Music “The arts aren’t just important because they improve math scores, they’re important because they speak to parts of children’s being which are otherwise untouched.” Sir Ken Robinson There has been enough empirical evidence showing the connection between studying music and higher test scores, but that’s not the main reason why children should study music. There’s no doubt that studying music improves concentration and mathematical thinking, but it also teaches us to listen, to feel, to express, to figure out…there’s something truly powerful about learning the language of music that enriches our lives so deeply. With all of the focus on STEM, electronics, and virtual reality, there’s never been a better time to help kids connect through music.
What we offer: Private lessons in piano and violin (30 or 45 minute) Price: $95-$135 month for 4 private lessons, depending on teacher and length of lesson. Books are not included
Art Children naturally enjoy art. Unfortunately, they don’t often have much opportunity to cultivate that enjoyment. “As much evidence will support, drawing has significant developmental benefits for young children. It gives them space to represent what they think—territory within which they can exaggerate what is important to them or express ideas they are not yet able to verbalize. Through art, children are able to describe and reveal their notions about themselves, the world, and their place in it. The role of drawing in enhancing childhood development has been acknowledged since art education first became a part of public-school curricula in the Commonwealth states in 1870. A wealth of research has shown a strong link between the scribbles of preschoolers and their early stages of written language and reading. Drawing also helps prepare children for success in other subject areas, including explaining and communicating mathematical reasoning, which assists in their comprehension and communication of math concepts, according to an analysis by the California State University, Chico, professors Susan Steffani and Paula M. Selvester.” From The Atlantic, July 5, 2017.
What we offer: 45-minute Group art classes by age range. Price: $60 a month for 4 group classes. Basic supplies are INCLUDED
Sports “Sports and physical education are fundamental to the early development of children and youth and the skills learned during play, physical education and sport contribute to the holistic development of young people. Through participation in sport and physical education, young people learn about the importance of key values such as:
Respect for themselves and others
Adherence to rules
It also provides a forum for young people to learn how to deal with competition and how to cope with both winning and losing. These learning aspects highlight the impact of physical education and sport on a child’s social and moral development in addition to physical skills and abilities.
In terms of physical and health aspects of child and youth development, there is an overwhelming amount of evidence that focuses on the (mostly positive) effects of sport and exercise on physical health, growth and development.” From www.sportanddev.org
What we offer: 60-minute group sports classes focusing on volleyball and basketball skills and having fun. Price: $40 a month for 4 group classes
Tutoring We have tutors availablefor elementary - high school AP classes What we offer: 60-minute private tutoring Price: $25-$35/hour