Thrive Afterschool Enrichment

After School Enrichment at the Chico Creek Nature Center:

Animals of the Nature Center

Get up close and personal with the animals living at the Chico Creek Nature Center. Why does the owl hoot? How does the snake slither? What do tarantulas do to protect themselves? Animals serve a crucial role in our world but not everyone knows the kind of roles these species serve. Students will gain an understanding of the scientific reasoning behind various animal traits and get to meet and, near the end of the session, get a chance to hold, feed and care for these animals. Students are welcome to retake this class if they are enjoying meeting all the animals and, of course, new students will meet all the animals for the first time. Nature Center, Living Animal Museum, Christine Hood

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

Th     2/23-4/13  3:10 to 4:30pm  TK-6th       $120

 

NEW-  Astronomy

The sun, moon, and stars have intrigued humankind for thousands of years. This class turns student's celestial fascination into a series of hands-on experiments for children, in order to teach them a basic knowledge of astronomy and space exploration. We invite your students to explore exciting questions such as why the moon appears to change shape, how to tell time with the sun, and what constellations are in the night sky. In this experiential way, your child can increase and deepen his or her academic understanding of this topic. Nature Center, Tucker Hall, Becca Belmonte

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

W      2/22-4/12  3:10 to 4:30pm  2nd-6th     $120

 

NEW- Art with Nature

We will find our art supplies and inspiration in beautiful Bidwell Park. Acorn jewelry, nature wreaths, shadow painting, and rock art are just some of the unique projects we will be creating in this class. Nature Center, Kristie's Lab, Christine Hood

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

W      2/22-4/12  3:10 to 4:30pm  TK-6th       $120

 

Electronics with LittleBits

LittleBits are a wonderful modular electronics learning tool that snap together to quickly make awesome projects. Learn the basics of circuits and electricity in a fun and engaging way. Students will get to create and design projects of their own as well as learning from group projects. This class is all about hands on learning. Students who have already taken this course will enjoy continuing their adventure and new students will be welcomed and met at their level as well. Nature Center, Kristie's Lab, Collin Dever

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

T       2/21-4/11  3:10 to 4:30pm  TK-6th       $120

 

NEW-  Exploding Science

Join us for some exciting, hands on, science experiments include baking soda and vinegar, elephant toothpaste and coke and mentos. Nature Center, Kristie's Lab, Becca Belmonte. **Materials Needed: Each student will be asked to bring in baking soda and vinegar to be used in many of our experiments. Supplies needed for other experiments will be provided.

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

Th     2/23-4/13  3:10 to 4:30pm  K-6th          $120

 

Hand Drumming

This music class will draw from the instructor’s 20 years of experience in folkloric drumming styles. We will learn how traditional rhythms are constructed, how rhythms begin and end, and we’ll explore soloing as well. Pending weather this class will spend much time outdoors learning and playing music under a canopy of trees (we have plenty of indoor space as needed). What a wonderful way to make music. Nature Center, Tucker Hall, Zach Cowan. **Materials Needed: Children need to have their own instrument – djembe or conga, or cowbell or shaker will contribute nicely.

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

Th     2/23-4/13  3:10 to 4:30pm  2nd-10th   $120

 

NEW-  Music of the Trees

Join us as we explore the wonder and magic of the music we find and create in nature. We'll use sticks, logs, rocks and trees to make music and write our own songs to fun beats. Students will also enjoy circling up to hear a nature story book or two, going for short walks in the park, building forts in nature and meeting some of the animals that live at the Nature Center. Nature Center, Living Animal Museum, Zach Cowan

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

T       2/21-4/11  3:10 to 4:30pm  TK-3rd       $120

 

Native American Archery

Students will gain archery skills through practice with hay bales and targets in this beginner level class. They will also learn the history and background of the bow and arrow and how it became the primary hunting tool for Native American warriors. This class will also take time to discuss Native American culture and do Native American style games, crafts and projects including making a homemade bow and arrow set. Students who have already taken this course will enjoy continuing their adventure and new students will be welcomed and met at their level as well. Nature Center, Tucker Hall, Christine Hood

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

T       2/21-4/11  3:10 to 4:30pm  3rd-8th      $120

 

After School Enrichment at the PV Rec Center:

NEW-  3D Printing

Come check out Thrive's new 3D printer! 3D printing is a new technology allowing anyone to make one of a kind items. Students will learn how to program and operate a 3D printer. This will include finding objects from the internet, preparing them to be sent to the printer, and printing them out to be enjoyed in real life. PV Rec Center, Room 1, Collin Dever **Materials Needed: All students must bring in a spool of filament. These range in price from $25 to $30. Compatible with XYZprinting da Vinci 1.0 3D Printer, 1.75 mm, 600g. Student may bring any color preferred but be prepared to share colors amongst each other and leave any extra filament with the class instructor.

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

W      2/22-4/12  3:10 to 4:30pm  3rd-8th      $120

 

Hoop Dance

This class brings together fitness, balance, focus and fun. Supporting creative physical play through practicing body, arm and leg hooping skills and techniques using various sized, quality made hula hoops. In practicing this unique, meditative and uplifting dance we build self-esteem and confidence, strengthen our right and left brain connection, increase our balance, and activate and connect with our bodies all while exploring playfully and having fun. Truly a magical and empowering experience! We'll be dancing to fun, positive music and preparing a performance together to be presented on the last day of the session at pick up time! PV Rec Center, Auditorium, Sierra SunRise

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

T       2/21-4/11  3:10 to 4:30pm  1st-6th       $120

 

Interpretive Dance

Gather with friends and choreograph your own dance to your favorite tunes. Students will learn basic introduction skills in dance and technique from a class instructor who is a dance minor at Chico State. Fun, appropriate dance moves and music will come together for students to create their own work of art through movement. PV Rec Center, Auditorium, Victor Ibarra. **Materials Needed: soft dance shoes or half-sole feet protectors.

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

W      2/22-4/12  3:10 to 4:30pm  1st-6th       $120

 

NEW- Origami

This class is a fun and inspiring way to learn basic symmetry, fractions, sequence and geometry concepts. Mathematical principles will unfold and be reinforced as students' origami forms take shape. We will enrich this learning as I read aloud the story of Sadako and the thousand paper cranes. This classic story is a beautiful introduction to the more complex and most commonly recognized origami model the paper crane which is often given as a wish for peace. PV Rec Center, Room 2, Danielle Netherton

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

Th     2/23-4/13  3:10 to 4:30pm  1st-7th       $120

 

NEW-  Sports

Sports, sports and more! Students are led in sports like indoor and outdoor soccer, basketball, volleyball, ultimate frisbee and frisbee golf. Each day we will focus on a new sport starting from its foundation and working into games and tournaments. If you are new to any of these sports or if you consider yourself an athletically skilled person this class is for you. Come ready to be active, play, and have a blast exploring sports. PV Rec Center, Room 1/back yard, Nic Eckhart

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

Th     2/23-4/13  3:10 to 4:30pm  2nd-6th     $120

 

NEW-  Teen Activists

Do you want to make a difference in the world? Looking for a peaceful way to make your voice heard before you are able to vote? Join us to discuss the issues you are passionate about and ways you can make the world a better place. PV Rec Center, Room 2, Meagan Fisher

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

W      2/22-4/12  3:10 to 4:30pm  6th-12th    $120

 

NEW- Table Games

The world of games is at our fingertips just waiting to be explored.  In this class watch out for exploding kittens, fight monsters, steal magic items, and dominate the world.  The possibilities are endless. We will be seeing some new tables games like Munchkin, Dominion, and Settler's of Catan while enjoying some classics games like Risk, Chess, and Monopoly. Students are encouraged to bring in any games that they enjoy playing in their homes to share and teach other students about.  Thrive and the class leader will bring in a plethora of excellent games as well.  The opportunity to delve into fantastical worlds and make new friends is what this class is all about. PV Rec Center, Room 1, Nic Eckhart

Day  Date          Time                   Grades      Fee

Th     2/21-4/11  3:10 to 4:30pm  2nd-8th     $120

 

Yoga and Mindfulness

Children's daily lives are filled with emotional, social, and physical challenges and conflicts.  One way to teach children how to deal with the huge range of emotions they feel is to teach them that they can take charge or their emotions instead of their emotions being in charge of them.  This can be taught to very young children simply by introducing them to yoga and mindfulness.  Learning that calming down an over-excited fight or flight response in yourself can be as simple as taking some deep breaths with a caring peer or adult, can be life altering for children.  This class will focus on teaching children how to move their bodies in a healthy way, how to spend some quiet time in their bodies while calming themselves with deep breathing and how to simply just BE.  We may also practice some aspects of Qi Gong and sound therapy.  PV Rec Center, Auditorium, Jenny Johnston. **Materials Needed: Each child should have their own yoga mat and bring it with them to every class.  Clothing needs to be non-restrictive to allow for movement.   Parents will be asked to read over information about the content of this class and asked to complete an agreement regarding consent to the curriculum.

Day  Date          Time                    Grades      Fee

Th     2/23-4/13  3:10 to 4:30pm  3rd-8th      $120