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CHILDREN'S ACADEMY: SATURDAY SESSIONS, SPRING 2015 SCHEDULE:

January 2015: Session I
• January 24, 31 
• February 7, 21, 28

Spring 2015: Session II
• March 28
• April 11, 18, 25
• May 2

PLEASE NOTE:
All swim classes are now 10 classes and run through both sessions.

COURSE OFFERINGS BY AGE:

2.5 YEAR OLDS

  • Baby + Me Swimming

3 – 6 YEAR OLDS

  • Gymnastics for Kids
  • Mandarin: Early Learners
  • Parent & Me Ceramics 
  • Parent & Me Yoga
  • Spanish: Early Learners
  • Swimming: Guppy
  • Swimming: Minnow

7 – 12 YEAR-OLDS

  • Capoeira  
  • Design and Build Studio
  • Hip-Hop
  • Lemonade Stand 101: Young Entrepreneurs at Work   
  • Robotics
  • Spanish: Young Learners
  • Swimming: Shark
  • Video Game Design

COURSE OFFERINGS:

Swim Instruction

Learn basic swimming skills, build confidence and have fun too! This class is a wonderful introduction to swimming strokes for children in Brooklyn’s best pool. Children will be arranged by experience to ensure optimal instruction for young swimmers.

Baby + Me

Baby + Me swim classes allow parents and their children to foster a shared love for swimming, instill confidence around the water and to acquire swimming and safety techniques that will be of lifelong benefit. Lessons are designed to create a positive environment that will help each participant develop water skills at their own comfort level, all the while spending quality time together. Using hands on approach, parents will be instructed on how to properly guide and teach their children to swim.

Guppy (Level 1)

Guppy Level 1 swimming classes are designed to help young swimmers feel comfortable in the water. Through the use of activities and assisted support, class emphasizes numerous swimming techniques such as: how to properly enter and exit the pool water using ladder, steps or side, blowing bubbles through mouth and nose, bobbing, retrieving submerged objects, front and back glides and floats, recovering to vertical position, rolling from front to back and back to front, and introduction to front crawl stroke and back crawl stroke.

Minnow (Level 2/3)

Minnow Level 2 and 3 swimming classes are geared towards more experienced swimmers who wish to improve upon the skills they already possess. Students learn more advanced swimming methods such as proper breathing techniques (rhythmic breathing), the ability to change directions while on back and front, as well as treading water in the deep and shallow ends of the pool. Swim instructors introduce and reaffirm numerous strokes on front and back with an emphasis on front crawl stroke, back crawl stroke, elementary backstroke, and side-stroke.

Shark (Level 4)

Shark Level 4 swimming classes are the most advanced swimming classes LIU Children's Academy has to offer. Within this level, there is a strong emphasis on stroke development and improvement. Through the use of lap swim, drills, games, and activities, students gain confidence and improve upon their front crawl stroke, back crawl stroke, elementary back stroke, and side stroke, as well as introduced to the breast stroke and butterfly stroke.

Capoeira

Practicing Capoeira—an Afro-Brazilian martial art that seamlessly combines elements of dance, music, self-defense, acrobatics and ritual—can enhance one’s health, cultural awareness and respect for others.

By teaching basic movements & variations that get young bodies fit & strong, our program seeks to better kids’ health and strength, self-confidence, agility and poise while enhance music appreciation and technique.

Introduction to Ceramics:

Clay is an enthralling and tactile material for children to explore. Working with this versatile medium will advance creativity and imagination while refining important motor skills. Focusing on hand-building pottery skills, participants will be introduced to a new project or idea in each class.

By presenting different clay mediums and techniques, children will create fun, unique projects such as sculptural self-portraits or animal coil pots. Participants are invited to use these innovative project ideas as a starting point to create a piece of art that is all their own.

Design and Build Studio

This hands-on “design and build’ class explores fundamental design principles underlying the concrete world, from suspension bridges to dams, skyscrapers to tents, and chairs to the common fork. Students learn how to plan, build, and construct their own three-dimensional environments using paper, wood, collage, cloth, clay, and more.

Gymnastics for Kids

This introductory gymnastics program for children ages three to six is designed to help your child build strength, flexibility and self-confidence all while channeling their excess energy!

Independent enough to attend classes without parents, young children learn best in a structured environment, which is why our gymnastics activities are combined with healthy doses of fun and fitness.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop dance is as native to New York City as subways, Harlem, and urban cool. Our versatile dance instructor will break down fancy moves into fun steps that anyone can master. Participants discover how to dance with confidence and style that will make them the envy of any school talent show.

Lemonade Stand 101 – Young Entrepreneurs At Work

This “entrepreneurship” class explores what it means to be an entrepreneur and illustrates the skills and creativity needed to develop something new. Students learn how to see opportunities in problems, how to ideate solutions; they will build/create prototypes of their solutions and learn how to market their newly invented product or service – and have a lot of fun in the process.

Mandarin Chinese

Children are introduced to a beginning Mandarin Chinese class developing basic in listening, speaking, reading and writing Chinese. By using pinyin and traditional characters, children will be surrounded by various games, songs, visual aids, and play. Language lessons are related to numbers, greetings and farewell, colors, people and objects, animals, family members, transportation and more.

If you’ve ever wondered how your child might fare learning Chinese, this introductory class will provide young learners with a gentle beginning to the world’s most common language.

Parent & Me Ceramics

Clay is an enthralling and tactile material for children to explore. Working with this versatile medium will advance creativity and imagination while refining important motor skills. Focusing on hand-building pottery skills, parents and their children will be introduced to a new project or idea in each class.

By presenting different clay mediums and techniques, participants will have ample opportunity to create fun, unique projects such as sculptural self-portraits or animal coil pots.

(Please note a total materials fee of $20 for this course)

Parent & Me Yoga

Parent & Me Yoga is a fun way to be active and practice yoga while enjoying quality time with your little one. Slither like snakes, walk like spiders and hop like frogs as you embark on an engaging and dynamic yoga adventure with your child. Classes will incorporate music, storytelling and partner play to make traditional yoga poses and breathing techniques accessible to both you and your child and foster connection, movement and great fun! Mats provided on the premises. Dress comfortably.

Robotics Session 1: Build your Own!

This hands-on class will introduce students to fundamental principals regarding electronics, motors, simple audio devices and gears by exploring and deconstructing everyday items. By the end of a 5-week session, each child will take home a robot that they built from scratch that includes a motor, LED, and a recordable audio chip.

Robotics Session 2: LEGO Mindstorm

This next level class will focus on the capabilities of the LEGO NXT robotics kit as well as LEGO Mindstorms software. The concepts to be covered over five weeks include: storing elastic potential energy, transferring direction of motion with the use of gears, application of motors in robotic design, use of touch, ultrasonic, light, and rotational sensors.

Spanish Early Leaners (3-6)

Young children are introduced to Spanish in an immersive environment filled with age-appropriate games, songs, visual aids, and play. Students learn greetings & farewells, polite words, numbers, days of the week, months of the year, opposites, weather & seasons, colors, people & objects, family members, parts of the face, parts of the body, food, animals, games and songs.

Spanish Young Learners (7-9)

This age-appropriate course is an introduction to basic conversational Spanish. Focusing on basic language skills, including everyday objects, common phrases and responses, and popular songs, the course is intended to introduce young learners to Spanish language and culture. It is also appropriate for children who live in a bilingual household or have previous experience with Spanish.

Video Game Design

Playing games is a universal and timeless activity allowing children to sculpt their minds and transform their cognitive abilities. This course provides participants with a fun and exciting approach to designing and developing their own video games. Working with game design tools, techniques, and strategies, participants learn the importance of technology and creativity in the game development process.