If your pre-k or kindergarten-age child is obsessed with all things ballet, then you might want to check out Mill Valley's Joy of Dance Ballet School and their popular Ballet and Arts Half-Day Immersion Program. This program offers a fun-filled half-day for little ones centered around the "ballet du jour" drawn from popular ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and The Firebird. Ballets are explored though expressive arts, story books, segments from videos of the ballet and, of course, a magical ballet class.
Joy of Dance directress and teacher Jacqueline Low is well known throughout Marin for her imagination, boundless creativity, and exuberant energy. This program was so popular during last spring that Joy of Dance Ballet School is now offering it twice a week—on Mondays and Thursday from 1–4:45 pm, providing nearly four hours of fun for little dancers (and giving moms and dads a well-deserved respite).
Le Petit Jardin's French “total immersion” approach is an effective ten-week session for toddlers and children at the Golden Gate Tutoring Center in San Anselmo. The toddler Mommy & Me French Class is on Tuesday mornings from 10–10:50 am and runs from January 11 through March 15, 2011. These ten 50-minute sessions are designed to help you and your child explore the French language through singing, dancing, crafts, and storytime. The enrollment fee is $250 for this ten-week session. It also includes a book, CD, course materials, and a snack.
The French immerison for primary grades is an after school enrichment course on Wednesday afternoons from 3:30–5 pm starting on January 12. This enrichment class helps your child explore and absorb the French language and culture through fun themed-based lessons and hands-on activities all in French. The very small class sizes offers the benefit of a private tutor. The enrollment fee is $500 for this ten-week session. All course materials are included.