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
PianoInstructor: Betsy Duncan Randolph (click to read bio), 30+ years experience teaching children piano.

 

Class Format

  1. Four 8 week long sessions per year, $135 to sign up for a session.
  2. Student must be 4 years old as of the first day of piano class to sign up.
  3. Small groups of 1-2 children at a time.
  4. Students may choose to practice once or twice per week.  Lessons are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30pm – 4:00pm upstairs in the loft.
  5. Lessons are 25 minutes each with a five minute break between classes.  Group #1: 2:30-2:55pm (only for non-nappers), group #2: 3:00-3:25pm, group #3: 3:30-3:55pm.  
  6. Children will have the option of performing a short special piece at the Winter Holiday Program in December or at the End of Year Graduation Ceremony in May.

Policies

  1. No refunds or cancellations once course fee has been received.  
  2. There are no make ups for student sick days.  If the instructor has to cancel, a make up date will be scheduled.  
  3. If a child completed a session, for the next session, they will be placed in a group of children who have also completed at least one session at a similar skill level so that the group can work on more advanced lessons.   
  4. 2 strike rule for behavior.  If a child misbehaves significantly, they will be asked to leave the class for the day and the parents will be notified.  If a child misbehaves a second time, they won’t be allowed any more that session.
  5. Parents are asked not to attend class as it can be disruptive.  

Dates

Throughout the school year, we offer four sessions eight weeks in length.  We keep the sessions short to make it easy for families to try out without a long commitment.  There is a break for a few weeks between sessions.

  1. Session #1
    1. August 8, 2017 – October 5, 2017.  No class on September 21, 2017 (Rosh Hashana and Teacher Workshop).  Make up day on October 12, 2017.
      1. 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 17, 2017 – December 7, 2017.  No class on November 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving).  Make up day is December 21, 2017.
      1. Sign ups go out in September 2017, sign up deadline via Signup Genius is October 5, 2017.  
  3. Session #3
    1. January 9, 2018 – March 8, 2018.  No class on Janaury 16, 2017, make up day is on March 13, 2017.
      1. Sign ups go out in December 2017, sign up deadline via Signup Genius is December 28, 2017.   
  4. Session #4
    1. March 27, 2018 – May 17, 2018.  
      1. Sign ups go out in February 2018, sign up deadline via Signup Genius is March 15, 2017  

Equipment

  1. Parent are not required to purchase a piano for home, but students will learn much more and quicker if they have access to a piano at home.
  2. Students practice at our school with a Williams Legato 88 key digital piano which can be purchased from GuitarCenter.com for $179 and is high quality.  For a cheaper option, try the Yamaha PSRE253 which can be bought from GuitarCenter.com for $100 or locally from Cadence Music for $119.95.  It is not a full sized keyboard, nor does it have weighted keys, but it does come with headphones (Survival pack).  
  3. App – Parents encouraged to download Music Maestro app.

Curriculum
The A session will use the Nancy and Randall Faber series My First PIano Adventure, Lesson Book A and Writing Book A.  This delightful and colorful series specially geared for the young beginner, will take students up to reading music on the staff.  We will work off the staff up through the Holiday break in December.  Pieces from the book will be assigned to students to practice at home between weekly class sessions.  At home practice is necessary to help the children develop finger dexterity and a fuller understanding of how to decode music symbols.  Please provide time and an instrument for this at home practice.  We recommend approximately 10 minutes to practice time at least three times during the week.  Students will share their pieces in class, receive credit for learning the material, and receive new assignments each week. Written work will be completed in class.  You are welcome at any time to look at your student’s written work.  These books will be kept on the piano bookshelf up in the loft.  Students who have completed the A book will begin the B books in January of 2018 when we will begin learning notes on the staff.  We will begin with pieces which primarily step along the staff.  If the student appears to be ready for more advanced work, the C book will be available.   

 

Children’s Yoga
Childrens YogaInstructor: Roanne Doyle (click to read bio)

 

 

Class Format

  1. Four 8 week long sessions, $80 to sign up for a session.
  2. The school will provide yoga mats.  Parents are encouraged to buy one for their child to send in with their name on it which we can store at school.   
  3. For primary students (3-6 years old)
  4. Two classes with up to 10 students per class maximum, located in Toddler Far West classroom
  5. Classes are Thursday 3:10pm – 3:40pm, and 3:50-4:20pm
  6. Parents are not expected to attend class with their child.  

Policies

  1. Student must be 3 years old as of the first day of yoga class to sign up.
  2. No refunds or cancellations once course fee has been received.  
  3. No make ups for student sick days.  Instructor sick days will be rescheduled.  
  4. 2 strike rule.  If a child misbehaves significantly during class, the will be asked to leave the class and the parents will be notified.  If a child misbehaves during another class, they will be asked to leave and not allowed to return for the rest of the classes during that session.  

Dates
Throughout the school year, we offer four sessions eight weeks in length.  We keep the sessions short to make it easy for families to try out without a long commitment.  There is a few weeks break between sessions to allow for make up days and give the children a break between sessions.  

    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.
        1. 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.
        1. 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.
        1. 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.
        1. 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
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Instructor: Carol Sykes (click to read bio)

  1. Format
    1. Offered to all primary students (3-6 years old)
    2. Fall 2017 semester: 18 weeks length, August 7, 2017 – December 19, 2017.
    3. Lessons are Mondays and Tuesday after school, 3:10pm – 3:40pm
    4. 3-4 students per group.  
    5. Weekly session #1 – Small group instructional lessons
    6. Weekly session #2 – “Play in” recital where children play together in a larger group setting.
    7. Practice sessions last 25 minutes each with a five minute break between classes to talk with parents.  
    8. Lessons held in the loft or Toddler Far West.  
    9. 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.
  2. Cost
    1. The most common schedule would be two lessons per week lasting 30 minutes in length.  The cost for that schedule is $595 course fee + $170 violin rental = $765 per semester.  
    2. Includes a lesson book and Suzuki Violin Book 1 with CD for older children who can write.  
    3. Private one-on-one lessons are available.
  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.