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Water Ripples

Summer Classes
June 17-August 15, 2024

Here you will find information on our class offerings, class descriptions, and schedule.

Please choose the desired classes and register by clicking below.  

Once registered, you will receive confirmation of enrollment or waitlist and an invoice with instructions to pay. 

Summer Schedule
Series 1: June 17 - July 18

No  classes: July 1-5

Monday 

Classroom 1

9-9:55 Summer Stories w/ Crafts

10-10:55 USA Geography w/ Vacation Postcards

11-11:55 Summer STEM Building Projects

Classroom 2

9-9:55 Drawing / Portraiture

10-10:55 3D & Recycled Art 

11-11:55 Safety Essentials

Tuesday

Classroom 1

9-9:55 Beginners  Multiplication

9-10:55 Beginners Division

10-11:55 Drawing / Cartooning 

 

Classroom 2

9-9:55 Self-Care Crafts

10-10:55 Dreamcatchers

11-11:55 Reading Help Grades 1 & 2 

Wednesday

Classroom 1

9-9:55 Macrame

10-10:55 Flower Pressing 

11-11:55 Nature Journaling (ocean/summer theme)

Classroom 2

9-10:25 Perceptual Drawing

10:30-11:55 Landscape Painting

12-12:55 Beginner's Spanish 

1-1:55 Spanish Conversation (Intermediate)

Thursday

Classroom 1

9-9:55 Investigational Science I

10-10:55 Take It Apart & Art 

11-11:55 Book Club I 

 

Classroom 2

9-9:55 Drama and Creative Play (ages 5-7)

10-10:55 Theature Exploration (ages 7-9)

11-11:55 Improv and Storytelling (ages 9-12)

ELA Intensive Workshops

(Englisth Language Arts)

Writing, Grammar

June 25, 26, 27 Ages 7+ Beginner

11-12:55

July 23, 24, 25 Ages 8+ Intermediate

11-12:55

July 30, 31 Ages 10+ Advanced 

10-11:55

Summer Schedule
Series 2: July 22 - August 15

Monday 

Classroom 1

9-9:55 Garden Stories w/ Crafts

10-10:55 World Geography w/ Vacation Landmarks

11-11:55 Botany

Classroom 2

9-9:55 Drawing / Animals

10-10:55 Clay

11-11:55 Home Economics

Tuesday

Classroom 1

9-9:55 Advanced  Multiplication

9-10:55 Advanced Division

10-11:55 Weird and Crazy Creatures

 

Classroom 2

9-9:55 Gardening

10-10:55 Self Care Crafts II 

11-11:55 Dreamcatchers II 

Wednesday

Classroom 1

9-9:55 Embroidery

10-10:55 Nature Journaling (flower theme)

11-11:55 Paper Sloyd 

Classroom 2

9-10:25 Perceptual Drawing II

10:30-11:55 Landscape Painting II

12-12:55 Beginner's Spanish 

1-1:55 Spanish Conversation (Intermediate)

Thursday

Classroom 1

9-9:55 Book Club II

10-10:55 Investigational Science II

11-11:55 Astronomy 

 

Classroom 2

9-9:55 Drama and Creative Play (ages 5-7)

10-10:55 Theature Exploration (ages 7-9)

11-11:55 Improv and Storytelling (ages 9-12)

ELA Intensive Workshops

(Englisth Language Arts)

Writing, Grammar

June 25, 26, 27 Ages 7+ Beginner

11-12:55

July 23, 24, 25 Ages 8+ Intermediate

11-12:55

July 30, 31 Ages 10+ Advanced 

10-11:55

Class Descriptions

JUNE / JULY Summer Series 1

June 17 - July 18

(Price listed is for 4 of that class)

 

Mondays 6/17, 6/24, 7/8, 7/15

Summer Stories with Crafts: A reading circle selection of summer stories about the beach, camping, and baseball (to name a few), will be the springboard to creative and fun projects like role play, collage art, and making your summer storybook. Charlotte Mason philosophy. $85 + $4 materials fee

 

USA Geography: U.S. Geography with vacation postcard project: The kids will learn some basic geography terms while exploring U.S. vacation hot spots such as National Parks, beaches, and amusement park states.  Along the way, they will create their own postcards and write/mail a few California postcards to friends/family. (Be prepared to provide postage stamps) Charlotte Mason philosophy. $85 + $4 materials fee

 

Summer STEM Building Projects: Each project will accompany a short science lesson. Charlotte Mason philosophy. $85 + $4 materials fee 

 

Drawing/Portraiture: Our faces are all so unique, yet interestingly similar at the same time. Together we will explore the anatomical structure of the human face, and discuss how our faces change and stay the same from babies to adults. We will also learn how math/geometry can be helpful in art, resulting in a complete self-portrait( or two) of your student! *BYOM $80

3D & Recycled Art: In this hands-on class we will create unique pieces of 3-dimensional art using found objects, recycled/discarded materials, and unusual mediums. Some projects may include collages, mosaics, plastic bottle art, and other "found" art sculptures. $80

 

Safety Essentials: It's important to know basic safety skills yet often they are never taught. In this 4-week series, children will learn some fundamentals like, what to do in case of a house fire, if lost in a store, if a parent gets hurt, and more as well as outdoor safety skills. Additionally, each child will be expected to memorize their parents' phone numbers and home addresses. $80

Tuesdays 6/18, 6/25, 7/9, 7/16

 

Beginners Multiplication:  Let’s have fun with games and crafts that will help us understand and master multiplication facts! $80

 

Beginners Division: Learning division doesn’t have to be scary when you play games, read stories, and have fun! Obtain a solid understanding of the way division works! $80

 

Drawing/Cartooning: Have you ever wanted to learn to draw your favorite cartoon characters?  You will learn fundamentals of animation art and take home a piece of cartoon art with each session! $80

 

Self-Care Crafts: Learn the importance of making and taking time for yourself. In this crafty, self-focused class we'll make things like candles, bath bombs, body oils, and other fun personal care items. We'll discuss how deep breathing and meditation can help calm the body and mind.  Join us for this fun class and focus on you! $90

 

Dreamcatchers: In this hands-on history and lore class, you will learn about the Native American "dreamcatcher" and its origin and symbolism.  You will make dreamcatchers and other fun crafts.

Reading Practice Grades 1 & 2: Together we will read age-appropriate short stories and practice reading skills, fluency, and comprehension. 

 

Wednesdays 6/19, 6/26, 7/10, 7/17

Macrame: Learn the art of knotting in patterns to make a few simple projects like a walk hanging, a plant hanger, and key/backpack ring holders. $85 + $4 materials fee

 

Flower Pressing: We will discover 4 ways of pressing flowers and then create bookmarks, framed art, and postcards. $84 + $4 materials fee

 

Nature Journals/Watercolor/Ocean and Summer Theme: We will learn to observe and use a few watercolor techniques in this fun and artistic class. $84 + $4 materials fee

 

Perceptual Drawing: Hour and a half long class. In this first part of a two-part series, we will discuss what perceptual drawing is and begin still-life drawing using basic shapes and forms and focusing specifically on contour/line drawing and using cross-contour lines to transform flat shapes to appear as 3D forms on paper. $110

 

Landscape Painting: Hour and a half long class. In this first part of a two-part series, we will be learning about the "rule of thirds" in art and practicing basic paintbrush techniques typically used in landscape painting. We will start with simple landscapes and transition to painting landscapes from a photo. $115

Beginner's Spanish: Learn Spanish vocabulary with games, simple conversations and fun activitives.  This is for children new to Spanish.  $90

Spanish Conversation: Practice your skills by listening and participating in Spanish conversations.This is for children who know some Spanish vocabulary. $90

 

Thursdays 6/20, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18

Investigative Science I: Each class will have a fun, hands-on chemical or physical experiment. $88

Take it Apart & Art: In this hands-on, exploratory class we will deconstruct common household appliances to see what’s inside and how they work! With the pieces, we can put them back together or create funky art pieces to take home. $85

 

Book Club I: Together we will read “A Dog’s Porpoise”: A rambunctious mutt and a curious porpoise become best pals in this adorably charming story about friendship and family. Appropriate for ages 8-12. In this book club, we will read aloud, and discuss the characters, plot, choices, story meaning, and more. We will chart our thoughts and feelings on literature circle worksheets designed for this story. We will also create a vocabulary book as children find new words. Child must be able to read aloud. *BYO Book $76

Drama and Creative Play (Ages 5-7): Designed to support creative expression, social skills, and literacy, this class explores different stories while introducing performance skills in a fun, supportive environment.  Kids step into the shoes of different characters through music, improv, and theater games.  On the final day of class (both on Week 4 and Week 8), the group will share some of their favorite activities and original scenes from the stories for an invited audience.

Theater Exploration Class (Ages 7*-9): Students develop performance and storytelling skills in a fun learning environment with a focus on creative expression, teamwork, and thinking on your toes! Each 4-week session explores a different story, which students will work on adapting and retelling in their own words. On the final day of class (both on Week 4 and Week 8), the group will share short scenes and performance pieces based on the story for an invited audience.   (*For older 7 - year-olds or with prior theater class experience)

 

Speak Your Mind Through Improv and Storytelling (Ages 9*-12):  This class teaches the basics of improv and storytelling as students examine the traits, motives , and physicality of various characters in a story. Encouraged to create original characters, the group will write and perform short scenes and/or monologues expressing specific points of view on real-life subjects and themes that they have something to say about! Students will share their pieces for an invited audience on Week 4 and Week 8.   (*For older 9 - year-olds or with prior theater class experience)

JULY / AUGUST Summer Series 2

July 22 - August 15

(Price listed is for 4 of that class)

 

Mondays 7/22, 7/29, 8/5, 8/12

Garden Stories with Crafts: A reading circle of selected garden stories will be the springboard to creative art collages and mixed media projects. Charlotte Mason philosophy. $84 + $4 materials fee

 

World Geography: World Geography featuring famous tourist landmarks: The kids will learn some basic geography terms while exploring famous tourist spots located in each continent.  Along the way, they will create their dream vacation, brochures, itineraries, and adventure stories. Charlotte Mason philosophy. $84 + $4 materials fee

 

Botany: Short botany lessons will be followed by planting their own seeds (first class) and caring for them every session.  They will also have an introduction to keeping their own nature journals which will serve as a lab book recording their plant project/progress. Charlotte Mason philosophy. $84 + $4 materials fee

 

Drawing / Animal PortraitureEach student will be able to select an animal or pet of their choice and will learn the "grid method" to turn a small photo into a large drawing. We will also discuss different drawing techniques to achieve shading and texture, resulting in a complete animal/pet portrait. *BYOM $80

 

Clay: Get your hands a little messy while learning how to shape, sculpt, and carve simple clay creations using your hands and basic tools. Projects may include a pinch pot/bowl, a plate, and/or a pencil cup using patterns and imprints from branches, leaves, and flowers. Some projects will be fired. $95

 

Home Economics: Children will learn foundational home competencies including laundry, cleaning, cooking, and simple DIY tasks using basic tools such as hammer, flat-head vs. Phillips screwdriver, drill, tape measure, level, etc. $86

 

Tuesdays 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13

Advanced Multiplication: In this class, we will master two and three-digit multiplication and beyond! Get a solid understanding of long multiplication in a low-stress and encouraging environment. $80

 

Advanced Division: Let’s tackle long division and feel confident doing it! With a bit of creativity, you can master the world of long division! $80

 

Weird and Crazy Creatures: Have you ever heard of the Mexican walking fish, or a pangolin (armored anteater)? We will discover some of the most unique, unbelievable, and crazy creatures that exist! $82

 

Gardening: Delve into the wonderful world of plants in this informative and creative class! Learn about different plant species and their functional uses while making a plant-themed craft to take home. We will plant seeds and watch them grow over the 4 weeks. You will learn about planting and caring for plants indoors and out! $84

 

Self-Care Crafts: Learn the importance of making and taking time for yourself. In this crafty, self-focused class we'll make things like candles, bath bombs, body oils, and other fun personal care items. We'll discuss how deep breathing and meditation can help calm the body and mind.  Join us for this fun class and focus on you! $90

 

Dreamcatchers: In this hands-on history and lore class, you will learn about the Native American "dreamcatcher" and its origin and symbolism.  You will make dreamcatchers and other fun crafts. $84

 

 

Wednesdays 7/24, 7/31, 8/7, 8/14

Embroidery: Learn the basics of embroidery using simple items such as plastic needles and burlap fabric $85 + $4 materials fee

 

Nature Journals/Watercolor/Flowers: We will learn to observe and use a few watercolor techniques in this fun and artistic class. $84  +$4 materials fee

 

Paper Sloyd: The art of paper folding. We will create several projects including envelopes, baskets, and pinwheels. $82

 

Perceptual Drawing II: Hour and a half long class. In this class, we will be drawing from still life while focusing on shading, understanding highlights vs. shadows, and learning to draw "subtractively." This class will be a continuation of Perceptual Drawing I, however, this can be a stand-alone class as well. $110

 

Landscape Painting II: Hour and a half - long class. Using Acrylic paint, we will begin by painting landscapes from photos, then practice painting what we see outside the classroom, and potentially take a field trip to experience painting "en plein air!" This class will be a continuation of Landscape Painting I, however, this can be a stand-alone class as well. $11

Beginner's Spanish: Learn Spanish vocabulary with games, simple conversations and fun activitives.  This is for children new to Spanish.  $90

Spanish Conversation: Practice your skills by listening and participating in Spanish conversations.This is for children who know some Spanish vocabula

 

Thursdays 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15

Book Club II: Together we will read “A Bridge to Terabithia”: A classic children's novel written by Katherine Paterson, about two children named Leslie and Jesse who create a magical forest kingdom in their imaginations. It includes friendship, loss, and grief. Appropriate for ages 8-12. In this book club, we will read aloud, and discuss the characters, plot, choices, story meaning, and more. We will chart our thoughts and feelings on literature circle worksheets designed for this story. We will also create a vocabulary book as children find new words. *BYO Book $76

 

Investigative Science: We’ll explore various topics like chemical reactions, how geodes are formed, how something can be a solid and a liquid, and more.  Each class will have a fun, hands-on experiment. $88

 

Astronomy:  Let’s explore our night sky and beyond! We’ll learn about the stars and planets, make fizzy moon rocks, asteroids, and more in this hands-on science class. $84

 

Drama and Creative Play (Ages 5-7): Designed to support creative expression, social skills, and literacy, this class explores different stories while introducing performance skills in a fun, supportive environment.  Kids step into the shoes of different characters through music, improv, and theater games.  On the final day of class (both on Week 4 and Week 8), the group will share some of their favorite activities and original scenes from the stories for an invited audience. $80

 

Theater Exploration Class (Ages 7*-9): Students develop performance and storytelling skills in a fun learning environment with a focus on creative expression, teamwork, and thinking on your toes! Each 4-week session explores a different story, which students will work on adapting and retelling in their own words. On the final day of class (both on Week 4 and Week 8), the group will share short scenes and performance pieces based on the story for an invited audience.   (*For older 7 - year-olds or with prior theater class experience) $80

 

Speak Your Mind Through Improv and Storytelling (Ages 9*-12):  This class teaches the basics of improv and storytelling as students examine the traits, motives, and physicality of various characters in a story. Encouraged to create original characters, the group will write and perform short scenes and/or monologues expressing specific points of view on real-life subjects and themes that they have something to say about! Students will share their pieces for an invited audience on Week 4 and Week 8.   (*For older 9 - year-olds or with prior theater class experience) $80

ELA (English Language Arts) Intensive Workshops: 

 

ELA Intensive Workshop June 25, 26, 27 Beginner / Ages 7+ (2-hour class with 10 min break) $125
Prerequisites: Students should be able to identify lower elementary - level high - frequency words, be able to read and sound out words independently, and should know the basic structure of a simple sentence with the ability to recognize nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

The foundations of English grammar, spelling, reading, and writing will be taught and reviewed. This multiple-day intensive workshop is primarily intended for students who need help with basic grammar, spelling, and punctuation skills, as well as further development of their reading and writing skills. Students will learn the mechanics and basic rules of grammar while reviewing high - frequency words and unraveling a list of commonly misspelled words. The workshop will also include reading, comprehension, and writing activities to help learn the essentials of composing short paragraphs. Whether it is new information or a review for your child, this intensive workshop will set a solid foundation from which he/she can continue to build over the summer to prepare for fall ELA classes.

 

ELA Intensive Workshop July 23, 24, 25 Intermediate / Ages 8+ (2-hour class with 10 min break) $125
Prerequisites: Students must independently be able to read and spell to the best of their knowledge, have basic grammar and sentence structure skills, and can identify the main ideas and details in a story. Students should also know the primary elements of writing a short paragraph.

The foundations of English grammar, spelling, reading, and writing will be reviewed. This multiple-day intensive workshop is intended for students who need additional help with grammar structure, as well as further development of their reading and writing skills. We will review the mechanics and basic rules of grammar while unraveling a list of commonly misspelled words. The workshop will also include reading, comprehension, and writing activities to help build confidence in their overall writing skills. This intensive workshop will set a solid foundation from which your child can continue to build over the summer to prepare for fall classes.

 

ELA Intensive Workshop July 30, 31 Ages 10+ (2 - hour class with 10 min break) $85

Prerequisites: Students should be confident with reading independently, must be able to spell and compose sentences on their own, have basic knowledge of grammar structure, and should be able to identify the main ideas and details in a story. Students should also know the basic elements of writing a paragraph and should be able to reflect verbally on their own writing.

The foundations of English grammar, spelling, reading, and writing will be reviewed in this two-day intensive ELA workshop intended for students who have mastered basic grammar skills, excel at spelling, and have some experience writing descriptive and narrative paragraphs as well as short stories and essays. The workshop will emphasize the fundamental rules of grammar while unraveling a list of commonly misspelled words. Students will engage in writing responses to various reading passages and will participate in writing activities to help build further confidence in their overall writing skills. This intensive workshop will set a solid foundation from which your child can continue to build over the summer to prepare for fall classes.

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