At CWC Hollywood, we believe that children deserve a wide array of opportunities to explore their imaginations, develop their thinking and express their individual intelligence and perspective about the world. We are proud of the holistic way in which we support all children, both within grade-level classrooms and within our many enrichment classes. Read below to learn more about the various enrichments programs at CWC Hollywood, all of which are creative opportunities for CWC-Hollywood students to connect with other people and to stretch and grow creatively, physically, emotionally and socially.
Class Game Time/Physical Education:
At CWC-H, each class experiences our physical education program through something called Class Game Time (CGT). CGT is run by our Coach, who designs a unique curriculum that combines physical fitness/skill building with social-emotional learning. Deeply inspired and trained in the Playworks model (www.playworks.org), our Coach’s recess and CGT program is rooted in the power of offering well-structured, supported play this is inclusive of all children. During CGT, students learn fun group games that foster imagination and creativity. Through these games they practice and apply conflict resolution and communication skills while also learning about teamwork and group problem-solving, a crucial and important part of our larger approach to Peacemaking .
Junior Coach Program: We believe that kids have innate leadership abilities and, when set up successfully, will step up to the authentic and ever-increasing responsibility of maintaining safe, respectful and fun play with one another. Starting in 3rd grade, CWC students can apply to be a Junior Coach and Peacemaking Leader. Those who are accepted to this program have previously demonstrated being exceptional peacemakers who are ready to formalize their roles as conflict resolution leaders who, along with teachers, facilitate game stations and take on the responsibility of helping fellow students with conflict resolution and problem solving while on the yard. Junior Coaches participate in advanced conflict-resolution trainings, refining their ability to support their peers so that they can be even more impactful as role models within our community.
Visual Arts: CWC is very proud of our visual arts program. Students experience visual arts 1-2 times per week, where they participate in a rich curriculum that fosters their skills as artists who have opportunities to explore and create art works in a variety of different mediums. Students learn how to develop their imaginations, self-expression and ideas through both independent and group projects. Like all things at CWC, our visual arts program incorporates and embeds a great deal of collaboration and group problem solving, therefore presenting yet another authentic opportunity for students to practice and apply their social-emotional learning and ability to work with others. Art is taught both as a stand-alone and valuable domain of its own while also being integrated into the curricular topics and themes of each grade level. To learn more about our visual arts program, read our art teachers blog: http://weareartists.edublogs.org/
Peacemaking: Students will participate in a weekly community-building and teaching block that is dedicated wholly to conflict resolution and teaching students to be better peacemakers and citizens within our classrooms and larger school community. During this time, students are provided with the knowledge, skills, and tools within a supportive, safe and nurturing environment in which they can see, experience, and practice positive communication, conflict resolution, and mutual respect. We draw on a number of peacekeeping/curricular resources to develop these Peacemaking lessons at CWC. Examples include Responsive Classroom, Cool Tools, The Compassionate Classroom, Connected and Respected, and The Mosaic Project, among others. Community building, supported by these programs, will give students the opportunity to explore the values in a safe and supportive environment. All progress reports, shared with families twice a year, include detailed comments about our students’ social emotional development and ability to independently apply our peacemaking values and citizenship skills.
Music and Performing Arts: CWC’s music program includes opportunities for students to sing songs, play instruments and create musical compositions of their own, which oftentimes are combined with other areas of performance art (theater, dance, etc.). Students learn to describe music in terms related to basic elements (melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, timbre, form and style). As part of their development as performers, students are introduced to the roles, processes, and actions used when performing and composing their own music and eventually presenting those pieces to others. Throughout all of this, students are exposed to music from different cultures and the rich musical traditions from around the world. As with visual arts, music is both taught as a stand-alone and valuable domain of its own while also integrated and connected to the curricular topics and themes at each grade level.
Spanish: In 2012, CWC Hollywood was thrilled to begin the pilot year of our Spanish language program for our 4th graders. Our approach to teaching Spanish incorporates a FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) program, which focuses on the five C’s of language learning: “Communication, Cultures, Comparisons, Connections, and Communities” as developed by the U.S. Department of Education and American Council of the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Students in 4th grade receive two 45-minutes classes a week in immersive Spanish, focusing on the arts and kinesthetic learning modalities. Spanish language is also applied to and connected to the over-arching social studies/science themes taught throughout the year, further encouraging our interdisciplinary approach to education. In addition to the Spanish language blocks woven into the weekly schedule for our 4th graders, Spanish is also offered for all grade levels within our after school enrichment program (see below).
After School Program Enrichments: Within our own homegrown after school program, we offer many enrichment opportunities every trimester. Classes run for approximately ten weeks and appeal to a wide array of interests. While the roster of classes changes slightly each trimester, students can expect to choose from a slate of classes that will often include options like: Hip hop Dance, Tae Kwon Do, Gardening, Spanish, Lego Robotics, Mad Science, Advanced Studio Art, Private Guitar or Piano, Rock Band, Sewing, and Yoga. While a flat fee is required for participation in these classes, a number of spaces are reserved for discounts or full scholarships each trimester.