Our STEM4AL Afterschool Program focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, the Arts and Foreign Languages. It is our continual effort to ensure our children are developing key 21st century skills necessary to succeed in a global, technology-mediated society as creative, independent, and socially responsible members of our community.
Calling All Crafters (Take II)
Do you have a craft you’d be willing to share with our children?
Cake decorating, crocheting, embroidery, felting, knitting, lamp making, Origami, photography, sewing? I’m trying to expand our after-school program by introducing a Makers Club, which would be offered by Didion volunteers.
Intrigued by this club idea? Let’s chat and brainstorm together (Andrea P. Garvey firstname.lastname@example.org).
The current Afterschool Program for the AY2017-2018 follows:
Conveniently located on many elementary school campuses, The 4th “R” offers year-round child care for Kindergarten through 6th grade children. We offer a safe, well supervised, comfortable, and supportive environment for your child.
Open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. M-F, year-round. The 4th “R” operates during summer, winter and spring breaks. Closed holidays and staff training days.
U.S. Chess Mates brings professional and affordable chess instruction to children. They have taught over 100,000 children to play chess in over 300 locations. Classes are on Mondays, 2:30-3:30pm, in the Didion Library. Click here to download Registration Form.
Session 1: Sep 25th – Dec 4th, 2017.
Session 2: Dec 11th – March 5th, 2018 Session 3: March 12th – June 4th, 2018
The Early Engineer’s mission is to educate the whole child by providing opportunities to build using a variety of construction media, including: Legos, K’nex, Play Foam, Mega Blocks, Makedo and Clay. Projects and lesson plans are created by professional artists, architects and engineers with backgrounds in psychology and early childhood education. Students dabble in Math, Science and Design through the program’s carefully planned building projects. Tuesdays: K-2nd 2:00-3:10pm, Rm 12; 3rd-6th 2:30-3:40pm, Rm 25.
HoneyCode introduces students (3rd-6th grades) to the language of technology. Students will learn all about the fundamentals of coding science, including sequencing, logic, problem solving skills, algorithms, and much more! Wednesdays, 2:20-3:30pm, Rm 11.
At Ninja Pandas we live by our motto “Just Cuz We Can” and strive towards creating games that inspire young and old alike. Students (grades 5th-8th) will use Construct to learn coding concepts and generating their own side scrolling game story through the course of 8 weeks. Classes are held onWednesdays, 2:45-4:00pm, Room 15.
Mad Science after-school programs allow children to engage in exciting hands-on activities, watch spectacular demonstrations, participate in inquiry-based discussions and take home things that they have made themselves like model rockets, periscopes, Mad Science putty, and more. What better way to engage in the world around us than through the exploration of the sciences!
Getting to know the world’s greatest artists through various mediums including painting, drawing, watercolor, papermache and sculpture. What better way to appreciate art than with hands on experience creating your own!
Classes are held on Fridays, 2:25-4pm, Room 8, for students in 2nd-8th grades. To learn more about Backyard Art Academy visit her Facebook page by clicking here or call Leslie Colby at 502-1227 to register.
Young Actors Stage is coming back to Didion next spring with another exciting Broadway Jr production! Cast members will SING, DANCE, and ACT each day to classic Disney tunes. They will see their hard work pay off, and feel the magic of the stage, when this full scale production is presented at the 24th Street Theater, May 4-6, 2018!
For curious minds (grades K-3) who enjoy problem solving, recording clues, asking questions, drawing, and noting observations in hand-made field journals. What does a forest need to stay healthy? How can you help? Solve the tree cookie mystery. Discover secrets of tree rings. Awaken your senses walk. Can you guess what lives in the woods? Classes led by Janice Kelley, naturalist, award-winning writer, award-winning storyteller, and SCUSD substitute teacher.
Fun to Learn Mandarin with Mrs. Heng Sun is an enjoyable opportunity for children in grades 1-8 to learn Mandarin through the use of interactive flashcards, practice conversations, fun games, and crafts activities. Mrs. Heng has been teaching Mandarin for over 9 years and this year marks the first of her classes being offered at Didion. Mondays & Wednesdays, 2:30-3:30pm, Room 23. Got questions? Email Mrs. Heng or call her at (916) 233-8154.