Didion’s 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 society as creative, independent, and socially responsible members of our community.
The Afterschool Program schedule for the AY2018-19 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.
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, Rm 24. Got questions? Email Mrs.Heng or call (916) 233-8154.
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 10; 3rd-6th 2:30-3:40pm, Rm 15.
Little Namaste and Sing offers kid’s yoga. The yoga classes introduce children (K-5th grades) to physical fitness, flexibility, team building, socialization, mindfulness and empowerment. Classes are 1-hour long, engaging and fun. We teach yoga poses, tell stories, play games, and meditate. If you are looking for an opportunity for your kids to unplug and get introduced, in a fun way, to physical and mental fitness, this is for you. Our instructor is a certified yoga instructor, licensed kid’s yoga instructor, and a Didion parent.
For curious minds (grades K-3rd) who enjoy problem solving, recording clues, asking questions, drawing, and noting observations in hand-made field journals. Classes led by Janice Kelley, writer and naturalist who has won awards for both her school-based and community education programs. Classes are held on Wednesdays (K-3th grades), 2-3:00pm, Room 6.
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. To register, go to Dream Enrichment’s Registration website.
Didion parent and middle-school art instructor Stephanie Seelig is now offering an after-school art workshop and hands-on exploration for kids K-3rd grade. In her program, One Striped Bee Creative Beginnings, children will be exposed and inspired to the colorful world of some of our great artists. Thursdays, 1-2pm, Staff Lounge. Using a collection of children’s books, art history, and games, children will discover amazing artist like Paul Klee, Henri Rousseau, and Frida Kahlo.
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. Thursdays: K-3rd 1-2pm (Rm 4); 4th-6th 1:25-2:25pm (Rm 26)
Come discover the legendary game of chess and engage in a rich learning process that can help improve memory, focus, and patience. Together we’ll master openings, endgames, strategy, and tactics. Classes held on Fridays, 2:20-3:20pm, Didion Library. To register, go to Dream Enrichment’s Registration website.
Spring 2019 only. Young Actors Stage is coming back to Didion next spring with another exciting Broadway Jr production: The Lion King! 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 2019.