PS 40

 

Welcome – An ecstatic welcome to our new partners and families at PS 40! It is our honor to be a part of this celebrated and amazing school community. We are excited to provide our Manhattan Youth after-school package to your children. At the end of the school day, classroom teachers dismiss all students registered for our program directly to our staff, who greet students with a healthy snack and a smile. Students eat and socialize with friends, decompressing from the school day and gearing up for after-school.

Class Time - The sports, arts and enrichment classes that you select when enrolling your child in the program are taught by certified teachers, teaching artists and activity specialists. Each day, your child is dismissed directly to our staff. After a healthy snack, Depending on our offerings students will have the option to attend an early class at 3:30pm or a late class at 4:40pm.

Before and After Class - Students choose from a list of structured and open play activities, set up by our team leaders. These activities include: study hall, gym sports, yard play, indoor games, arts & crafts, music and more. This activity is built into your child’s daily schedule as a structured free play before and after their selected club for the day.

Take a look at our class offerings below.

Monday 3:30pm

  • Chess (Grade K– 1)
  • Sports & Games (Grade K– 1)
  • Jewelry Making/DIY (Grade K– 1)
  • KP Karate (White Belts) (Grade K– 5)
  • Hip Hop (Grade 2–3)
  • Cool Crafts! (Grade 2–3)
  • Mad Scientist (Grade 2–3)
  • Dungeons & Dragons (Grade 2–5)
  • Volleyball (Grade 3–5)
  • Filmmaking (Grade 4–5)
  • Choice Time (Grade 3–5)
Grade K– 1

Chess

Never mind that chess is a great exercise for the mind that increases math and literacy abilities. Chess is a great game, and kids love it! We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced chess classes, as well as an annual tournament for students in our Manhattan Youth programs.

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Grade K– 1

Sports & Games

Most children entering kindergarten are not ready for full-on team sports. We use active games to introduce young children to fundamental sport skills, and get their bodies moving by running, jumping, throwing, and catching.
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Grade K– 1

Jewelry Making/DIY

Students will create small scale original works of ornamental art that look like professionally made jewelry.
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Grade K– 5

KP Karate (White Belts)

Students learn self-defense, focus, concentration and discipline in a non-contact weekly martial arts workout. Classes are grouped by age and belt level. All levels work on forms, and bag work: kicks, punches, blocks and footwork. Sparring begins at yellow belt. At the end of each semester, we have an exhibition and test, where students have an opportunity for belt advancement (by teacher recommendation).

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Grade 2–3

Hip Hop

A high-energy, intense class for dancers of all experience levels. The dance studio will be hopping to today's pop stars as students learn individual and teamwork skills that evolve into polished dance numbers. All students participate in a Manhattan Youth dance performance at the end of each semester

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Grade 2–3

Cool Crafts!

This creative hands-on class has students working on a new and very cool craft project every week with their favorite after-school staff members!
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Grade 2–3

Mad Scientist

Students conduct amazing experiments that snap, crackle, pop, ooze, crash and boom!
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Grade 2–5

Dungeons & Dragons

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Grade 3–5

Volleyball

A fun, active, instructional session for both beginner-level and advanced players who are interested in developing their volleyball skills.Students will learn the basic skills of bumping and serving, and the rules of the game.
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Grade 4–5

Filmmaking

In this hands-on class, young filmmakers will conceptualize stories and bring them to life. Students will learn how to handle and use camera equipment, basic short composition, direction, collaboration, and basic editing skills in order to turn their story ideas into short films.

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Grade 3–5

Choice Time

After classes, our students choose from a list of structured & free play activities, including; Study Lab, Yard / Gym Play, Indoor Games, Arts & Crafts, & more!  It is a priority of our after-school program to make sure our students are doing their homework completely and keeping up with their class work and studies. To that end, we offer a quiet place to work, supervised by counselors, to every enrolled after-school student every day.

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Monday 4:40pm

  • Chess (Grade 2–4)
  • Dungeons & Dragons (Grade 2–5)
  • Musical Theatre Dance and Movement (Grade 2–3)
Grade 2–4

Chess

Never mind that chess is a great exercise for the mind that increases math and literacy abilities. Chess is a great game, and kids love it! We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced chess classes, as well as an annual tournament for students in our Manhattan Youth programs.

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Grade 2–5

Dungeons & Dragons

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Grade 2–3

Musical Theatre Dance and Movement

Musical Theatre is a jazz-based class filled with Broadway style dancing and music. Classes incorporate the style of dance one would typically see on a Broadway stage. This form of dancing emphasizes learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and facial expressions.

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Tuesday 3:30pm

  • Musical Theater (Grade K– 1)
  • Dinosaur Club (Grade K– 1)
  • Mindful Movement/Yoga (Grade K– 2)
  • MY Clubhouse (Grade K– 5)
  • Flag Football (Grade 2–3)
  • Chess (Grade 2–4)
  • Fun Scenes! Improv/Theater (Grade 2–3)
  • Hip Hop (Grade 4–5)
  • Create-a-Game Lab (Grade 4–5)
  • Spa Science (Grade 4–5)
  • Choice Time (Grade 4–5)
Grade K– 1

Musical Theater

Broadway performers help students develop singing, dancing and acting skills. Students work as a cast throughout the semester on scenes and musical production numbers. At the end of each semester, the class will perform on stage for family and friends!
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Grade K– 1

Dinosaur Club

Do you have a kindergartner or first grader who is obsessed with dinosaurs? Why fight it? Here's a place for learning about the prehistoric creatures, drawing them, talking about them, and, perhaps, roaring like a T-Rex.

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Grade K– 2

Mindful Movement/Yoga

Go on an adventure in each class as students learn yoga poses that will build strength and flexibility. Class participants will use their senses and controlled breath to move their bodies and discover what it really feels like to ground to the earth and center themselves using techniques to calm the mind.

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Grade K– 5

MY Clubhouse

Responding to the need for students to have a relaxed environment where they can reconnect with their peers under a well supervised environment. MY Teambuilders activities are always offered! From Sports to Arts to Homework the student chooses!

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Grade 2–3

Flag Football

Students develop skills, good sportsmanship and a sense of team spirit. Players are divided into groups based on experience and skill level. Each class session includes a lesson, drills and a game or scrimmage.

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Grade 2–4

Chess

Never mind that chess is a great exercise for the mind that increases math and literacy abilities. Chess is a great game, and kids love it! We offer beginner, intermediate and advanced chess classes, as well as an annual tournament for students in our Manhattan Youth programs.

×
Grade 2–3

Fun Scenes! Improv/Theater

In Fun Scenes! taught by Elise Ramaekers students will get the opportunity to create scenes on 
the spot using their body and emotions. Through group, physical, and listening games, students 
will get to think fast and imaginatively while performing and laughing with their classmates. 

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Grade 4–5

Hip Hop

A high-energy, intense class for dancers of all experience levels. The dance studio will be hopping to today's pop stars as students learn individual and teamwork skills that evolve into polished dance numbers. All students participate in a Manhattan Youth dance performance at the end of each semester

×
Grade 4–5

Create-a-Game Lab

What's more fun than playing by someone else's rules? Making up your own, of course! The Create-a-Game Lab offers children a place to develop, build and play their own board games, puzzles, riddles, and even physical challenges!

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Grade 4–5

Spa Science

Discover the chemistry involved in making things that you would experience in a spa! Soaps, body scrubs, cosmetics, nail polish and color, bath oils, lipstick, perfumes and more! Students will make their own line of products that are safe to use at home!
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Grade 4–5

Choice Time

After classes, our students choose from a list of structured & free play activities, including; Study Lab, Yard / Gym Play, Indoor Games, Arts & Crafts, & more!  It is a priority of our after-school program to make sure our students are doing their homework completely and keeping up with their class work and studies. To that end, we offer a quiet place to work, supervised by counselors, to every enrolled after-school student every day.

×

Tuesday 4:40pm

  • Spa Science (Grade 2–3)
  • Parkour and Primal Movement for Kids (Grade 3–5)
  • Flag Football (Grade 4–5)
  • Fun Scenes Advanced (Improv) (4-5) (Grade 4–5)
Grade 2–3

Spa Science

Discover the chemistry involved in making things that you would experience in a spa! Soaps, body scrubs, cosmetics, nail polish and color, bath oils, lipstick, perfumes and more! Students will make their own line of products that are safe to use at home!
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Grade 3–5

Parkour and Primal Movement for Kids

Parkour has quickly become one of the world's fastest-growing and most highly efficient training methods for mind, body and spirit. Using the natural environment as a play space, practitioners (called traceurs) test their limits by running, climbing, jumping, vaulting and rolling over obstacles, as a means of adapting to and then overcoming the mental, physical and even emotional challenges that arise from the physical barriers themselves. 
 

Students will train with Bryce Clarke, Founder and CEO of PARKOUR NYC.  In this sample class, “Coach Bryce” has designed a kid-friendly program that is both challenging and super-fun for your youngster, inspiring and emphasizing a sense of play even while encountering and overcoming physical obstacles presented by the play space. He will teach the proper way to climb without the use of knees or elbows as well as how to hold basic support positions with minimal effort and stress on the body. Everything is ZERO-IMPACT and focused on developing coordination and basic quadrupedal movement – two areas essential to successful advancement in the art – is particularly emphasized. For young children in particular, proprioception, or the body’s ability to sense itself in space, is an essential component in developing body awareness and control. Bryce’s child-centered teaching method allows him to adapt lessons to the ability and temperament of each child for maximum fun in a familiar, safe and adaptable environment!" 

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Grade 4–5

Flag Football

Students develop skills, good sportsmanship and a sense of team spirit. Players are divided into groups based on experience and skill level. Each class session includes a lesson, drills and a game or scrimmage.

×
Grade 4–5

Fun Scenes Advanced (Improv) (4-5)

In “Fun Scenes Advanced” for 4th and 5th graders, students will get to create scenes on the spot with a focus on creating characters and improvising narrative. Students will focus on improvising longer performances, and also work on monologue acting coaching with one on one feedback. Students will get to have fun creating scenes while also perfecting and enhancing their performing chops.

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Wednesday 3:30pm

  • Soccer (Grade K– 1)
  • Animal Care Club (Grade K– 2)
  • Ooey Gooey Science (Grade K– 1)
  • KP Karate (White Belts) (Grade K– 5)
  • Ballet and Creative Movement (Grade K– 1)
  • Super Stories & Wonderful Writing (Grade 2–3)
  • Sports Academy (Grade 2–3)
  • Studio Art (Grade 2–3)
  • Chess (Grade 4–5)
  • Portfolio Art (Grade 4–5)
  • American Sign Language for Children (Grade K– 1)
Grade K– 1

Soccer

Kids will learn the basic rules, skills, and sportsmanship to help improve their soccer game. All levels welcome!
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Grade K– 2

Animal Care Club

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Grade K– 1

Ooey Gooey Science

Every kid knows that you don't really learn anything unless you make a mess and get your hands dirty. This class focuses on everything oozy, grimy, slippery and slimy that exists in nature or can be made (safely!) in a test tube. Fun for all!

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Grade K– 5

KP Karate (White Belts)

Students learn self-defense, focus, concentration and discipline in a non-contact weekly martial arts workout. Classes are grouped by age and belt level. All levels work on forms, and bag work: kicks, punches, blocks and footwork. Sparring begins at yellow belt. At the end of each semester, we have an exhibition and test, where students have an opportunity for belt advancement (by teacher recommendation).

×
Grade K– 1

Ballet and Creative Movement

Children learn basic ballet positions and movements. In addition, a section of each class which gives the children an opportunity to create their own beautiful dances.

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Grade 2–3

Super Stories & Wonderful Writing

In “Super Stories & Wonderful Writing” taught by Elise Ramaekers students will get to use their creative brain power to write their own stories. Over the course of the semester we explore writing Fictional Narrative, Poetry, Super Heros, Sketch Comedy, Fantasy and Autobiographical writing. Students will learn to add their own creative touch through story games, character creation games, word games, and performing their stories to the class.

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Grade 2–3

Sports Academy

Our blend of intramural sports and non-competitive sports skills and drills is sure to meet your young athlete's needs! Students will engage in a variety of seasonal sports responding to the physical fitness and socioemotional need for students eager to have a fun environment, where they can reconnect with their peers, and their favorite after-school coaches and group leaders.  

×
Grade 2–3

Studio Art

Our multidisciplinary art classes offer students a chance to explore different media from drawing and painting to collage and sculpture. Projects are selected to provide inspiration for free expression and to develop specific skills.Exploring drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking and other methods through age-appropriate structured projects and free exploration, students have fun while learning the basic fundamentals of art.
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Grade 4–5

Chess

Young students with little or no chess experience learn the fundamentals of chess, beginning with game board setup, and an introduction to how the pieces move. Students will learn to play full games from opening moves to checkmates within the first semester.
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Grade 4–5

Portfolio Art

Throughout the year, students will develop a diverse body of work, including drawings, painting, print making, and collage.
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Grade K– 1

American Sign Language for Children

In this class, students will learn fundamental vocabulary and grammar of American Sign Language through engaging activities. At the end of the semester, they will be able to sign the ASL alphabet, colors, and animals. 

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Wednesday 4:40pm

  • Ballet and Creative Movement (Grade 3–5)
  • Sports Academy (Grade 4–5)
  • Super Stories & Wonderful Writing (Grade 2–5)
  • American Sign Language for Children (Grade 2–5)
Grade 3–5

Ballet and Creative Movement

This class provides a thorough ballet curriculum - barre, adagio, moving across the floor. In the last part of each class the dancers use movements they create (often ballet-based) to choreograph a dance sequence, which they remember and perform.

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Grade 4–5

Sports Academy

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Grade 2–5

Super Stories & Wonderful Writing

In “Super Stories & Wonderful Writing” taught by Elise Ramaekers students will get to use their creative brain power to write their own stories. Over the course of the semester we explore writing Fictional Narrative, Poetry, Super Heros, Sketch Comedy, Fantasy and Autobiographicalwriting. Students will learn to add their own creative touch through.

×
Grade 2–5

American Sign Language for Children

In this class, students will learn fundamental vocabulary and grammar of American Sign Language through engaging activities. At the end of the semester, they will be able to sign the ASL alphabet, colors, and animals. 

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Thursday 3:30pm

  • KP Karate (Blue Belts & Up) (Grade K– 5)
  • Group Piano (Grade K– 1)
  • Art and Origami Class (Grade K– 1)
  • Hip Hop (Grade K– 1)
  • Sports & Games (Grade K– 1)
  • Basketball (Grade 2–3)
  • KP Karate (Blue Belts & Up) (Grade 2–3)
  • Jewelry Making/DIY (Grade 2–3)
  • Filmmaking (Grade 2–5)
  • Studio Art (Grade 4–5)
  • Vision Board and Activity Planning (Grade 2–5)
Grade K– 5

KP Karate (Blue Belts & Up)

Students learn self-defense, focus, concentration and discipline in a non-contact weekly martial arts workout. Classes are grouped by age and belt level. All levels work on forms, and bag work: kicks, punches, blocks and footwork. At the end of each semester, we have an exhibition and test, where students have an opportunity for belt advancement (by teacher recommendation).

×
Grade K– 1

Group Piano

We offer an introduction to the piano keyboard in a group lesson setting. All levels are welcome. These classes are an excellent introduction to rhythm, melody and music theory.
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Grade K– 1

Art and Origami Class

In this class students will get a chance to explore the multiple uses of paper. Students will make paper sculptures, paper models, origami and get to use papier mache. Students will work in teams or even alone to build an origiami/3D-like city in the future, they'll make amazing paper roses, cool looking jets and so much more.

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Grade K– 1

Hip Hop

A high-energy class for dancers of all experience levels. The dance studio will be hopping as students learn individual and teamwork skills that evolve into polished dance numbers. All students participate in a Manhattan Youth dance performance at the end of each semester

×
Grade K– 1

Sports & Games

Most children entering kindergarten are not ready for full-on team sports. We use active games to introduce young children to fundamental sport skills, and get their bodies moving by running, jumping, throwing, and catching.
×
Grade 2–3

Basketball

Students learn basketball skills, good sportsmanship, and sense of team spirit. Players are divided into groups based on experience and skill level. Each class session includes a lesson filled with drills and a game or scrimmage. 

×
Grade 2–3

KP Karate (Blue Belts & Up)

Students learn self-defense, focus, concentration and discipline in a non-contact weekly martial arts workout. Classes are grouped by age and belt level. All levels work on forms, and bag work: kicks, punches, blocks and footwork. At the end of each semester, we have an exhibition and test, where students have an opportunity for belt advancement (by teacher recommendation).

×
Grade 2–3

Jewelry Making/DIY

Students will create small scale original works of ornamental art that look like professionally made jewelry.
×
Grade 2–5

Filmmaking

In this hands-on class, young filmmakers will conceptualize stories and bring them to life. Students will learn how to handle and use camera equipment, basic short composition, direction, collaboration, and basic editing skills in order to turn their story ideas into short films.

×
Grade 4–5

Studio Art

Our multidisciplinary art classes offer students a chance to explore different media from drawing and painting to collage and sculpture. Projects are selected to provide inspiration for free expression and to develop specific skills.Exploring drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking and other methods through age-appropriate structured projects and free exploration, students have fun while learning the basic fundamentals of art.
×
Grade 2–5

Vision Board and Activity Planning

This class will teach the students to plan for their day-to-day activities, for their future in creative ways. A Vision Board is a collage of images and words that the student would display on a poster board.  The words would be fun, creative, spark motivation and remind them of their goals. It could also be filled with things that inspire them or leave them feeling happy. Students will glue those images and words to a poster board and hang the board in an area where they can see it every day and it will remind them to take time to reflect on their board when they are feeling stressed or need to remember what is important to them. 

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Thursday 4:40pm

  • Basketball (Grade 4–5)
Grade 4–5

Basketball

Students learn basketball skills, good sportsmanship, and sense of team spirit. Players are divided into groups based on experience and skill level. Each class session includes a lesson filled with drills and a game or scrimmage. 

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Friday 3:30pm

  • Cool Crafts! (Grade K– 1)
  • Tumbling and Parkour/Choice Time (Grade K– 1)
  • Creative Drama (Grade K– 1)
  • Se Habla Espanol: Intro to Spanish (Grade K– 2)
  • Cartooning & Comics (Grade 2–5)
  • Girls Only STEM (Grade 2–3)
  • Sports Academy (Grade 2–5)
  • Cartooning & Comic Book Art (Grade 4–5)
  • Photography (Grade 4–5)
  • Game Development (Grade 2–5)
  • Cursive Writing (Grade 2–5)
Grade K– 1

Cool Crafts!

This creative hands-on class has students working on a new and very cool craft project every week with their favorite after-school staff members!
×
Grade K– 1

Tumbling and Parkour/Choice Time

This energetic class builds strength, flexibility and fitness. Students develop acrobatic skills while having fun!!

×
Grade K– 1

Creative Drama

An introduction to the theater. Children develop their talents through role playing, theater games, songs and storytelling.
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Grade K– 2

Se Habla Espanol: Intro to Spanish

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of the Spanish language by engaging in brief conversations, directed dialogue and other various activities (worksheets, short writing activities, etc.).  Short reading passages, as well as audio and visual aids will be used in this course. (Replaces My Clubhouse-students in the My Clubhouse class need not to re-enroll should they choose to remain in this schedule) 
 
Workbook: Complete Book of Spanish for Kids  (Grade 1-3, 3-6) By Carson Dellosa 
Objective: By the end of the semester students should be able to engage in simple conversations. In this class students will learn about grammar, common phrases, colors, numbers, and various other subjects that will aid in their communication skills.

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Grade 2–5

Cartooning & Comics

Inspired by their favorite comic book artists and armed with their imagination, student create characters and story lines, first in single panels, then in comic strips, and finally creating complete comic books at the end of each semester.

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Grade 2–3

Girls Only STEM

This hands on-club offers girls the opportunity to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in a unique single-gender environment. While engaged in project-based learning, Girls Only STEM aims to improve both girls' confidence and interest in math and science.
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Grade 2–5

Sports Academy

Our blend of intramural sports and non-competitive sports skills and drills is sure to meet your young athlete's needs! Students will engage in a variety of seasonal sports responding to the physical fitness and socioemotional need for students eager to have a fun environment, where they can reconnect with their peers, and their favorite after-school coaches and group leaders. 

×
Grade 4–5

Cartooning & Comic Book Art

Inspired by their favorite comic book artists and armed with their imagination, student create characters and story lines, first in single panels, then in comic strips, and finally creating complete comic books at the end of each semester.
×
Grade 4–5

Photography

Students will hone their skills as photographers as they learn the basics of composition, lighting, exposure, and post production!
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Grade 2–5

Game Development

In this class students will get to explore multiple versions of a “game”. Student will get to play sports, video games , board games and roleplaying games.  They will get play game not as simple as uno or connect 4. Students will learn to break down each game and eventually create their own games. 

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Grade 2–5

Cursive Writing

The students will learn correct letter formation, spacing, proportion, and slant through writing exercises, practicing phonics, and completing creative writing pieces. These will be taught in a fun and creative manner such as games, air writing, and finger trace.

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Friday 4:40pm

  • Parkour and Primal Movement for Kids (Grade 2–5)
Grade 2–5

Parkour and Primal Movement for Kids

Parkour has quickly become one of the world's fastest-growing and most highly efficient training methods for mind, body and spirit. Using the natural environment as a play space, practitioners (called traceurs) test their limits by running, climbing, jumping, vaulting and rolling over obstacles, as a means of adapting to and then overcoming the mental, physical and even emotional challenges that arise from the physical barriers themselves. 
 

Students will train with Bryce Clarke, Founder and CEO of PARKOUR NYC. In this sample class, “Coach Bryce” has designed a kid-friendly program that is both challenging and super-fun for your youngster, inspiring and emphasizing a sense of play even while encountering and overcoming physical obstacles presented by the play space. He will teach the proper way to climb without the use of knees or elbows as well as how to hold basic support positions with minimal effort and stress on the body. Everything is ZERO-IMPACT and focused on developing coordination and basic quadrupedal movement – two areas essential to successful advancement in the art – is particularly emphasized. For young children in particular, proprioception, or the body’s ability to sense itself in space, is an essential component in developing body awareness and control. Bryce’s child-centered teaching method allows him to adapt lessons to the ability and temperament of each child for maximum fun in a familiar, safe and adaptable environment!" 

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