Below is a sampling of some of the academic options provided by Developing
Minds. Feel free to pick from these classes, or let us design a class based upon
your child’s specific needs.
Academic Advantage for Pre-K, K, and 1st Grade Students
This class is designed to help early learners excel in school. The goal of this class is to
build confidence in school through fun and meaningful challenges. At the Pre-pre K level,
emphasis will be
placed on letter, number, and sound recognition, as well as basic fine motor skills. At the
Pre-K and K level, emphasis will be placed on phonemic awareness, phonics, and basic
math skills. At the first grade level, classes will build upon reading knowledge children
already have acquired and focus on building increased reading fluency. Children will also
practice writing sentences and further developing math skills.
Radical Readers for 2nd,3rd,4th, 5th, 6th and 7th Grade Students
This class is designed to build upon previously learned skills to build fluent readers with
strong comprehension skills, as well as to develop a love for reading and analyzing
stories. Students will focus on expanding their vocabulary, increasing their reading
fluency, and learning test-taking strategies for understanding, remembering, and
communicating what they have read. Children will also enjoy discussion based on age-
appropriate chapter books.
In Other Words… Writing for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Grade Students
The primary focus of this class is to become strong and confident writers. This class
focuses on effective writing strategies. It will include the five stages of writing: prewriting,
drafting, revising, editing, and publishing. The class will also focus on teaching various
types of expository, persuasive, descriptive, creative, and narrative paragraphs, poems,
and essays. Students in grades 2 and 3 will focus on developing one or more quality
paragraphs, while 4th, 5th, & 6th graders will build towards writing strong multiple
Magical Mathematicians for 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th ,6th, 7th and 8th Grade Students
This class focuses on teaching new math challenges in a fun and interesting way.
Students will further develop mental math and problem-solving skills, increase critical-
thinking, computation, number sense, measurement, test-taking skills and geometry
through written and oral practice and games. Assignments are individualized for each
student. If preferred, students may bring school math assignments to work on during class.
Children’s Book Clubs
This book club is designed for children who enjoy reading and analyzing stories. The
class focus will include a vocabulary discussion, reading comprehension, and
development of personal opinions. Book syllabus will be provided by Developing Minds,
but book purchase and reading are done outside of class. Themed-based snacks are an
enjoyable way to further enjoy the stories. Book clubs are a fun way for students to do
required reading for school! In order to promote maximum student discussion, book clubs
may be a larger sized group if you wish. Most book clubs meet once a month or bi-
monthly during the school year.
Gifted and Talented Classes
Students work on enrichment activities designed to promote outside of the box thinking.
Students will work on challenging math problem solving, vocabulary development, and
enrichment projects. Children will be provided an opportunity to look at solutions through
Power Projects/ Homework
HelpersIn this class students will bring homework, long-term book reports, projects, and
study materials to class and be able to work on the materials in a quiet, guided manner.
The class will focus on organizational skills that will allow students to pace their
projects/studying, as well as working on the activities themselves. Finally, homework
without a headache!