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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.

Fall 2017 enrichment offerings for Early Childhood and Kindergarten children include:

Art with Lisa

(Monday)
Who is this artist? What did this artist hope to share with its audience? Can we re-create the ideas and methods of this artist? In this class we will discover a different artist each week. We will read a story about the artist, look at the work the artist created, and then complete an art project inspired by the artist. Some of the artist we will study are: Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Wassily Kandinsky. Lisa Tate, current MCHD  teacher and extraordinary local photographer, guides students through this exploratory art class.

Dance and Movement

(Tuesday)
Let’s Dance and Move! The more you move the more you learn. Dancing has a unique way of engaging a child’s natural creativity while increasing self-confidence. In this class, children will get an opportunity to express themselves through movement, while learning how to balance, stretch, and perform movement patterns to fun and exciting music. Dancers will experience positive social interaction and cooperation with peers as they learn and memorize a group routine for an end of session class performance. Get your cameras ready! This program is taught by Marie Hopkins, a MCHD parent who teaches dance in Durham Public schools, trains competitive dances at the Triangle Academy of Dance and is a foundation board member of Empower Dance Studio. She has performed with dance companies throughout the east coast.
Soccer Shots
 
(Thursday)
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.   
 Chinese Language
 
(Friday)
This Chinese language 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.
 

Current enrichment offerings for Kindergarten and Elementary children include:

Percussion and Rhythm:

(Monday)
Students will develop an understanding of rhythm by learning how to play an array of percussive instruments. they will also begin the process of learning the drum set, practicing coordination of hands and feet to the beat. The individual lessons will cover different rhythmic styles and patterns, and students will learn exercises to practice and improve on outside of lesson times. These lessons are taught by Reid Rosemond, a MCHD alum and full time farmer-educator for the Durham Public Schools Hub Farm. Reid graduated from Durham School of the Arts where he played in the percussion ensemble, festival band, drum line, and steel drum band. Since then, He's played the drum kit for a couple other groups around town. 

Art with Janine:                   3rd-6th grade

(Tuesday)
Does your child absolutely love art? Does he/she really enjoy drawing, painting, creating and constructing? Then this class is perfect for your budding artist! Janine, MCHD’s own elementary art teacher, is once offering this popular class which 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 everyone’s favorite, pottery. 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 that can take these young artists to the next level of personal expression. Janine Wolf has been teaching art to children and adults since 1975 and, this year, begins her 22nd year as our MCHD Elementary Art Teacher.

Dance Academy: 

(Tuesday)
Dance training brings a new perspective to learning, creating and understanding the world. In this class, we will learn the basic techniques of dance, using proper dance vocabulary and focusing on different dance styles such as modern dance, jazz dance and cultural dances from around the world. This will be more than just a dance party, as dancers will experience a sense of achievement and physical development through class warm-ups, exercises and dance performances. Take this invitation to dance and explore new skills and cultures with friends. This program is taught by Marie Hopkins, a MCHD parent who teaches dance in Durham Public schools, trains competitive dances at the Triangle Academy of Dance and is a foundation board member of Empower Dance Studio. She has performed with dance companies throughout the east coast.

Chess: 1st-6th grade

(Wednesday)
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:

(Wednesday)
We are delighted to have Sam Marion continue to teach 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. 

Super Hero Engineering:

(Wednesday)
Save the world with Super Heroes! Build the hideouts and vehicles of your favorite caped crusaders and learn what makes them not only Super Heroes, but Super Hero Engineers! An experienced Play-Well instructor guides young heroes as they design, build, and save a city where ingenuity and imagination can solve any conflict. 

Soccer Shots:    

(Thursday)      

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. 

Guitar with Gabe:    

(Thursday)   

Students will learn both the basics of playing the guitar and the basics of music theory. Lessons will be tailored to the level of individual students. Gabe, a MCHD alum, will teach these individual lessons. He attended Durham School of the Arts and studied guitar. Today he continues to play and learn on piano and guitar. He particularly enjoys jazz, folk, experimental music, and North Indian classical music.

Chinese Language:

(Friday)

This 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 El. Art with Lisa:   1st-2nd Grade    

(Friday)

Who is this artist? What did this artist hope to share with its audience? Can we re-create the ideas and methods of this artist? In this class we will discover a different artist each week. We will read a story about the artist, look at the work the artist created, and then complete an art project inspired by the artist. Some of the artist we will study are: Georgia O’Keeffe, Henri Matisse, Jackson Pollock, Piet Mondrian, Andy Warhol, Wassily Kandinsky. Lisa Tate, current MCHD  teacher and extraordinary local photographer, guides students through this exploratory art class.

 

 

 

 

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