Academic enrichment programs are incorporated into our curriculum and offered as after-school opportunities. The after-school academic enrichment programs are independent, on-campus offerings by qualified instructors and specifically organized to enhance areas of interest for our students. These different programs are typically six weeks long and planned for particular age groups. The two different types of programs offered are described here.
After School Enrichment
Check out the following after-school enrichment programs being offered this year! Click the link for a printable registration form. Registration forms are also available in the front office.
New!! SCIENCE & ART OF COLOR
What do bumble bees and vikings have in common? Did Isaac Newton invent the wheel? Can anything ride on a beam of light? Can you mix colors without using your hands? Which artists were described as "wild beasts"?! Where can you find "The Blue Light of Dreams"? What's that thing stuck to the back of the inside of your eye? This 8-session program combines art-making and science in hands-on experiences that explore the nature of electromagnetic radiation, Newton's optical experiments, additive and subtractive color mixing, color theory, color symbolism, and great colorists in painting and film. This program starts on Monday, March 2nd and is available to TMA students in Upper Elementary. Click here for more information and a printable registration form.
FIBER ARTS SOCIAL CLUB
Fiber? Like Raisin Bran? Nooo! Fiber as in yarn, thread and cloth. No experience necessary! We'll learn and practice the basics of knitting and sewing and perhaps some more advanced things, too, like embroidery, crochet and weaving. You can choose to start a big project or a small one. We'll have everything you need to start. Just bring yourself and maybe convince some friends to try something new so that we can create a fun community as well! This program starts on Wednesday, January 22nd and is available to TMA students in Upper Elementary and Junior High. Click here for more information and a printable registration form.
This is an engaging children's soccer program with a focus on character development. Their caring team positively impacts children's lives on and off the field through best-in-class coaching, curriculum and communication. The winter session starts on Friday, January 10th and is available to TMA students ages 3-8. Click here to be directed to the Soccer Shots website for more information and to register.
Chess is the ultimate strategy game and everyone who plays chess benefits in some way. We're looking to bring together and grow TMA's community of chess players! Join Mr. Hammer for this exciting after-school program. This class starts on Wednesday, September 11th and is available to TMA students in Upper Elementary and Junior High. Click here for more information and a printable registration form.
Join Band with Mr. Sweeney and begin working on sight reading music, learning your instrument, individual practice discipline, and learning pieces for performances. This program starts on Tuesday, October 1st and is available to TMA students in Upper Elementary and Junior High. Click here for more information and a printable registration form.
At The Montessori Academy, our child-centric philosophy works to develop the whole child. Our experienced and dedicated faculty work on developing the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive aspects of the whole child a regular part of a daily curriculum.
At the Upper Elementary level, these excursions have included Swamp Stomp, the Center for History, Leeper Park Cabin Days, The Snite Museum of Art, the Garfield Comic Strip Museum, the Notre Dame Planetarium, Chicago Field Museum, Conner Prairie Interactive History Park, Kalamazoo Air Zoo, Medieval Times, and each year begins with an overnight trip to Camp Eberhart.
Once students reach Junior High, learning outside the classroom becomes more active as the developing adolescents become more interested in examining the world around them and finding their unique place in it. Junior High students have participated in Montessori Model UN with other students from around the world; they have examined ways to create kindness initiatives on a trip to the greater Los Angeles area; and they have studied stream ecology and physics while exploring the natural world at the Tremont Institute in the Great Smoky Mountains. Each year our Junior High students participate in the Young Playwrights Project through the University of Notre Dame Department of Film, Television and Theatre and most importantly, our 8th year students benefit from our one of a kind partnership with the South Bend Center for the Homeless. Students travel to the Center each week as part of our curriculum based community engagement program. There they attend presentations by guests and staff of the Center before going to work, through which they forge relationships and help to build bridges. The program is the only one of its kind in the country and it is truly transformative for our oldest students.
The Junior High is also responsible for running all aspects of a school lunch service known as “Pizza Fridays,” from which all TMA students and staff have the opportunity to pre-order Friday pizza lunches. Students manage all of the responsibilities in running the business, from marketing and finance to inventory, preparation and customer service. The Junior High can then choose to use the revenue for things like class trips, school initiatives and donations to nonprofit causes.
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