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After-School Programs

After-School Programs

La Jolla Country Day School offers a range of fee-based enrichment courses for current students through the After-School Program. Program offerings are seasonal and all classes are subject to change. For full class descriptions and registration please login to the Parent Portal at www.ljcds.org/afterschool.

After-School Programs for Spring 2018

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  • Homework CLUB, Grades 1–4

    This POWER HOUR (plus+) is just what our Lower School students need to get a head start on homework and project assignments! During this quiet study time, students will receive support and guidance as they complete their assignments for the week and/or prepare for upcoming class projects. Led and supervised by Ms. Bennet and Ms. Fong, this program is designed to provide students with a structured, consistent framework for completing homework assignments and practicing organizational skills while in the school setting. Students will be asked to come to each session with assignments to complete, a book to read for weekly minutes and be prepared to work for the entire duration of Homework Club. A high energy, healthy snack will be provided.

  • Read, wRite, cReate!, Grades 1–2

    This class is a fun and interactive way for students to practice reading comprehension strategies. Throughout this session we will focus on nine specific stories related to a particular strategy. Following, we will complete a writing project, and create a corresponding craft. Come explore where reading can take you!

  • Start Your Own Business!, Grades 2–8

    With UC San Diego Rady School of Management Launchpad Founder, Tina Klein
    Are you a budding entrepreneur? Do you have great ideas? Would you like to start your own business? Join us to explore the steps involved in launching a successful new business. We will focus on the basics of entrepreneurship, brainstorming, prototyping, production, advertising and sales skills. Students will learn important presentation skills from MBA students from UC San Diego. The program will culminate with students showcasing products at LJCDS’ Innovation Day.

  • Chess, Grades 1–4

    Discover the world on 64 squares! Chess is a game that emphasizes many developmental, social and problem-solving skills. Research studies have shown that chess can improve memory and imagination, and lead to higher verbal, reading and math scores among children. Whether you have never played before or are a seasoned player, this class is designed to accommodate participants of all skill levels. Beginners will be able to play a full game of chess by the end of the session, and students with basic knowledge will receive tailored instruction. For students who appreciate the challenge and competition the game provides, more intense instruction is provided. Instruction is provided by Life Master Martin Nilsson. A championship player in his own right, Martin possesses a unique ability to play at the highest levels of competition and teach and coach others effectively.

  • Torrey Athletic Sport Skills Camp, Grades 1–4

    Come join us for another fun year of spring training. We will cover a variety of sports during this fun outdoor training camp. Come develop your offense and defense skills and be a part of our team!

  • 1,2,3 Draw!, Kindergarten

    This series of after school classes will focus on the fundamentals of drawing. Students will draw portraits, animals, still life and landscapes. A variety of media including clay, oil pastels, tempera and water colors will be used. Lauren West is an associate kindergarten teacher with 13 years’ experience teaching art in grades K–8. She is also a professional mural painter and caricature artist, and has been in several juried art exhibits.

  • Creative Dance, Pre-school–Kindergarten

    Early Childhood Creative Dance classes encourage young children to express themselves physically, to understand and appreciate a variety of forms of music, and to develop their gross motor skills through fun activities. Each class begins with BrainDance, a series of eight developmental movement patterns that warm-up children’s bodies and minds. Students are then led through a variety of activities to teach them movements and floor patterns. In each class students will also have the opportunity to improvise or create their own dances.

  • Drama Kids, Pre-school–Kindergarten

    Drama is coming to the Early Childhood Center this spring. In Drama Kids, students work on articulation, collaboration and self-confidence. Young actors and actresses will learn about creative movement, improvisation and speaking skills through a variety of games and mini performances. The end of each session will include a short presentation to parents.

  • Rhythm in Motion: Dance Classes, Grades 1–4

    This class encourages elementary students to advance their understanding of language, math, and science through movement. Using music, poetry and pattern progressions, students learn to advance not only their motor skills, but also their focus in other school subjects through fun, collaborative, creative projects as well as dance routines. Each class begins with a BrainDance, a series of eight developmental movement patterns that warm-up children’s bodies and minds. Students are then led through a variety of activities to teach them various movements and floor routines, each with a focus on the changing rhythms in music and poetry. Ultimately students learn a set routine that is either student-developed or teacher-led (this varies week to week).

  • Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS Musical Theater, Grades 1–6

    Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS is coming to LJCDS! The jungle is jumpin’ in this specially adapted musical from the classic Disney animated film. This show features the whole host of colorful jungle characters and your favorite songs from the movie! All first–sixth graders interested in singing, dancing or becoming a budding actor/actress should join our show!

  • My Music Workshop!, Pre-school–Kindergarten

    Listen, learn and play! This music education class is designed specifically for children 6 and under. Music boosts brain power, fosters creativity and improves motor development. With award-winning curriculum, children are learning advanced musical concepts in an entertaining and engaging way. Children will learn to read music, rhythm and drums, intro to piano, singing and performing, music theory and much more. Don’t forget the children’s favorite part of class…playing REAL instruments.

  • Lower School Orchestra, Grades 2–4

    Advanced Grades 3–4 string students who become more competent with note reading may be invited to join the Lower School Orchestra, which meets after school. These students will also participate in the two group lessons offered during the school day each week. Incoming Grade 3 students and new students with previous experience may audition for the Lower School Orchestra. In addition, Grade 2 students who demonstrate developmental readiness and an advanced level of proficiency, and who are also studying privately outside the school, may audition for the Lower School Orchestra. These Grade 2 students must also participate in the advanced group lesson after school.

  • Lower School Strings, Grades 1–2

    Students in Grades 1–2 who are interested in beginning violin or cello may participate in an after-school beginning strings class. Participation is contingent upon the student taking private lessons concurrently outside of the school. Enrollment is limited to 8 violins and 4 cellos. Students in Grade 2 who are already more advanced and have taken private lessons for at least one year may participate in the advanced group class. The class is a requirement for Grade 2 students participating in the Lower School Orchestra (if accepted through audition). In all string classes, a combination of string methods is taught with an emphasis on note reading. Please note that students in Grades 3–4 who are interested in beginning violin can take part in a program held during the school day.
  • Cello Ensemble with Bing Yan, Grades 3–8

    Bing Yan will be leading cello ensembles for Lower and Middle School students who are qualified to play at the appropriate level. Repertoire will include an assortment of short songs and other Suzuki pieces from Books 1–6. The Cello Ensemble will perform during the Lower and Middle School strings concerts throughout the year.

  • Cello Lesson, Grades 1–12

    Begin learning the cello or continue your studies on Wednesdays this spring with 30-minute cello lessons.
  • Make It! Creating in the Innovation Lab, Grades 5–8

    Have you wanted to explore the Innovation Lab and play with all of the cool tools? Well now’s your chance to get a guided experience with Mr. Robinson, Innovation Lab extraordinaire. During this session, you will learn how to use the 3D printer, the laser cutter and other tools. You will also learn how to solder and how to use simple electronics such as switches, LEDs, batteries, resistors and motors.

  • Mission Innovation: Part 2, Grades 3–4

    In this second session of Mission Innovation, students will compete in a mousetrap racecar competition. Students in third grade will have the option to create a balloon-powered car or a mousetrap racecar. In groups, students will build, modify and test their cars. In addition, they will collect and present data on their car in a report. A snack will be provided at each session. Attendance is important and students are required to attend an evening competition at the San Diego Jewish Academy. The goal is to complete our work at school, but at times, students may need to continue working on projects at home or during recess times.

  • Mission Innovation: Part 3, Grades 3–4

    In this third session of Mission Innovation, students will compete in a science-fair competition. Students will take apart an item (reverse engineer) and share how it works. At the competition, students will explain to a judge what they have learned. In the past, students have taken apart items such as staplers, alarm clocks and keyboards. A snack will be provided at each session. Attendance is important and students are required to attend an evening competition at the San Diego Jewish Academy. The goal is to complete our work at school, but at times, students may need to continue working on projects at home or during recess times.

  • Star Wars Jedi Robotics, featuring LEGO®, Grades 1–4

    Students use LEGO® components and engineering principles to build their own vehicles and machines, from a remote controlled Millennium Falcon to the X-Wing from Star Wars®. In later weeks, we will explore robotics, creating projects with LEGO® components to solve challenges such as controlling a vehicle with sensors, making a vehicle that will stop and redirect when it senses objects in front of it, designing a space battle between an X-Wing and TIE Fighter, and more. The challenges teach about simple machines, including the use of gears and pulleys, and include the use of motors.

    Students use both LEGO® WeDo® and MIT’s Scratch® software to create programs which are downloaded to their projects. Students use coding blocks to sequence instructions, such as turning on a motor when a motion sensor detects an object in its path.

  • Robotics Club, Grade 4

    La Jolla Country Day School is excited to once again offer an after-school robotics club for fourth graders. Students will choose from a variety of projects and will be encouraged to explore their own ideas as well. A showcase will be on May 15 for families. Space is limited and spots fill up quickly.

  • ART of Coding: Programming in Java, Grades 5–8

    Blend art with code and learn one of the most popular programming languages in the world, Java. Processing is a Java-based programming language that was designed to make coding into an art form. Students will learn how to code progressively larger and more complex projects, interactive code, art that integrates sound-sensing, webcam detection and how to create awesome particle effects!
     
    Students will not only learn key computer science concepts in a powerful typed programming language, but they will also practice visual design and color theory. Students will take home their Java projects saved on a flash drive and will keep an online gallery that they can easily share with friends and family.
     
  • French Junior Edition, Pre-school–Kindergarten

    Spoken on five continents, the language of international relations, travel, and culture, French is poised to become the most spoken language in Europe. And that’s not all! 50 percent of the current English vocabulary is derived from French. Mais, oui! At LJCDS, we recognize that languages are best learned from an early age (and exposure to multiple languages early on makes it much easier to acquire new ones as an adult). We’re excited to offer a French after-school program for Tiny Torreys, junior kindergarteners and kindergarten students. The focus of the class is on conversational French through song and movement, play, and hands-on cultural activities. Activities are adapted to work specifically with pre-readers. The program is meant to provide a strong foundation for continued language study in higher grades. Madame Nelson has been teaching French to learners of all ages for over 25 years, in Paris and in San Diego.

  • French, Grades 1–4

    Spoken on five continents, the language of international relations, travel and culture, French is poised to become the most spoken language in Europe. And that’s not all! 50 percent of the current English vocabulary is derived from French. Mais, oui! At LJCDS, we recognize that languages are best learned from an early age (and exposure to multiple languages early on makes it much easier to acquire new ones as an adult). The focus of the class is on conversational French through song and movement, play, and hands-on cultural activities. Written activities are adapted to beginning and advanced readers. The program is meant to provide a strong foundation for continued studies in higher grades. Madame Nelson has been teaching French to learners of all ages for over 25 years, in Paris and in San Diego.

  • Spanish, Grades 1–4

    Is your child a native speaker? Has he or she had some exposure to Spanish in the past? Does your child need extra practice in Spanish? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then your child is ready for our after-school Spanish club. Spanish immersion classes will be taught in Spanish, but all levels of Spanish language experience are welcome. Through texts, activities, games and dialogs, we will be working on building vocabulary as well as writing skills. We will also learn about the culture and food of the Spanish speaking countries. Native speakers and those learning Spanish as a second language will all benefit.