Fall 2017 After School Class Schedule

One of the Washington Cathay Future Center's major programs is After School. The WCFC After School program includes:
  • Enrichment Classes by Grade & Level
  • 2 Snacks
  • Homework Assistance
  • Access to Educational Toys & Resources

Transportation is offered from the following MCPS schools to our After School Program: Fallsmead ES, Lakewood ES, College Gardens ES, Travilah ES, Stone Mill ES, Cold Spring ES, Wayside ES, Diamond ES, Twinbrook ES, Beall ES, Dufief Mill ES, Ritchie Park ES

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Class Schedule
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
KindergartenChinese - K
STEM
Chess
Ink Brush Painting
Reading & Writing - K
Paper Creation
Jazz
Fundamentals of Art
Hip Hop
Chinese Cultural Geography
Drama Kids
Math Enrichment - K
Pubic Speaking - I
Music & Movement
Chess
Music Theory 1
Grade 1 Math Enrichment - 1
STEM
Chess
Ink Brush Painting
Chinese - 1
Paper Creation
Jazz
Fundamentals of Art
Hip Hop
Chinese Cultural Geography
Drama Kids
Reading & Writing - 1
Public Speaking - I
Music & Movement
Chess
Music Theory 1
Grade 2Public Speaking - II
STEM
Chess
Ink Brush Painting
Math Enrichment - 2
Clay & Mixed Media
Paper Creations
Jazz
Chinese - 2
Fundamentals of Art
Hip Hop
Chinese Cultural Geography
Drama Kids
Public Speaking - I
Drama & Performing Arts
Drawing & Painting
Hour of Code
Reading & Writing - 2
Music & Movement
Computer Programming
Chess
Music Theory 1
Grade 3Public Speaking - II
Chess
Ink Brush Painting
Debate/Mock Trial
Clay & Mixed Media
Jazz
Reading & Writing - 3
Hip Hop
Chinese Cultural Geography
Drama Kids
Chinese - 3
Drawing & Painting
Drama & Performing Arts
Hour of Code
Math Enrichment - 3
Computer Programming
Chess
Music Theory 1
Grade 4Reading & Writing - 4
Chess
Ink Brush Painting
Debate/Mock Trial
Clay & Mixed Media
Jazz
Math Enrichment - 4
Hip Hop
Chinese Cultural Geography
Drama Kids
Drawing & Painting
Drama & Performing Arts
Hour of Code
Chinese - 4
Computer Programming
Chess
Music Theory 1
Grade 5Reading & Writing - 5
Chess
Ink Brush Painting
Debate/Mock Trial
Clay & Mixed Media
Jazz
Math Enrichment - 5
Hip Hop
Chinese Cultural Geography
Drama Kids
Drawing & Painting
Drama & Performing Arts
Hour of Code
Computer Programming
Chess
Music Theory 1


Chinese - K

Chinese - K gives children a strong introduction to Chinese language and culture. This program uses unique methodologies to address the intricacies of the Chinese language. Students participate in fun games and activities to learn Chinese characters, writing, and foundation for conversation.  They also get to participate in Chinese songs and plays that use the Chinese language. All Chinese courses have a cap of 12 students to insure that each child's Chinese language level is addressed. 

Math Enrichment - 1

Math Enrichment for Grade 1 like all WCFC academic subjects are split by grade. This insures that students receive support whether they are progressing, on, or above grade level. In first grade math, students explore topics and apply mathematical practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. While building strategies for addition and subtraction of whole numbers, students also develop their problem-solving and reasoning skills. Students use hands-on activities and tools to practice money and measurement concepts. They also explore geometry topics—shapes, congruence, and symmetry—and learn to analyze picture graphs, data, and bar graphs.

Reading & Writing - 4

In Reading & Writing for Grade 4 students explore topics and apply reading, writing, speaking, and listening practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. They learn to understand vocabulary and read more independently. Basic writing skills are reinforced as students write longer, well-organized narrative, informational, and opinion compositions. Spelling, handwriting, and proper language usage are also emphasized. Daily spelling activities help students learn to spell and use words correctly. Students will practice several reading comprehension questions as well as several opportunities to understand the answers. 

Reading & Writing - 5

In Reading & Writing for Grade 5 students explore topics and apply reading, writing, speaking, and listening practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. Writing instruction focuses on structure, format, and grammar. Students use effective planning tools such as graphic organizers and outlines to create narrative, informational, and opinion compositions. Students will practice several reading comprehension questions as well as several opportunities to understand the answers.  


Public Speaking - II

Public Speaking II provides a more in depth look at the art of Public Speaking, specifically focusing on storytelling and debate. Students formulate stories and arguments based on their own personal experiences and those of their families. 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 stories and arguments. 

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.


STEM Club

STEM Club members will engage in cross-curricular learning using the very latest in STEM technology such ad Lego WeDo 2.0, Raspberry Pi, and Arduino! 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!

Reading & Writing - K

In Reading & Writing for Kindergarten, students build a foundation for successful reading as they explore topics and apply reading, writing, speaking, and listening practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. Learning activities consist of phonics, listening, comprehension, and vocabulary instruction with daily exposure to books, including literature and informational texts. A combination of interactive and hands-on exercises encourages the development of fine motor skills. Students learn language skills as well as letter formation, and they practice these with drawing, dictating, and writing. By the end of kindergarten, many students will be reading, and all students should be able to recognize consonant as well as long and short vowel sounds.

Chinese - 1

Chinese - 1 builds upon a basic understanding of Chinese language and culture. This program uses unique methodologies to address the intricacies of the Chinese language. Students participate in fun games and activities to learn Chinese characters, writing, and conversation.  They also get to participate in Chinese songs and plays that use the Chinese language. All Chinese courses have a cap of 12 students to insure that each child's Chinese language level is addressed. 

Math Enrichment - 2

In Math Enrichment for Grade 2, students explore topics, and apply mathematical practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. Students use hands-on activities to study time, money, geometry, and fractions. They connect numbers to statistics using basic algebraic concepts and simple graphs. Students also investigate measurement topics such as weight, mass, capacity, time, and temperature. In addition, student will work on sequences and quantitative reasoning.  This course focuses more on understanding the processes behind solving problems so that students will develop a love of problem solving particularly as it relates to math!



Debate/Mock Trial

Debate/Mock Trial is essentially an advanced public speaking with 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 related to appropriate legal issues.

Paper Creation

Paper Creation is a fun and educational exploration of the artistic possibilities related to paper. Yes, painting and drawing happens on paper, but paper can also be folded, cut, woven, etc. to create beautiful works of art and models to display. Students will explore these different techniques and even make their own paper and paper mache projects. Over the course of the semester students will get a chance to do a broad variety of projects involving all different types of paper and materials, including, but not limited to origami, paper cuts, pop up cards, flip books, etc. 

Clay & Mixed Media

Clay and Mixed Media class will provide an intensive look at 3D form concepts and construction. Students will build upon the basic ceramic forms, pinch, coil, and slab to create more complex and advanced forms and explore how to incorporate other materials into the projects such as adding wire or wood to create more functional pieces. They will also work with other materials such as plaster and cardboard to determine what 3 dimensional media they prefer to work with and what a materials qualities and intended purpose are. Students will walk away with a sophisticated understanding of art making and the potential they have to create unique works.

Chinese - 2

Chinese - 2 continues on the track of helping students develop a deep understanding of the Chinese language. After a strong foundation in character writing and vocabulary is confirmed, the conversation and reading in Chinese becomes more in depth and they will gain more confidence in their Chinese language abilities. Skits, stories, and fun activities continue to be a vehicle for helping the students to practice their Chinese skills and cultural understanding. All Chinese courses have a cap of 12 students to insure that each child's Chinese language level is addressed. 

Reading & Writing - 3

In Reading & Writing, Grade 3 students explore topics and apply reading, writing, speaking, and listening practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. As they read critically and analyze literature and informational texts, they are also learning and applying new word-study skills. Writing progresses to paragraphs and, eventually, longer compositions. As they compose, students learn the five stages of writing: planning, drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. Students also begin to conduct short research projects. In addition, students will work on analogies, verbal reasoning.

Math Enrichment - 4

In Math Enrichment for Grade 4 students explore topics and apply mathematical practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. Mastery of  skills helps students multiply two-digit numbers and divide three-digit numbers by one-digit divisors. Measurement covers both customary and metric units. Students also study geometry concepts including lines, angles, polygons, perimeter, area, and congruence. Fourth grade math also covers equations, statistics using data and graphing techniques, and probability concepts. Throughout the course, students practice problem-solving strategies and explain mathematical reasoning. Students will also practice spatial reasoning  and quantitative comparison. 

Math Enrichment - 5

In Math Enrichment for Grade 5 students explore topics and apply mathematical practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. The order of operations is discussed, and students learn to solve and write equations and inequalities. Students advance in geometry as they classify two- and three-dimensional solids; calculate the surface area and volume of regular and irregular figures; explore graphing and probability; create circle graphs; and make predictions based on statistics. Throughout the course, students practice problem-solving strategies and explain their mathematical reasoning. Students will also practice spatial reasoning  and quantitative comparison. 

Fundamentals of Art

Get ready to draw, painting, sculpt, create! Fundamentals of Art is all about exploring the Fundamentals of Art, line, shape, color, value, texture, form, and space and the Principles of Design using all different materials. The projects the students bring home and the discussion they will be able to hold about the projects will display a sophisticated understanding of artistic concepts and art history. The quality artwork the students create will be displayed at the center in our art gallery and the students will be informed about all art competitions and opportunities within and outside the center. Additionally, students will be able to use the techniques and concepts learned in art and other subject areas for years into the future.

Hip Hop

Welcome to the exciting world of hip-hop dance, a style of dance that developed from street and music culture! This is great for any student looking to be more active and learn a more physical discipline. Students will start off with the basics, counting the beat, responding to rhythm, performance etiquette, flow of movement, etc. Then the students will apply this knowledge to both classic and modern hip-hop styles and get in a lot of movement and dance. They will work up to a performance at the end of the semester where they can share their new knowledge and performance talent. 

Reading & Writing - 1

In Reading & Writing for Grade 1, students explore topics and apply reading, writing, speaking, and listening practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. Students are taught to attack new words using a variety of decoding and contextual strategies, and are given daily opportunities to apply these skills to literature and informational texts. They are taught to think about what they read through various guided reading strategies. Their handwriting improves and their writing skills strengthen as they compose narrative, informational, and opinion pieces. 


Chinese - 3

Chinese - 3 continues on the track of helping students develop a deep understanding of the Chinese language and culture. Conversation and reading in Chinese becomes more in depth and they will gain more confidence in their Chinese language abilities. Through writing, speaking, and performance exercises students will develop a stronger vocabulary and conversational skills. All Chinese courses have a cap of 12 students to insure that each child's Chinese language level is addressed. 

Math Enrichment - K

During Math Enrichment for Kindergarten, mathematical thinking and problem solving are introduced. Students explore topics and apply mathematical practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. They learn how to identify numbers, write numbers zero to 20, and count to 100 by ones and tens. They also describe, sort, and compare objects and learn basic shapes. Stories and activities introduce addition and subtraction. A combination of interactive and hands-on exercises teaches students about money, time, fractions, and measurement. 


Public Speaking - I

Public Speaking 1 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.

Drawing & Painting

Step inside the studio to see disciplined artists hard at work! . This more formal Drawing & Painting studio art class will provide a space for students to develop essential techniques related to art creation such as observation, emphasis, exaggeration, etc. Students will start with sketchbook exercises to plan for their own larger scale paintings and drawings and develop their creativity.  The quality artwork the students create will be displayed at the center in our art gallery and the students will be informed about all art competitions and opportunities within and outside the center. Students will develop a love of sketching and practicing their art techniques.

Drama & Performing Arts

Let your child be a star! During this creative after school class students will build upon basic public speaking, music, and theater foundations to perform skits and plays. Students will review basic stage etiquette and learn how to analyze and apply emotion to stories and scripts they read. The class will culminate in an in class performance and provide opportunity for your child to explore multiple aspects of the theater industry, acting, improvisational acting, comedy, set design, prop creation, musical choreography, etc. 

Reading & Writing - 2

Students in Reading and Writing for 2nd Grade explore topics and apply reading, writing, speaking, and listening practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. They are given the opportunity to apply word-attack skills to increasingly complex texts and build their oral and sight vocabularies through daily instruction. While practicing new skills, students take part in activities based on selections they are reading. Students apply handwriting and grammar skills to frequent narrative, informational, and opinion pieces. In addition, students will work on analogies, verbal reasoning. 

Chinese - 4

 Chinese - 4 will elevate a students literacy and fluency. Fluency exercises will involve reading narratives, writing essays and conducting longer dialogues. Students will create connections with Chinese students in China proper and use their skills to communicate through a pen pal system and they will have access to other unique opportunities to practice and perfect their language skills. All Chinese courses have a cap of 12 students to insure that each child's Chinese language level is addressed. 

Math Enrichment - 3

In Math Enrichment for Grade 3 students to explore mathematical topics and apply mathematical practices outlined in the Common Core State Standards and other state standards. Multiplication and division are introduced as well as adding and subtracting decimals. Students’ understanding of these operations continues to develop as they apply problem-solving strategies and mathematical reasoning to solve problems. Students use hands-on activities to explore geometric patterns, shapes, and solids. They also use tools to determine measurements including time and temperature. In the probability unit, students gather data, create graphs, and perform experiments. In addition, student will work on sequences and quantitative reasoning. 

Music & Movement

In Music & Movement 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.

Computer Programming

It is becoming necessary for people younger and younger to be proficients at using a computer and its programs. WCFC provides the newest technology and programs for your children to gain the skills they need to succeed. In Computer Programming students will get a foundation for how a computer is built and programmed. Students will also learn basics of coding and making their own creations using a computer system. These skills will be invaluable as they progress in school and into the workforce and tackle new programs brought into the tech world.  

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.