Beyond the Classroom
Elementary students are encouraged to join one or more extracurricular programs:
- 5th Grade Game Time – Fifth grade.
- After school sport clinics: Third – fifth grade.
- Brain Busters Game Club: Fifth – eighth grade.
- Math Pentathlon: First – seventh graders learn 5 math games at each level of play.
- Girls on the Run: Fitness and esteem building for girls in grades four and five.
- Camp Invention: Students entering first – sixth grades – held in June
5th Grade Game Time
Game time is an after school fun time of playing games both indoor and outdoors. 5th grade students play Matball, Jeninga Ball, Gagaball, etc. for 5 weeks on Monday and Wednesdays from 2:45-4:30 for the months of September and October.
Elementary Basketball Clinics
Boys and girls in grades three to five have the opportunity to attend an after-school basketball clinic led by Mr. Los, the elementary physical education teacher. These clinics are held for 3 weeks at various times of the year.
Brain Busters Game Club
Does your child love to play board games? Would they like to discover some new ones? If so, then this is the perfect club for your 5th – 8th grader. The club meets for four weeks in the fall and four weeks in the winter. Students can attend all the dates or some of the dates. This club is sponsored by the SOAR Parent Advisory Team, a team of parents representing each grade, who meet quarterly looking for new opportunities for high ability learners.
Math Pentathlon is an excellent way to challenge our students to develop their God-given gifts and talents – and is fun as well. Math Pentathlon is an after school enrichment program for first through seventh graders at Hudsonville Christian School that meets on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. in the Elementary building. This is an entirely volunteer, parent-run program.
Participants develop logic, computation, and spatial reasoning skills in a highly motivational format designed for students within a broad rage of ability levels. Game partners discuss aloud various options and possibilities in formulating strategies based on expected counter moves from the other players. In this way, the games challenge students to mature in their ability to think strategically and resolve problems that are continually undergoing change. The games are easy to learn and challenging to master; therefore, students of all abilities can participate.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a fitness/learning program for girls in fourth and fifth grade that combines training for a 5k run with lessons on self-esteem. Girls on the run meets for 10 weeks, March – May. At Hudsonville Christian, we are committed to educating the whole child, and we think a program such as this can help to prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living based on their awareness of being created in God’s image. Girls on the Run is not just an athletic program. It is an uplifting, esteem-building program that uses group activities, stretching and running to teach some important values, such as:
- The girl on the inside is more important than her looks on the outside.
- Good girls know how to stand up for themselves.
- Gossip is an unacceptable behavior and words can hurt.
- Adults are cool and their ideas are worthy of our respect.
- Eating nutritious food and being active are part of a healthy lifestyle.
Hudsonville Christian School will be hosting Camp Invention again this summer from June 15-19, 2015! The Camp Invention program is a week-long adventure in creativity that immerses children entering grades one through six in exciting hands-on learning disguised as fun activities. Activities incorporate science, technology, engineering and math. Registration is open to Hudsonville Christian students as well as students in the community. The camp is staffed by Hudsonville Christian teachers. For more information and to register, please go to www.campinvention.org. If you have any questions about the program, please contact Sharon Leerar, Camp Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 616-915-1861.