ENRICHMENT & AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Many of our students stay with us for extended days and many parents are excited to be able to offer their children the joy of fun after-school classes, without the logistical hassle of driving the children around all over town. That’s why AIM offers a highly regarded after-school enrichment program. Below are some programs you can choose for your child.
Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and over 100,000 pieces of LEGO®! Students will learn to design and build motorized machines, catapults, pyramids, suspension bridges, buildings, and other constructions. The students will explore concepts of physics, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, and architecture while playing with their favorite creations.
SHAOLING KUNG FU
Kung Fu is a traditional Chinese Martial Art dedicated to enhancing the capacity of the human body and mind. Introduced by the Shaolin monks of China, it is renowned for its defensive methods and elaborate animal forms.
MOCHA ART CLASS
The MOCHA teaching artist will introduce students to the fundamentals of visual art, then build upon these basic tools through hands-on art lessons that utilize a wide variety of materials and techniques. MOCHA is locally and nationally recognized for program excellence and has established a reputation for quality, sustainability, and dedication.
Using creative and imaginative games, weekly sessions focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. We also highlight positive character traits each session such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation. Soccer Shots will expose your child to the fun of soccer and provide the foundation needed to get started in the sport.
Students will learn basic techniques of Japanese Karate in a fun, safe, and supportive environment. Upon building a strong foundation, students will learn more advanced techniques, drills, and combinations. There will be an emphasis on having good form, respect, and discipline. Fun exercises will encourage balance, focus, and coordination.
IN-CLASS ENRICHMENTS & PLAYGROUND LEARNING
Children’s experiences at AIM extend far beyond the Montessori classrooms. Our students enjoy outside play each day before the start of the school day, before or after lunch, and after school. This playground time is a great opportunity for our students to work on gross motor skills, learn how to form friendships, and be active outside.
The play environment at aim offers a wide variety of open-ended play equipment from tricycles and balls to hula-hoops and wood building blocks. On the elementary side, children are able to garden and take care of the multiple trees and plants. The children are also able to care for and feed the chickens we have on campus as well! Elementary students and older Children’s House students love their builder boards, where they build multi-story forts, make hurdles, or use them together with 2×4’s and our redwood stumps to build elaborate structures. All in all, recess time at AIM is a very active, creative, and child-led experience.
Enrichment happens outside our classrooms in many different ways:
REGULAR MUSIC PROGRAMS
Toddlers and preschool children have weekly engaging music experiences with the Thingamajig program. Children sing and make their own instruments under the leadership of a trained musician. In the elementary program, students have weekly one-hour choir classes under the leadership of Melanie DeMore, a professional performing and recording artist with two decades of experience teaching acapella singing to children.
YOGA AND KARATE
Twice a week, our elementary students participate in yoga and karate. Taught by dedicated teachers familiar with the Montessori approach, these classes are a great way to bring physical activity into the middle of our elementary school day—and the students just love them!
FIELD TRIPS & IN-CLASS PRESENTATIONS
We regularly invite parents and community organizations to come into our classrooms and bring the world to our children. Whether it is a Japanese calligraphy demonstration by a visiting relative, an oral health experience offered by a local dentist, or a visit by the Berkeley fire department, these experiences enrich the children’s understanding of the world they live in.
AIM is a vibrant community of people from different backgrounds. Throughout the year, our students experience the cultures of China and Japan in their classroom experiences—and, of course, we also celebrate the major American holidays!
Here are some examples of the seasonal cultural experiences your child will have in a year at AIM:
SETSUBUN – 節分
The day before the beginning of Spring. Celebrated on February 3rd, children throw roasted soybeans to scare away the evil spirits for the year to come.
FIELD TRIPS & OUTINGS
CHILDREN'S HOUSE FIELD TRIPS
ELEMENTARY PROGRAM FIELD TRIPS
MOCHA – Museum of Children’s Art
Lindsay Wildlife Museum
Lawrence Hall of Science
Sacramento Railroad Museum & Amtrak Ride
Tilden Pond Study & Hike
The Nutcracker Ballet
Asian Public Library
Sulfur Creek Nature Center
San Francisco World Music Festival
Children’s Creativity Museum
Kids by the Bay
Piano Restoration Workshop
The Bay Model at the Bay Area Discovery Center
Montessori education is very much about letting children experience the wonders of the world we live in. That’s why all of our children, starting in Children’s House and increasing as they get older, participate in a series of carefully organized field trips. Here’s just a small selection of the events your child will experience: