Summer Workshops

This summer, Classroom Matters is excited to offer some of our most popular workshops again! In addition to these workshops, we offer one-on-one content and standardized test prep tutoring during the summer months. Please view our Registration Fees and Cancellation Policy.

Summer Writing Program

For over a decade, Classroom Matters has offered the Bay Area’s premier essay writing workshop. Our program aims to prepare students ages 12-17 to write better, more cohesive essays in an intensive, week-long workshop.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION We focus on a variety of components essential to expository essay writing. From literary analysis to shaping and supporting a strong thesis, small classes meet daily to explore the writing process in a fun and engaging environment. Through mini-lessons and guided practice, students will strengthen their aptitude for writing clear and convincing essays and develop a keen understanding of what makes good writing. Experienced teachers will assess each student’s level of ability; students will receive our trademark manuals as well as other valuable handouts to use throughout the school year.

WHY IT WORKS Separate classes cater to budding middle-school writers and to more experienced high-school writers who want to hone their skills. We’ve designed our curriculum to meet their diverse needs, giving students more one-on-one attention and feedback on their writing. All students will be asked to submit a writing sample before the start date so that we may evaluate their progress and make recommendations for continued growth as writers.

Choose from four sessions:

  • Session A (Middle School): July 31 – August 4 // 10am – 1pm
  • Session B (High School): July 31 – August 4 // 2pm – 5pm
  • Session C (High School): August 14 – August 18 // 10am – 1pm
  • Session D (Middle School): August 14 – August 18 // 2pm – 5pm
  • Summer Writing Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment is 6 students; maximum per section is 12 students
  • Tuition is $340

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“I just wanted to thank you for a great writing workshop. It met all of my expectations and then some. So much was covered in a short time. My son learned a lot and I’m looking forward to see him apply what he was taught in school.”

-Parent

“We learned how to write a smooth essay that flowed, along with strong sentences. I learned how to take my ideas and thoughts and turn them into a strong thesis.”

-Catlin H., Student

“The booklets gave you outlines and provided examples of dos and don’ts. This class helped me a lot and I enjoyed it.”

-Grace D., Student

“I was quite pleased with my teen daughter’s experience in the Summer Writing Program. The teacher made sure the kids worked hard while at the same time offering great encouragement. My daughter started the new school year with improved organizational skills and confidence; the proof showed in the high marks she received in English class.”

-Ellen, BHS parent


Biology Prep

Biology can be challenging for some students. This five-day intensive workshop will introduce students to the major topics covered in the course while teaching them how to read a biology text, take effective notes, and prepare for exams. Topics include: cellular processes, genetics, classification, and ecology.

Choose from two sessions:

  • Session A: August 7 – August 11 // 10am – 12:30pm
  • Session B: August 7 – August 11 // 1:30pm – 4pm
  • Biology Prep Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment per section is 6 students, maximum is 20
  • Tuition is $340

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Math Refresh Workshop

This workshop is designed for students to review and refresh key concepts from Math 1 and Math 2 courses in high school.

Math 1 Refresh Brush off those summer-rusted, freshman math skills and get ready to start sophomore year math STRONG with this two-day intensive course. In the Math 1 Refresh Workshop, students will review the key concepts found in Common Core Math 1 and prepare for Common Core Math 2 with practice problems, games, and unique strategies for tackling those difficult word problems. Recommended for rising 10th graders, but available to any student looking to review Math 1.

Math 2 Refresh

Brush off those summer-rusted, sophomore math skills and get ready to start junior year math STRONG with this two-day intensive course. In the Math 2 Refresh Workshop, students will review the key concepts found in Common Core Math 2 and prepare for Common Core Math 3 with practice problems, games, and unique strategies for tackling those difficult word problems. Recommended for rising 11th graders, but available to any student looking to review Math 2.

Choose from two sessions:

  • Math 1 Refresh: August 21 and 23 // 1pm – 4pm
  • Math 2 Refresh: August 22 and 24 // 1pm – 4pm
  • Math Refresh Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters.
  • Minimum enrollment per section is 6 students, maximum is 20
  • Tuition is $265

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Executive Functioning Bootcamp – Middle or High School

In our Executive Functioning Bootcamp, students will get a crash course in the skills they will need to be successful in school. From organization and planning to prioritization and time management, this workshop is designed to introduce online and paper tools and resources to help your student find the right strategies and systems of organization for their learning preferences.

DAY 1

  • Learning preferences
  • Systems of organization
  • Homework management
  • Going beyond homework/agency

DAY 2

  • Habits of successful students
  • Creating a productive study environment
  • Time management and planning
  • Self-advocacy/motivation
  • Managing relationships with your teachers

Choose from four sessions:

  • Session A: EF Bootcamp (Middle School): August 7 and 9 // 5pm – 6:30pm
  • Session B: EF Bootcamp (Middle School): August 21 and 23 // 5pm – 6:30pm
  • Session A: EF Bootcamp (High School): August 8 and 10 // 5pm – 6:30pm
  • Session B: EF Bootcamp (High School): August 22 and 24 // 5pm – 6:30pm
  • Executive Functioning Bootcamps will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment per section is 6 students, maximum is 15
  • Tuition is $85

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Typing Workshop

Our Typing for Success workshop helps students in grades 4-12 master the basics of typing, a skill that will serve them for the rest of their lives. Our experienced tutors will walk your student through the proven Mavis Beacon typing software, providing support, encouragement, and feedback in a relaxed environment.

Choose from three sessions:

  • Session A: Typing for Success: August 14 – August 18 // 5:30pm – 6:20pm 
  • Session B: Typing for Success: August 14 – August 18 // 6:30pm – 7:20pm
  • Session C: Typing for Success: August 7 – August 11 // 4:00pm – 4:50pm
  • Summer Typing Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment is 3 students, maximum is 8
  • Tuition is $85

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How to Slay Your Thesis Statement

Your thesis is the main idea of your essay and it’s often the hardest part to write! Learn how to zero in on a strong thesis and how to convert your opinion into one well-worded, convincing, foolproof thesis statement.

Choose from two sessions:

  • Session A: Sunday, August 13 // 10am – 1pm
  • Session B: Tuesday, August 22 // 4pm – 7pm
  • Thesis Statement Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment per section is 5 students, maximum is 12
  • Tuition is $85

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How to Launch Your Essay with Literary Analysis

An essay without solid literary analysis is like a car without a steering wheel — without it, your essay will crash and burn! Good literary analysis helps you pinpoint themes, identify subtext, and find the foundation for your thesis. Come learn a variety of literary analysis techniques and how to put them to use.

Choose from two sessions:

  • Session A: Sunday, August 20 // 10am – 1pm
  • Session B: Thursday, August 24 // 4pm – 7pm
  • Literary Analysis Workshops will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment per section is 5 students, maximum is 12
  • Tuition is $85

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K-5 SUMMER FUN!

Coding for Kids

CM will be offering a new and fun Coding for Kids class late summer and early fall. Designed for grades 4th-6th, students will learn Scratch, a visual programming language developed by the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Media Lab. In a male-dominated field, we hope to encourage girls to develop coding skills and self-confidence in a single-gender setting. There will be two sessions offered: one for all genders and one for girls and those that identify as such. Students will learn how to:

  • Use the programming language Scratch (no previous experience necessary)
  • Develop skills for collaborating, communicating, and working as a team
  • Discuss best practices for safety and privacy when it comes to sharing creative projects online
  • Practice balancing screen time with constructive breaks

What is Scratch? Scratch is a programming language and online community where you can create your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others around the world. In the process of designing and programming Scratch projects, young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. It is available for free at http://scratch.mit.edu.

SCHEDULE

  • Sunday, August 20 – All About Animation
  • Sunday, August 27 – Tell a Story
  • Sunday, September 10 – Create a Game
  • Sunday, September 24 – Make Your Own Virtual Pet

SESSION TIMES

  • All gender – 3:00-4:20pm
  • Girls and those who identify as girls – 4:30-5:50pm
  • Coding for Kids will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Recommended for grades 4-6
  • Minimum enrollment is 3 students, maximum is 10 (15 if students bring their own laptop)
  • Tuition is $25/class. Sign up for all 4 classes and get a 10% discount!

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Math Schmath

Engaging games, puzzles, and crafts to prove to your student that math can be amazing and fun! Each day has a different focus – from Fibonacci’s sequence to estimation, from graphing to pentasquares, we promise to show your student the super-duper fun side of math. Kyle Moses, an aspiring astrophysicist, will lead the students in this workshop to love math and all of its creative uses.

  • Monday – MathArt! Fraction Flags, Multiplication Mansions, Geometry Stained Glass, and so much more! We will draw, scissor, measure, staple, and paint. We might even throw in some glitter glue and tessellations!
  • Tuesday – Brain Teasers, Jelly Beans, and Mazes, Oh My! We will explore rod numerals, knot puzzles, Venn diagrams, and logic problems just to start – the possibilities are endless!
  • Wednesday – Money, Time, and Space! Everything necessary for your student to be independent (no laundry or vacuuming lessons included). We will create our own money, figure out how much time we have to spend it, and how much space we need to store it!
  • Thursday – Measuring, Macrame, and Plants! It’s back to the seventies with our Thursday projects!

SCHEDULE Math Schmath will take place Mondays-Thursdays (right before Reader’s Corner) starting July 31st through August 10th.

  • K-1st graders: 2:00-2:50pm
  • 2nd-3rd graders: 3:00-3:50pm
  • 4th-5th graders: 4:00-4:50pm

COST We will be offering CM Class Passes — the more you attend, the more you save! Purchase all 3 — Math Schmath, Origami Math Circle, and Reader’s Corner – and save 10%!

  • Math Schmath Pass = $160
  • Daily Pass for drop-ins (must be purchased in advance): $35
  • Math Schmath will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 10
  • Daily Drop-ins must be paid in advance or at the beginning of each class
  • Payment plans available, please email Teresa at teresa@classroommatters.com for more info.

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Origami Math Circle

In this workshop, students will learn to create colorful, mesmerizing mathematical sculptures from simple materials such as paper and string. They will explore a variety of basic techniques, from modular origami and string art, to creating simple building blocks (“modules”) and then assembling them into complex three-dimensional shapes. Students will be encouraged to use these basic techniques to design their own projects and test out different ideas. The possibilities range from simple and sturdy to intricate and complex, including puzzle boxes, stellated icosahedra, interlocking pyramids, and more! Students will experience the satisfaction of building these striking three-dimensional creations and develop an appreciation for the beauty and creativity of math.

Key Math Benefits:

  • Approach math through creative, hands-on exploration
  • Strengthen spatial reasoning skills in two and three dimensions
  • Learn vocabulary and principles of geometry in two and three dimensions
  • Develop a nuanced understanding of patterns, symmetry, and chirality

Recommended For:

  • Grades 4th and higher
  • Students who would benefit from a new approach to math and geometry
  • Hands-on learners
  • Students who enjoy arts and crafts
  • Students who enjoy math and geometry and need an extra challenge

SCHEDULE Origami Math Circle will be two days a week starting August 1st through August 31st.

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays // 3:00-3:50pm

CM CLASS PASS We will be offering CM Class Passes — the more you attend, the more you save! Purchase all 3 — Math Schmath, Origami Math Circle, and Reader’s Corner – and save 10%!

  • 5 weeks (10 classes total): $200
  • Daily Pass for drop-ins (must be purchased in advance): $35
  • Origami Math Circle will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 12
  • Daily Drop-ins must be paid in advance or at the beginning of each class
  • Payment plans available, please email Teresa at teresa@classroommatters.com for more info.


Reader’s Corner

Bring your student to our Reader’s Corner to keep them engaged and buried in books, instead of screens. We will have a cozy, pillow-filled setup in our center, and outside in our backyard, weather permitting. We will serve tea and healthy snacks to keep the kids’ brains primed for taking in, and talking about, stories, characters, plots, themes, and maybe even some foreshadowing. Through small-group work, journaling, art projects, graphic organizers, and role-playing, your student will explore and dig into some old favorite titles, in addition to some newer literature. Watch your child’s vocabulary list and confidence grow, while they organically improve fluency, decoding, and comprehension! Our goal is to get your child to love reading as much as we do! Snacks and an interactive journal are included in the price. If you would like to preview the book list, please email Tatiana. Gabriela Bennett, a seasoned and engaging teacher, will lead the students in this workshop aimed at reducing summer slide.

SCHEDULE Reader’s Corner will take place Mondays-Thursdays (right after Math Schmath) starting July 31st through August 10th.

  • K-1st graders: 3:00-3:50pm
  • 2nd-3rd graders: 4:00-4:50pm
  • 4th-5th graders: 5:00-5:50pm

CM CLASS PASS We will be offering CM Class Passes — the more you attend, the more you save! Purchase all 3 — Math Schmath, Origami Math Circle, and Reader’s Corner – and save 10%!

  • Reader’s Corner Pass = $160
  • Daily Pass for drop-ins (must be purchased in advance): $35
  • Reader’s Corner will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 10
  • Daily Drop-ins must be paid in advance or at the beginning of each class
  • Payment plans available, please email Teresa at teresa@classroommatters.com for more info.

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Summer Day Camp

Are you looking for a fun and educational summer camp for your children this summer?

Join us for a week of gardening, art, yoga and Spanish!  We will be hosting an interactive wellness camp for grades 1st-5th. They will learn about plants, even planting some late summer crops at CM central, express themselves through art, stretching and meditating through yoga, and learn some Spanish as well. We will also go on a field trip to an urban farm and discover the work they are doing there.  Be prepared to bloom, make new friends and have lots of fun!

SCHEDULE: Summer Day Camp is one-week long: August 21-25 from 8:30am – 2:00pm.

  • Summer Day Camp will be held at Classroom Matters
  • Minimum enrollment is 4 students, maximum is 12
  • Cost is $350
  • Register for any other K-5 Summer Workshop and receive $25 off! (Please email Teresa for more info)

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Registration Fees & Cancellation Policy

All payments via credit card will include an automatic 3% processing fee and a 2.5% service charge fee. These fees are mandatory and charged by Splash, not by Classroom Matters. Payments can also be made via cash or check. CANCELLATION POLICY: If you must cancel your registration, a full refund will be provided (minus processing and service charge fees) if cancellation is made at least 4 weeks before the start of the course. Anything within 4 weeks of the class will only be credit towards tutoring at Classroom Matters. Please email teresa@classroommatters.com or call 510-540-8646 for any cancellation inquiries.