3rd Grade After-School Exploratories:
Spring Quarter!
(Scroll down to view your child’s spring exploratories!)

Spring Virtual Exploratory descriptions are listed below!

  • Exploratories will begin on Monday, March 22nd.
  • Exploratories will meet 8 times.
  • 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.

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Click Below for our Downloadable Weekly Schedule!

Block B (3:15pm – 4:00pm)
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Storytelling Around the World! (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Description

Cost: $00.00 (8 Classes): March 22, 29; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: April 5)

Athletic Achievers: Wednesday Workout! (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Get up and get moving! Let’s go! In these fun and high-energy active movement sessions on zoom, we’ll have a blast together working on a variety of athletic skills. Each workout routine will start with a round of stretches and a warm-up, and then we’ll dive right in to a skills-focused activity that helps to develop one or more of the following: agility, coordination, balance, strength, and speed. This is the perfect opportunity to learn some awesome ways to stay physically active this winter (even online!), and have a great time while doing it!

Cost: $00.00 (8 Classes): March 24, 31; April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19 (No Class: April 7)

Computer Coding: 2D Game Design with Scratch 2.0!  (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
*This exploratory requires access to a PC, Mac, or Chromebook computer

Open to new and returning programmers! Do you dream of creating your own video game? This class will give young learners a balanced introduction to video game design and programming by making 3-4 simple games using the Scratch programming platform. You will learn to control characters through an environment based on rules of your own creation, and create your own characters and environments. Exampe projects include cusomized 2D arcade and side-scrolling games. Our all new curriculum is perfect for beginners and more experienced gamers and storytellers alike.

Cost: $00.00 (8 classes): March 25; April 1, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20 (No Class: April 8)

Block C (4:15pm – 5:00pm)
(Click on the Tabs Below for Exploratory Information)

Yoga & Qigong with Miss Julie! (2nd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Description

Cost: $00.00 (8 Classes): March 22, 29; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: April 5)

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Woodworking – Chill Chair Project (2nd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Finished student project samples!
Description

At Log N 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, students will use woodworking hand-tools and wood, and they will be guided virtually by our trained instructor over zoom. Since we can’t be there with your student, we require an at-home adult’s supervision to help your student use their tools safely and stay on-task!

Cost: $00.00 (8 Classes): March 22, 29; April 12, 19, 26; May 3, 10, 17 (No Class: April 5)

Martial Arts – Confident Eagle Session! (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Click here for a video demo!
Description

Cost: $00.00 (8 Classes): March 23, 30; April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18 (No Class: April 6)

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Creative Writing: Science Fiction & Fantasy! (3rd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Description

Cost: $00.00 (8 Classes): March 23, 30; April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18 (No Class: April 6)

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Art (3rd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Description

Cost: $00.00 (8 Classes): March 23, 30; April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18 (No Class: April 6)

3D Paper Art – World Tour! (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Description

Cost: $00.00 – (8 Classes): March 24, 31; April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19 (No Class: April 7)

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Wednesday 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 wizards & warriors, astronauts & aliens, or a different fantasy realm of your creation. 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. (*Daring the Dungeon is also being offered as a Thursday Block C exploratory! Though they will follow a similar structure, the Wednesday & Thursday class storylines will be unique and different)

Cost: $00.00 – (8 Classes): March 24, 31; April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19 (No Class: April 7)

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Chess Tournaments with Friends! (3rd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Description

Cost: $00.00 – (8 Classes): March 24, 31; April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19 (No Class: April 7)

Hip-Hop Dance! (1st-3rd Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Rock out with the Funky Divas & Dudes via Zoom! Get great exercise and have fun right from your home! This dance class is designed to help students gain confidence and self-esteem. We promote a healthy lifestyle through fun-physical activity that encourages self-expression through music and movement. We teach age-appropriate dance routines to all the best tunes. We’ll perform our Rockin’ dance routines on the last day of class, record it via Zoom, and send it to families for a great keepsake! Let’s get funky!

Cost: $00.00 – (8 Classes): March 25; April 1, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20 (No Class: April 8)

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Computer Coding: Programming a Microcomputer with Micro:bits! (3rd-5th Grade) – Click here to view the flier!
Description

Cost: $00.00 – (8 Classes): March 25; April 1, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20 (No Class: April 8)

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Thursday 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 wizards & warriors, astronauts & aliens, or a different fantasy realm of your creation. 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. (*Daring the Dungeon is also being offered as a Wednesday Block C exploratory! Though they will follow a similar structure, the Wednesday & Thursday class storylines will be unique and different)

Cost: $00.00 – (8 Classes): March 25; April 1, 15, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20 (No Class: April 8)

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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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