Grade 3-5 Courses


First Hour 10:00AM

KARATE

Fee: $115

This class is designed to teach self-defense, improve self-confidence, teach non-violent problem solving, and be a physical workout that engages all of the major muscle groups. This form of martial arts is unique in the sense that it uses basic principles from biomechanics, sports medicine, and kinesiology. These sciences are applied to make sure that students are learning effective techniques that are not telegraphed, and regardless of how often or long and individual is practicing, it won’t cause joint damage (which is commonly associated with traditional styles of martial arts). Instructor: Black Belt Academy

AMERICAN CULTURES- Unfamous Presidents

Fee: $135

Unfamous Presidents- We all know who George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and the Roosevelts are, but what do you know about Herbert Hoover, or James K. Polk? In this class we will examine the lives of 14 U.S. Presidents that are often overlooked in History. What did they do and who were they? What was their impact on the nation? Instructor: Melodee Bourdeau

MUSIC- Ears & Eyes

Fee: $145

In this course students develop the skill of learning music by it’s sound and sight through 3 steps: listening to it, writing or drawing it out creatively, and learning how to write it out in Modern Western Music Notation. Class will include activities like listening to a melody and then singing it, playing the piano, drawing creative pictures of sound, and writing out music on staff paper. Students will share the music they’ve learned with an audience at the end of the course. Homework will include things like listening to a song and practicing singing along, watching a video about transcription or music theory, writing out a rhythm, etc. Instructor: Bethanni Grecynski

MUSIC- Reading Music Notation

Fee: $145

In this course students learn the skill of reading Modern Western Music Notation. Class will include practicing things such as flashcards, rhythm notation, pitch names, different clefs, sight-reading, key signatures, time signatures, scales, ear-training, singing and playing music written on a page. Students will also write out their own music to share and the group will give a performance of written music to an audience at the end of the course. If students want to bring in their instruments that they play at home, this is very welcome. We go outside whenever we are able and when an activity permits. Homework will include things like practicing a scale we learned, writing out a melody, watching a video about music theory, etc. Instructor: Bethanni Grecynski

WORLD ERAS- Ancient History

Fee: $135

In this class we will explore history and retell the stories in a modern interpretation to highlight the main ethical lessons that each historical event offers. Instructor: TBD

IND SPORTS-YOGA PROJECTS- Yoga 4-8 (4th and 5th grade only)

Fee: $145

Through a multidisciplinary approach, students will learn the basics of yoga as it relates to their personal fitness and wellness. Yoga is great for stretching and core strengths as well as individual mindfulness. The class will be taught by an experienced yoga instructor and content will vary based on student grade level.” Instructor: TBD


Second Hour 11:00AM

THEATER ART & TECH- Create-A-Play

Fee: $135

Student-created and directed play. Through games, exercises, etc., students will create their own play, made up of small segments, each of which will be directed by one of the students so everyone has a chance to be director and actor. Instructor: Alex Moore

SHAKESPEARE PROJ- Shakespeare for Kids

Fee: $135

Shakespeare performance. We will learn a little about Shakespeare, his works, and his life and times as well as performing a very kid-friendly, 10-minute modernized version of one of Shakespeare’s plays (to be determined based on number of kids in the class). Each week, students will be exposed to some knowledge about Shakespeare or Elizabethan England, then use drama to convey what they learned through short skits, commercials, mime, etc. The second half of each class period will be devoted to working on our mini-production, which we will perform at the end of the semester. Students may use scripts for the final performance and should feel comfortable reading aloud in class. Instructor: Alex Moore

CRAFTS- Crochet 1

Fee: $145

Learn the basics of Crochet and complete several projects. Needles and yarn will be provided by parents. Teacher will provide patterns.

This course will have homework. Homework will come in two parts. First, Videos will be posted each week in haiku for students to watch and aid in learning or reinforcing skills learned in class. I do additionally ask each student to work on projects at home. There simply is not enough time in class to complete projects. The expectation is for students to be sitting down with their projects about 5-10 minutes each day. Instructor: Melodee Bourdeau

PRESENTING IN THE MODERN AGE- Writing In The Modern Age

Fee: $135

With the world becoming a smaller place, the written word has become the main mode of communication and is of the utmost importance. In this class we will explore written communications like email, text, letters, and blogging. Instructor: TBD

IND SPORTS-YOGA PROJECTS- Yoga k-3 (3rd graders only)

Fee: $145

Through a multidisciplinary approach, students will learn the basics of yoga as it relates to their personal fitness and wellness. Yoga is great for stretching and core strengths as well as individual mindfulness. The class will be taught by an experienced yoga instructor and content will vary based on student grade level.” Instructor: TBD


Third Hour 12:30PM

Pen & Ink (Self- Pay Only)

Fee: $145

Students will learn professional techniques used by pen and ink artists. This will involve the study of mark making and seeing how to make textures.  Instructor: Tina Hotchkiss

Watercolor (Self-Pay Only)

Fee: $145

Students will learn watercolor techniques used by professional artists and at the same time have fun exploring the world of color..  Instructor: Tina Hotchkiss

HEALTHY LIVING- Physical Fitness 4-12

Fee: $115

Ann Arbor’s premier gymnastics club will provide specialized equipment, including tumbling mats, balance beams, mini bar, wedges and octagon, vaulting, and much more! Older students will participate in strengthening their body through fun physical fitness activities and cooperative games. Throughout the semester physical fitness will be monitored and periodically evaluated. Students will be taught basic fitness drills they can use at home and tumbling skills such as: forward rolls, backward rolls, cartwheels, and handstands. Come join in the fun while getting into shape! Instructor: Gym America

NATURAL WORLD PROJ- Inside My Body

Fee: $145

The Natural World is a fascinating place full of things seen and unseen. Understanding and

appreciating our Natural World is the first step in caring for it. One of the most fascinating aspects of it are our own bodies. In this class will explore how our bodies work and the different systems that are responsible for our day to day lives and functions. Instructor: Cristal Moyer

PHYSICAL WORLD- Magic School Bus 3-5

Fee: $145

Explore a variety of natural world topics by reading Magic School Bus books or watching the DVDs. We will conduct hands-on activity and experiments based on the topic for the week. Instructor: Cristal Moyer


Fourth Hour 1:30PM

WORLD ERAS- Famous Inventors

Fee: $135

Inspire kids to think outside the box and explore new ideas by sharing stories about inventors and how their innovative ideas changed the world. Instructor: Cristal Moyer

SOCRATIC CIRCLES- Book Club

Fee: $135

Read with friends, share ideas, and learn about story elements (book to be determined). Instructor: Cristal Moyer

COMPUTER PROG PROJ- Scratch Game Design

Fee: $145

Give your child a boost in learning key 21st century learning skills: creative thinking, teamwork, communication, and analysis. Using Scratch, a computer learning tool and a visual programming language, your child creates games, animations, stories, and art. Students draw pictures, add sound and movement, and share their projects with the class. These activities help students understand mathematical and computational concepts and the process of design. Instructor: Brain Monkeys

GYMNASTICS (Grade 3)

Fee: $135

Ann Arbor’s premier gymnastics club will provide specialized equipment, including tumbling mats, balance beams, mini bar, wedges and octagon, vaulting, and much more! Students will gain focus, fitness, strength, flexibility, confidence, and self-esteem. Join us for the fun. Grades accepted: K-3 (4 year old students are welcome if Mom stays) Attire: shorts or warm-up pants and a t-shirt. A leotard is optional. Bare feet—no socks or tights. Instructor: Gym America

BRAIN GAMES- Analytical Puzzles

Fee: $145

Throughout history people have played with analytical concepts and created codes and puzzles to highlight those. We will look at some of the most famous puzzles, games and codes and use the specific principles and concepts to crack them. Instructor: TBD


Fifth Hour 2:30AM

ROBOTICS- Sumo Battle Bots

Fee: $145

3-2-1 Sumo! That is the traditional starting announcement to a Sumo Battle Robotics Competition. Sumo Battle is when two robots battle each other in a Sumo Ring and the last robot in the ring is declared the winner. Lots of skill goes into building and programming a successful Sumo Battle Robot and in this class we will get students ready to battle their classmates in the Sumo Ring! Both building and programming will be learned and all experience levels are welcome. We will be using the Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Education kits during this class which allow students the freedom to build and program their robot to do almost anything they can imagine!Join us in this fun class and let’s get build some amazing SUMO Battling robots!! Instructor: Brain Monkeys

CULINARY EXPRESSIONS- Culinary Expressions

Fee: $175

Curriculum will focus on specific ingredients, different ethnic cuisines, basic knife skills (limited to paring knife use), and making simple dishes from scratch. Instructor: Lilian Anderson

SPANISH CULTURES- Beginning Spanish 1

Fee: $145

Students in my class will engage in conversations. They will work in pairs to practice the conversation. Students often begin to speak without looking at the conversation, or they begin to improvise naturally using puppets. Gestures are used as much as possible to reinforce the language. Playing charades is a great way to do this. I will be asking students to memorize the conversation. The partner conversation is the starting point, but the goal is to have student change and manipulate the language as much as they can. It gets them to practice more and internalize the language. They do perform for the whole class. Students will be exposed to music, art, games and literature as a cultural experience. Come and join us, it is fun and adventurous! Instructor: Miriam Del Valle