Brookside Spring Trimester
Starts This Week!

Spring Trimester Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Spring Trimester Exploratories will begin on Tuesday, February 18th.
  • Exploratories will meet 8-9 times, depending on the day of the week and the grade level.
  • Exploratories take place Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week.
  • Exploratories are divided into three age groups: Kindergarten, First – Third Grades, Fourth – Fifth Grades.
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.

Registration for the Spring Trimester closed on Tuesday, 2/11

*Please note that these are the exploratories being offered for the Spring Trimester (February 18 – April 30).

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Kindergarten Exploratories: Spring Trimester

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Capoeira  – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Capoeira is a fantastic martial art from the South American country of Brazil! Kick, jump, run, spin, headstand, handstand, and flip your way into the awesome world of capoeira! Did I mention the handmade instruments and Brazilian music we will play? Learn capoeira in a fun-filled, non-stop hour! It is all happening here! Don’t miss out! This class will not involve striking or physical contact.
Cost: $155 (8 Classes): February 24; March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27 (No Class: February 17; March 2; April 13)

Mindfulness Yoga – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Mindfulness Yoga with Miss Julie is a haven for children after-school. In addition to learning a wide variety of age appropriate individual, partner, and group yoga poses, children will learn centering, focusing, listening, and breathing techniques that build self-awareness, confidence compassion, patience, and inner calm – tools that will last a lifetime. Mindfulness Yoga reduces stress and improves concentration, flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination.
Cost: $205 (8 Classes): February 25; March 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28 (No Class: February 18; March 3; April 14)

Sky High Dance – 1:20pm – 2:20pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase. Students will perform what they’ve learned and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication.
Cost: $200 (7 Classes): February 27; March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 23, 30 (No Class: February 20; March 5; April 9, 16)

1st – 3rd Grade Exploratories: Spring Trimester

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Woodworking – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Summertime Chillin! Hang out by the pool, the lake, the beach or porch, with a glass of lemonade and a good book. Get up to play some ball, go fishing or swimming, and then sit back down to relax and get a little sun. It’s time to get into the summertime mood with this spring’s woodshop project! Rest your tube of sunscreen or your flip-flops in the inviting adirondack chair, or grab your coins from the secret compartment inside of the wooden cooler when you hear the ice cream truck coming through your neighborhood! Whatever you do, we’re sure that it’ll be a summer to remember! At LogN Craft, we take pride in safely teaching your children woodworking skills such as following directions and hand-eye coordination that they can use and incorporate in their everyday lives. Trained instructors teach them how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more, and at the end of the session, your child will have completed the assigned project while having fun and adding their own touches to make it one of a kind!
Cost: $230 + $25 Supplies Fee (8 Classes): February 24; March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27 (No Class: February 17; March 2; April 13)

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LEGO Sports Spectacular! 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Explore sports ranging from gymnastics to biking, mini-golf to soccer! Some lessons focus on the importance of physical fitness and different aspects of fitness such as stamina and strength, while other lessons describe the mechanics of the sport, like the physics involved in golf or the components of a stationary bike. The best part for the students is pairing up to build moving LEGO models and the fun they have playing with them after they’re built. Students will hit a plastic golf ball with the mini-golf model, watch the gymnast spin around the bar, and “shoot hoops” on the LEGO basketball model. Maybe they’ll be inspired to try a new sport or build a model of their favorite sport!
Cost: $220 (8 Classes): February 24; March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27 (No Class: February 17; March 2; April 13)

Mindfulness Yoga  – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Mindfulness Yoga with Miss Julie is a haven for children after-school. In addition to learning a wide variety of age appropriate individual, partner, and group yoga poses, children will learn centering, focusing, listening, and breathing techniques that build self-awareness, confidence compassion, patience, and inner calm – tools that will last a lifetime. Mindfulness Yoga reduces stress and improves concentration, flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination.
Cost: $200 (9 Classes): February 18, 25; March 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28 (No Class: March 3; April 14)

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Glass Art Fusion – Volume 2! – 2:40pm – 3:40pm  – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Take glass art fusion to the next level with Volume 2! This class will introduce students to some of the more advanced techniques of glass fusion. Students will learn to use special fiber paper for carving into glass, the magic of reactive glass that changes colors in different temperatures, how to weave glass pieces to make beautiful basket designs, and so much more! Glass Art Fusion – Volume 2 is open to students in 3rd grade, and also to 1st-2nd grade students who have completed at least one session of Glass Art with Growing Outdoors (either during this school year or last school year).
Cost: $230 + $35 Supplies Fee (9 Classes): February 18, 25; March 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28 (No Class: March 3; April 14)

Academic Chess – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Academic Chess is devoted to promoting the merits of chess among children by using stories, dances, and catchy songs to make the game of chess exciting and easy to understand. Children participating in our program develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, have better concentration and mental discipline, gain confidence, and have lots of FUN!!! All students in this chess class receive an exclusive Academic Chess workbook and participate in the “Big Tournament” on the last day where all kids take home a prize!
Cost: $190 (9 Classes): February 19, 26; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 22, 29 (No Class: March 4; April 15)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

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Tennis – 1:10pm – 2:10pm
TGA makes it convenient and fun for your child to learn and play tennis right on their school campus!  Our proprietary curriculums for elementary school and middle school were created by TGA’s education experts and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Students will experience a mix of tennis instruction, rules & etiquette lessons, educational components, character development lessons and physical activity as they advance through the five-level program.  Our screened and certified instructors have a passion for working with children and are trained to help your student-athlete develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge as well as a passion for the sport.
Cost: $235 (9 Classes): February 19, 26; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 22, 29 (No Class: March 4; April 15)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.


Readers’/Writers’ Workspace – 2:10pm – 3:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Also known as “Homework Club”, Readers’/Writers’ Workspace provides a structured and quiet area for students to go to after their exploratory and tackle their schoolwork before heading home. With a small staff to student ratio, we’re there to help keep students on task and focused so they can use their time wisely! If students need assistance in any particular area of study, be it writing, math, spelling, social studies, or general organizational skills, we can assist and coach! Parents are encouraged to communicate any specific areas of focus to our site coordinator so that we can help each student be most successful. *Students should come prepared with a book to read each week.
(On Wednesdays, add Readers’/Writers’ Workspace after Academic Chess or Tennis!)
Cost: $100 (50 minutes – 9 classes) February 19, 26; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 22, 29 (No Class: March 4; April 15)

Sky High Dance 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Sky High Dance is devoted to motivating and inspiring children to live richer and fuller lives through dance. We use captivating stories, special dance games, and positive music to cultivate every child’s confidence. Our class is open to ALL LEVELS, both boys and girls! At the end of the session, parents, teachers, and friends are invited to watch our Sky High Dance showcase. Students will perform what they’ve learned and will take part in an awards ceremony to reward them for their hard-work and dedication.
Cost: $195 (8 Classes): February 20, 27; March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 23, 30 (No Class: March 5; April 9, 16)

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2D Game Design with Scratch – 2:40pm – 3:40pm –  Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
This series will give young learners a balanced introduction to video game design and programming by making 3-4 simple games using the Scratch programming platform. Students will learn to control characters through an environment based on rules of their own creation. Creating their own characters and environments, students will also design their own levels. Typical games include customized 2D arcade and side-scrolling games.
Cost: $210 (8 Classes): February 20, 27; March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 23, 30 (No Class: March 5; April 9, 16)

4th & 5th Grade Exploratories: Spring Trimester

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Woodworking – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Summertime Chillin! Hang out by the pool, the lake, the beach or porch, with a glass of lemonade and a good book. Get up to play some ball, go fishing or swimming, and then sit back down to relax and get a little sun. It’s time to get into the summertime mood with this spring’s woodshop project! Rest your tube of sunscreen or your flip-flops in the inviting adirondack chair, or grab your coins from the secret compartment inside of the wooden cooler when you hear the ice cream truck coming through your neighborhood! Whatever you do, we’re sure that it’ll be a summer to remember! At LogN Craft, we take pride in safely teaching your children woodworking skills such as following directions and hand-eye coordination that they can use and incorporate in their everyday lives. Trained instructors teach them how to safely cut, glue, sand, and more, and at the end of the session, your child will have completed the assigned project while having fun and adding their own touches to make it one of a kind!
Cost: $230 + $25 Supplies Fee (8 Classes): February 24; March 9, 16, 23, 30; April 6, 20, 27 (No Class: February 17; March 2; April 13)

Glass Art Fusion – Volume 2! – 3:00pm – 4:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Take glass art fusion to the next level with Volume 2! This class will introduce students to some of the more advanced techniques of glass fusion. Students will learn to use special fiber paper for carving into glass, the magic of reactive glass that changes colors in different temperatures, how to weave glass pieces to make beautiful basket designs, and so much more!
Cost: $230 + $35 Supplies Fee (9 Classes): February 18, 25; March 10, 17, 24, 31; April 7, 21, 28 (No Class: March 3; April 14)

Academic Chess – 1:10pm – 2:10pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Academic Chess is devoted to promoting the merits of chess among children by using stories, dances, and catchy songs to make the game of chess exciting and easy to understand. Children participating in our program develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, have better concentration and mental discipline, gain confidence, and have lots of FUN!!! All students in this chess class receive an exclusive Academic Chess workbook and participate in the “Big Tournament” on the last day where all kids take home a prize!
Cost: $190 (9 Classes): February 19, 26; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 22, 29 (No Class: March 4; April 15)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.

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Tennis – 1:10pm – 2:10pm
TGA makes it convenient and fun for your child to learn and play tennis right on their school campus!  Our proprietary curriculums for elementary school and middle school were created by TGA’s education experts and the United States Tennis Association (USTA). Students will experience a mix of tennis instruction, rules & etiquette lessons, educational components, character development lessons and physical activity as they advance through the five-level program.  Our screened and certified instructors have a passion for working with children and are trained to help your student-athlete develop a strong foundation of skills and knowledge as well as a passion for the sport.
Cost: $235 (9 Classes): February 19, 26; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 22, 29 (No Class: March 4; April 15)
*Brookside provides a supervised lunch period for the students after dismissal before the exploratory begins at 1:10.


Readers’/Writers’ Workspace – 2:10pm – 3:00pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
Formerly known as “Homework Club”, Readers’/Writers’ Workspace provides a structured and quiet area for students to go to after their exploratory and tackle their schoolwork before heading home. With a small staff to student ratio, we’re there to help keep students on task and focused so they can use their time wisely! If students need assistance in any particular area of study, be it writing, math, spelling, social studies, or general organizational skills, we can assist and coach! Parents are encouraged to communicate any specific areas of focus to our site coordinator so that we can help each student be most successful. *Students should come prepared with a book to read each week.

(On Wednesdays, add Readers’/Writers’ Workspace after Academic Chess or Tennis!)
Cost: $100 (50 minutes – 9 classes) February 19, 26; March 11, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 22, 29 (No Class: March 4; April 15)

2D Game Design with Scratch – 2:40pm – 3:40pm – Click here to view flierAdobe_PDF_file_icon_32x32
This series will give young learners a balanced introduction to video game design and programming by making 3-4 simple games using the Scratch programming platform. Students will learn to control characters through an environment based on rules of their own creation. Creating their own characters and environments, students will also design their own levels. Typical games include customized 2D arcade and side-scrolling games.
Cost: $210 (8 Classes): February 20, 27; March 12, 19, 26; April 2, 23, 30 (No Class: March 5; April 9, 16)

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Frequently Asked Questions
What happens on Wednesdays after school gets out before the exploratories begin?
Great question! After school gets out on Wednesdays and before our exploratories begin, there is a 25 minute window of time where Growing Outdoors provides lunch supervision on the quad. At 1:10 our staff gathers all of the students enrolled in our programs and gets the afternoon fun started!
What happens if my child participates in Club Oak Park?
At the end of each exploratory, Growing Outdoors staff will walk those children enrolled in Club Oak Park from their exploratory to the appropriate location and transfer their care to the Club Oak Park sraff.
What do I do if my child has to miss an exploratory day?
Please call us as early as possible (before 11 is preferable!) at (818) 889-8383. The Growing Outdoors adminstrative staff will be creating daily attendance sheets for each exploratory, so it would be helpful to have that information as early as possible. If a child that is expected does not show up for their exploratory, we will first check with the school to confirm that they were in attendance that day, and then we will call the parents to confirm their child’s safety.
Why are the exploratories divided into trimesters?
We feel that students will get the most out of each exploratory when they have consistent time to be with the same students and the same instructors to build a rapport. By making each trimester eight to ten weeks in length, students will have three opportunities during the school year to try different exploratories. Each trimester will offer different class options for the various age groups!
Why does registration close before the first day of each exploratory?
Growing Outdoors wants to provide the best possible after school enrichment program. Therefore, we need time to train and prepare our staff, in addition to reviewing each child’s health form, prior to the first day of each exploratory.
Why are the exploratories priced differently?
The price of all of our exploratories is based on number of class meetings, supply costs, staffing needs, and specialized instructor costs. By basing it on these factors, you can rest assured that you are getting what you pay for!

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