by: Stephanie Duhon

The beginning of summer … fun, exciting and possibly stressful as your carefully crafted schedule goes out the window! For parents with school-age kids, no only are they home from school, but their appearance can wreak havoc on a toddler’s nap time. Who doesn’t want to play with their older brother or sister? For families with younger children, there may be a break in your playgroup or pre-school program.

So what to do with the kids to keep them not only occupied, but having fun and continuing to learn and grow?

Bring them to a children’s class at The Motherhood Center! The Center offers a wide range of children’s classes, such as Prelude music, Montessori Art and dance. The classes are created and led by experts in their fields and cater to a wide range of age groups, from birth to 6 years, with an emphasis on the toddler years.

Interested in a class, but concerned about missing a class or two? The Motherhood Center knows summertime is full of vacations and other adventures, so not to worry! Summer sessions are shorter than regular sessions and offer more flexibility. May have to miss a class? Makeup classes are available during the duration of the session.

Here’s a look at TMC’s children’s class offerings this summer:

Alphabooks: Alphabooks is an early literacy program created specifically for toddlers between the ages of 20 months and 3 years. This book-based class uses phonics, sign language, songs, art and physical movement to introduce the alphabet to young learners and strengthen letter recognition. The instructor, Susie Morales, put together a great video that gives more details on the class … you can find it on YouTube.

Summer Schedule:

Mondays or Saturdays for 4 weeks

M: 3 – 3:45 or 4-4:45 – begins July 16

Sat: 9-9:45 or 10-10:45 – begins July 14

Tiny Tutus: Tiny Tutus is TMC’s baby ballet program for our youngest dancers ages 18 months – 2.5 years. Tiny Tutus introduces creative movement to toddlers, who dance together with a parent. The class focuses on fine and gross motor skills, along with musicality, creativity and fun. Over the course of the class, toddlers begin to form strong listening skills and independence as they slowly learn to follow teacher instruction instead of relying on their parent.

Summer Schedule:

Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm for 8 weeks

Begins week of June 18

Pre-Ballet: Pre-Ballet is for ages 2.5 to 3.5. Young dancers are taught basic warm-up and stretch exercises to instill the idea of getting the body ready to dance through fun routines and very simple ballet movements. Parents can relax in TMC’s sitting area while children learn the basics of ballet.

Summer Schedule

Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm for 8 weeks

Begins week of June 18

Ballet: Ballet expands on skills learned in pre-ballet, incorporating more advanced dance routines and ballet movements. Ballet vocabulary will also be expanded upon and discipline will be encouraged as a fundamental learning block. Pre-ballet is not required to take this class. Like pre-ballet, parents can relax in TMC’s sitting area. A recital at the end of the program will demonstrate skills learned during the session.

Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays from 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm for 8 weeks

Begins week of June 18

Prelude Music: Emphasizing that all children are musical, Prelude Music helps children develop basic music competence through songs and movement. The class uses the Music Together (need symbol) curriculum, a research based music and movement program that encourages interactive music experiences. Children are also introduced to a number of musical instruments.

Multiple dates and times are available. 8 week session begins week of June 25. Demo classes also available in early June for parents who would like to try out the class.

Toddler Montessori Art: Enhance language, sensory exploration, fine motor skills and creative expression for toddlers ages 12 months – 3 years through the use of art techniques and tools, such as paint, clay, chalk and crafts.

Summer Schedule
One week class – June 4 through 8 from 10-10:45 am

Baby Sign Language: Communicate with your toddler before he or she can talk! Words by the Handful teaches American Sign Language to babies and their families. These classes draw on baby’s natural language learning abilities to teach the right signs at the right time. This class is for hearing babies ages 6 months – 3 years.

Summer Schedule:

Tuesdays for 8 weeks beginning May 29

Baby Signs I: 11:30 am – 12 pm

Baby Signs II (for babies who have completed Baby Signs I) : 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm

Watch Me Grow: Infants grow and change so quickly in their first year and hit many milestones. Watch Me Grow is an expert-led 6-week class that teaches parents developmentally appropriate activities for their growing infant and offers them a support network of other parents.

Summer Schedule:

Watch Me Grow I (3-6 months) – Mondays 10 am – 10:45 am – begins June 18

Watch Me Grow II (7-12 months) – Mondays 11 am – 11:45 am – begins June 18

Additional details and registration options are available online. Feel free to call The Motherhood Center with any questions at 713-963-8880.