Classes

AFTER SCHOOL ARTS PROGRAM

The Serious Fun After School program begins September 11, 2017 and is open on all public school days, except for District holidays, ½ days and clerical days.  Please visit our Calendar page to view the Serious Fun 2017-18 Program Calendar.  We partner with a bus company for one way pickup from local Astoria schools, click here for more information on Transportation. To see what classes are offered at each site and to start your child’s enrollment, click  here.  Click here for more information on Registration.

At this time, we do not provide full day camps for the Midwinter Recess in December-January, the Winter Recess in February, and the Spring Recess for Passover, Good Friday and Easter.

There is no Serious Fun program on the District dates scheduled for afternoon elementary school Parent-Teacher Conferences, for Chancellor’s Professional Development Days, and for Chancellor Mandated School District Clerical Days.

A Sample Day at Serious Fun
(individual programs may vary)

2:30-3:25 Children arrivals (including bus children)/snack/social time
2:45-3:15 Indoor table or indoor/outdoor active play, all ages together as they arrive
Grades K-1 3:30-4:15         sports/arts class
  4:15-5:00         homework help/quiet time
Grades 2-5 3:15-4:30         homework help/quiet time
  4:30-5:15         sports/arts activity
5:00-5:35 Outdoor/Indoor play, divided by age
5:45 Program ends, pick ups.


Class Descriptions:

Ballet: Ballet is taught to classical music in a graceful yet energetic approach through group and individual instruction.  Classical ballet steps are taught; designed to strengthen coordination, build body awareness, flexibility, self expression and introduce technical elements of the practice and its terminologies. Ballet students enjoy building strength, agility, stamina, and grace as they progress. Classes include a complete ballet warm-up, ballet steps that move across the floor, and learning a ballet dance based on a traditional classical ballet to be perform at end of  session.

Build A Play: Here students will have a balanced experience of both performance and technical theater. The participation in group and pair activities are meant to build connections, memory and “chivalry” skills. As a group the students learn when to be the focus of attention and how to allow others to shine as well. Students will learn basic lighting techniques through play with flashlights and colored gel demonstrations.  They will sketch, then build, a small scale model of a set for a play/movie scene of their choosing.  Students will work collectively in writing a script, creating all props for sets and costumes for the final production.

Cartooning:  Through the use of step by step instruction, students will learn how to draw some well known and less familiar characters, while being introduced to a variety of mediums: pencils, micron pens, markers and watercolors.  By learning how established cartoonists work, students will go on to design their own characters and create their own comic strips.  Students will work independently to create personal mini comics, and work together to create a class produced comic book and cartoon character paper mural.

Drawing & Painting: All children love being creative when given the chance!  In this class students will be shown a basic approach to and knowledge of drawing and painting.  Focus will be given to the materials involved, how to draw, and how to view and interpret the world within different visual mediums. Students will be introduced to materials and color, and how to use them. Creative activities have been shown to develop basic maths skills like geometry, measuring, and sorting, and can provide a positive outlet through which to express emotions. Painting, drawing, cutting and pasting all help to develop fine motors skills. Students will be encouraged to develop their motor coordination, and visual perception through this creative play.

Easy Español    Easy Espanol  
Spanish visual literacy, cognitive skills development, art appreciation and cultural awareness all in one fun class!
Our goal is to promote visual and language literacy in Spanish at an early age, and to give students the basic language skills they will need to start using Spanish in their homes and neighborhoods. We also aim to foster an appreciation for the Spanish language and culture in our fun and casual setting.  During the new school year children will begin to learn the language by participating in our Spanish immersion program; this means that kids will be surrounded by the Spanish language during each session. We will employ music, books, poetry and games in Spanish. While enjoying the many fun activities we have planned, our children will learn both the educational concept and the Spanish Language at the same time!
Each class is designed incorporating grammatical instruction, vocabulary-enhancing projects, Spanish books, traditional Spanish folk songs, kinesthetic activities, games, interactive books, poetry, art and music.  Classes will require the purchase of class materials.
LEVEL I – Cuentos y VocabularioCaperucita Roja
Ages:
5 – 6
Course Description:  
This is a structured Spanish program, where story time, songs and Spanish culture are introduced. This program reinforces the emphasis on accent and pronunciation. Literature that illustrates the theme of the class will be displayed as well as didactic material. A workbook will be used throughout the duration of the  school year $25.00. Previous instruction is not required.
LEVEL II – Mi mundo en español Colega 1
Ages:
7 – 11
Course Description:
This is a structured Spanish program where vocabulary acquisition is encouraged based on singing, playing and crafting all in Spanish. This course emphasizes oral communication and listening comprehension so students begin to feel comfortable with the sounds of the new language through the use of music and games.
In this class, they will learn the sounds of the alphabet, basic greetings and vocabulary related to school, meals and games. This course is great for Hispanic Heritage children and students who have studied the language or have been previously exposed to it, although previous instruction is not required. A textbook & workbook will be used throughout the duration of the school year. Easy/Fun homework will be occasionally assigned.
Materials:
Textbook, Workbook & Audio CD  ($45)

LEVEL III – Hablo y leo en español!  / Dual Language Learners
Ages:
6 – 11
Course Description:
This is a course specially designed for 6-11 year old who are part of a regular Dual Language program during the day.  This class will focus on homework help plus:
• Interactive read-aloud and literature discussion
• Shared and performance reading
• Writing about reading
• Oral, visual & technological communication
• Phonics, spelling and word study
• Guided reading
• Cultural awareness & love for the language
Materials:
Historietas & Pasatiempos book ($25)

Guitar: Students will learn skills and techniques that can immediately be turned into fun on the guitar!  Students will study selections from Hal Leonard’s “Guitar for Kids”.  Popular songs keep the children motivated, and the clean, simple page layouts ensure their attention remains focused on one concept at a time.  Students will be introduced to the basics of the Guitar: correct holding of the instrument and posture, identifying strings and parts of the guitar, as well as rhythm exercises.  Less experienced students will learn how to play simple songs, while the more experienced students will be introduced to guitar riffs and scales, and some basic soloing.  Students will experiment with the mechanics, acoustics, pitch and sound quality of the guitar.

Keyboards: Keyboard students learn proper positioning of the hands, posture, note names and chords.   Learning simple songs allows students to play scales, and prepare them to learn chords.  Students then progress to  playing melody and harmony with both right and left hands.  Rhythm exercises are taught to prepare students to play songs selected for them, while the singing of notes will help the theory get “into their heads.”  Students will be introduced to the musical staff, clef, and ledger  while learning note names.

Musical Theater:  In Musical Theater at Serious Fun, students will learn the basic principals of singing, acting, and dancing. Students will be able to apply these techniques to storytelling, using both preexisting stories, and stories created by the students themselves. By the end of the year, students will have dabbled in music, dance, songwriting, script, and design, and will apply all of these skills into a final presentation written and performed by the students themselves.

Puppet Theater:  Immersed in the imaginative world of puppetry, students will explore storytelling through creative writing and improvisation.  Students will create puppets, and learn to use their bodies and voices expressively through activities and performances in order to develop unique puppet characters.  Students will be encouraged to make use of their personal experience for artistic expression, while building respect for their own work.  While contributing positively and responsibly to ensemble efforts, they will begin to identify, understand and apply the vocabulary and basic elements of dramatic structure.  Their learning experience will culminate in a collaboratively written puppet play.

Sculpture: The art of sculpture encourages our students to work with their hands fostering self-exploration and imagination through their three dimensional mini creations. Working with multiple materials students will be exposed to a vast variety of mediums, colors and subject matter that can express different themes, sensibilities, feelings, motifs, cultures or seasons.  While ensuring a fun environment; one where the children will find joy in the process of hands on creativity, they will be introduced to new and various materials, challenging their dexterity. Students will transform objects; learn how to make a mask and cast it using a secondary material, learn to mix colors to paint their creations, and combine opposing materials both hard and soft as part of their endless creations.

Soccer: Students learn the fundamentals of soccer, gaining the techniques of  kicking, passing, shooting, dribbling and trapping. While gaining a further understanding and knowledge of the game, students will gain an understanding of teamwork, healthy competitiveness and good sportsmanship. Through soccer, students will become more aware of their surroundings, and develop eye/foot coordination.  Students will enjoy a positive and safe environment of learning soccer and develop a lifelong love for sports.

Tap:  Students learn to tap to energetic music in dynamic ways, through various group sizes, and individual instruction.  Tap steps learned will build in complexity throughout the session, helping them to develop and practice social, physical, and gross motor skills. Students delight in learning rhythmical sequences as they build their coordination and confidence. Classes include a comprehensive tap dance warm-up, practice traveling tap steps, and tap dance games; all part of the experience and preparation  for our end of session choreographed ensemble.

Violin: This music education applies the basic principles of language acquisition to music instruction as developed by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki.  Students  learn the correct hold of the instrument and bow, and their proper care and maintenance. Through body mechanics and rhythm exercises students will create a clean and strong sound preparing them for song play from Suzuki Violin Book I. More advanced students will play higher level songs from Book I and may progress to play songs in Suzuki Violin Book II, as well as how to play 2-3 scales.

 

Serious Fun is registered with the State of New York as a licensed School Age Child Care.  As a registered child care provider, the cost of the Serious Fun program and transportation can be deducted from federal income taxes for families that qualify. Click here for information on the Child Care Tax Deduction. Click here for information on using employer Dependent Care Savings Accounts to pay for your child care expenses.