In addition to our marvelous Mazel Tots® teaching staff we are delighted to be joined by a wonderful complement of Specialists. These specialists lead the children through a group of exciting activities that help the children to grow in all sorts of ways.
Karate – Every week the children will focus their minds and train their bodies as they engage in karate with Tara Alter. Ms. Alter is a 2nd degree black belt and leads pre-school classes at The Westchester Karate School in White Plains. The children will learn basic karate skills and gain self-confidence along the way.
Mad Science - Mad Science visits with us monthly. They turn our art room into a science lab! The children have a great time experimenting, exploring, predicting, and discovering. Mad Science units include sound, light, chemical combinations, air, water and more!
Movement - Elizabeth Gesmondo is a gymnastics coach and meets with the children weekly. Through a series of games and exercises she helps the children to build their core and body’s fluidity, while developing their gross motor skills. Elizabeth also teaches the children spatial directions such as: over, under, next to, on top of, etc.
Music - Jen Rosin is our fantastic Music teacher. A former musical theater performer, Jen lends her talents to helping our students develop their sense of rhythm and musicality. This musical program incorporates themes, sensory experiences and more across a variety of fun, interactive and educational music modalities.
Nature of Things - A Nature of Things Naturalist visits with us monthly and brings us animals to learn about. The animals will usually be grouped in a theme such as those that hibernate, small farm animals, birds, etc. The children then reinforce this very special lesson by continuing to learn about these animals with their own classroom teachers.
Pre-school Fitness Classes – Jeannine Palermo loves obstacle courses and so will your child in this exciting class! Jeannine teaches pre-school fitness classes through the Scarsdale Recreation Department. While playing age appropriate games, your child will increase motor, social and listening skills in this active class.
Sign Language - Jen Rosin, C.A.S.L.E. is our Sign Language teacher. Through stories, songs and games Jen teaches our children how to sign. We have found through teaching the children to sign that they are better at making eye-contact, more patient listeners and their verbal skills are improved. Ms. Rosin is a former Broadway performer so her extraordinary talents come in very handy as she gives this program a very rich dimension.
Sports and Games with Coach Steve - Coach Steve is the hit of our week! He visits with the children twice each week. Through a variety of sports and game activities he helps the children to become more agile and better coordinated. The children also learn social skills such as waiting a turn, choosing and working with a partner and good sportsmanship. Through sports-type games Coach Steve also teaches sorting, sequencing and size order. The children are truly learning through play.
Soccer with Happy Feet - Coaches work with every student to develop skills, self-confidence, and teamwork in a fun, non-competitive environment. Positive reinforcement ensures that each child will improve his or her soccer skills through engaging warm-ups, activities, and games.
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