Youth - Enrichment Classes

Our youth enrichment classes are a terrific way to allow your child to explore their special interests, develop their talents, and have fun!  We offer a variety of classes including chess, martial arts, homeschooling as well as parent/child and preschool classes.  Learn about our exciting opportunities below.

Metuchen YMCA

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Parent/Child Classes (Ages 1-4 years)
  • Little Learners (Ages 1-4 years)

    This class is a great introduction to learning. Children will be exposed to shapes, alphabet sounds, animals and numbers in a fun and creative way. Circle time and movement activities are a part of every class session.

  • Open Enrichment Classes

    Join us for some playtime where children up to age  may utilize our enrichment area and equipment! Give your little one a chance to run around and break a sweat. Children will 
    enjoy time on the gym mats building coordination, balance and strength along with fun table activities and a chance to make friends.
    Fees:
    FREE for Full Facility Members
    $10/day for Program Members

    Additional Information:
    Socks are needed for children and caregivers to wear when playing on mats.
    Socks with grippers are recommended.
    Care givers must remain with children at all times.
    Snacks from home are allowed but please avoid nuts and be mindful of food allergies.
    We follow the Metuchen School Schedule/ No open enrichment held on 1/15 & 2/19
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    Mondays and Tuesdays 11:20am-1:00pm
    January 2nd-February 20th

    Contact information:
    Pamela Cohen
    732.548.2044 ext 2226
    Pam.Cohen@ymcaofmewsa.org
  • Exploration Station (Ages 1-4 years)

    Have fun with art! Children will be exposed to paper crafts, easel painting, bubbles, stamps, play dough, fun songs and more. Circle time and movement activates are a part of every class session.
Family Chess (All Ages)
PARENTS! SIBLINGS! FRIENDS! This is YOUR chance to get involved in the ACTION and FUN, as professionally trained instructor, Fred, Ivens, joins us to share his passion and knowledge teaching the game of chess not only to our youth, but to family members interested in learning as well! Having studied with the United States Chess Federation, Mr. Ivens guides adults and youth in learning the basic moves and strategies of chess, while motivating them to advance to a higher level of creative problem solving through lectures, written puzzles and friendly games. Tournaments are sometimes scheduled on weekends. Participation is optional. Open to ALL AGES! (Adults must register with at least one child; adults cannot register for this class alone.)
  • Family-Chess (All Ages)

Chess (Ages 5-12 years)
Professionally trained instructor, Fred, Ivens, joins us to share his passion and knowledge teaching the game of chess to our youth. Having studied with the United States Chess Federation, Mr. Ivens guides young people in learning the basic moves and strategies of chess, while motivating them to advance to a higher level of creative problem solving through lectures, written puzzles and friendly games. Tournaments are sometimes scheduled on weekends ? participation is optional.
  • Beginner Chess (Ages 5-8 years)

  • Advanced Chess (Ages 9-12 years)

Yoga (Ages 3-17 years)
Kavita Suratkal, a certified children's yoga instructor, will lead youth in activities which will help them in their daily life. Activity examples include Brain Gym, eye exercises, breathing exercises, meditation, creative thinking, sun salutation, and of course YOGA poses. Your child will enjoy the benefits of yoga...improved concentration, attention and focus for both academics and sports. Sessions always end with a fun game! 
  • Untangled Yoga ( Elementary School )

  • After School Flow Yoga ( Middle School )

  • Restoring Balance ( High School )

Karate (Ages 7+ years)
Instructor is a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate, blends traditional Shaolin Kempo Karate training and martial arts philosophy with modern self-defense and fitness in a disciplined and structured, yet very fun, atmosphere. Students develop greater self-confidence and ability to concentrate while building strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and improved cardiovascular conditioning. Students begin as white belts and progress through colored belt ranks as they achieve greater proficiency. Ask for details on uniform.
  • Karate (Ages 7+ years)

Karate (Ages 13-Adult)
  • Karate (Ages 13+ -Adult )

Academic Enrichment w/Miss Lisa
  • Reading Explorers K (ages 5-6) Session 2


    The second of this three-trimester program will teach students the mechanics of the English language. In trimester one, students will use the PAF Handwriting Program to master print of the 26 letters of the English alphabet. Vowel sounds, (short and long), sight words and word families will be discovered using the Primary Phonics program. Trimesters two and three will complete the Primary Phonics program (phonetics, reading comprehension and reading primers). Support work will be given for home use. 
    *This is an 8 week session
    Time: Tuesdays 4:15pm-5:45pm
    * Session Dates: 12/12,012/19, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6
    Location; Metuchen YMCA  at 65 High Street
    Contact: Program director, Pamela Cohen 732.548.2044 ext 2226
    email:: pam.cohen@ymcaofmewsa.org

     
  • Math and Reading Explorers (ages 4-5) Session 2

    Reading Explorers Tuesdays 1:00pm-2:30pm
    The second of this three-trimester program meets once a week and specifically teaches reading readiness skills. The children will review letter sounds and begin to explore long and short vowel sounds and their use in the English language. Students will also learn to properly print letter symbols using correct pencil grip and good posture. Throughout the three trimesters,  annual program sight words and sentence structure will be explored using Workbook A and 12 primers of the Handprints early reading program. Support work will be given for home use.
    *This is an 8 week session*
    Session Dates: 12/12, 12/19, 1/2, 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6

    Location: Centenary Early Learning Center at 200 Hillside Ave, Metuchen
    P:732.548.5468
    email: melinda.wilson@ymcaofmewsa.org


    Math Explorers Thursdays 1:00pm-2:30pm
    The second of this three-trimester program meets once a week and specifically focuses on math skills. The students will be exposed to various mathematical concepts including set theory, classification and numerical operations (addition and subtraction). Number lines, number charts, and Venn diagrams will be used to explore values and equations. Measuring, graphing, skip counting, American money values, time (analog and digital) and spatial relationships will be discovered in a hands-on, fun environment. Support work will be given for home use.
    *This is an 8 week session*
    Session Dates: 12/14, 12/21,1/4, 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8

    Location: Centenary Early Learning Center at 200 Hillside Ave, Metuchen
    P:732.548.5468
    email: melinda.wilson@ymcaofmewsa.org

Edison YMCA

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STEM Enrichment Class (Ages 3-5 years)
  • STEM Enrichment Class (Ages 3-5 years)

    This class will give your child a hands on opportunity to learn the many facets of building structures; making predictions, designing/sketching/diagramming, measuring, experimenting, & making modifications.

Literacy Enrichment Class (Ages 3-5 years)
  • Literacy Enrichment Class (Ages 3-5 years)

    This class will build recognition of upper & lower case letters while exploring their appropriate uses in print & text.

Writing Excellence (Ages 8-10 years)
  • Creative Writing Excellence (Ages 8-10 years)

    In this class, beginner and intermediate level fiction students work toward building short stories, novel chapters, and learning the elements of craft. Whether you are a new beginner or want to sharpen up your basic writing technique, this is the class for you. Student work is discussed in a warm atmosphere. 

South Amboy YMCA

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Pee Wee Sports (Ages 3-7)
Each week children will explore the basic skills of a different sport, including soccer, basketball, t-ball, floor hockey, and gym games.
  • Pee Wee Sports

Youth Chess (Ages 5-12)
Whether you’re just learning or want to become a better player. Learn and excel while playing against your peers. Players will learn the basics of Chess and different strategies.
  • Youth Chess

Youth Archery (Ages 7+)
  • Youth Archery

    Using our equipment the instructor will guide beginners of all ages to develop skills from range safety to accuracy through fun interactive archery exercises.
Guitar (Ages 7-12)
Participants will learn the basics of how to play the guitar. Participants will need to supply their own guitars. Please come with proper instruments, no plastic guitars or toys.
  • Beginner Guitar

  • Advanced Guitar

Drumming (Ages 7+)
  • Drumming for Beginners

    Participants will be introduced to basic fundamentals and rudiments of drumming.  Participants will need to supply their own drumsticks.
  • Intermediate Drumming

    Participants will be introduced to different genre patterns and techniques in addition to learning t play collectively as part of a band the Real World Experience. Participants will need to supply their own drumsticks.
Dance (Ages 5-12 years)
Young dance enthusiasts will get to explore the dance genres of ballet, tap, and more.
  • Exploring Dance (Ages 5-12 years)

    Young dance enthusiasts will get to explore the dance genres of ballet, tap, and more.
Gymnastics Tumbling & Cheer (Ages 5-12)
From somersaults to handstands, cartwheels, back-springs and across the balance beam, children will learn the basics of gymnastics. 
  • Gymnastics Tumbling & Cheer (Ages 5 -8)

Basketball (Ages 5-12)
Emphasis is placed on learning fundamentals of basketball while having a great time with friends.  Develop individual skills of dribbling, shooting, and passing.
  • Basketball (Ages 5-9)

  • 3 on 3 Basketball (Ages 10-14)

Tennis (Ages 5-12)
Game, Set, Match! Learn all about tennis, build skills, and play modified matches. Follows USTA Curriculum.
 
  • Tennis ((Ages 5-12)

Eating Healthy Cooking Classes (Ages 8-12 years)
Children will learn food safety while learning how to make easy recipes for foods that are not only delicious but also nutritious.  The class will be led by a certified Chef who will make cooking fun for everyone.
  • Eating Healthy Cooking Class