4th & 5th Grade After-School Exploratories
Late-Fall Quarter! 
(Registration Closes on Saturday, October 31)

Late-Fall Virtual Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Exploratories will begin on Monday, November 2nd.
  • Exploratories will meet 7-8 times, depending on the exploratory and  designated weekday.
  • Exploratories are divided based on the grade that student(s) entered in the fall of the 2020-2021 school year (Please note: some exploratories may be offered to combined grade levels).
  • Registration must be completed and submitted online.

Click Below for our Downloadable Weekly Schedule!

Block A (1:30pm – 2:15pm)
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*This exploratory is only open to  3rd-5th grade students who are released from distance learning early on Wednesdays

Science Alliance! (3rd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Scientists unite! In this class, we’ll make all sorts of discoveries in the fields of chemistry, physics, and the physical sciences by observing phenomena and performing hands-on chemistry experiments where students are guided, step by step, through experiments that can be done at home! You’ll witness cool chemical reactions, find out what sorts of everyday tools you can use to make scientific discoveries, and much more as we work together to understand some of the mysteries of why things happen here on earth!

Cost: $95.00 + $20.00 Supplies Fee (for your very own science kit!) – (7 Classes): November 4, 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13 (No Class: November 11, 25; December 23, 30)

Block B (2:50pm – 3:35pm)
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Soccer Stars! (3rd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Check out these alternatives to sports equipment that can be found around the home!
Our Soccer Stars @HOME Virtual Classes will take learning to the next level, with fully interactive sessions using Zoom screen share. We literally bring our physical location classes straight to your computer or smart device! Signup for a class that will run the same day, same time, and with the same coach each week all while in a small group setting no larger than 20 kids.

Cost: $110.00 (7 Classes): November 4, 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13 (No Class: November 11, 25; December 23, 30)

Block C (3:45pm – 4:35pm)
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Woodworking – Chill Chair Project! (2nd-5th Grade) – 3:45pm-4:45pm ~ full hour class! – Click here to view the flier!
As the air starts to get chilly, let’s remember the summertime sun with this session’s Chill Chair woodworking project! Rest your tube of sunscreen or your flip-flops in this inviting model-sized beach 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 on its last warm-weather rounds!

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. Just like in-person woodshop, you’ll use woodworking hand-tools and wood, guided virtually by our trained instructor over zoom, where you will learn how to safely use the saw, clamps, sandpaper, and glue to build your project. We provide the tools and wood pieces you’ll need! Register for woodshop today, and show all of your friends and family your very own Chill Chair – that you built!!!

Cost: $260.00 (7 Classes): November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14; January 11 (No Class: November 23; December 21, 28; January 4)

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Paint & Pencil: Artistic Techniques (3rd-5th Grade)  Click here to view the flier
Enter the world of drawing and painting with special projects planned by a real practicing artist! Using the included materials in our artists’ kit, your imagined scenes will become colorful works of art. In each project, learn advanced painting, sketching, or drawing techniques used by art professionals throughout the world. Student artists will explore their imaginative and creative process, refining their skills and learning new ones too!

Cost: $95.00 + $20.00 Supplies Fee (for your very own art kit!) – (7 Classes): November 2, 9, 16, 30; December 7, 14; January 11 (No Class: November 23; December 21, 28; January 4)

Creative Writing: Playwriting! (3rd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Combining storytelling with playing make-believe is the best! Get your friends in on the story too by writing a play! Most students enjoy being part of a play, but have you ever been the one who writes it? In this class, students learn how to structure a basic short three act play, learning about narrative story structure, creating characters, and writing fun dialogue that feels like real, as well as exploring costume design and set design with simple materials found in the home! Learning all about the different facets of playwriting enables students to slow down and breakdown the stories and media they consume. These are skills that can crossover into a student’s everyday school life, as well as give them an outlet for creative expression on their own time!

Cost: $110.00 (8 Classes): November 3, 10, 17; December 1, 8, 15; January 5, 12 (No Class: November 24: December 22, 29)

Daring the Dungeon! (3rd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Become one of our intrepid storytellers and create a completely unique story of adventure and daring! You and your friends will use a role-playing game system to create your own characters and enter into a story of dungeons, castles, and wizards. We can follow wherever our imaginations take us, even online! Virtually guided by our experienced instructor, Mr. Noah, students will learn how to imagine a character, how to work with other players to solve problems, and how to share the spotlight to collectively tell an amazing story that is enthralling for all participants. This is an exciting opportunity for kids to act out roles and do creative problem-solving in a fantasy world.

Cost: $115.00 (7 Classes): November 4, 18; December 2, 9, 16; January 6, 13 (No Class: November 11, 25; December 23, 30)

Creative Writing: Short-form Storytelling! (3rd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Writing doesn’t always have to be work! Writing can be the fun way that we take time for ourselves during our busy days and weeks! How do you like to tell stories? Do you like to read them? Listen to them? Tell them to your friends and family? Storytelling is one of the most important parts of human interaction and from the time you were small, it was probably one of the best parts of your day! In this class, students will explore all the different types of short-form storytelling expression including traditional short stories, poetry, picture books, song writing, radio plays, haiku, limericks and more! We will learn about structure, world building, character development, setting stakes, exposition, climax and resolution – skills that will help students become expert storytellers! This class will help make students’ ideas more dynamic, well-thought out, and thoroughly expressed, and also, it’s FUN!

Cost: $115.00 (8 Classes): November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14 (No Class: November 26; December 24, 31)

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Computer Coding: Roblox, Game Explorer (3rd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
*This exploratory requires access to a PC, or Mac computer – Roblox Studio (the program used in the class) is NOT the same program that your students use to play Roblox–additional install IS NECESSARY and will not work on Chromebooks or Tablets

Let your imagination run wild and build your very own world in Roblox. Students will use Roblox Studio, a game development platform, to explore and create worlds in a 3D space that they will fill with interactive game elements. They will use simple 3D shapes to model and texture set pieces and use the Lua programming language to code simple game interactions. Kids can also discover and test games from other creators in their special studio.

Cost: $145.00 (8 Classes): November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17; January 7, 14 (No Class: November 26; December 24, 31)

Frequently Asked Questions
What is Growing Outdoors?

We are a local after-school enrichment program that partners with elementary schools in the Agoura/Oak Park/Thousand Oaks area to provide a variety of quality after-school enrichment programs that focus on the physical, intellectual, and emotional skills of students from Kindergarten through grade five. We do our best to offer a wide variety of class programs, which we call “exploratories,” because we know that each child is different, and it is our goal to find and offer programs that engage your student and make them want to explore more!

Though our exploratories have always taken place on campus and in person during the school year, with schools closed for the time being, we are excited to offer virtual programming after-school this fall! We have been hard at work since the end of last school year building curriculum and finding exploratories that translate well to virtual learning, and we hope you find something in our exploratory offerings that sparks your child’s interest!

Will my child be with their school classmates in their virtual programs?

Our virtual programs are open to all children who have entered Discovery Kindergarten (also known as Transitional Kindergarten) to Fifth grade for the 2020-2021 school year. This includes students from all of our partner schools, and also families from outside that sphere who may be joining us for the very first time! We value these opportunities to make new friends and work with new people, and we are excited to support your child’s growth as they strengthen old friendships and build new ones!

Can my Covid-19 School Closure Household Credit from spring 2020 be applied to the virtual programs?

Yes! If your household received credit for any cancelled Growing Outdoors Spring Trimester 2020 exploratory meetings that we were not able to move online, you may choose to apply your credit to our virtual programs, or hold on to it for future school-year programming with Growing Outdoors. Just follow the instructions once you reach the payment option section of your registration, and we will do the rest to ensure that your credit is applied!

Click here to read our March 31st letter to families regarding household credits

Why does the online program use Zoom as the virtual platform?

By using Zoom, Growing Outdoors can set up links that we only make available to registered families at the email address that you have provided to us. Zoom also allows us to control who can enter the exploratory meetings, ensuring that our meetings are safe and only attended by those who have registered to join us.

What do I do if my child has to miss an exploratory day?

Please call us as early as possible (before 10:00am 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. 

Why does registration close before the first day of each exploratory?

Growing Outdoors wants to provide the best possible after-school enrichment program to your family. Therefore, we need time to prepare our instructors 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, 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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