Our enriched afternoon program complements the goals of our morning program by providing a variety of co-curricular activities for the children to choose from. These activities are directly linked to your child’s learning in the Montessori classroom, and allow all of those skills that have been previously introduced in isolation to be implemented and practiced in an authentic and social setting. It is in these afternoon activities that the children learn to pace themselves according to a group rhythm.
Our afternoon program offers a wide and alternating variety of activities that will allow your child to explore new skills and find new passions. The array of activities - offered by specialists both visiting and in-house - focuses on the development of the whole child, with a concentration on soul, body and mind.
Children engage in athletic games which take place both indoors and outdoors. They are encouraged, in the process, to demonstrate sportsmanship and an interest in helping their own team! Through guided activities, children develop large muscles (running), lower body strengthening (kicking, hopping, skipping, jumping), and eye-hand coordination (catching and throwing).
LynnAnne Turcotte has been teaching for 30 years and is the founder & Director of Les Ateliers Turcotte and LATmontreal.dance. She is delighted to head the dance program at Orchard House. Through a variety of creative movement activities, children learn gross-motor skills such as hopping, skipping and balance through tap, ballet, improvisation and jazz dance.
Kidnasium™ queen Kim Snabl brings “Gym in a Box” to Orchard House! This gym program, complete with Kidnasium gym equipment and music, targets the children’s strength, flexibility, balance and rhythm. Each class includes a dance, cardio and stretch routine, helping to develop both motor skills and muscle tone.
This class features kid-friendly routines, fun music with energetic moves that are based on original Zumba choreography. Children improve their coordination skills, confidence and self-esteem all while benefiting from physical activity.
Sportball-certified coaches offer non-competitive sports instruction for children aged 2 to 5 years old. Children are introduced to 8 popular sports: soccer, hockey, basketball, baseball, volleyball, tennis, golf & football using creative instruction and positive encouragement. The program focuses on the development of gross motor skills, balance, strength, co-ordination, stamina and timing. Equipment used is age-appropriate and is sized just right for our preschoolers.”
Sensei Meghan brings her knowledge and wisdom to teach our little ninjas the basic principles and techniques of martial arts, as well as the art of meditation (you can literally hear a pin drop!). This karate class boosts self-confidence and promotes leadership skills.
During this afternoon activity, children explore all areas of gymnastics – tumbling, balancing, jumping, rolling, etc. They are encouraged to follow obstacle courses, work on specific gymnastic skills, and follow rhythmic pieces. Each class builds on the child’s gross motor skills and provides them with the necessary tools to strengthen their gymnastic movement and flexibility.
In conjunction with the Raymond Mourad Taekwondo Academy (www.mouradtkd.com), this program works on the children’s physical fitness, mental discipline, concentration, respect and self-confidence. The program aims to build a solid foundation in martial skills. A great introduction to any future martial arts program.
With over ten years’ experience as a children’s yoga instructor, and certified by the Radiant Child Yoga, OM Schooled Certification and Yoga Kids amongst others, Miss Lee-Ann Matthews heads the Threes and Fours yoga program at Orchard House. Miss Lee-Ann is committed to her own journey of self reflection and, through this authentic understanding of yoga, she brings clarity, energy, music and fun to the Orchard House yoga studio! Through a variety of games, poses, breathing and stillness, children learn the vast benefits of the ancient practice of yoga as it applies to them today.
This program, offered by a specialist from Generation Fitness, encourages the children to learn about fitness through dance and self expression. The weekly aerobic full-body workout set to familiar and popular songs is sure to get the children’s circulation pumping and their bodies moving!
This afternoon activity is offered by a specialist from Generation Fitness who creates challenging obstacle courses for the children to explore different areas of gymnastics such as tumbling, balancing, jumping and rolling. Through such exercise, the children improve overall balance, coordination, strength and patience. What a great way to wake up and be reinvigorated after a restful afternoon nap!