THINK Together: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring, and Nurturing Kids in the Classroom
Posted on 09/19/2013

THINK Together: Teaching, Helping, Inspiring and Nurturing Kids  

Teaching, Helping, Inspiring and Nurturing Kids is THINK Together, an after school program offered at three of C-VUSD’s elementary school sites.  THINKTogether commits to a safe, positive and nurturing environment where students receive the highest quality academic support they need in order to reach their full potential.  Lark Ellen, Manzanita, and Ben Lomond Elementary Schools provide this extended day learning program that assists students with homework, provides academic enrichment and offers beneficial physical activities.

A significant part of THINK Together is their engaging enrichment activities which are designed to support and extend the student’s school day learning.  Alignment is critical to the success of this after school program. Site coordinators plan lessons and activities that complement and extend the District’s vision of “Creating Extraordinary Futures”.  THINK Together’s standards based educational program components include a focus on language arts through KidzLit, as well as systematic methods that spotlight both math and science.  This year the Covina THINK sites received a grant from the Discovery Science Center!  This grant supplies THINK Together C-VUSD programs with lesson plans, personnel training and all needed materials for an engaging and expanded science curriculum.  This generous grant will broaden students’ knowledge of water.  Our young student participants will explore the wonders of water through hands-on experimentation and will learn the role that water plays in their lives. Understanding water preservation and its importance will also be studied.

Creating a college going culture is a large part of THINK Together as it wholly embraces thecollege theme and college going culture on each of the three participating C-VUSD campuses. “THINKing our way to College” is a focus for each site as they promote the limitless possibilities of higher education through rigorous academic enrichment lessons, critical thinking activities, and collaborative group projects.  This year, students will have the opportunity to explore life beyond elementary school through college and career investigative and discovery activities.

To foster leadership, problem solving, and responsibility, the 21st Century Skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration are built into the experiences at THINK Together.   Healthy minds are partnered with healthy bodies as this free program provides physical activity aligned with the Coordinated Approach to Children’s Health (CATCH) curriculum.

In addition to its Homework Support, Academic Enrichment, and Healthy Living components, THINK Together also makes time for fun!   Stop by any THINK Together site in Covina and you are likely to see students cheering college chants, creating their own films, Face-Time collaborating with their district pen pals through the use of technology, and enjoying student directed Fun Friday Clubs! CVUSD’s THINK Together sites will host college themed events, pep rallies, and sporting events throughout the school year and welcomes all visitors to stop by to witness the amazing the things that happen after school!