Public Speaking 101(Grade 2-6)

Imagine speaking to a classroom full of other kids and knowing that everyone is understanding you and impressed by how comfortable, confident and relaxed you seem! Public Speaking is an essential skill for kids, every child should develop public speaking ability. Children who are shy or sensitive need to learn how to push through their fears so they can make their voices heard when they have something to say. Children who are confident need to learn how to organize their opinions effectively and how to connect with their audience.

In our Public Speaking course students will learn to:

  • Better manage their nerves when speaking in front of others
  • Speak clearly and with impact
  • Keep an audience’s attention 
  • Improve their listening skills as they think about others’ opinions
  • Voice their opinions and influence others

Date:9/9~12/23, 2020

Time:

  • 2-3rd:16:00-17:00 pm EST, every Wednesday
  • 4-6th:17:15-18:15 pm EST, every Wednesday

Grade:2-6th 

Size:12-15 students

Teacher: Mrs. Chesebro(see teacher’sBIO)

Math Competition – Number Theory

This class will introduce students to number theory. Number theory is the study of integers and the relationships between them. It is a very popular subject in competitive mathematics (AMC 10/12, Mu Alpha Theta, etc.) as it allows many arithmetic problems to be solved much more quickly. We will begin with fundamental concepts like prime numbers, divisors, and factorizations, and then move onto more advanced problems dealing with base numbers, modular arithmetic, and linear congruences. In order to accurately represent a competition environment, every lesson will be heavily focused on challenging problems for the corresponding topics, and at least two such problems will be assigned for homework. Solutions will be provided shortly before the following class so that students have time to solve the problems on their own. A pre-test will be administered to gauge how prepared students are for the class.

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Reading & Writing 4-5

Storytelling through Poetry, Fables, and Fairy Tales (Grades 4–5)

This course will focus on the power of narrative throughout time and culture. Why do we tell stories? What do they reveal about individuals and the societies in which people live? Why are family stories important? How do they bind people together? On a larger scale, how do stories hold cultures together? In this course, we will focus on how story is used in poetry, specifically focusing on poetry that embraces storytelling in its structure. We will read and write our own stories and poems. Students will learn the basics of narrative and storytelling, rhythm and meter, metaphoric language, and poetic forms, including limericks, ballads, and free verse. Using some of these poems as examples, students will have the opportunity to write their own stories through poetry, fables and fairy tales.

For the writing portion of the class, students will learn the following:

• The basic elements of a story. During this process, they will have various exercises teaching them how to write dialogue and create character.

• How to recognize and write symbolic language and metaphor.

• Vocabulary building will be stressed throughout the course. I will give the students worksheets that list commonly used words and synonyms that can be used in their place.

• Rhythm and meter. Students will learn how recognize stressed and unstressed syllables and the five basic meters of poetry. They also will learn how to recognize and write in rhymical units called feet.

• Types of narrative poetry, including ballads, limericks, and free verse. For the poetry workshop session, they will choose one form (or more, if they are ambitious!) to follow as they write an original poem.

Week 1: Introduction to storytelling and narrative

Week 2: Workshop: Writing dialogue and creating character

Week 3: Introduction to fables and fairy tales

Week 4: Workshop: Writing a modern fable

Week 5: Workshop: Writing a modern fairy tale

Week 6: Introduction to narrative poetry, rhythm, and meter

Week 7: Workshop: Learning how to recognize meter and scan poetry

Week 8: Introduction to ballads

Week 9: Workshop: Writing a ballad

Week 10: Workshop: writing a cowboy poem or limerick

Week 11: Cowboy poetry and limericks

Week 12: Slam poetry and free verse

Week 13: Writing a slam poem or free verse

Week 14: Student poetry presentations part

Teacher: Mrs. Marino(see teacher’s BIO

Math Challenge III

This Math Class is an extension of the Classic Math School Program. Based on the level of students, we develop students’ creative thinking abilities and math strategies. The course covers a great deal of material and place emphasis on active learning and putting knowledge to use in independent and creative ways. This course is suitable for 4th-5th graders. Students will learn multiplication, division, logic, exponents, fractions, integers, decimals and basic probabilities.

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Math Challenge II

This Math Class is an extension of the Classic Math School Program. Based on the level of students, we develop students’ creative thinking abilities and math strategies. The course covers a great deal of material and place emphasis on active learning and putting knowledge to use in independent and creative ways. This course is suitable for 2nd-3rd graders.

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Reading and Writing (Grades 2-3)

In this fast-paced course, students will explore how words help writers build worlds.  They will explore fiction and non-fiction texts along with poetry, and analyze the tools authors use to create vivid images and rich experiences across different genres.  Students will work on developing high-level vocabulary in context, varying their sentence structure, and creating their own expanded piece of fiction based on an imagined world.  

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Math Fun – Creative Thinking II

This “nontraditional” math class aims to provide preschoolers with a rich and engaging environment in which their mathematical thinking ability can be built and developed. The goal of this class is to introduce the “fun” and the “beauty” of math to the young learners to boost their positive attitude toward mathematics before they officially step into schools. In addition, the course focuses on enhancing young learners’ mathematical language skills to improve their expressiveness. Origami, cutting, and small experiments will also be included as class activities to improve children’s observation skills and fine motor abilities. 

  • Creative Thinking II (5 ~ 6 yrs)Syllabus:
  • Logic Reasoning
    • Introduction to coding
    • Word problems
    • Comparison
    • The exploration of patterns
    • Enumeration
  • Math Games (advanced)
    • Number hunt
    • Labyrinth puzzles
    • Sudoku
    • Matchstick puzzles
    • Strategy games
  • Equality (equation with unknowns)
  • Spatial thinking (advanced)
    • 2 D shapes exploration
    • 3 D shapes exploration
    • Shape composition/decomposition
  • Introduction to Transformation (rotation, translation, dilation, & reflection)
  • Time in everyday life
  • Collect & Analyze Data
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Math Fun – Creative Thinking I

This “nontraditional” math class aims to provide preschoolers with a rich and engaging environment in which their mathematical thinking ability can be built and developed. The goal of this class is to introduce the “fun” and the “beauty” of math to the young learners to boost their positive attitude toward mathematics before they officially step into schools. In addition, the course focuses on enhancing young learners’ mathematical language skills to improve their expressiveness. Origami, cutting, and small experiments will also be included as class activities to improve children’s observation skills and fine motor abilities.

  • Creative Thinking I (3.5 ~ 4 yrs) Syllabus:
  • Compare Quantities (more, fewer, & same)
  • Equal share
    • Numbers
    • Quantities
    • Shapes
  • Estimation (number sense)
  • Math Games (basic)
    • Number hunt
    • Labyrinth puzzles
    • Sudoku
    • Matchstick puzzles
    • Strategy games
  • Reflection symmetry (mathematics in everyday life experiences)
  • Spatial thinking (basic)
    • 2 D shapes exploration
    • 3 D shapes exploration
    • Shape composition/decomposition
  • Logic Reasoning (basic)
  • Reserve Thinking (basic)
  • Sorting & Ordering
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