There may be a lot of playtime at The Language Workshop for Children, but don't think the students aren't learning; during classes, instructors use songs, games, toys, and more to teach children the basics of tongues such as French, Spanish, and Chinese.
The Language Workshop is the brainchild of François Thibaut, who created the school in 1973 after years of observing how children learned languages. In the same vein, instructors understand that even infants can pick up a second language, and they teach anyone from 6 months to 9 years old in group classes, with private lessons available for older students in certain locations.
Steinway grand piano was not designed with a three-year-old in mind. These beautiful, expensive instruments?15 to 20 of which sprawl across Lindeblad School of Music's showroom?look too imposing and elegant for a person who still dreams of growing up to become a helicopter. But at Lindeblad School of Music?s recitals, these ivory-tickling toddlers climb the Steinway's bench, dangle their legs over its pedals, and begin to pluck rich, gorgeous sound from machines hand carved from African mahogany and other opulent woods.
It?s not that the Lindeblad family doesn?t know the worth of these instruments?after all, they?ve been restoring them for four generations. But the recitals epitomize one of Lindeblad School of Music's educational principles: a dual emphasis on practice and performance. As they?re taking lessons, students are preparing to play before an audience on a superb piano or realistically painted refrigerator box. The faculty who help them all possess an inclination to instruction as well as diversity in their musical experience. The Lindeblad School of Music offers one-on-one lessons and group classes in piano, voice, guitar, and violin. Before a course of private study, the school's director, Dr. Vogel, pairs students interested in a specific genre, such as classical or jazz, with teachers from that field, most of whom have a master's degree or a doctorate degree. Parents are welcome to meet with the director by appointment throughout the year to discuss children's progress and goal assessment. During their children's lessons, parents can wait in a reception area equipped with a coffee machine, WiFi, and a television playing music programming.
Kids get an edge from art and music educators at Leading Kids Academy in both private and group classes. Here, a wide-ranging curriculum taught by high-school teachers and university professors covers everything from drawing skills to flute instruction. Music programs are designed for all levels, from beginner classes for children to advanced lessons adults, but whether they're focused on music theory, rhythmic training, or performance opportunities, the classes encourage students to enjoy music. Starting at age three, art classes work with clay, printmaking, painting, design, watercolors, sculpture, and stained glass. And parents are welcome as well?in Atelier classes, grown-ups can work on their own music or art skills while their kids practice next door.
More than 500 different moulding choices line the walls at Picture Framing Warehouse, with some showing off their versatility around framed guitars, posters, and sports jerseys. In addition to showcasing the memorabilia, these frames highlight the careful and precise work performed by the warehouse’s veteran framing staff. Staffers put their decades of collective experience to use on every job, enhancing and preserving artwork and certificates or using museum-quality materials to protect heirlooms from Iron Age ancestors.
Inside a vibrantly lit ballroom, the names of two newlyweds glow in big, cursive letters on the dance floor. The venue, an expansive space with arched ceilings and ornate chandeliers, is no doubt a popular spot for wedding ceremonies, but Majestic Events' team has gone above and beyond to make the space unique to the bride and groom.
This quest to personalize each event is what fuels the decisions of Majestic Events' photographers, videographers, DJs, emcees, and lighting technicians. Their services include live music, photography, and lighting design and were awarded WeddingWire?s Bride?s Choice award in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
At Build 'n Blocks, laughter drifts from youngsters, punctuating the buzz of motorized cars and the pop of plastic blocks snapping together. Kids preschool through eighth grade construct catapults, devise chemical compounds to create slime, and develop sparks of interest in science, engineering, and math. The instructors at Build ‘n Blocks stress that the earlier kids dabble in these fields, the greater their learning abilities will be throughout their lives.
While stacking Legos into replicas of cities or assembling mechanized robots with K'nex, kids develop a comprehension of basic physics without watching the Three Stooges try and run an elevator factory. During science experiments, youngsters strap on goggles to investigate and diagnose unknown illnesses, forming the foundation of inquisitive minds capable of problem solving. As they work together on laptops or around tables strewn with drawing and sculpting materials, they also form an aptitude for teamwork and social interactions. The team at Build 'n Blocks also fosters an appreciation for math and science through afterschool programs and birthday parties.