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Enrichments

MCHD offers a range of optional Enrichment Programs after school in music instruction (including piano, violin, and ukulele), karate, soccer, dramatic arts, movement or dance, yoga, craft-making, and more, through contracts with local professional teachers.
 

Some offerings are individual lessons (e.g. piano); some are group classes targeted for a particular age range of students. We also sometimes offer clubs for Elementary students, including Odyssey of the Mind, Chess, and Philosophy and Ethics. Offerings vary from semester to semester, although there are some constants (piano). Sign-up is on a semester by semester basis.

Each class has a separate Enrichment Fee which is in addition to MCHD tuition and After School fees. Special package rates for drop-in care are available for enrichment students not enrolled in the After School program, so that a child can attend After School between the end of the school day and the time the enrichment class begins.

Current enrichment offerings for Early Childhood and Kindergarten children include:

Art with Lisa

Children are active learners, and making art is a hands-on activity that expands imaginations, exercises creativity, develops small motor control and eye-hand coordination, and sharpens children’s powers of observation. In this class, children learn fundamentals of art— color, line, shape, form and texture — by painting and drawing, making collages, fashioning three-dimensional objects out of clay, and talking about their work. By creating art and looking at it, children become aware and gain an understanding of composition, balance, and symmetry.
This semester we will be studying Picasso’s different periods including cubism and his masks.  We will also study Calder and his wire sculptures and Andy Goldsworthy’s nature art. From time to time we will venture into projects that are culturally based such as Fish Kites from China, mat weaving from Africa, and clay pots from the Native American culture. 
 

Tennis

Introduce your children to a life-long sport: tennis! In this popular class, students will learn from Stefan Gabler of TGA and his assistant in our (temp-controlled!) Multi Purpose room. Each student will be challenged to a variety of skill building stations and activities designed to help each player reach their competitive potential. All materials provided by TGA and are included in the price of the class. For more information, go to www.PlayTGA.com.
 
Soccer Shots
 Soccer Shots is built around a highly-developed curriculum with the goal of teaching basic soccer skills rather than scrimmaging. Using developmentally appropriate fitness activities and exercises that can enhance coordination, balance, and agility development, as well as creative and imaginative play, Soccer Shots’ whole-child approach emphasizes respect, patience, encouragement, and team work and includes exclusive Soccer Shots games and Word of the Day.   
 
Introduction to Learning Chinese
 The NEW after school Chinese class is designed to introduce children to both Chinese language and culture.   We will learn Chinese through songs, rhymes, crafts, games and activities, such that children will pick up the useful Chinese language in a fun and engaging way, while experiencing the rich Chinese culture as well.
 
Environmental Engineering: Ecosystems
 We live at the bottom of a sea of air called ‘Atmosphere’. What’s in the air?  Participants will learn about air pollution through a stimulating simulation and experience the amazing balance of gases that make life on earth possible.  Our Ecosystem is a complex network of living things and their physical environment. In this scintillating adventure, students simulate an ecosystem to experience the connections involved and then they design and make their own keepsake of a food web stage, little fish/big fish!
 

Current enrichment offerings for Kindergarten and Elementary children include:

Soccer Shots:            

Soccer Shots is built around a highly-developed curriculum with the goal of teaching basic soccer skills rather than scrimmaging in its weekly 45-60 minute sessions. Using developmentally appropriate fitness activities and exercises that can enhance coordination, balance, and agility development, as well as creative and imaginative play, Soccer Shots’ whole-child approach emphasizes respect, patience, encouragement, and team work and includes exclusive Soccer Shots games and Word of the Day. 
 
 

Tennis:              

 

Introduce your children to a life-long sport: tennis! In this popular class, students will learn from Stefan Gabler of TGA and his assistant in our (temp-controlled!) Multi-Purpose room. Each student will be challenged to a variety of skill building stations and activities designed to help each player reach their competitive potential. All materials provided by TGA are included in the price of the class. For more information, go to www.PlayTGA.com.

 

Introduction to Chinese

The NEW after school Chinese class is designed to introduce children to both Chinese language and culture.   We will learn Chinese through songs, rhymes, crafts, games and activities, such that children will pick up the useful Chinese language in a fun and engaging way, while experiencing the rich Chinese culture as well.  
 
 

Lower Elem Art:             1st-2nd grade

Lisa Tate, current MCHD  teacher and extraordinary local photographer, guides students through a playful exploration of visual art and gives the children freedom to express themselves using a wide variety of mediums.  Children are active learners, and making art is a hands-on activity that expands imaginations, exercises creativity, develops small motor control and eye-hand coordination, and sharpens children’s powers of observation. Through these sessions, children learn fundamentals of art— color, line, shape, form and texture — by painting and drawing, making collages, fashioning three-dimensional objects out of clay, and talking about their work. By creating art and looking at it, children become aware and gain an understanding of composition, balance, and symmetry. 
This semester we will be studying Picasso’s different periods including cubism and his masks.  We will also study Calder and his wire sculptures and Andy Goldsworthy’s nature art. From time to time we will venture into projects that are culturally based such as Fish Kites from China and mat weaving from Africa, and clay pots from the Native American culture.

Art with Janine:        3rd-6th grade

Janine, MCHD’s own elementary art teacher, is once again offering her popular After School Art Classes for students in grades 3 through 6. This class will be an intense course with sophisticated processes and projects with a goal of giving the artists an opportunity to practice skills and learn techniques that go beyond what is covered in weekly art classes. We will work both traditionally and experimentally as we cover a variety of art areas including drawing, painting, sculpture, book making, printing and much more. This class is intended for students who have a passion for art and are hard working and motivated. This is a fun and exciting class and can take these young artists to the next level of personal expression. 
 

Chess:

At Chess Team, students will learn chess fundamentals and strategies that enhance learning skills and critical thinking. We will build confidence and have the option to play chess against each other and eventually against other schools. Novice students and experienced players can sign up as we will have two levels of competence.

Piano with Sam:

We are delighted to have Sam Marion return for an twelfth year of teaching piano to MCHD students ages 5 – 12. Please note that this class fills almost immediately and requests for placement on Sam’s wait list are accepted throughout the year. Current MCHD piano students have priority registration for second semester.  Sam has been teaching piano students of all ages for over 40 years, and is a member of the Durham Music Teacher’s Association. With a Master’s degree in music from UNC-Greensboro, Sam brings a primarily classical approach to piano while teaching a variety of genres. 
 
 

Ukulele: 

Instructor Paul Hammond has been playing the Ukulele since he was a teenager. He taught Ukulele to students for three years. In this class, beginner students will learn basic posture, new chords, and simple melodies. More advanced students will learn different fingerpicking styles, more difficult chord changes, and more (and more complicated) melodies.  Ukulele lessons are half hour individual Sessions.
 
 

Violin: 

Stephanie Swisher attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina State University and graduated with a B.A., cum laude.  For many years she has performed as a violinist in the area. She has been a member of the Tar River Symphony, Durham Symphony Orchestra, Raleigh Symphony, and Raleigh Civic Symphony, as well as others.  Ms. Swisher taught violin and chamber music at the Duke University String School (DUSS) for over 20 years, serving as Assistant Director for 18 years. 

Ms. Swisher is a university-educated instructor and dedicated to strengthening the student’s foundation by focusing on reading, theory, and technique as well as developing repertoire. She uses method books as a framework to introduce new concepts, while giving students the freedom to play music that inspires them most. Learning to perform before an audience is an important component of music education and Ms. Swisher encourages students to perform a piece they select from their own repertories at her student recitals.  

 

Computer Programming: The Art of Debugging

 This introductory program is designed to promote computer literacy in young minds. Through hands on activities, participants get an inside look at the skeletal make-up of computers, touch the brain power inside computers and make their own laptop designs.  The budding computer programmers hone in on their algorithmic thinking, debugging and problem solving skills. Activities include drag-and-drop programming emphasizing debugging computer programs.
 
 

Environmental Engineering: Ecosystems

 We live at the bottom of a sea of air called ‘Atmosphere’. What’s in the air?  Participants will learn about air pollution through a stimulating simulation and experience the amazing balance of gases that make life on earth possible.  Our Ecosystem is a complex network of living things and their physical environment. In this scintillating adventure, students simulate an ecosystem to experience the connections involved and then they design and make their own keepsake of a food web stage, little fish/big fish!
 

 

 

 

 

 
Current MCHD parents may click here to register for upcoming enrichments.