CI & Aesthetics Courses

2019-2020 CI & Aesthetics Registration Information


Social Skills

0113: My BFF, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
My BFF is a social skills aesthetic that promotes positive peer interaction, assertive communication, and peaceful conflict resolution. This course will focus specifically on friendship skills, listening, waiting your turn, understanding and expressing one's feelings, and handling frustrations with problem solving and conflict resolution. The children will work on these skills through the use of games, role-plays, and hands-on activities. The children will have fun while practicing skills that lead to social competence.

0114: Sunshine, Clouds, & Rainbows, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
SCR is a social-emotional aesthetic that serves as a family support group for students. The primary aim of this group is to normalize the natural transitions and challenges that can occur in all families. This group is ideal for students who need support with a family-related transition. Children will learn about how to express their feelings and questions. In this course, children will feel supported and empowered as we explore the unique nature and strengths of our families. Ultimately we can accept that all families experience sunshine, clouds, and rainbows!

0115: Yes I Can, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
This is a social-emotional aesthetic designed for students who struggle in the area of confidence, as it relates to their learning and schoolwork. The focus of this course is to boost the efficacy of the children. To increase confidence in their ability to learn and achieve, children will learn about: 1) the brain's capacity to learn, 2) positive self-talk, 3) when and how to ask for help, 4) how to persevere through a challenging lesson or task.

Performing Arts - Aesthetics

1122: Piano Preparatory, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
This course will provide a beginning piano experience. Reading music notes and rhythmic patterns, proper fingering and simple melodies will be introduced. Each student will use a Casio keyboard with full-size keys.  Students need to be able to distinguish left from right, and keep a steady beat.

Note: Students may take this course only once and should not be enrolled in piano lessons elsewhere.

1126: Puppetry and More, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Aspiring puppeteers will learn about different types of puppets and have a hands-on experience creating a "paper-bag puppet" which will be used in the students' final performance of a scene. Children will be encouraged to use creativity and imagination, as they bring their puppets to life.

Note: Students should be able to read a simple script.

1127: Lift Every Voice, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Lift your voice in song! Learn kid-friendly vocal warm-ups, and sing rock, jazz, musicals, classical, folk songs and more. This course culminates in an informal recital for parents and fellow students.

Performing Arts - CI "Creative I": (Screening Required)

1120: Chorus With a Kick, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
Children learn vocal technique in a fun, playful atmosphere, as they develop breath control, range, pure tone, head and chest registers, enunciation, and expression. The repertory will be drawn from classical, folk, jazz, Latin, rock, R&B, musical theater styles, and sung in a variety of languages. Students will have various performance opportunities.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

1121: Fiddlin' Around, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 2 cycles, 1 day/week
Students will learn how to play simple folk tunes and focus on bowing, posture and fingering. Each student will be provided with a 1⁄4 or 1⁄2 size violin to use for the duration of the course and to take home in order to practice the songs and exercises.

Note: Students taking this course should NOT be enrolled in violin lessons elsewhere.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

1125 Drama Rama 1, Grades: 1st, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
This course is perfect for children who enjoy channeling their energies into dramatic activities. The children are encouraged to develop their imaginations through a variety of theater games that enhance their sensory and perceptual awareness. Units studied in class include: improvisation, theatre terminology, characterization, and learning to read a script using expression, projection, and inflection.

Prerequisite: Students should have confidence performing in front of other people

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course..

1138: Drama Rama 2, Grades: 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
This course is perfect for children who enjoy channeling their energies into dramatic activities. The children are encouraged to develop their imaginations through a variety of theatre games that enhance sensory and perceptual awareness. Units studied in class include: improvisation, theatre terminology, characterization, and learning to read a script using expression, projection, and inflexion.

Prerequisite: Students should have confidence performing in front of other people.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

Visual Arts - Aesthetics

1130: Absolutely Architecture, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Architectural forms are explored through building with a variety of common objects. We will use blocks, Legos, and recycled materials to build structures during class. Bridges, domes, and skyscrapers are among the forms to be created as the children learn to plan and develop their own "future cities."

1129: Playing with Paint, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
The students will learn about primary and second colors as well as be introduced to painters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Picasso and their work. Students will create a painter's palette of fruit shapes as well as use sponge-painting techniques in order to learn about texture by experimenting with crackle patterns.

1134: Fashion Fun, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Students will learn the basics of fashion design and its various components (accessories, jewelry, hats, etc.) Students will create varied forms of wearable art (t-shirts, bracelets, socks, etc.) and discuss fashion demographics.

1135: Kaboom Cartoons, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Learn to draw from a cartoonist's model and create cartoon characters following a step-by-step approach. Students will engage in a gallery walk in each class and view the variations created by their fellow cartoonists.

Prerequisite: Interest in drawing and creativity.

1136: Super Sculptures, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Bring your two-dimensional artistic images to life with three-dimensional sculptures. Students will create sculptures using various materials (eg. clay, paper, and pipe cleaners).

1137: "Say Cheese!" Photography 101, Grades: 1st, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Do you like to take pictures? Would you like an opportunity to create a photo portfolio? If the answers to those questions are yes, then, how about joining the fun in photography? In this course we will be learning about how photography started, and capturing moments of time in many different styles: still life, nature, action, portrait.

1140: Digital Photography, Grades: 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Students will learn about digital photography by taking pictures in different environments and in different styles. They will gain a basic understanding of photo composition. Students will also learn about photo editing on the laptop, using various filters and photo apps.

Visual Arts - CI "Creative I": (Screening Required)

1128: Dynamite Drawing, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
Students will expand their knowledge of drawing by exploring different types of drawings, subjects and materials. In the process of learning about drawing, students will also be refining fine motor skills and learn to work like an artist. This class focuses not only on the three basic drawing subjects (still-life, figure drawing and landscape), but also explores portrait, pattern/zentangle, and abstract drawing, all while having fun!

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

1131: Painter's Passion, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
Students will learn about the wonderful world of paintings - still life, landscape, portrait, and abstract. Students will use watercolor and tempera paint while learning painting vocabulary, and about supplies and techniques.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

1133: Printer's Paradise, Grade: 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
Students will be introduced to the wonderful world of printmaking by exploring various printing techniques such as stamping, monoprinting, foam printing, and texture rubbings. Students will also learn about the origins of printmaking, proper use of materials and tools, and how to create an interesting composition. Printer's Paradise offers a world of learning within a fun and creative environment!

Note: This class is limited to second graders only, due to materials and tools used.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

P.E., Movement & Health - Aesthetics

2120: Gymnastics, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
This course is designed for students who have developed the basics of tumbling skills. Balance, strength, gross motor coordination, flexibility, grace, poise, agility, self-confidence, and leadership are important components of this course.

2121: Soccer and Track/Field Skill Drills, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
The students will spend half of the cycle on soccer and half on track and field.
The students will work on dribbling, passing, and goalie work for soccer and sprints, distance running, and the javelin for track.

2122: Hop, Skip, and  Jump, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
In Hop, Skip, and Jump students will be introduced to many games both inside and outside. Games that can be played alone as well as with a partner or a group of students. They will be active throughout the class and learn to enjoy moving around while having fun doing so.

2124: Ballet/Jazz, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
This course offers a beginning to intermediate experience in jazz dance and classical ballet, with an emphasis on flexibility, grace, poise, agility, and rhythmical activities.

2126: Mini Tai Chi, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Students will learn and practice basic Tai Chi - a slow moving exercise to train young students to focus and move with different body postures. Students will learn how to exercise with coordinated movements while learning how to balance their body dynamics through slow-breathing and relaxation exercises.

Prerequisite: Students should be able to demonstrate basic coordinated movements.

2128: Dancing with our Stars, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
The students will learn about many different kinds of dance including, but not limited to: line dancing, hip-hop dancing, simplified ballroom dancing, freestyle and native dancing. We will be exploring the world of dance as well as discussing fads and trends in dance. We will also discuss choreography, rhythm, and how music influences dance.

Note: Students should wear sneakers and loose fitting clothing for class.

2129: Lacrosse/ Baseball Skill Drills, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
The students will have lacrosse for 3½ weeks and baseball for 3½ weeks. During each of these weeks, the students will work on scooping and throwing for lacrosse and hitting, throwing, catching, and base running for baseball.

P.E., Movement & Health-CI "Creative I": (Screening Required)

2123: Advanced Gymnastics, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 2 cycles, 1 day/week
For the child who demonstrates unusual strength, balance, coordination, rhythm, flexibility, grace, poise, agility and body control. This gymnastics course exposes the student to exercises in movement, tumbling, and other physical exercises. Students will create and record their own routines so they can be critiqued.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

2127: Dance Unlimited, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
This course exposes students to choreography from modern pop culture as well as the merengue and conga. The students will learn dances to do individually, in pairs, and in a group setting. The course concludes with students choreographing their own dances.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

Language Arts - Aesthetics

3123: Once Upon a Time, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Students will become familiar with classic fairy tales and fables written by such authors as Hans Christian Andersen, Tolstoy, Oscar Wilde, The Grimm Brothers, etc. An emphasis will be placed on vocabulary and concept development, imagination and beauty.

3124: Authors' Workshop, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Students will have ownership of their writings. Writing prompts will be generated from the children. Students will draft, share, revise, edit, and publish their writings. The workshop will culminate with an Authors Tea Party. This course allows students to create other writings above and beyond what they do in their regular classroom Writers' Workshop.

3125: Let's Meet the Author, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Read stories from some of the greatest children's authors and illustrators! Listen to a mini-biography about each author and then read his or her famous stories. Students will also participate in book talks and a variety of comprehension activities.

Note: It is recommended that students take this class only once as the authors studied are usually the same for each cycle.

3128: Reading Wizards 1, Grades: 1st, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Sharpen your reading comprehension skills with other reading wizards. Students will use a variety of fun reading activities and games to reinforce important skills.

Note: This course is designed for students who may need additional support in basic reading skills.

3129: Reading Wizards 2, Grades: 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Sharpen your reading comprehension skills with other reading wizards. Students will use a variety of fun reading activities and games to reinforce important skills.

Note: This course is designed for students who may need additional support in basic reading skills.

3132: Beyond the Books-Arctic Adventure, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
This course is designed to help students to develop beginning research skills using library resources. Together, students will research polar bears—their habitat, cubs, diet and physical characteristics. Then, each student will choose an Arctic animal for individual research. Students will use print materials, the Smart Board, and hands-on activities to complete their research and create a final project. Research skills are life-long learning skills. Let's get the "Information Investigation" started!

Language Arts -CI "Creative I": (Screening Required)

3120: Young Shakespeare's Book Club, Grades: 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
Students will be exposed to a variety of high-quality, fun, and interesting children's literature to enhance their reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. The children will participate in writing, art, and dramatic activities to extend what they learn from their reading and discussion of stories, folktales, and chapter books.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

3126: Jumping Into Jr. Great Books, Grades: 1st, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
Students will do in-class reading, interpretation and drama using the Jr. Great Books curriculum. There will be art and writing assignments to ensure student interest and comprehension.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

3136: Nishuane News, Grades: 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
Students will work on publishing a newspaper to be distributed at the end of a cycle. In this paper, the students will focus on the standards for writing, reading, and math. Students will conduct interviews and research, collect data, and write reviews and articles about school happenings.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

Mathematics - Aesthetics

4120: Math Games, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Deal out better results with this course! This course offers the opportunity for students to learn and apply their basic fact skills in a fun way. Students will play card and dice games to learn addition, subtraction and multiplication facts. Strategies will be taught through discussions before and after playing the games.

4131: Mad, Mad Money, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Open a lemonade stand, start a coffee shop, run a farm - all while learning about money! In this interactive course students will learn about the value of money and develop their own small businesses! Students will make decisions as to when to shop, save, and spend their money to keep their businesses alive! Join the fun, do the math, and improve your math skills!

Mathematics - CI "Creative I": (Screening Required)

4121: Whiz Kids: Problem Solving, Grade: 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
This course offers students the opportunity to work together on Project Problems. Project Problems are challenging, long-term, hands-on, activity-based, complex problems that provide students with the opportunity to apply their math knowledge in areas such as addition, subtraction, geometry, estimation, measurement, data interpretation, and much more.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

4130: The Mathematics of Puzzles & Games, Grade: 1st, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
Tease your brain. Challenge your memory. Strengthen your competitive skills. Using nothing more than a simple grasp of math, you will discover how to play and solve mathematical puzzles with speed and accuracy. What are you waiting for? Come and play!

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

Science - Aesthetics

5120: Scientists in Training, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Slimy, noisy, zany and fun science experiments! Start thinking about science in a whole different way. Students will be introduced to the scientific method of questioning, hypothesis, experiment, collecting data, and drawing conclusions. Students will conduct easy to do hands-on experiments that explain interesting scientific facts.

Note: Students must be able to follow directions.

5122: It IS Easy Being Green, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Students will explore and learn a variety of ways we can work together to better the Earth and our environment. Students will participate in hands-on activities that they can apply in their everyday lives at school and at home.

5123: Underwater Adventure, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Come travel the ocean and other bodies of water where magnificent creatures from electric eels to fresh water seals, from giant squids to humongous blue whales and where even amazing sponges live. First and second grade students will develop an awareness and appreciation for our underwater world.

5125: Cosmic Explorers, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
This course is an introduction to our Solar System. Students will explore characteristics and the uniqueness of Earth, its moon, and the solar system

5127: Kitchen Chemistry, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
How many pennies can you drop into a full glass of water before it overflows? How did people store ice before electric or gas freezers were invented? Digesting and ingesting knowledge about our physical and chemical environment through experimentation, while using common household substances, is the aim of this course.

5128: Paws 'N' Claws, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Paws 'N' Claws is Nishuane's littlest pet shop. It is a course especially for children who have a pet, want a pet or simply just love animals. We will explore all the responsibilities of pet owners and the love and care that each animal needs. We will also have "pet days" where children will meet and interact with REAL pets as they meet their classmate’s pets.

Note: Students should be comfortable around different types of animals. Students may only take this course once.

Science - CI "Creative I": (Screening Required)

5121: Science All Around Us, Grades: 1st, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
This course covers magnets, rocks, insects and arachnids, microscopes, the heart, weather/clouds, and helicopters.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

5124: Isaac's Kids, Grades: 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
Students will learn about the planet Earth. They will find the answers to questions like: What is the earth made of? How long has it existed? How does it change over time? What kinds of things happen under the surface? Students will also learn about the impact that humans have on Earth and discuss ways to prevent negative changes.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

Social Studies - Aesthetics

6121: Wonderful Wonders of the World, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
First and second graders will be given the opportunity to explore some of the many wonders of the World. Some of the amazing places around the world we will learn about are the Eiffel Tower, the great Pyramids, the Great Wall of China, the Grand Canyon, the Coliseum in Rome, and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

6122: World Class Travelers, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
This class is designed for first and second grade students who want to learn more about the world around them. We will be exploring the 7 continents and will be studying in depth one or two countries from each continent. When we will focus on a country, we will learn about its culture (eg. food, clothing, and music).  We will explore each of the continents through literature, geography, video, culture study, and craft. Students will “travel” to one continent each class, with their passports!

6125: African Folktales, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Students will learn about various aspects of African culture through songs, dances, languages, and stories from the great continent. The storyteller will guide first and second grade students on an imaginary trip across the continent of Africa.

Social Studies - CI "Creative I": (Screening Required)

6120: When East Meets West, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 2 days/week
Students will explore a world where 1.4 billion people communicate in Mandarin every day. Students will find out about the Chinese people. They will learn some common words and expressions that speakers of Mandarin use daily. They will learn about famous places in China and about Chinese culture (festivals, costumes, and art). During this class, students will also create picture books and tell their stories using Mandarin.

Prerequisite: Students must pass a screening to participate this course.

Technology/21st Century Learning - Aesthetic

8120: 3-D Design/Coding, Grades: 1st & 2nd, Duration: 1 cycle, 1 day/week
Students will explore computer coding and 3D design and printing, using a blockly/javascript language to create algorithms, loops, and conditionals. They will explore how to program a robotic finch to perform some basic tasks. Students will also explore the world of 3D design to create various projects that will then be printed on our MakerBot Replicators.

Note: Students interested in this course need to be able to read independently and have a good grasp of basic computer skills.

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