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)
Winter 2017
Full Member Registration begins December 11, 2017
Program Member Registration begins December 18, 2017
  • 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
    :
    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
Winter 2017/Session 2
Miss Lisa will begin the second trimester for our three academic enrichment programs offered at the Centenary early center and the Metuchen Branch YMCA.
  • 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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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!  
  • Play With Me (Ages 3 months- 18 months)

  • Play With Me (Ages 19 months- 3 years)

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. 
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

Coming in Fall 2017!

South Amboy YMCA

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Gymtime (Ages 1-4)
Let the little ones improve their gross motor skills through play.  Activities are designed to help children run, jump, climb, throw and much more with our parachute games, mats, and other phys ed toys designed for little hands and legs!
  • Gymtime (Ages 1-4)

Exploration Station (Ages 1-5)
Art stations, finger paintings, paper crafts, stamps, play dough, songs, bubbles, and much more.
  • Exploration Station (Ages 1-3 years)

  • Exploration Station (Ages 3-5)

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

Art Beyond The Crayons (Ages 5-12)
Work with an art instructor to explore fine arts through a variety of mediums from watercolors to clay.
  • Art Beyond The Crayons (Ages 5-8)

  • Art Beyond The Crayons (Ages 9-12)

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.
  • Guitar

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 5-7)

  • Basketball (Ages 8-12)

Martial Arts (Ages 5+)
Children will learn self-discipline, fundamentals, and basic form at a level that is appropriate.
  • Martial Arts (Ages 5+)

Snag Golf (Ages 5+)
A fun and easy way for children of all ages to learn golf. This curriculum builds the fundamentals of putting, chipping, pitching and full swing to develop playing ability quickly and effectively.
  • Snag Golf (Ages 5+)

Soccer (Ages 5+)
This a fun way for your child to learn an exciting sport.  We will teach the fundamentals of soccer and have fun in game situations.
  • Soccer

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

Track (Ages 5-12)
Young athletes are welcome to come and learn about a multitude of track and field events.  Participants (depending on age) will learn short distance sprints, middle distance, hurdles, cross country, relays, and more.
  • Track (Ages 5-12)

Intro to Computer (Ages 12+)
Intro to both fundamental programming concepts and the Python programming language.
  • Intro to Computer

Intro to Web Design (Ages 12+)
Intro to front end web design.  Students will learn the components of a website & how to create their own using HTML and CSS.
  • Intro to Web Design

Game Design Scratch (Ages 7-12)
Creation and development of their own game design using Scratch programming.
  • Game Design Scratch

Game Design Scratch (Ages 13+)
Creation and development of their own game design using Scratch programming.
  • Game Design Scratch