as a group to create animal habitats from everyday items in your house. Enjoy working together to gather supplies and create crafts you will be proud of.

Art Meets Science: Our Sensory World
Every day, we see, smell, touch, hear, and taste all KINDS of things: but did you ever wonder what’s really going on when we do? Come with us on a journey through all 5 senses, as we play games and do fun and creative projects to learn about our amazing biology. We will feature popular favorites like making slime, clay, and salt dough. We will also play sensory deprivation games, like blind obstacle courses, and Guess-The-Scent. Finally, on Food Day, we will explore all of the taste sensations and even play a fun taste-guessing game!

Art Tour
Adventure a new art technique and medium every week! Design your own pendant or key chain with glass fusion, paint a canvas masterpiece, shape a clay into your own snowman or fruit and decorate a ceramic tile with a unique stencil design. Explore the artist inside of you!

Art with Creative Expression
Anyone can do art! Bring your creativity and imagination, that is all you need. We will explore a wide variety of media while giving you the personal freedom to find your artistic identity. We will be doing weekly projects, with class critique to help promote positive reinforcement and constructive criticism. We can't wait to make messes with you!

Artist Maker Lab
Join us for a hands-on introduction to electronics and making!  We will explore basic circuitry with art and crafting. Students will create hands-on projects while learning basic principles from electronics to programming, and using craft skills with inexpensive, readily available materials.  We will learn how to work with conductive thread, sewable LEDs, copper tape, small motors, simple sensors, and more. Students will strengthen their understanding of circuitry and motion by integrating circuitry and movement into personal art projects. Some projects we will be working on include creating interactive paper circuit cards and artwork, sewing circuit LED felt creatures, wearable felt bracelets, art robots, and moving machines. Throughout the semester, students will learn through the process of design, test, and redesign. Our final project will introduce a simple microcontroller and programming language as the students design and create their own electronic board games.

Battle of The Books (meets every other week)
A lunchtime book club with a difference!
America's Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students, grades 3 thru 12.
Throughout the semester, students read selected books and come together in groups to discuss and test their knowledge of the books they have read.  We will have our own Battle Of the Books and host our own friendly competition at the end of the semester, where students can demonstrate their abilities and share their book knowledge!  The student competitions are usually similar to the TV series Family Feud or Whiz Kids styles of competitions.

Beginner Chess:
This is an introduction to the game of chess. If you want to learn to play chess this class is for you. If you already know how to play chess and want to find a good place with good friends to play this class is also for you.
Big Questions (grades 7-12):
Is lying ever the right thing to do? Is there such a thing as fate? How can you tell if something is real? In this philosophy discussion group, we will introduce some of history's biggest thinkers, from Plato to Sartre, and explore our own answers to some of humanity's biggest questions. Sometimes talking can be the best path to thinking, so you like to think out loud, this might be the class for you!
Note: Some of these questions can lead to political or religious topics. All viewpoints will be discussed respectfully and none will be presented as "correct," but if you are interested in this class and this is a concern for you, feel free to contact Ms. Ellen with any questions.

Brainology: Growth mindset
Mindset shapes our everyday lives, helping us interpret our experiences and future possibilities. Developing the right mindset early on is crucial for a full, big life. When kids learn that putting forth effort and using the right strategies can make them smarter, they try harder and achieve more. When they know their brains are capable of growing, amazing things can happen! For this class we will be using Big Life Journal from Dr. Carol Dweck.  In her research at Stanford University, Dr. Carol Dweck identified different types of mindsets. Growth mindset occurs when we believe our intelligence and abilities can be improved upon with effort and the right strategies.Characteristics associated with growth mindset include a willingness to confront challenges, viewing failure as a springboard for growth, and a passion for learning. Not surprisingly, this type of mindset is strongly linked to greater happiness and achievement in life. Come and get smarter with us!!!
Ceramic/Pottery
With clay handbuilding and sculpting, you can create coil or more intricate pots, or a statue/figurine! This class will take you through the adventure of using your hands to model a shapeless blob into what you want it to be!
Clay, Moon Sand, Slime and more (sensory activities):
Sensory Processing is the effective registration of sensory input in the environment. It is the way the brain receives, organises and responds to sensory input in order to behave in a meaningful & consistent manner. As the child is exposed to various sensory inputs, they gradually learn to organise them within their brain and are able to give meaning to them. When children are efficient in their processing, appropriate responses to the environment around them occurs and is demonstrated by appropriate skill mastery, behavior, attention and self regulation. This class is ALL about sensory processing!!

Coding With Scratch
Let's explore computer science fundamentals while learning to program in Scratch!  During this semester, we will focus on a hands-on project-based approach to coding. Students will use Scratch (the visual, block-based programming language) to create projects - no previous coding experience necessary and all skill levels welcome!  

Students will complete open-ended tasks to explore and practice newly introduced concepts, and demonstrate their understanding by creating various projects.  Along the way, students will be introduced to different computational concepts, such as sequencing, control flow, loops, sorting, variables, operators, conditionals, and functions. They will explore computational practices such as experimenting, testing, debugging, and reusing code.This year we will explore ways to incorporate Scratch and coding into our other school subjects, such as Math, Language, Science, and Social Studies. By the end of the semester, students will complete interactive projects to share.
Cooking Around The World
Cooking Round the World gives boys & girls the opportunity to learn about countries ‘round the world by cooking.... and eating! By combining cultural education and culinary arts children learn cooking skills while experiencing a country’s culinary flavors. Cooking is 100% hands on. Everyone dices, juices, chops, saut├ęs and participates. After cooking we eat as a group and discuss how the flavors are indicative of the country of the day. By combining cultural education and cooking children learn cooking skills while experiencing a country’s culinary flavors.
Crafting History
There is no better way to learn history then to create with hands on activities. This class will follow a timeline of events of ancient history and make them come to life by crafting models of the environment where the events took place. Students will also tell the story of a historic events using Playmobil figures appropriate to the civilization that we are covering.
Creative Writing
Need a little inspiration? Feedback on your work? Just to be around other writers? Whether you like to write poetry, fiction, or just enjoy sharing your thoughts on paper (or in pixels), this could be the place for you. We'll have some fun writing games and activities, talk about writing and writers' habits, and spend some time reading each other's work.

Dance Jazz Basics
A fun introduction to jazz dance for all. The class will consist of a warm up, cool down, fun technique building through games, and a combination that will be performed at the end of semester talent show. The students will learn a basic understanding of Jazz styled dance with a hint of Ballet.

Earth Science
This class is divided in two parts. Teacher will introduce new concepts and then students will do experiments related to that subject. This class makes science understandable and fun.

Fix It  Grammar and Fix It Grammar for Teens IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing)
Grammar matters! Most students dislike the study of grammar because – well, it’s boring! However, we cannot run away from it because it constitutes the rules and framework of our language! Grammar is the structural foundation of our ability to express ourselves, and proper grammar improves the clarity of our writing and speaking. But memorizing every single grammar rule is not the answer! In this delightful and ingenious course, students hunt for and correct errors in written passages that cumulatively tell a story. Fix It! encourages students to immediately apply new grammar knowledge in context, aiding in the transfer of grammar skills into their own writing and speaking. Fix It! Offers consistent practice, repetition, and application of the proficiencies, with high levels of student engagement and interaction.
Fun with Math facts and Number Games.
Don’t let math facts slow you down!  Join this class to sharpen your skills and improve your memorization of those mighty important multiplication and division facts.  Have fun with your friends playing games, doing puzzles, and much more, all with the goal of mastering those facts necessary for greater success and joy in math.

Game Programming With Kodu
Kodu is an incredibly powerful, yet easy to understand, game development platform from Microsoft. Students will learn basic programming logic and game development while creating their own 3D games in an individual or team environment. In the several years that I have been teaching this class I have always been amazed at the creativity and deep level of thought that the students have applied to the games that they have created.

Games, Stories and Strategies
The focus here is to offer an opportunity for students to get together to challenge themselves and create with their peers. This group setting is a prime place to allow teachers to reinforce character building skills of respect, patience, impulse control, kindness to others, compassion and more. Part of this class will be to offer balls and giant board games so kids can learn in competitive and cooperative game play. The other part of this class will be allow them to create stories with their friends using animal figurines and Playmobil and let their imagination take control. Come spend time with friends in a fun environment. This class will be outside in the backyard.
Greek and Latin Roots Year 1   Second Semester
(Please note that there is new material for 4 years)
Greek and Latin are NOT dead …they are alive and well and are the building blocks of the words of many modern languages, including ours.  By studying Greek and Latin prefixes, roots, and suffixes, children not only build vocabulary skills, but also learn to figure out the meaning of new words.  Students will enliven their writing and speaking abilities. Learning roots at a young age enables students to utilize their new skills throughout their entire lives, making lifelong learning much easier. This class will incorporate activities such as games, creating a personal Roots notebook, written exercises, and dissecting words.  These are intended to enhance memorization and provide positive socialization.

Harmony and Drum Circle
This course allows drummers from beginner to intermediate to play in perfect harmony by learning specific drum cadences designed to cater to each drummer’s level it also teaches awesome new ways to make music with the world around you through rhythm concepts and composing your own music!  (beginners welcome).

Intro to Game Programming with Kodu
Kodu is an incredibly powerful, yet easy to understand, game development platform from Microsoft. Students will learn the basics of how to use the Kodu game platform as well as learning entry-level programming logic, all while developing their own 3D games. In the several years that I have been teaching this class I have always been amazed at the creativity and deep level of thought that the students have applied to the games that they have created.

Intro to Maker Lab
Let’s explore creative thinking, innovation, and problem-solving through hands-on tinkering and making activities. We will explore mechanical elements such as cams, levers, and linkages to create our own moving sculptures. We will tinker with circuit blocks, squishy circuits, and paper circuits to learn about circuitry. During our exploration, we will create projects such as scribbling machines, brush bots, recycled robots, and more. Using open-ended challenges, our class will practice collaboration and teamwork as part of our learning and exploration journey.

Japanese Language and culture:
Thru fun activities kids will get to discover the people, the food, the culture, the writings and the different celebrations specific to the Japanese culture. And of course students will be introduced to the language.

Jr. Art Tour
Take an art adventure to learn how to draw, paint and create three dimensional art. The goal of this class is to inspire artistic creativity by exposing students to numerous art mediums.

Jr. Improv
Improv, short for improvisation, is a form of theater which does not use a script for dialog or movement.  By playing theater games and taking risks in a safe environment, students learn to spontaneously create characters, situations, and settings.  Entertaining and often hilarious scenes are made up in the moment as the students go along. No comedy or theater experience is required. This class will focus on the basics of improvisation: team work, trust, speed, active listening, and speaking skills. Creative criticism, laughter, spontaneity, and goofiness are all encouraged.

Learn Polite Etiquette
Etiquette is more than just figuring out which fork to use at the dinner table. Through this interactive class, we will role play, play games and practice with fun exercises. Students will learn how to make great first impressions, have manners outside of the home, develop good table manners and learn how to write respectful thank you notes.

Lego Studio
Students will have the opportunity to learn and explore the many areas of Lego design and creation and the freedom to expand or develop their passion for the world’s most popular “toy” in an unforeseen and unpredictable fashion.
To get their creative juices flowing, students will be tasked with exploring the following Lego themes:
  • Microscale - Want to build a city or a scene? Build it in microscale and you don’t need a room full of Legos to do it. Microscale taps into and requires a lot of creativity on the students part, but the awe inspiring result is well worth it.
  • Game Design and Creation - Students can recreate existing classic games or design and create their own.
  • Art in 2D and 3D - Using sculpture, mosaic, and even block printing, students can recreate works of the masters or bring their own ideas to life.
  • Intro to Engineering - Using Lego Technics -

Legos With Friends
Navigate the complicated wave of socialization through the incredible world of Lego. Building Legos is really fun, but building Legos with friends is even better. The focus of this class will be on telling stories, creating new structures while sharing with others. This group setting is a prime place to allow teachers to reinforce character building skills of respect, patience, impulse control, kindness to others, compassion and more.

Let’s put on a play
Previous acting experience preferable. Since students in this class will have the opportunity to work together to put on a show regular attendance and some outside work will be required. Students will be expected to memorize lines but in addition to that they will learn about all that goes on for actors to perform. They will be exposed to such concepts such as stage directions, blocking, subtext, and character analysis. In addition, we will discuss and explore what different jobs are required to put in a show i.e. property master, stage manager, costume plots and others. After completion of this course they will have a better understanding of acting in general but also about all the different things that must come together for a show.

Life Science
This class is divided in two parts. Teacher will introduce new concepts and then students will do experiments related to that subject. This class makes science understandable and fun.

Little Dancers: Jazz Basics
A fun introduction to jazz dance for all. The class will consist of a warm up, cool down, fun technique building through games, and a combination that will be performed at the end of semester talent show. The students will learn a basic understanding of Jazz styled dance with a hint of Ballet

Living History
Make yourself part of history! Deepen your understanding of the past when you join us for a new series of lively interactions in moments across historical periods. We will sail for the Americas with the European explorers, fight at the Alamo, trade for gold and salt in West Africa, and other fun activities that will bring history to life.

Maker Lab: Design and Fabrication
Maker Lab is a hands-on, project-based class where students will learn to use micro-controllers, design software, and tools to create and build projects. Part of the class will be working on computers with coding and design, and part of the class will be hands-on building and creating with tools.  Our project-based activities include Arduino programming, building breadboard circuits, learning to soldering, and introduction to CAD modeling software with Tinkercad and AutoDesk Fusion 360 for 3D printing. Students will use the Arduino kit provided, and the following tools and software for designing, prototyping, and fabrication: basic woodworking hand tools, electronics, soldering tools, CAD software for 3D modeling, 3D printer.   This class offers the opportunity to problem solve, be creative, and also be adventurous in trying the different tools. We practice collaboration and teamwork as part of our learning and exploration journey.

Math Help!! Algebra, Math Help!! Saxon 6/5, Math Help!! Saxon 7/6, Math Help!! Saxon 8/9
From my own experience it was helpful for my kids to be accountable to a teacher while still being homeschooled, So this is what we are offering. This is a math class for a small group of students. The purpose of this class is to assist parents and students. Most of the work will be done daily at home. Math is a core subject which requires daily practice for mastery, but the teacher will set a pacing guide and expect the students to turn in their work on time (that is the accountability part!) . She will introduce new concepts following the set pace of the class. She will also help by answering questions from the homework. The goal of this class is to help in your homeschool endeavor.  This is a rigorous one hour class that will demand daily work to be completed at home.

Math Lab
This class is perfect for those needing a little extra time to complete math homework with a teacher nearby to answer any questions that students may have.  This class is free to those already enrolled in the math classes at the school.

Math Outdoor Early math is meant to be active and fun. We'll take math outside to create an engaging, hands-on, way to learn math using multiple senses. Using the outside world naturally makes concepts more concrete and increases young attention spans.

Outdoor Play
This is a time for kids to get outside and get moving... playing different ball games, agility games and lots of others games

Outdoor Program: See the last page of this document.

Over Engineering with Rube Goldberg and Rube Jr.
A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and over complicated fashion. Often, these machines consist of a series of simple devices that are linked together to produce a domino effect, in which each device triggers the next one, and the original goal is achieved only after many steps. Students will construct these interconnected machines using dominoes, jenga, marble run, kinex, hot wheels track, legos, various balls, string, tape, cardboard, and any other materials we can get our hands on. But the main ingredient is as always, their imagination and creativity. Just as the students are grasping the main concepts, they will be challenged through fun and interesting team and individual contests from time to time.

Painting
Acrylic is the easiest paint to work with! Go through step by step tutorials to learn the procedures and gain the skills to create a masterpiece! Learn the shading, highlights, and color mixing tips.

Pearls and Stitches
Come join in on the fun of Knitting, Sewing, Quilting or making Bracelets.  Your choice!!
I will lead the way for each individual in guiding and educating you on the different basic stitches.  Creating scarfs, beanies, throws...For beginners to advanced.

Physical Science
This class is divided in two parts. Teacher will introduce new concepts and then students will do experiments related to that subject. This class makes science understandable and fun.

Piano: This class will be for a very small group of students who want to learn the basics of piano playing. No matter if you have never touched a piano or if you are a little more advanced. We will teach you and challenge you at your pace and level. (Not for very advanced pianist)

Pi-Fu 1: The Art of Computing
Continuation from Semester 1.  During the second semester, we will learn about networking and introduce the Command Line. Students will explore physical computing by connecting external electronics to our Raspberry Pis.  We will learn about basic circuits with breadboards and components, while expanding our coding experience with short electronic projects, using Scratch and/or Python. (Prerequisite Pi-Fu 1- semester 1)

Pi-Fu 2: The Art of Computing
Continuation from Semester 1.  During this second semester, we will continue our project-based programming with Python and introduce version control for project management. Students will complete hands-on projects to expand their coding skills and continue our exploration of circuits and sensors with digital and analog converter boards, networking, remote access, and robotics. (prerequisite Pi-Fu 1, and Pi-Fu 2 - semester 1)

Playwriting with Lettie Previous theatre experience preferable. Since students in this class will have the opportunity to work together to write and collaborate therefore regular attendance and some outside work will be required. Students will learn the basic concepts of writing a script and will be exposed to such ideas as character development, playwriting, conflict, story structure, subtext, and character analysis.
Public Speaking 1
Discover the 7 keys of effective public speaking through improvisation, humor, and presentation practice. Whether you are comfortable in front of an audience or mostly mortified, this class will help to build your communication skills in a fun, safe, and relaxed environment. You will be pleased by your growth between the first and last class.  
Public Speaking II
Prerequisite: Public Speaking I, Improv, or Drama
You have a solid understanding of speaking in front of a group, now let's take your skills to the next level. In Public Speaking II,  you will enhance and hone your skills through further presentation practice and video recordings of the Rock Creek News.

Robotics With Lego Mindstorms
Students will learn basic robotics and computer programming starting with the standard building and programming instructions included with the kit. They will then have the opportunity to explore their creativity and ingenuity by building their own creations from scratch or expand on existing models. Students will learn basic programming logic via an easy to use and understand drag and drop interface.

Rock Creek Singers
Come sing with us! Learn how to take good care of your voice while we learn songs that we can sing together and individually, including some chosen by the students. In addition to musical theater scenes, we'll also learn songs in several different languages, so we can stretch our ears and our brains while we make some music.

Rube Jr.
A Rube Goldberg machine is a machine intentionally designed to perform a simple task in an indirect and over complicated fashion. Often, these machines consist of a series of simple devices that are linked together to produce a domino effect, in which each device triggers the next one, and the original goal is achieved only after many steps. Students will construct these interconnected machines using dominoes, jenga, marble run, kinex, hot wheels track, legos, various balls, string, tape, cardboard, and any other materials we can get our hands on. But the main ingredient is as always, their imagination and creativity. Just as the students are grasping the main concepts, they will be challenged through fun and interesting team and individual contests from time to time.

Science  Tell Me Why
We will introduce/explore various areas of science to include anatomy, physics, nature, and technology, in a fun and entertaining way. Each class will structured to include discussions, games, and experiments, but in a way that empowers the students to learn the things that interest them the most.

Science: Birds of a Feather
Let’s fly into the world of birds! This class will explore feather facts, beak business, amazing anatomy, healthy habitats, neat nests, song sorting, and dietary discoveries. Weekly home-study suggestions will complement class work.
Spanish Spark
Spark your child's Spanish and English language skills! Join the fun in this beginning Spanish class. Multi-sensory lessons are filled with songs, games, and movement. Students will be introduced to Spanish vocabulary and culture. As a Spanish teacher, my goal is to inspire students to love languages and to deepen their understanding of the English as they learn Spanish.

STEM Stories
Each class we’ll read a book about science, technology, engineering or math. We’ll look at the math and science in the book and use legos, blocks, lincoln logs and other tools to engineer the concepts.  

STEM With Lego Engineering
Students will explore and learn physics, math, engineering, and technology all within the world of Lego and Lego Engineering. Building projects will include the six basic machines, construction concepts from primitive to advanced, and recreate the ideas of great thinkers from Archimedes to Newton.

Stop Motion Movie Making With Lego
Students will create stop action movies using various materials to include 2 dimensional paper scenes and quickly advancing to more complex scenes with lego sets and people. They will start out learning the basics of movie editing followed by more complex movie creation in a fun and entertaining atmosphere.

Study Hour
Study hour will be a time of day that will allow student to bring their own school work and get some work done. This class is for individuals that can work on their own however a teacher will be present to supervise, assist and answer questions

Surface and Graphic  Design
What is Surface Design? Come join me in
Creating conscious choices of the placement of line, color and shape.
Surface design is any type of artwork,graphic pattern, illustration, doodle...etc.) made by one that is intended to be applied to a surface to enhance its visual appearance and/or functionality.  Believe it or not, majority of everything around you and your home was made by a surface designer in one way or another. Beginner or advanced I will work with you individually to challenge your artistic ability.

Teen Acting Previous acting experience preferred. Since students in this class will have the opportunity to work together on scenes and skits regular attendance and some outside work will be required. Students will be expected to memorize lines but in addition to that they will learn about all that goes on for actors to perform. They will be exposed to such concepts such as character development, stage directions, blocking, subtext, and character analysis.

Teen Art Tour
Experience a new art project and new art medium every week and never get bored! Create a jewelry glass fusion masterpiece, design a mosaic, paint a ceramic mug or canvas, and shape a clay handbuilding project. Build up your art gallery week after week! Adventure a new art technique and medium every week! Design your own pendant or key chain with glass fusion, paint a canvas masterpiece, shape a clay into your own snowman or pumpkin, and decorate a ceramic tile with a unique stencil design. Explore the artist inside of you!

Teen Games of Strategy and Skill
This period of the day will allow teen Students to learn collaboration in games and also how to compete gracefully. It is also a great time to bond with good friends.

Teen Improv
Improv, short for improvisation, is a form of theater which does not use a script for dialog or movement.  By playing theater games and taking risks in a safe environment, students learn to spontaneously create characters, situations, and settings.  Entertaining and often hilarious scenes are made up in the moment as the students go along. No comedy or theater experience is required. This class will focus on the basics of improvisation: team work, trust, speed, active listening, and speaking skills. Creative criticism, laughter, spontaneity, and goofiness are all encouraged.

Teen Talk
Teen talk is a lunch time activity for and about teens. Teens can discuss the challenges they face and choices they make in their everyday lives. Conversations are guided by a facilitator, who will help teens feel comfortable taking part in the conversation, and ensure that their opinions will be heard and acknowledged in a safe and comfortable environment. Students can choose their own topics for discussion, or opt to use suggestions from the award winning “Teen Talk” game, featuring 100 thought provoking questions.

Teen Vocab Skills for College and Beyond
What do you do when you come across a new word during a test, in the classroom, in a conversation? How do you handle it? A basic knowledge of Greek and Latin Roots will definitely improve the way we look at and decode new vocabulary. More than 70% of all English words come from Greek and Latin. Knowing these prefixes, roots, and suffixes will not only help you remember word definitions, but will also make it easier for you to figure out the meaning of new words. This understanding of word formation is incredibly useful for increasing standardized test scores, having an easier time with higher level classes, and life beyond college. In this class students will learn roots, high school and college level vocabulary, how to dissect new words, and the origin of these words.  There will be games and activities to make this class engaging and to assist with memorization.

Teen Working Together  Now includes new format: Breakout.EDU !! Kids will enjoy working together to solve clues similar to Escape Room settings.
As parents and teachers many of us feel that our kids have more than enough exposure to competition, aggression, and stress. We’d like to bring a balance back to learning that strengthens relationship skills, such as communication, trust, problem solving, empathy, and cooperation in a way that is engaging and enjoyable.  In this class students will participate in cooperative activities and play games emphasizing inclusion and collaboration. In play, we practice how to act in real life. When play is cooperative, these cooperative skills are learned authentically through personal experience and often cultivated all through adult life. Come have your child join us for an hour of practicing how to be a compassionate and discerning member of society.

Witty Wordplay: Synonyms, anagrams, palindromes, homophones, homographs, antonyms, compound words, balderdash, acronyms, similes, metaphors, hyperbole: if you don’t know what these are, then this class is a must! Students will learn about interesting specifics of the English language through the use of word games, and might actually have a hard time believing that they are learning English concepts because of how easy wordplay makes difficult concepts!

Wonderful Learning With Dr. Seuss Congratulations! Today is your day! You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away! Come with me on a Seussical adventure, to explore the world of Dr. Seuss; imagination will abound as we meet the Lorax, the Grinch, Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat in The Hat, and Cindy Lou Who. After reading a different Dr. Seuss book every class, we will complete book-based activities to help students learn about and practice reading, writing, math, and art! We might even cook some eggs!

Works of Mass Discovery
Students will be introduced to math and engineering concepts and techniques that have been employed throughout the ages by developing physical hands-on projects to include building weight bearing structures, creating catapults, trebuchets, and vehicles of flight. All in the name of science.

Writing:  All Things Fun and Fascinating
Humorous characters and fascinating creatures will help young students enjoy learning to write with organization, style, and ease. Each lesson includes a structural model and stylistic technique for students to practice. Students begin by learning how to create a key word outline from a source paragraph. After testing the outline orally, they practice “re-telling” (re-writing) the story in their own words. Creativity is encouraged!  As students progress, they will incrementally learn additional literary elements such as strong verbs, quality adjectives, colorful adverbs, and various decorative clauses and phrases to include in their compositions. In addition to mastering the skills of story writing, your student will learn how to analyze a story for the elements of setting, conflict/plot, and resolution/conclusions. Moving on to non-fiction work, students will learn how to research and write basic reports and graduate to developing proficiency in composing essays using multiple sources. (Grades 3-5)

Writing Structure and Style for Teens
This IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) Structure and Style class provides a unique approach to composition that enables students to develop confidence and skill in writing while acquiring team building as they work together to edit and critique their work. While learning structural models such as note taking, critical thinking, and paragraph writing, they will also cultivate the key analysis skills necessary for composing essays, critiques, and research papers. They will also be given ample opportunity to practice and develop their creative writing skills. Additionally, stylistic techniques are taught to move students from the basic skills to becoming advanced, thoughtful, and compelling writers.(Grades 6-12)
Yoga JR
In Yoga Jr., we will give kids an introduction to yoga and mindfulness through a series of games and activities. Mindfulness  is essentially being aware of our thoughts, feelings, sensations, and the surrounding environment in this moment..  The focus of this class will be getting familiar with the most common yoga poses, moving our bodies, and building the foundation for kids to be able to manage the ups and downs of life without letting stress or other negative emotions build up. Students will need a yoga mat or towel for this class.

Yoga and Relaxation for Teens:
Teens today have it tough in our go-go-go world. Between the regular ups and downs of being a teen, increased academic pressure, the overstimulation that comes with the internet, and the pressure to “perform” worsened by many social media sites, teens need an outlet to unwind and unplug more than ever.  The focus of this class will be providing a space for teens to relax and combat stress, while also helping them develop coping skills they can carry on throughout their adult lives. We will give an introduction to yoga, with spotlights on Yin Yoga and Restorative Yoga (more passive types of yoga), and will provide several mindfulness tricks to help identifiy emotions, unwind, and mentally detach from stress. In addition, we will be incorporating other relaxation activities that students can use at home, like hot foot baths, writing, coloring, etc.

Outdoor Program: Rock Creek is introducing  Rock Creek is introducing an outdoor program every other Fridays for the Spring Semester. We want to explore the outdoor with you!!!
The way it will work is that you can sign up for the whole program (see Friday’s  schedule) this mean you will participate in all of the activities or you can sign up A LA CARTE: This means that you only sign up for the activities that you want to be part of. The Outdoor Program will offer students the opportunity to explore many different aspects of nature. Students will take part in chicken care ( cleaning, feeding, collecting eggs..., gardening (preparing the soil, planting seeds, watering),  creek exploring (Float your Boat), rock scrambling in Joshua Tree, horse care (grooming, feeding etc..., kayaking Oceanside Harbor, beach activities and tide pooling....