Green Children's House works toward a better future in two ways: by maintaining eco-friendly practices, and by doing its part in creating the next generation of environmental leaders. Established in 2008, the non-profit school has built its educational approach on the findings of Dr. Maria Montessori, making it a Montessori school.
This approach emphasizes activity-based learning, allowing children to pick up skills at their own pace instead of forcing them to join packs of street-wise cats. During class time, students aged 3 months to 10 years interact with staff members while learning about science, math, arts, and even non-traditional subjects such as gardening. No matter the subject, though, the school makes good on its Green name by using paper only when necessary and utilizing technology that adheres to the same earth-friendly philosophy.
Sunshine Learning Center’s full-time tutors work closely with students to address their academic stumbling blocks and improve test scores. After identifying each pupil’s learning style and holdups, tutors tailor lessons to suit the student’s individual needs. While some may benefit from traditional instruction, students with test anxiety may need to work on confidence-building problems before tackling larger formulas. Using these and other tools, instructors can help students prepare for standardized tests or improve their grades in a difficult subject, such as math, English, or classroom-hamster care 101.
The age-appropriate classes at My Gym Children's Fitness Center helps children develop physically, cognitively, emotionally, and socially inside air-conditioned, state-of-the-art facilities. With more than 25 years of experience, My Gym offers structured courses designed to please 6-week-olds bored of dominating family ping-pong tournaments and 13-year-olds in need of some lessons in kinetiquette. Instructors individually coach children and parents through classes that incorporate music, dance, relays, sports, games, special rides, and more.
The staff at Velocity Martial Arts swears by the martial arts as a nonacademic method for gifting kids with the tools they need to become successful and productive adults. As they learn combative moves in capoeira, Brazilian jujitsu, and kickboxing classes, they also learn to temper themselves and have respect for fellow students. Led by mixed-martial-arts Master Charles Panoyan, the school's instructors accept students of almost any age. That means even adults can learn body-conditioning exercises and self-defense moves that will serve them well on the street or when being pelted with mashed potatoes during a raucous board meeting.
Gymboree offers a bevy of baby-engaging classes in which parents and wee ones work together to build tots' creativity and encourage development through play. Offered in monthly sessions, weekly classes are available for every age from the freshly born sapling to the 5-year-young wise wanderer. This deal includes rhythm-building music classes, imagination-expanding art classes, and Gymboree's most popular class, Play & Learn. The one-month membership (a $75 value, plus $60 membership fee) allows you to take one class per week, with makeups available during enrollment if you miss a class. This deal also includes unlimited attendance at Gymboree's open-gym sessions (contact location for schedule). One Groupon must be purchased for each child, and each child must be accompanied by at least one adult (but more than one adult is welcome).
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.