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.
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Parent/Child Classes (Ages 1-4 years)
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.)
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.
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!
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.
Academic Enrichment w/Miss Lisa
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Parent/Child Enrichment Class (Ages 3 months- 3 years)
An exciting new parent/child enrichment class that will provide activities that both you and your child will enjoy doing together! Play opportunities will include free play, songs, stories, art and sensory play; just to name a few!
STEM Enrichment Class (Ages 3-5 years)
Literacy Enrichment Class (Ages 3-5 years)
Writing Excellence (Ages 8-10 years)
Scratch Level 1 (Ages 8-16)
Children will learn mathematical and computational ideas that are built into the Scratch experience. As students create programs in Scratch, they learn core computational concepts such as iteration and conditionals. They also gain an understanding of important mathematical concepts such as coordinates, variables, and random numbers. This project-design process combines many of the 21st century learning skills that will be critical to success in the future: thinking creatively, communicating clearly, analyzing systematically, collaborating effectively, designing iteratively, learning continuously.
Scratch Level 2 (Ages 8-16)
Scratch Level 2 expands the students ability to develop more complex games, and creative works. Some of the new items and concepts that will be covered include new coding blocks such as video-sensing blocks, applying perspective to add realism to Scratch projects, adding gravity to moving objects, new and exciting visual effects, and developing projects that use motion sensing.
Several of the projects we will be teaching in Scratch Level 2 include Space Invaders, Jumper, Fireworks Displays, and using a webcam to move objects in a Scratch game with your hands.
Prerequisite Scratch Level 1
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.
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.
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.
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.
Emphasis is placed on learning fundamentals of basketball while having a great time with friends. Develop individual skills of dribbling, shooting, and passing.
Game, Set, Match! Learn all about tennis, build skills, and play modified matches. Follows USTA Curriculum.
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.