Spring 2017 Afterschool Program Class Schedule

Class Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Grade K -3 Clay & Ceramic Arts Fun Math I
Performance Poetry Public Speaking I Voice, Chorus, Movement & Rhythms I 
Grade 4 and Above Public Speaking IINews Reporting Stop Motion Fun Math II Reading & Writing Club
All Ages STEM Club Wu Shu Chess Club Fiber Art Youth Yoga & Aerobic Club
Chinese Chinese I Chinese II Chinese II
Chinese IIChinese I


Clay & Ceramic Art

Clay & Ceramic Art introduces students to the craft of working clay into beautiful and expressive three-dimensional forms. As such, they will explore and experience both the technical and aesthetic aspects of the medium. Beginning ceramicists will start with simple concepts like forming, pinching and coiling, but will eventually graduate to more advanced techniques like: slab construction, extrusion, texturizing, coloring, glazing and firing. Using a polymer clay called, Sculpey, students will manipulate and construct original masterpieces. They will also be inspired by the likes of famous artisans, Kenny Cantrell, Jiro Muera, and Sophie Woodrow. For the tactile, imaginative and reflective learner in your life, our Clay & Ceramic Art class is the perfect place for him or her to flourish!

Voice, Chorus, Movement & Rhythms I

Voice, Chorus, Movement & Rhythms I students are afforded the highest caliber of instruction in voice and instrumentation. Designed to cultivate self-expression, confidence, musicality and group experience, our aspiring songsters will study the methods of choir, chamber ensemble, musical theatre, folk singing, and rhythm. Voice activities will also emphasize contrasting movement positions, speeds, tempos, balance and directionality. Next, we provide expert training in traditional Chinese instruments, as well as, in classical Western instruments like the piano, violin and guitar. Lessons may occur in either small-group instruction or private lessons—your choice! This course is guaranteed to help your child both stretch and strengthen his appreciation for the gift of music.

Fun Math I

Fun Math I helps students to transcend their fear and their frustration with numbers. This course is designed to: improve students’ attitudes toward mathematics, build their confidence with problem-solving, and foster their lifelong learning of the subject.  All participants will study grade-level concepts, some new and some familiar. But the philosophy behind the course will always remain the same. Mathematics is about the journey—not about the destination. As such, this course focuses more on understanding the processes behind solving problems—the how’s and the why’s—and less on getting the answers correct each time. So, is adding or subtracting a struggle for your child? Is multiplying and dividing a drag? Do you want to give your kindergartner a head start with counting, shapes and patterns? Well, look no farther!  Fun Math I will unlock your child’s passion for problem-solving in no time!

Public Speaking (Junior)

Public Speaking & Debate (Junior) is a fun introduction to the arts of oratory and persuasion. As such, this course is designed to help students master the basic tools of effective communication, which include: eye contact, projection, articulation, poise and confidence. Initially, students will be able to: describe the roles of speakers and receivers in communication; to provide examples of both non-verbal and verbal cues; to identify speech barriers; and lastly, to deliver varied orations using the five aforementioned tools. (Orations may include poetry selections, play excerpts, speech excerpts and extemporaneous prompts.) However, as the course progresses, your child will advance into debate. They will learn how to defend a belief system using solid, cited examples and to do so with little to no preparation. These exploratory debate exercises also teach younger children how to argue with evidence--and not just opinion.

Performance Poetry

Performance Poetry teaches effective communication skills, encourages creativity, and promotes self-expression. This art form also provides young wordsmiths with a powerful vehicle for understanding the world around them, as well as, their roles in it. As such, your student will become more thoughtful, more fluid, more socially aware, and a better advocate for him- or herself and others. Concurrently, he or she will acquire concrete life skills like eye contact, projection, articulation, poise and confidence, hence growing more every day into his or her own mastery and style of oral language. Finally, your bard will be strengthened as a critical reader, writer, editor, viewer, listener, and most importantly, speaker of the English language—all skills that are germane to Secondary Language Arts curricula in today’s schools. By far, Performance Poetry is one of the most innovative, imaginative and enjoyable ways to transform your “shrinking violet” into a “public speaking powerhouse”!

News Reporting

News Reporting teaches students how to “stick to the facts”, and the fact is people who are informed make better decisions and lead healthier, happier lives. This course also teaches students the differences between print news versus broadcast news; hard news versus feature news; primary sources versus secondary sources; and lastly, objectivity versus subjectivity. Young newshounds will sniff out the who, what, when, where, why and how of every story, and they will get the scoop on center news, local news, national news, and even international news! But the breaking news doesn’t stop there. Our newsies will have a truly comprehensive newsroom experience—alternating as writers, reporters, camera operators and boom operators. They each will do it all! Lastly, participants will master the skills of eye contact, projection, articulation, poise and confidence—skills that they will delightfully and expertly showcase each week in either a news magazine or on a mini news broadcast.

Stop-Motion Animation Art

A camera, a computer and endless imagination—that’s all you need to enjoy our Stop-Motion Animation Art class! This animation adventure teaches students how to make physical objects appear to move on their own and as if by magic! Using the techniques of professional animators, students will walk through the entire process from story development to final creation, wrapping up the fun course with a “red-carpet” worthy film screening! How exciting! From Claymation to cut-out animation to puppet animation to pixilation, your student can experience it all! And who knows?! Maybe the next animation box-office hit won’t be Chicken Run, Fantastic Mr. Fox or Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. Maybe the next animation blockbuster might come from right here…at Washington Cathay Future Center!

Fun Math II

Once the problem-solving prowess of students has increased, they will advance to more accelerated skills in Fun Math II. Specifically, they’ll be introduced to concepts in Pre-Algebra and Geometry. Some of these lower-level standards will include: factors and multiples, graphing, measurement, fractions, proportions, equations and exponents. But our geometric strands will shift gears to things like: line segments, angles, polygons, coordinate planes, area and perimeter, and volume. As importantly, each lesson is designed to complement the curriculum that students are already learning in school. Research has proven that math (especially advanced courses) teaches logic, critical thinking and important life skills. Not to mention, it supports continuing education and many careers. Don’t you want your child to have that critical advantage? Well, they can in our challenging, supportive and super-exciting Fun Math II course!

Public Speaking & Debate (Intermediate and Advanced)

Public Speaking & Debate (Intermediate and Advanced) is an intense focus on the art of persuasive communication. As such, this course is designed to help students build confidence in their public speaking, as well as, strengthen their ability to formulate critical, thoughtful and well-structured arguments. Through a battery of integrated, interactive and improvisational activities, students will learn how to use simple, clear, and logical strategies to verbally trounce an opponent. Consequently, your child’s extemporaneous speaking, ceremonial speaking and debate skills will become significantly sharper. Further, he or she will learn how to compile, synthesize and analyze research on topics ranging from hate speech to corporal punishment to affirmative action to immunizing children to banning super-thin supermodels from the industry.

Youth Yoga & Aerobics Club

Participants in our Youth Yoga & Aerobics Club are fit mind, body and soul. With exercises to strengthen their core and their hearts, these students will unwind their minds and boost their energy all during the same class. In Yoga, strengthening, stretching and sweating is the name of the game! Participants will receive accurate and step-by-step training from a top instructor. As such, they’ll learn about yoga styles, yoga poses, yoga terminology and yoga philosophy. Next, in Aerobics, exercisers will build muscle strength, increase heart rate and learn how to sustain energy throughout their busy day. Healthy children lead healthier lives, so let’s get fit in our Youth Yoga & Aerobics Club!

Fiber Arts

Knitting. Knotting. Sewing. Weaving. Crochet. Braiding. Beadwork. In our Fiber Arts class, students will use a wide variety of natural and synthetic materials to create vibrant and thematic pieces. Crafters will also use dying and printing techniques to create their own unique fabrics. In this fine arts class, we teach handicraftsmen that textiles are just as important as technique—materials just as essential as intricate manual labor. Most importantly, students will glean that fiber arts is less about the finished product and more about the feeling, the message and the meaning that each piece conveys. Fiber Arts—a class where children can entwine their hearts and their hands!

Reading & Writing Club

Reading & Writing equips students with the skills necessary to probe diverse, complex texts for themes, main ideas, supporting evidence and text-to-world connections. But this course will not only cultivate  your child as a skilled reader. It will develop him or her as a critical thinker and thoughtful respondent as well. First, readers will dissect, scrutinize, and question both literary and informational texts. As such, they will employ pre-reading, during-reading and post-reading strategies. Next, learners will expound on and write about said texts using their own ideas, interpretations and understanding. To do this, students will use a fun and popular literacy strategy called Step Up to Writing, which is based on the colors of the stoplight. In time, your English Language Arts student will be scribing topic sentences, supporting details and conclusion sentences with ease, and developing paragraphs, essays and reports with fluency, organization and clarity!

Chess Club

Long ago, how did monarchs learn how to outwit challengers to their kingdoms? They played Chess, of course! Known as “the game of kings”, chess provides a plethora of life skills and cognitive benefits, and we’d love to pass these on to your child. So, what does chess teach exactly? Well, to begin, it teaches problem-solving, memory, concentration and creativity. It does this by exercising both sides of the brain, which over time can raise one’s IQ! Who doesn’t want that advantage?! This brain-bending-board-game battle has even been proven to reduce one’s chances of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life. Good news for all of us, right? So, whether he or she is a novice with knights, a rookie with rooks or a beginner with bishops, your child is sure to learn better planning, sounder judgment and improved self-control in this Chess-course challenge.

Wu Shu

Martial arts master, Bruce Lee, once said, “ Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.” This perfectly describes the centuries-old exhibition art of Wushu. Commonly referred to as kung-fu, Wushu is a beautiful combination of agility, grace, power, strength and speed. In fact, Wushu encompasses a wide variety of martial arts styles, eight to be exact. Some of these styles include Bare Hand, Short Weapon and Long Weapon. Beginning students will likely focus on as many core styles as possible, but as they refine their techniques, martial artists will specialize in just a few. Of course, these specialties will be determined by their teacher, a world champion gold medalist. Fitness and focus. Self-discipline and socialization. Your child can learn all of these in our top-tier Wushu afterschool program.

Lego STEM Club

LEGO STEM Club members will engage in cross-curricular learning using the very latest in LEGO technology! This programmable software includes WeDo 2.0 for younger students and LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 for older ones. Better still, these learning solutions provide tons of hands-on activity that is directly aligned with key educational standards and learning objectives. Your mini-engineer will problem-solve and program, collaborate and create, and tinker and build. But he or she won’t just build robots that walk, talk and think like humans. No, your architect will also build an early knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math (more widely known as (STEM)! Pulleys, levers, and gears, OH MY! Whatever, your builder can imagine, this easy, intuitive and icon-based programming interface can bring that to life!

Chinese 1

Chinese I provides students with rudimentary knowledge and understanding of the language. Specifically, it addresses three core components: pronunciation, writing and grammar. Beginning students will learn how to recognize and write basic Chinese characters, as well as, how to speak essential words and phrases. The goal is to equip students with the tools necessary to have a simple but meaningful conversation in the language. Considering that the Chinese economy is predicted to surpass that of the U.S. in 2016, learning the language is becoming more than just an asset or great skill to have. It’s becoming a necessity!

Chinese 2

Chinese II learners will elevate their study of the language, focusing less on oral communication and more on Chinese literacy. As such, reading and writing expectations will increase significantly for participants in this course. Some of these fluency exercises will involve reading narratives, writing essays and conducting longer dialogues. This approach will cultivate greater confidence in your child, as they strengthen their acquisition of the world’s most widely spoken language. China’s influence in politics, economy and culture is growing more every day, and we want our children to be able to grow along with it.