Want to get your child school-ready in an engaging and playful environment? Gymboree DC is beginning its spring session of School Skills classes for children ages 2.5 – 4.5!
The weekly 1.5-hour drop-off classes are designed to help preschoolers build key social, emotional, and intellectual skills needed for school and life. Activities help develop confidence, curiosity, communication, perseverance, and cooperation, abilities that give children a solid foundation for future learning environments. Zero to Three™, the National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families has identified these seven key social–emotional competencies for school ready children.
Activities & benefits of the School Skills sessions include:
Storytime – The teacher and students join together for a storybook adventure and group discussion in support of socialization and early literacy
Science – Children share observations and build curiosity through experiments
Art – Sculpting and building provide children with interactive fine motor skill activities
Movement Exploration – Group and independent games support active play and teamwork
Pre-writing – Children are encouraged to recognize letters, numbers and formation
Led by a teacher with over 10 years of experience, the small-sized, drop-off classes will take place on Mondays from 11am – 12:30pm. Classes are suitable for children ages 2.5 – 4.5, and they must be bathroom independent.
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I don’t like to wish my children’s years away, but every so often I hear about activities for kids that makes me wish mine were old enough to participate. The Young Architects Series: Tools of the Trade is one of them. Hosted by the Washington Architectural Foundation, the program for ages 10-14 sounds like a fun and engaging introduction to architecture for those with an interest in the field.
The next session, focusing on Site Design, will take place on Saturday, February 4 from 1-3pm at the District Architecture Center. Here’s a description of the class:
Architectural Ideas for buildings often start with understanding the program of the building, site location & environmental factors. Through a series of sketches, students will learn how to measure and document a building site, develop a design concept and program, and analyze the relationship between the building surroundings and interior spaces. Participants will complete a Design Concept Sketch/Plan and a Massing model.
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is hosting 40 free events in 40 days. Starting January 4 and running through February 12, the 40 events explore how art continually engages, inspires, informs, and excites by featuring concerts, performances, workshops, and classes for various ages interests and ages.
“This event is not only a thank you to the community and a celebration of 40 years of art-making, but a launching off point for future innovations in building community through the arts,” says Amy Moore, CHAW’s Director of Education and Programs. “It is a testament to the arts, not as a luxury or something optional, but as a lifestyle.”
Activities for kids begin this Saturday, January 7, with an animal mask making class and performance. From 10-11:30am, kids ages 6 and up are invited to bring creatures around the globe to life as they make animal masks then use them in a short play they create with the help of teaching artist, Marina McClure. Later that day, all ages are welcome to view CHAW’s 6th Annual Contemporary Photography Exhibition from 5-7pm.
Registration is required for the mask making class, and space is limited, so sign up soon. And while you’re on the website, be sure to check out the other 38 free events for both kids and adults, including a 40th Anniversary Concert on Sunday, February 12, to conclude the 40-day celebration.