Electives

Our students explore Language & Culture, Community Service & Character Building, Literature & Creative Writing, Family & Consumer Sciences, Health & Nutrition, Environmental Studies, and Public Speaking & Debate. Elective sessions foster critical thinking and creativity while cultivating interests and talents.

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Looking to raise socially responsible and compassionate children? Seek out service opportunities for your family. Providing opportunities for children to volunteer alone, or as a part of the family, instills a broader sense of purpose; it connects them to their world in meaningful ways. Volunteering instills a powerful message in children, empowering them to understand that their actions can have a profound impact on someone or...

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Summer doesn't mean the learning stops! Start saving your recyclables, zip ties, play dishes, and plastic cups, and let the kids have at it!

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Kids love treasure hunts. They also love anything related to pirates and the "search"! Here is a fun way to make a pirate treasure hunt map for your kids using Google maps.

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We love Pool Scrabble! What an easy and creative way to combine learning, fitness, and fun!

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Like to snack at the beach? Easily remove sand from your hands by "washing" them with baby powder! This works great for cleaning kids up after playing in the sand box as well!

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Composting teaches very valuable lessons to children. They learn to recycle and reuse materials in an earth-friendly activity. It also involves dirt, digging, and water–favorite children’s activities.

Composting truly is one of Mother Nature's most miraculous processes. Using only natural means, you're able to turn "waste" into one of the most beautiful and productive growing mediums.

If you haven't experienced it for...

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It doesn't get easier or simpler than this! Whether indoors or outdoors, young or old, this old standby is just your pantry away!

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Does the thought of cleaning out uneaten sandwiches from backpacks and lunch bags for another school year make you feel less than enthusiastic about the start of school? Well, feast your eyes on some of these great and easy lunch ideas! Scroll through these many suggestions and let some of these lunches spark your...

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Science has yet to prove that the earth’s core is not made up of gooey marshmallow crunchies! Take advantage of this shortcoming to teach your children about earth layers, via rice krispie treats.

Fun Quotient: Let’s see. Frosting, sprinkles, krispie treats, and a molten core that looks a little bit disgusting. (The only thing missing to make it kid heaven is a giant trampoline to bounce on while you eat...

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Meditation and children may seem like an odd combination, but remember, those little minds need some cooling off and de-stressing too! Sharing these techniques with your kids may be helpful in warding off anxiety. Practicing these techniques will provide children tools for self-soothing and self care.

1. Chakra Breathing:

Kids do not have the idea of ‘seven chakras’ present within our body. So, start by showing them those 7...

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It's hard to imagine a single career that doesn't have a need for someone who can code. Everything that "just works" has some type of code that makes it run. Coding (a.k.a. programming) is all around us. That's why all the cool kids are coding . . . or should be. Programming is not just the province of pale twenty-somethings in skinny jeans, hunched over three monitors, swigging Red Bull. Not any more! The newest pint-sized coders have...

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Your child might not know where Greece is on the map, but teaching about culture is as close as a game away! These games from different countries are a great and fun way to introduce your children to traditions and cultures different from their own. Playing games is a great way to make the world a "smaller" place!

Chile: Corre, Corre la Guaraca

The fun-to-say game name translates to "Run,...

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Indian corn makes a lovely seasonal appearance this time of year. What happens if you put Indian corn in a pan of water? Indian corn is a decorative hard shelled and colorful corn that is available in the fall at grocery stores, orchards or farmers markets. Place a cob in water and let your kids watch the wonder of nature in action!

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You must visit the DIY Enthusiast to see some of the best pasta ornaments ever to grace a tree! This is a project that is easy, inexpensive, and fun...with an impressive outcome. These projects range from simple to complex. Take a visit to the site and you will be rummaging through your pantry or taking a trip down the pasta isle in...

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Here is a list of 12 awesome free kindle apps for kids! Many of these are educational, all of them are awesome!

12 Free Best Kindle Apps for Kids

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While these are not giant volcanic eruptions, this is a great project that feeds the senses, is easy, and fun! The colorful eruptions are created through harnessing the chemical reaction of citric acid and baking soda. Agitating the reaction by stirring it causes frothy fun!

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  • Lemons I recommend 2 lemons per volcano
  • Baking Soda
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By helping your kids make a small space in the yard specifically for them, you can keep them entertained this summer, teach them responsibility, increase their confidence and keep your plants intact. This project is very simple and completely customizable to your budget and your space ( you could even do it in a pot or planter box if you don't have a yard).

1. Choose and paint fencing for the garden.

2. Mark out the spot...

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You don’t have to be a professional artist or illustrator to create a 3D drawing! By following the simple instructions below, your kids can make their art "pop".

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Floam is so fun! It can be molded and shaped but is also squishy and gooey. It has a really unique texture that is irresistible to touch. The process of making play materials at home is fun and educational, and kids really enjoy playing with materials they make themselves.

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It's always wonderful when the outdoors and technology intersect. These eight apps are a wonderful resource for kids and parents alike. Features include tree, wildflower, and leaf identification as well as the ability to share plant locations via GPS mapping on Twitter.

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Who wouldn't love to become art as you're making art? Kids love anything super size! Here is a fun project to engage gross motor muscles and creativity in one large colorful swoop!

This is an easy art project that only requires large paper, painter's tape, and markers. Grab a bunch of kids and make it a fun playdate or party activity! Guaranteed excitement and curiosity included!

Watch a video of the activity...

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Beat the heat and avoid summer boredom with a few games of Squirt Gun Races. With a few simple items you probably already have around the house. A squirt gun obstacle race course can be created that will keep your kids and their friends entertained for hours. Watching your kids play through the course will keep you entertained as well!

HERE IS WHAT YOU NEED TO GET YOUR SQUIRT GUN RACES GOING.

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Yarning for a creative art project without the mess?

Use yarn!

This is a really low mess, easy art activity that is fun the older crowd as well!

All you need is clear self-adhesive book covering (which we call contact paper), scissors, some tape and some colored yarn. That’s it.

Tape the self-adhesive paper, sticky side up, to a sheet of paper directly onto the table. You just need to add a...

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Follow the simple instructions from the folks at The36thaveneue and make these colorful balls that actually bounce! Made of 5 simple ingredients, the creating process is as fun as the finished product.

Ingredients

  • ½ Cup Warm Water
  • 1 Tb Borax
  • 1 Tb of Cornstarch
  • 2 Tb White Liquid Glue
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Tutoring Services

The Growing Room Academy provides Private Tutoring at all of our locations after school. Tutoring sessions can be requested and scheduled with one of our skilled staff of tutors anytime.

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The Growing Room Academy provides hands-on enrichment classes at the Growing Room after school. These classes are available to all students and are an affordable way to learn sports, STEM, music and so much more.