Elementary School Electives 2016-2017

Adventure for Kids: (Grades 2-4)

Outdoor activities and fun-to-do craft projects that will get kids acquainted with facts about nature, identify different insects and birds, recognize different kinds of rocks, read a map, tie knots, etc. There is a $25 supply fee.  Course offered contingent on enrollment.

Archery: (Grades 2-4)

This course is hands on with learning the basic art of archery.  Instructor of Level 2 USA Archery program will teach your child the safety and instruction of archery.  Fiberglass SA Sports bows and quality light target arrows are provided.  1 teacher/4 students. $30 supply fee/student. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

Basketball: (Girls Grades 2-4)

We will focus on the fundamentals of the game. Through ball handling drills and shooting games, we will enhance the girls’ skills. The goal is to help each child develop at their own individual pace in a fun environment. In addition, they will also learn the rules of play and practice drills for home. $25 supply fee. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

Bricks4Kidz:

Junior Builders/Junior Builders STEM (Grades PK-1): Younger students build fun and simple models using LEGO® Technic bricks, allowing them to build in a scale designed for their little hands.  By playing with and manipulating the models, younger children are introduced to pulleys, levers, gears, wheels and axles while exploring energy, buoyancy, and balance.  In our STEM class we take building one step further and incorporate STEM concepts with each of the builds.  A STEM worksheet will be provided with each build. (STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)

Motorized Machines (Grades 1-4): This class will build and explore complex machines and mechanisms using LEGO® Technic bricks and accessories which include gears, axles, electric motors, sensors and remote controls.

Master Builders STEM (Grades K-4): Your budding engineer will investigate motorized machines and study gearing mechanisms in an engaging way that makes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) concepts fun.  We will also introduce challenge builds that use our proprietary LEGO® Technic project kit and challenges the student to take building to a higher level.  STEM worksheets will be provided with each build.

Chess: (Grades 2-4)

USA Chess has been offering exciting chess instruction to elementary school children for almost 20 years. USA chess is the largest provider of chess instruction in Texas and teaches in over 50 schools in Houston and Dallas. Each session consist of ½ hour lesson and ½ hour practice and play. Our instruction is based upon our experienced chess teacher’s evaluation of the abilities in the class. Beginners to more advanced players are welcome! Course offered contingent on enrollment.

Circus Arts: Chimal Circus Acts: (Grades 1-4)

Coach Alex is a professional 4th generation circus performer, coach and choreographer with over 35 years of experience. Students will have the safest training on fun circus arts activities such as juggling, unicycles, balance on low wire, hula hooping, acrobatics on tumble track, and aerial silks, hoop, or trapeze as well as teaching performance of these skills.

Club Sports: (Grades PK-4)

Each week Coach Trent Craig will cover a sports unit and will incorporate the philosophy of FFL–Fun, Fitness, and Learning.  The following units will be covered–soccer, flag football, baseball, tennis, basketball, capture the flag, dodgeball, and golf/frisbee golf with additional games and activities possible.  Basic skills, fundamentals, rules, and strategy are taught and incorporated into healthy, kid friendly competition with an emphasis on teamwork, fairness, good sportsmanship, accountability, encouragement, unselfishness, and leadership.

Cooking: (Grades 1-4)

Calling all cooks! Ever want to teach your children the importance of kitchen safety and use of kitchen appliances? And, how about how to make healthy choices or to help with shopping lists? Well, this class is for you. Lions in the Kitchen will teach your student basic kitchen safety, how to read labels and recipes, using kitchen tools, how to follow a recipe, using the microwave and small oven, planning meals, making healthy choices and even dining etiquette and manners. Class will be broken down into two sections – 1st & 2nd graders and 3rd & 4th graders. There will be a $25 supply fee for this course. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

CYT Theater: (Grades PK-4)

CYT @ school is an exciting introduction to Musical Theater taught by an experienced CYT teacher/director! During this 2 hour class each Friday, students will get to experience a musical production from start to finish. They will learn how to audition for a theatrical production; rehearse an elementary musical; and perform their show for an audience at the end of the semester. Come join us for all the fun! Class is contingent on enrollment.

Drawing: Young Rembrandts (Grades PK-4)

Young Rembrandts Drawing teaches drawing – the fundamental skill of visual arts-and coloring techniques to children. Students will have a different lesson each time, including an art history lesson. The classes are fun and engaging. The unique, proven method and step-by-step curriculum foster a wealth of skills such as fine motor skills, handwriting readiness and attention to detail. Children taught using our method of develop increased patience, persistence, discipline and focus as well as increasing their art vocabulary, expanding their creativity, imagination and confidence. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

Fencing: Alliance Fencing Academy: (Grades K-4)

Alliance Fencing Academy brings Legacy the elegant sport of fencing, always popular in Europe, is now gaining phenomenal popularity in the United States and in the Greater Houston area. Many Americans are discovering the benefits of fencing such as helping young people gain admission and scholarships to prestigious universities, as well as providing a life-long sport in which physique and age are not limitations. Fencing is often referred to as “Physical Chess” as it develops both your mind and body. Come join in the fun! Do something different!

Gardening: (Grades 2-4)

Learn basic gardening knowledge including: Soils, planting seasons, composting, and will plant a school garden. Will gain knowledge about nutrition in the garden and how to care for plants. There will be a $25 supply fee for this course. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

Golf: TGA Golf (Grades K-4)

TGA Premier Junior Golf will be offering Golf for grades 1-4. Students will progress through two TGA levels! All equipment is provided by TGA. In this course, students will learn through drills, games and challenges. They will also be introduced to course rules and golf etiquette. Skills include: putting, chipping, “3/4” swing and full swing. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

Guitar: Lessons on the Go Guitar (Grades 2-4)

Guitar 101 by Lessons on The Go – Guitar 101 is a fun, interactive course that fosters a love of music and makes playing the guitar a fun experience for every student. This program focuses on music theory, technique, rhythm, stage performance, reading charts, and so much more! Students learn new skills through contemporary songs to make learning an exciting, confidence building experience. Students will be responsible for providing a guitar for the class.

Gymnastics: Chimal Circus Arts

Gymnastics (Grades 2-4): Coach Alex Chimal is a certified gymnastics coach with USA Gymnastics and has coached gymnastics at a competitive level. He has 35 years of acrobatic experience as a professional circus performer, trainer and spotter. Gymnastics benefits students in any of the sports as well as the cheer leading class. Students will work on balance, gross motor skills, flexibility and strength as well as teaching safety.  We bring a tumble track, bars, rings, mats, balance beam and mini trampoline.

Hip/Hop Dance: Excelsior School of Dance: (Grades 1-4)

This Hip Hop class is designed for beginner and experienced boys and girls. Each student will learn how to count elementary and intermediate grade music, while acquiring musicality through games and combinations as we work through the steps together in a fun-filled Christian environment. They will have a hands on experience with the anatomy of their muscles by learning how to use them to accomplish a movement goal, as well as, gather the importance of working together in a group. They will also gain performance quality and confidence with the memorization of the exercises we do throughout the semester which we will integrate into a year-end dance. There will be a $25 supply fee for this course.

Homework Help: (Grades PK-4)

Ever wish you had just another hour for your student to do homework? Here’s your chance…Homework Help is a study hall for elementary students. Students and parents can get the best of both worlds… Students can enjoy the fun of participating in Friday electives and parents can feel confident that they are able to complete a little homework too! In this class, students are required to bring some sort of homework or reading material to each class period. Class will work like a study hall where students are required to do quiet, independent school work. Electronic devices, etc. will not be allowed. Homework Help will be monitored by a staff/faculty member who will be able to assist the students if needed. Course will be offered regardless of enrollment.

Kids for Jesus: (Grades PK-4)

“Kids for Jesus is an interactive Bible study club that not only studies God’s word but brings it to life in fun and exciting new ways your child will love! Students will read stories, do crafts, plan and complete mission projects, and even do experiments to learn what the Bible says about being a disciple and having Christ-like character!”

Lil Lion Basketball: (Boys Grades 2-4)

Lil Lion Basketball is for kids who want to have FUN while learning the sport of basketball! In this course, Legacy PE/Club Sports Coach Trent Craig will cover basic fundamentals and skills of basketball such as dribbling, passing, shooting, rules, and strategy. There will be drills, kid friendly competitions, and scrimmage play. Conditioning, teamwork, and good sportsmanship are also strongly emphasized in every class. $25 supply fee. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

Literature in the Kitchen: (Grades PK-1)

Literature in the kitchen is a fun class for students who enjoy the “reading and cooking” combination. The students will be introduced to books about foods from another countries or foods from an exciting story. Then the fun continues with the students cooking/baking what they’ve read. There will be a $15 supply fee for this course. There will be a $25 supply fee for this course. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

Martial Arts: DoJo Martial Arts

(Grades PK-K): The Dojo Dragons is a program specially design for young students between the ages of 4 – 6 years. This class is an age- appropriate, fun filled class that focuses on teaching the students to not only do karate, but learn important lessons that will aid them as they move towards their school age years. Parents who enroll their child into a Dojo Dragons class notice that their “little one” becomes more focused, more coordinated, able to take turns, as well as, developing better social skills. Students also learn important self-defense skills such as not talking to strangers, recognizing child lures, remembering your telephone number, fire safety, and avoiding poisonous household products. *** This class meets once a week at Legacy on Fridays and additional training days at the Dojo studio are included with the class. All uniforms and belt testing is included in the cost. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

(Grades 1-2): Martial Arts I & II is a class specially designed for children ages 6 – 11 years. This class allows students to mentally and physically improve themselves through learning the martial art of Chun Kuk Do. Although the class is fast paced and uses game styled activities, students are encouraged to pay attention to detail and that every skill they learn will build into another more detailed skill later. The teachers of this class facilitate this by giving constant attention to each student, encouraging students to demonstrate what they have learned to the class, and participating in positive forms of, in class, competition. In addition to learning physical karate, students are taught and encouraged to act and think like a Black Belt. Students learn that being a Black Belt means much more that just knowing a few punches and kicks. A Black Belt means being dedicated to trying your very best in every class, as well as, outside activities. Students also learn that Black Belts are respectful to everyone they meet and that the actual use of the techniques they learn in class is always the absolute last choice in every situation. *** This class meets once a week at Legacy on Fridays and additional training days at the Dojo studio are included with the class. All uniforms and belt testing is included in the cost. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

(Grades 3-4): Martial Arts I & II is a class specially designed for children ages 6 – 11 years. This class allows students to mentally and physically improve themselves through learning the martial art of Chun Kuk Do. Although the class is fast paced and uses game styled activities, students are encouraged to pay attention to detail and that every skill they learn will build into another more detailed skill later. The teachers of this class facilitate this by giving constant attention to each student, encouraging students to demonstrate what they have learned to the class, and participating in positive forms of, in class, competition. In addition to learning physical karate, students are taught and encouraged to act and think like a Black Belt. Students learn that being a Black Belt means much more than just knowing a few punches and kicks. A Black Belt means being dedicated to trying your very best in every class, as well as, outside activities. Students also learn that Black Belts are respectful to everyone they meet and that the actual use of the techniques they learn in class is always the absolute last choice in every situation. *** This class meets once a week at Legacy on Fridays and additional training days at the Dojo studio are included with the class. All uniforms and belt testing is included in the cost. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

Nutty Scientists: (Grades PK-4)

Fun, interactive, hands-on, and above all educational science classes through innovative teaching techniques and curriculum from The Nutty Scientists. Each week, we will cover a different topic in chemistry, physics, astronomy, biology, anatomy, engineering or technology.  Nutty Scientists is all about getting your kids excited and passionate about science!

Piano: Lessons on the Go Piano: (Grades PK-4)

Students will learn proper technique, theory, and music vocabulary from experienced staff members from Lessons on the Go. In addition to reading and practicing music, students will also learn about famous composers, the history of music, and be exposed to different (appropriate) music genres and styles. Students will need a keyboard or piano at home to practice weekly songs from curriculum. Course offered contingent on enrollment.

Reading Workshop: (Grades 1-2)

In Reading workshop, we work with a small group of students on skills depending on their needs. Whether it is phonemic awareness, work attack skills, fluency, or reading comprehension your child is struggling with this course will help them build self-confidence as they strengthen and become better readers.  Most of all we want to make reading meaningful and fun while instilling a love for reading. Course is offered contingent on enrollment.

Soccer Shots: (Grades PK-4)

Soccer Shot is a nationally recognized program that offers a high-energy, fun and age appropriate introduction to the wonderful game of soccer to both boys and girls. In addition, Soccer Shots works on improving children’s gross motor skills and teaches children important concepts such as teamwork, sharing and respect. You can go to www.youtube.com/user/SoccerShotsLLC to learn more about Soccer Shots or go to www.soccershots.org.

Spanish: (Grades K-4)

Elementary Spanish:  Parents and teachers know children learn language by using language to make sense in their world.  In this class rather than relying on drills and memorization to learn Spanish, children participate in meaningful projects and interactive games.  In the process of all this making and doing, children hear and try a new language, Spanish!

In this Spanish Elementary Class, students will be doing the following:

They will learn the basic sound of letters and vowels.
Learn vocabulary related to daily living.
Will complete crafts/worksheets related to the lesson.
Students will learn about the traditions and geography of Spanish speaking countries.

Tennis: (Grades 2-4)

Certified tennis professional Trent Craig (USPTA and PBI) will offer tennis clinics in addition to his Club Sports elective class and Tuesday/Thursday PE classes at Legacy. Trent has over 23 years of tennis teaching experience in Texas, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Anguilla, and the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. The class will cover tennis strokes such as the volley, forehand/backhand groundstrokes, and serve with a major emphasis on fundamentals of those strokes–positioning, strategy, racquet/ball control, and foundations of tennis will also be incorporated as themes. These classes will be structured differently than typical clinics in this area–there will be lots of instruction and teaching incorporated into the fun and competition, not just drills and games. There will also be very little standing in line, with time between strokes often being utilized for movement, conditioning, and FUN! If you are looking for a tennis clinic that will incorporate lots of learning into fun and kid friendly competition, this is it! Enrollment limited to 8 students per class.

Video Creation: USA Chess (Grades 2-4)

Build your very own Video Game!  Children learn to create their own video game using the popular Kodu Program by Microsoft.  Children create their world and then program interaction, battles, tasks, and more.