Enrichment Classes

We offer many enrichment programs to supplement the amazing Montessori education our students receive.  Some are included in the cost of tuition while others are available at an additional cost.

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Schedule 

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Classes Included in the cost of Tuition:

 

Music 
Music together inschool provider preschoolWe are proud to be the only in-school provider of the Music Together program in Lee County!  Our music teacher, Ms. Katie Webber, is well loved by both our students and her studio families from her weekend classes.  She also happens to be our Infant Environment Morning Assistant Teacher.  All age groups, Infant through Primary, participate in 30 minute Music Together class once per week on Wednesday mornings.

Music Together is the leading music curriculum for early-learning settings serving children ages birth through seven and is offered at thousands of locations around the world.  Children enjoy a playful learning environment that’s musically rich and immediately accessible to their—and their teacher’s—participation.

 

Gardening & Fruit Picking 

Mangoes

While not an enrichment class, our non-napping primary students (~4-6 years old) occasionally participate in gardening and pick fruit from our small fruit tree orchard.   

October – April: Grow vegetables

June – January: Fruit picking, 16+ different types of fruit. 

 

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Library

Books
Infant, toddler, and primary students are brought to our school library in small groups by a librarian (a parent volunteer) where each child chooses their own book to check out and take home.  Most of our younger students only check out books once per week on Wednesdays but the Primary students are welcome to hang out in the library and check out books whenever they would like.

 Art
Art

While art supplies are always available in our classrooms, both toddler and primary age groups take part in large, messy, age-appropriate art projects at Family Art Friday which takes place on the second Friday of the month.  Parents are encouraged to participate in this event where our teachers infuse fine art education and the monthly themes into fun projects for students and their families to do together.  

Classes Available at Extra Cost:

Piano
PianoTeacher: Betsy Duncan Randolph, 30+ years experience teaching children piano.

 

  1. Financial Information
    1. Four 8 week long sessions, each session cost $135 (~$17/lesson) which includes the book.
    2. Class costs will be billed on the sign-up due date for that session.  
    3. Parents strongly recommended to purchase a keyboard (~$100) for the child to practice at home.
    4. Includes a lesson book and a basic music theory book for older children who can write.
  2. Format
    1. Small groups of two children with one instructor.
    2. Lessons are on Tuesdays during aftercare upstairs in the loft.
      1. 3:10pm – students who leave at 3:00pm
      2. 3:40pm – students who leave at 3:00pm
      3. 4:10pm – students enrolled in aftercare
      4. Instructor leaves at 4:40pm.
    3. Lessons are 25 minutes each with a five minute break between classes.  
    4. Parents are not expected to attend class with their child.
    5. Four sessions of eight weeks per school year, no lessons on days that the school is closed for normal session.
    6. Children will have the option of performing a short special piece at the Winter Holiday program or end of year graduation ceremony in June.
  3. Dates
    1. Session #1
      1. August 10, 2017 – October 5, 2017.  No class on September 21, 2017 (Rosh Hashana and Teacher Workshop).  Make up day on October 12, 2017.
      2. Sign ups go out in late July 2017, sign up deadline via Signup Genius is August 3, 2017.   Sign up only for session #1.
    2. Session #2
      1. October 19, 2017 – December 14, 2017.  No class on November 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving).  Make up day is December 21, 2017
      2. Sign ups go out in September 2017, sign up deadline via Signup Genius is October 5, 2017.
    3. Session #3
      1. January 11, 2018 – March 1, 2018.  Make up day on March 8, 2017
      2. Sign ups go out in December 2017, sign up deadline via Signup Genius is December 28, 2017.  
    4. Session #4
      1. March 29, 2018 – May 17, 2018.  Make up day on May 24, 2018
      2. Sign ups go out in February 2018, sign up deadline via Signup Genius is March 15, 2017.  
    5. No summer session piano 
  4. Policies
    1.  Student must be 4 years old as of the first day of piano class to sign up.
    2.  No refunds or cancellations once course fee has been received.
    3.  No make ups for sick days.
    4.  If your child completed the fall semester, in the spring they will be placed in a group of children who also completed the fall semester so that the group can work on more advanced lessons.
  5.   Equipment
    1. Instructor will choose a keyboard model that cost ~$100 which we will recommend parents purchase for practice at home.  This is a nice gift to ask a grandparent to give to the child.  
    2. The school has five identical keyboards with headphones which are stored upstairs and placed on the conference table during lessons.
    3. Books
      1. Piano lessons books by Hal Leonard.
      2. Basic music theory book for older students.
      3. School to purchase 4 sets of lesson books to stay at school.
    4. App – Parents encouraged to download Music Maestro app for child to use at home if desired.

Children’s Yoga
Childrens YogaInstructor: Roanne Doyle 

 

 

  1. Financial Information – Four 8 week long sessions during school year, $80 per session ($10 per class) + $15 children’s yoga mat (you can buy your own or get one from us).
  2.  Policies
    1.  Student must be 3 years old as of the first day of class to sign up.
    2.  No refunds or cancellations once course fee has been received.
    3.  No make ups for sick days.
    4. Parents required to buy kids yoga mat and leave at school during the session.
    5. Two strike rule.  If a child is misbehaving enough to be removed from yoga during two weeks, she will not be allowed back to yoga for 6 months.  
  3.  Format
    1. Location: Toddler Far West classroom.
    2. Up to 10 students per class
    3. Two class Thursdays: from 3:10pm – 3:40pm, 10 minute break between class
    4. Parents are not expected to attend class with their child.  
  4.  Dates.
    1. Session #1
      1. August 10, 2017 – October 5, 2017.  No class on September 21, 2017 (Rosh Hashana and Teacher Workshop).  Make up day on October 12, 2017.
      2. Sign ups go out in late July 2017, sign up deadline via Signup Genius is August 3, 2017.   Sign up only for session #1.
    2. Session #2
      1. October 19, 2017 – December 14, 2017.  No class on November 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving).  Make up day is December 21, 2017
      2. Sign ups go out in September 2017, sign up deadline via Signup Genius is October 5, 2017.
    3. Session #3
      1. January 11, 2018 – March 1, 2018.  Make up day on March 8, 2017
      2. Sign ups go out in December 2017, sign up deadline via Signup Genius is December 28, 2017.  
    4. Session #4
      1. March 29, 2018 – May 17, 2018.  Make up day on May 24, 2018
      2. Sign ups go out in February 2018, sign up deadline via Signup Genius is March 15, 2017.  
    5. No summer session yoga

Suzuki Violin Program

  1. Teacher: Carol Sykes
    1. 40+ years experience teaching children Suzuki violin.
    2. Including experience teaching at a Montessori School
  1. Cost
    1. $617 course fee + $170 violin rental = $787 for a 16 week semester January – May 2017 with two sessions per week.
    2. Includes a lesson book and Suzuki Violin Book 1 with CD for older children who can write.  
    3. Private one-on-one lessons available for an additional fee.
  2. Format
    1. Offered to all primary students during aftercare.  3+ years old.
    2. 3-4 students per group.  
    3. Weekly session #1 – Small group instructional lessons
    4. Weekly session #2 – “Play in” recital where children play together in a larger group setting.
    5. All sessions last 25 minutes each with a five minute break between classes to talk with parents.  
    6. The Suzuki method strongly encourages parents to attend the classes with the children so that they can help the children learn to play at home.
  3. Equipment
    1. Real violins owned by instructor, rented to students at additional cost.  
    2. Sized: 1/16, 1/10, ⅛, ¼, ½ size  violins.  The blue styrofoam violins are loaned by instructor and are used only in the very beginning lessons and not taken home.