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Spring 2017 BAC
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Spring 2017

Primary Classes

Red Tail Fox Adventure & Kinship Club with Deans Keppel
For Primary students 4-6 years old

Wednesdays, 3-4:30 PM
8 sessions: April 5, (no class April 12), April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31
Class maximum: 6
Registration: $440

Fridays, 3-4:30 PM
6 sessions: April 7, (no class April 14), April 21, (no class April 28), (no class May 5), May 12, May 19, May 26, June 2
Class maximum: 6
Registration: $330

Deans Keppel has instructed MMS children in Native American Art and Lore for our extra-curricular classes since 1991. A Red Tail Fox is intelligent, aware, and quiet as he makes his way through the woods; as children adventure with Deans, they learn the lessons of Fox: to pay attention, to be self-reliant, to work and play harmoniously with each other. Children will develop an adventurous spirit and love for nature as they explore the marsh, shoot the bow and arrow, and make beautiful totem art. Positive attitude training and leadership skills will serve children well in their everyday relationships. They will gain a great understanding of their sacred place and purpose, inspired by stories about the Native Americans and their KINSHIP with all life. Songs, drumming, games, art, and snack are all packed into a dynamic session of fun.

Deans "Bright Eyes" Keppel is an artist, storyteller and whole-life teacher. She has a Master's degree in Fine Arts and has received numerous community arts grants from the Marin Arts Council for her project, "The Golden Key: Character Education through the Arts." She has been designated a master teacher by the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Her goal is to help create a generation of children who love the earth and who care about each other. If you have specific questions regarding the class, you may call Deans at (415) 454-4187.

Soccer Skills Class with Joey Heusler
For Primary students 4-6 years old

Tuesdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
8 sessions: April 4, (no class April 11), April 18, April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

Thursdays, 3:00 - 4:00 PM
6 sessions: April 6, (no class April 13), April 20, (no class April 27), May 4, May 11, May 18,

May 25, June 1
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $210

This lively after school class will give your child the opportunity to learn soccer skills in a fun-loving, non-threatening environment. The main objectives of this class are to have fun, build confidence, and teach ball skills in a playful and child-oriented way. Games like "Catch the Coach," "Kick the Cone," and "Steal the Bacon" entice the children to kick and dribble the ball without getting too intimidated by the task. Cooperation and the joy of working with the ball and playing games with friends are always emphasized over competition, and there is no winning or losing in this class!

About the Coach: Joey Heusler has been teaching and coaching children and youth in physical education and personal fitness for 20+ years. She leads the Primary movement program at MMS and a physical education program for the older Primary students. Joey grew up playing soccer in Germany and has had a life-long passion and love for the sport. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Joey at iheusler@marinmontessori.org.

Spanish with Patricia Benedict
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Wednesday, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: April 5, (no class April 12), April 19, April 26, May 3, May 10, May 17, May 24, May 31

Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

Patricia Benedict was born and grew up in Colombia, and graduated from Saint Thomas Aquinas University with a degree in Architecture. Her work in the United States has included teaching and coordinating programs in Spanish for Kindergarten to 8th grade; teaching English as a second language to Spanish-speaking students and teaching Spanish to doctors and nurses at the Mayo Clinic. After taking the Primary Montessori training several years ago, Patricia's work, most recently, has been in Montessori schools. Currently, Patricia is leading an integrated Spanish language program in our Elementary classes and assists with the Spanish program at the Junior High.

In this after school class, Primary children will have an opportunity to develop their Spanish speaking skills through games, music, and hands-on activities. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Patricia at pbenedict@marinmontessori.org.

Strumming and Drumming with Jonathan Green
For Primary students 4-6 years old
Monday, 3:00-4:00 PM
8 sessions: April 3, (no class April 10), April 17, April 24, May 1, May 8, May 15, May 22, (no class May 29), June 5
Class minimum/maximum: 6/10
Registration: $280

In "Strumming and Drumming", we have a blast developing the fundamental building blocks of music (rhythm and tonality) while working within the magic and spirit of theater and musical improvisation. Utilizing instruments like djembe drums, ukeleles, various percussion instruments, and xylophones, we improvise musical stories, play Orff-inspired musical games, and make up our own songs. We also bring music into our bodies (and blow off steam!) through dance and body percussion. All in all, kids learn to associate music with fun, and develop their ability to freely and constructively improvise in the moment, while building a foundation for a lifetime's enjoyment of music and theater.

Jonathan Green has been teaching music and theater to young children in the Bay Area for over
10 years and over 20 years overall. He is a singer-songwriter and writer-actor-director living in
Fairfax. jonathangreenmusic.com. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Jonathan at (415) 259-7767 or singsongwriter@gmail.com.

Elementary Classes

Lower Elementary Science Club with Pete Hudson
For Lower Elementary students
Tuesdays, 3:30-4:45 PM
8 sessions: April 4, (no class April 11), April 18, April 25, May 2, (no class May 9), May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6
Class minimum/maximum: 6/8
Registration: $280

Our children encounter science every day. The Science Club will help guide Lower Elementary students in their continuing discovery of how science is all around them and why it plays an important role in their lives. From making simple machines do work to exploring color and light to understanding more about the earth beneath them, this class will allow children to ask questions and perform hands-on activities to find the answers. Each self-paced weekly lab session will focus on a particular scientific topic, including simple physics, chemistry, magnetism, marsh ecology, geology, weather, and the solar system. The instructor, with occasional assistance from special guests, will help direct the young scientists through several exhibits and prepared experiments designed to help children learn more about the scientific method. Learning science is fun...this class intends to keep it that way.

Pete Hudson is a registered professional engineering geologist and the co-founder of Sutro Science LLC, a Marin County-based geo-sciences consulting firm. He has led the BAC Science Club since September 2013. Pete has a keen interest in all areas of science and enjoys sharing that interest with tomorrow's scientists. He has been a docent at Angel Island State Park and the Bay Area Discovery Museum and has provided supplemental science instruction at several elementary schools. Pete is a long-time MMS parent; his two sons are currently in the Upper Elementary. If you have questions regarding the class, you may call Pete at (415) 717-6469.

Upper Elementary Science Club with Pete Hudson
For Upper Elementary students
Thursdays, 3:30-4:45 PM
8 sessions: April 6, (no class April 13), April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, May 25, June 1
Class minimum/maximum: 6/8
Registration: $280

The Upper Elementary Science Club will focus on exploring the basics of physics, chemistry, and electricity. Students will be given the opportunity to discover how simple and complex machines work, while applying the fundamentals of physics, such as force, energy, motion, and heat. Our study of electricity will enhance the student's understanding of electric charge, magnetism, currents, voltage, and basic circuitry. The Science Club is structured so students can find answers to their questions through self-paced, hands-on experiments. Each day starts with a group discussion of concepts, followed by suggested or self-directed individual and group activities. Interested young scientists must bring a desire to ask questions, design and carry out experiments, and have fun finding the answer.

Pete Hudson is a registered professional engineering geologist and the co-founder of Sutro Science LLC, a Marin County-based geo-sciences consulting firm. He has led the BAC Science Club since September 2013. Pete has a keen interest in all areas of science and enjoys sharing that interest with tomorrow's scientists. He has been a docent at Angel Island State Park and the Bay Area Discovery Museum and has provided supplemental science instruction at several elementary schools. Pete is a long-time MMS parent; his two sons are currently in the Upper Elementary. If you have questions regarding the class, you may call Pete at (415) 717-6469.

Chess with Adam Littke
For Lower and Upper Elementary students 6-12 years old
Wednesdays, 3:30-4:30 PM
8 sessions: April 5, (no class April 12), April 19, April 26, May 3, (no class May 10), May 17, May 24, May 31, June 7
Class minimum/maximum: 10/20
Registration: $280

Chess is fun and can be learned quickly and easily. Studies have found that chess helps improve test results in reading, science, and math, and produces growth in critical cognitive skills. Beyond academia, chess influences social behavior including self-esteem, respect for others, patience, and good manners and sportsmanship. And did we mention it's FUN! This class will focus on: rules and object of the game, basic movement of the pieces, common tactics and combinations, simple checkmate patterns, opening strategy, and checkmate with minimal material.

Boards and sets are provided for the classes.

About the Coach: Adam Littke has been teaching and coaching children and youth chess for several years, through private one-on-one lessons and in schools throughout the Bay Area. Many of his current students compete successfully in both scholastic and adult chess tournaments. He has over 35 years of experience playing chess, both nationally and internationally. He was ranked in the top 30 in Canada as a teenager and has won numerous titles including the 1989 Canadian Grade 9 Champion, 1989-1990 Canadian Under 16 Chess Champion, and 1991 Canadian Junior Blitz Champion. He is currently still ranked in the top 100 in Canada and top 1000 in North America. Adam learned chess at age 5 and has had a life-long passion and love for chess and for teaching it to kids. If you have questions regarding the class, you may contact Adam at alittke2002@yahoo.com.


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