The elective enrichment classes are wonderful ways for children to explore their interests in a focused way. Elective classes are taught by both outside professionals as well as specialists from within the MSP community of parents and teachers. Classes begin in October and go through May. Sign-ups begin in September. Each elective is held weekly from 1:00 pm to 1:55 pm unless otherwise specified. Electives are optional and at an additional monthly cost.
Elective Enrichment Classes
[Classes are added and canceled depending on enrollment]
Yoga with Teacher Candace: Children are natural yogis with their amazing flexibility and big body movements. Yoga teaches children body awareness, self-regulation, breath exercises, and impulse control. In this preschool yoga class, the children will begin to tune into their breath and bodies, and learn partner poses, single poses, games, and more.
Dance: Tiny Toes Movement is a preschool dance company based in Oakland. Teacher Rebecca helps children learn the basic elements of hip hop, ballet, tap, and jazz. They participate in a wide array of activities that are shown to benefit children's all-around development.
Pre-Capoeira with Instructor Pincel: Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art that is a rich blend of dance, acrobatics, and music. Children in this intro class begin to explore space with their bodies as well as have fun expressing themselves through fluid movement and ethnic music.
Cooking with Teacher Emily: Engaging children in food-making is a wonderful way to encourage children to try new foods! Children in the cooking enrichment class get to scoop, slice, bake, sautee, measure, and taste their creations. There is a $6 per month materials fee for this class.
Soccer: Soccer Shots is a national soccer program who bring their expertise into Mustard Seed. Using creative and imaginative games, weekly sessions focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. The coaches highlight a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation. Soccer Shots will expose children to the fun of soccer and provide the foundation needed to get started in the sport. (see soccershots.org for more info).
Spanish: Hola Amigos is a Spanish immersion curriculum designed specifically for preschoolers. Children will engage in interactive lessons through songs, games, stories, and art projects.