The following enrichment classes (*optional class/additional fee is required) are offered by Millbrae Montessori School:
Mandarin Class is taught twice a week. The children learn vocabulary words, simple phrases, songs and their numbers in Mandarin. They learn how to identify certain Chinese characters and are introduced to Chinese holidays and traditions.
Twice a month, the children participate in a Chinese painting class. They use watercolors and special Chinese ink brushes. Each year we take a field trip to Chinatown to learn more about the Chinese culture.
Mr Bertin teaches Spanish through his songs and music. He plays games with the children through movement exercises and by using puppetry. Mr Bertin plays the ukelele and the guitar as the children sing-a-long in Spanish. He is always smiling, has a joyful personality and is well liked by all. We are lucky to have Mr. Bertin at Millbrae Montessori School as he makes learning Spanish fun for everyone. We look forward to Monday mornings with Mr. Bertin!
Mad Science is an excellent science enrichment program that provides creative and unique science experiments for preschoolers. Mad Science introduces children to the world of science in a fun and innovative way. In each class, Mad Science inspires young scientists to use their creativity, imagination and math skills to enjoy the hand on experience of doing science experiments and predicting the results.
Programs include: magnets, bubbles, water, color mixing, space, dinosaurs, worms, butterflies, anatomy and many more.
Ms Liz Hannon always brings our students the gift of music and leaves us smiling with a song in our hearts. One of our favorite songs that we sing is "We Are Planting Seeds of Love". The children have fun moving and grooving to the music as Ms. Liz plays her guitar and we all sing-a-long.
Leah and Megan Watson have cookie-cutter career lifestyles, joining the San Francisco Ballet as apprentices in 1992, and joining the corps de ballet in 1993. After performing and touring internationally with the company for seven years, Leah and Megan decided to retire and adventure into other avenues of the dance world. They began teaching ballet extensively throughout the Bay Area, honing their skills to better meet the needs of their students. Their diverse background has enabled them to become leaders of quality in dance instruction. If you have any question, please email Lea and Megan Watson or go to their dance studio at www.DuoDanceAcademy.com if you want to learn more.
Basketball is taught by Nothing But Hoops. Children learn the basic techniques of basketball while building self-esteem and learning to follow directions in a positive teaching environment.
Soccer and Smiles' fun-filled classes are professionally designed for 3-6 year olds. Children use their imagination while participating in age-appropriate games and exercises.
Ms Tiffany Belzer has been teaching yoga to our children for the past year. Her typical agenda is: Sharing Circle (the children respond to a question), Warm Up (with their sundance or other movement activity), Poses (new and familiar), Game, Partner Poses, Cool Down with reathing exercises or floating on their cloud and they end with Closing Circle (saying "namaste", their special yoga thank you). We encourage you to ask your child to show you their favorite pose. Children love to be teachers, so maybe they can teach you what they've learned. If you have any question, please email Ms Belzer or go to www.nandiyoga.com if you're interested to learn more.