NEW- more options for 5th-8th graders
Project Based Learning
and STEM classes
More details- including pricing and dates are still coming together.
Email ThriveChico@live.com to let us know you are interested and we will let you know as more details come together.
There are some amazing opportunities for TEENS including an internship, classes such as video game programming, yoga and King of Random and a main block just for teens. Please spread the word to your friends with teenagers.
View our full schedule and register here.
We accept POs from all local charters.
MLT (Major League Teens), age 13-18, Wednesdays 11 to 3: Teens take the lead in this open structured, social environment. Everything from video games to King of Random science projects to lip sync competitions to LAN parties and Dungeons and Dragons. Join us and make this class as awesome as you want it to be. The advisor will be there to support teens in making safe, respectful decisions and providing them the supplies and space to do what they are interested in.
Group decisions regarding appropriate behavior will be made collaboratively which means some groups may allow conversations, video and game content and language not appropriate for all Thrive classes. Teens will be expected to continue to uphold appropriate standards around younger students and will always be expected to be respectful of each other, the supplies and the space. If you have any input, questions or concerns please consult with us.
Materials Needed: Students may bring their own laptops, gaming devices and other activity supplies as desired. Parents and students will be asked to complete an agreement regarding conversation, video and game content, behavior and language expectations and use of personal supplies during class.
Teen Internship, age 13-18, Tuesdays 9:30 to 3 and Thursdays 11 to 3: Do you enjoy working with younger homeschoolers and learning about animals? Join us and gain valuable career skills and work experience as a helper in our homeschool program and assistant animal presenter. During class time students will work on interview and resume building skills. Time will also be spent to learn child development and animal presentation techniques- specifically those needed to help the Nature Center and our programs.
Many charters count this toward needed volunteer hours. Ask your charter teacher if you would like to count this yourself. During main blocks (11am to 3pm) students will be assigned to work under an adult class leader to assist with classroom management and project leading. Some main block hours will be spent caring for and presenting the Nature Center's Animals to our students.
Important Notes: Teen Internship students must attend Tuesdays 9:30am to 3pm and Thursdays 11am to 3pm. Teen Interns are expected to uphold a professional level of decorum that some teens are not ready for. Please discuss and assess this before registering. Some interns may be asked to discontinue if they are not appropriate role models for the younger students. Fee schedule is at the Silver Level ($325 per 6 week session) and allows them to take one extra class of their choice as well. Students could also pay at the Gold Level ($500 per 6 week session) and take more classes and main blocks around their Teen Internship hours. Teen Interns must bring their own packed lunches. Teens may check themselves in and out. Teens will not be allowed to leave during their scheduled hours unless arrangements have been made with their parents.
Classes that include Teens and Tweens:
View our full schedule and register here.
Adventures in Baking, age 7-14, Heidi Blanchard: Come and stir-up delicious baked creations in a fun-filled, student-centered kitchen. Students will learn how to read and follow a recipe (and add some personal touches!), crack eggs, use a hand held beater, measure ingredients and more. Quick breads, muffins, cupcakes and cookies will be baked and enjoyed together.
Materials Needed: Students will be assigned various ingredients ($8 value max) to bring to class. Students unable to bring ingredients are still welcome to join us.
Conversational Spanish, age 8-14, Meagan Fischer: This course introduces and enhances the fundamental elements of the Spanish language using a verbal immersion conversational style. Emphasis is on the progressive development of basic listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Activities are presented with an emphasis on cultural context and awareness. This is a great class for students of ALL LEVELS to practice and enhance their skills in a progressive style. This class may be taken all school year to continue learning or just for one six week session.
Guitar, age 9-16, Zach Cowan: Let’s take time to learn about the instrument, basic notes, melodies and chords in this beginning level course. 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.
Materials Needed: Each student is required to have their own (acoustic) guitar. For those buying, may we recommend a nylon string guitar? It’s easier on young fingers. Tuners, such as a “Snark,” are strongly encouraged, as tuning by ear is an art in itself.
Hand Drumming, ages 10-17, Zach Cowan: 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.
Materials Needed: Children need to have their own instrument – djembe or conga, or cowbell or shaker will contribute nicely.
Homeschoolers' Yearbook, age 9-16, Christine Hood: Help create and keep memories of our year of homeschooling. Join a group of fellow homeschoolers to create this special yearbook made for the homeschoolers of Butte County. Students will develop skills in graphic design, design layout, digital photography and team work. We recommend students choose this class each session throughout the rest of the school year to see the project to completion.
King of Random, age 9-18, Collin Dever: Grant Thompson, YouTube star of "The King of Random" brings you projects, experiments, lifehacks and mad science, many of which are "downright dangerous and should not be tried at home" and many just look amazing to try. We will watch King of Random videos together and decide collaboratively which we'd like to try (with safety in mind, of course). Everything from water balloon slingshots to glow in the dark magic mud to matchbox rockets to self freezing soda to homemade gummy candy. Join us and help us decide which awesome projects to do.
Materials Needed: Students may be asked to bring supplies from home for various projects (not to exceed a $10 value).
Learning Games, grade TK - 8th, Jenny Johnston: This course is filled with learning and based on playing GAMES! Children will receive a progress chart on the first day of class with certain requirements to be completed during the 6 week session. Examples of this are - complete one puzzle, complete one game that involves money, complete one game that involves spelling.....etc. The requirements will be based on their abilities so I will provide puzzles from 25 pieces to 500 pieces and spelling games from Boggle to Scrabble, etc..... Students are welcome to bring their favorite games/activity from home to share with their friends. Once a student completes all the requirements on their progress chart, they are free to fill the rest of their time with games and activities of their own choosing.
Martial Arts with Azad’s, age 4.5 to 16 (presented in various age levels), Azad’s Martial Arts Center: Your child will enjoy an exciting and fun martial arts curriculum that teaches a wide variety of martial arts techniques and key life lessons that are important to child's safety and success. Azad’s kids martial arts classes help children enter society with a confident and enthusiastic outlook. Your child will become a better student in school, a better listener at home and feel more ambitious towards his/her future goals regardless of their young age!
Nerf Boot Camp, age 9-14, Mason Poppe: This class is presented as an age appropriate military style boot camp training. A "Master Sargent" will train the students in hurdling walls, shooting range/target practice, calisthenics and obstacle courses, as they train to succeed at Nerf battle games. This is great for PE credits. Time will also be spent sharing about, researching and comparing Nerf and Nerf style toys.
Materials Needed: All students must bring their own Nerf or Nerf style toys. Nerf compatible darts will be provided for use during class. As toy weapons are not allowed in the rest of Thrive classes these must be stored safely in the Thrive office or taken home when students are not in class.
Special Projects, age 4.5-18, Emmeline Hawley and Meagan Fischer: This is a calm space designed for students to work on the project(s) or research of their choice. Students will come up with a list of possible projects or research areas. The adult's role is to help students find the supplies they need and encourage students to stay focused. Students choose the project or research area they are excited about. At the end students will put together a "project fair" sharing their projects and research with families and fellow students.
Video Game Programming, age 9-17, Collin Dever: Learn the basics of computer programming with fun and engaging projects designed to give students a strong foundation to build on. This class will make use of both Scratch and Python programming languages. Created by MIT, Scratch, is a creative computer programming language designed to engage with and help kids take their first steps into programming. Using Scratch, children will get to create animations interactive stories and games. Python is one of the most popular and powerful programming languages today, it is used for everything from making games to complex science applications, and used by companies like Google and Netflix. No programming experience needed. This class focuses on critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students will be able to work at their own level with the program that fits their skills best.
Materials Needed: All students must bring a laptop to class. We do have a few to loan, please inquire if needed.
Virtual Animal Tour Creation, age 9-17, Christine Hood: Create a virtual tour of the animals of the Nature Center that will actually be used by Nature Center visitors. Students will work together to design and create mini videos with research and information about each animal. Nature Center guests will be able to interact with these videos using their smart phones/devices. This is a great way to learn about animals, give back to the community, and learn new technology skills. High Schoolers: ask your charter teacher about using this course to count toward your community service hours.
Yoga and Mindfulness, grade 3rd-8th, Jenny Johnston: (younger children permitted based on their TRUE ability to participate in this class) 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.
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.
Yoga and Mindfulness for Teens, grade 6th-12th, Jenny Johnston: Teen's daily lives are filled with emotional, social, and physical challenges and conflicts. One way to teach teenagers how to cope with the emotions they feel in a positive way is to integrate yoga and mindfulness into their life. For teenagers to learn how to calm down feelings of anxiety, overwhelm and stress opens a door to more peace and calm in their lives. This class will focus on teaching students how to move their bodies in a healthy way, how to spend some quiet time in their bodies and learning that they are capable of calming themselves with deep breathing. It is VITAL that teenagers in today's society realize that it is actually healthy to simply just BE. We do not need to always be in a state of distraction and yoga and mindfulness allow for a way to just BE. We may practice some aspects of Qi Gong and sound therapy.
Materials Needed: Each student 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.