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Chess Class
Instructor: Berkeley Chess School

Chess is fun and can be learned quickly and easily. Studies have found that chess helps improve test results in reading, science, and math, and produces growth in critical cognitive skills. Beyond academia, chess influences social behavior including self-esteem, respect for others, patience, and good sportsmanship. And did we mention: it's FUN! Berkeley Chess School has been teaching State Chess Champions since 1982.

Chess Challenge!Kids playing chess

Ages: 6-10
$273(R)/$341(N)
Central Park Community Center
Tue 9/03-12/03       5:30pm-6:30pm        Act#4448
No Class 11/26

Chess Challenge!Child playing chess

Ages: 6-10
$252(R)/$315(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Wed 9/04-11/20      4:30pm-5:30pm        Act#4450


Public Speaking and Debate Classes
Public Speaking classes will improve your student's confidence in public speaking, communication skills and creative writing skills. Students learn how to manage anxiety, present themselves with confidence, and connect with audience through effective and clear speech. Classes can be repeated for further practice and challenges. To know more visit www.guruseducation.com.

Become a Creative Writer, Poised Orator & Effective Debater

Make your biggest fear, your greatest triumph!!

Public speaking is about channeling your knowledge outward in an effective way. This class will not only teach delivery and presentation skills, but will also provide a foundation for critical thinking, creative writing, and presenting with confidence! With thought-provoking topics, campaign speeches, & debates, students will learn to manage public speaking anxiety, and make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence through various games and activities. Developing communication and persuasive skills are the most important aspects of speech and our goal is their SUCCESS!

Ages: 9-14
$165(R)/$206(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Mon 9/16-11/18      5:30pm-6:30pm        Act#4373
No Class 10/07, 11/11

Essentials and Art of Debating!

Our Debate class is very popular among students and parents! It will not only help your child understand all aspects of debating, but will also instill critical thinking skills in students by providing reasoning and evidence. They will learn how to make strong arguments, improve their note taking abilities; become better listeners and most importantly it will improve their general knowledge on a variety of current topics. The participants will debate on age appropriate topics in various formats popular in schools, and will learn to be impressive presenters!! Fun, Adventurous, Exciting sessions!!

Ages: 8-14
$165(R)/$206(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Sat 9/21-11/16       10:00am-11:00am   Act#4376
No Class 11/09

Public Speaking & Debate: What People Fear, We Do For Fun!!

Learn to be persuasive in 8 easy steps with ability to bring positive change and improve communication. This excellent class not only focuses on teaching delivery and presentation skills, but also provides a foundation of critical thinking and presenting themselves with confidence and making an impact! With thought-provoking, stimulating topics and by doing narratives, campaign speeches, debates, and much more, students will learn to manage public speaking anxiety, and make strong arguments by providing reasoning and evidence through various games and activities. Our goal is their SUCCESS!

Ages: 9-14
$165(R)/$206(N)
Central Park Community Center
Thu 9/19-11/21       5:30pm-6:30pm        Act#4375
No Class 10/10, 10/31

Speaking Minds: Build Confidence & Present to Persuade!!

Confident speakers articulate themselves clearly. Learning how to express oneself in groups with conviction and persuasion has immeasurable benefits in school, family, and life. Our programs will provide your child with the instruction, experience, and practice to develop and deliver compelling presentations with lesser anxiety. It will enhance students’ writing, active listening, & communication skills through various activities, games, and impromptu discussions on interesting topics!! They will learn to know exactly what to do when speaking to any size audience on any occasion in any format. We make learning EASY & FUN!!!

Ages: 6-9
$165(R)/$206(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Mon 9/16-11/18      4:15pm-5:15pm        Act#4372
No Class 10/07, 11/11


The Art of Public Speaking – Creativity & Writing Skills

Public Speaking is #1 fear in this world and our goal is to prepare your child to present and write with confidence in 6 easy steps. Being able to communicate effectively and confidently has immeasurable benefits in students’ professional and personal lives. We use fun projects, including creating stories from pictures, writing rhyming poems, town hall meetings, and templates, to ensure that your kids learn various writing and presenting strategies. By using topics of their interest, and encouraging them to use props, stories, jokes, and quotes, we make learning exciting, effective, and adventurous!! Our goal is to prepare them for SUCCESS!!

Ages: 6-9
$165(R)/$206(N)
Central Park Community Center
Thu 9/19-11/21       4:15pm-5:15pm        Act#4374
No Class 10/10, 10/31


Snapology Classes

Instructor: Snapology of the Tri-Valley

Ninjago!
Let's get our Ninja on by using LEGO making games of for ninja agility, battle with our spinners and then try to make one.  And no ninja is complete without their own nunchuk (child-safe) to make & take home! 

Ages: 5-11
$125(R)/$156(N)
Central Park Community Center
Sat 9/28-10/26       10:00am-11:00am   Act#4377
No Class 10/05

 

Star Wars Adventures

The Force will be with us as we create our own Galaxy, zipline through the Universe and build our own pod racer using LEGO.  Watch it go or battle!  And yes, we'll make our own light saber!  Come join us for the fun before the movie begins!

Ages: 5-11
$125(R)/$156(N)
Central Park Community Center
Sat 11/02-11/23     10:00am-11:00am   Act#4378
No Class


Fun with Programming Classes

Fun with Programming - Animate with JavaScript

Instructor: Fun with Academics Ray Lee

Have fun learning how to write computer programs! We will explore writing code to create dynamic, animated digital art and web pages with images, shapes, sounds, and text! Students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming using the very popular language, JavaScript, and will be able to immediately see the results of their code. All necessary equipment will be provided for use during class. Great for beginners or continuing students. No prerequisites required. The main goals of the class are to give students a fun experience, while increasing their exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), the scientific method, planning, prioritization, time management, completing projects from start to finish, and organization. Students will gain an appreciation for programming and see how easy it is to learn. They will learn how to break down and analyze problems as they debug their code.

Please visit http://funwithacademics.com for more details.

Ages: 6-12
$229(R)/$286(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Tue 9/03-10/08       4:00pm-5:30pm        Act#4364

 
Fun with Programming - Games with JavaScript

Instructor: Fun with Academics Ray Lee

Have fun learning how to write computer programs! We will be creating mini-games in a web browser and learning how to make our game characters move and jump! Students will learn the fundamentals of computer programming using the very popular language, JavaScript, and will be able to immediately see the results of their code. All necessary equipment will be provided for use during class. Great for beginners or continuing students. No prerequisites required. The main goals of the class are to give students a fun experience, while increasing their exposure to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), the scientific method, planning, prioritization, time management, completing projects from start to finish, and organization. Students will gain an appreciation for programming and see how easy it is to learn. They will learn how to break down and analyze problems as they debug their code.

Please visit http://funwithacademics.com for more details.

Ages: 6-12
$229(R)/$286(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Tue 10/15-11/19     4:00pm-5:30pm        Act#4365

Writing Classes



Fantasy Sci-Fi Writing

Instructor: Lekha Ink Jyoti Yelagalawadi

Dive into a world of magical creatures or travel through time! Create characters that exist only in one’s imagination or those that can only be driven by technology. This class focuses on two popular genres, fantasy and science fiction. Students will write stories in these genres.

Ages: 7-11
$80(R)/$100(N)
Central Park Community Center
Mon 9/09-9/30         4:30pm-5:30pm        Act#4370

Glowing Grammar

Instructor: Lekha Ink Jyoti Yelagalawadi

Participants will learn how to refine and develop their academic writing skills. Students will learn the art of correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar through interactive lessons.

 Ages: 7-11
$40(R)/$50(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Thu 11/14-11/21     4:30pm-5:30pm        Act#4369

Persuasive Essay Writing

Instructor: Lekha Ink Jyoti Yelagalawadi

Students will learn to write the persuasive essay which focuses on developing a student’s ability to support a stated opinion. Students will write three- to five-paragraph essays depending on their age. They will learn how to plan, outline and revise their essays.

Ages: 7-11
$80(R)/$100(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Thu 9/19-10/17       4:30pm-5:30pm        Act#4367
No Class 10/10

 
Poetry

Instructor: Lekha Ink Jyoti Yelagalawadi

Poetry is a type of writing that seeks to stir our emotions. Poets use images to paint pictures or write simple poems to describe something we can all relate to. Students will be introduced to several types of poetry: free verse, haiku, acrostic, and couplets.

Ages: 7-11
$40(R)/$50(N)
Central Park Community Center
Mon 10/14-10/21   4:30pm-5:30pm        Act#4371

Voracious Vocabulary

Instructor: Lekha Ink Jyoti Yelagalawadi

Students will increase their vocabulary by leaps and bounds using vocabulary-building games created by experienced instructors. Instructors will use the Lekha way to encourage participants to develop and expand their vocabularies for more impactful writing.

Ages: 7-11
$40(R)/$50(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Thu 10/24-11/07     4:30pm-5:30pm        Act#4368
No Class 10/31