" Preparing Young Minds for Tomorrow's Challenges "

After School Programs

Art

Monday
4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Vinkie Lau

Creativity and imagination are high level skills. A critical part of a child’s brain development comes from the opportunities they get to experiment with new ideas. This course focuses on the development of drawing/painting technique and exposure to art media.
Each lesson is tailored to improve students’ technical skill in drawing, painting, and 3-D to 2-D representation to foster a freedom of expression. Children create colourful art projects to express their creative ideas. They will utilize multi-media to create artistic masterpieces.

teacher_vinkie_lauVinkie Lau is an art historian and modern art painter trained in classical art since a young age. Upon completing her studies in art history from the University of Toronto, in France and Italy, she finds strong interests in the modern art and has been painting with an emphasis on colours. Vinkie has been teaching art for the last 10 years. Currently as an art instructor at the Lake Wilcox Art Studio in Oak Ridges, she is constantly surprised by the growing creative spirit of her students and hopes to be a continual inspiration for them.


Keyboarding

Monday
4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Hillary Lau

In this class the children will learn the basics of keyboarding reading and playing music notes, rhythm and beat.
Then we combine these fundamentals with sing-a-longs and exploring different keyboard sounds to engage students with an interest in music and playing the keyboard/piano.

teacher_hillary_lauHilary is a 4th year undergraduate student, Biology Honours Program at York University. She Completed both an RCM examinations for piano up until grade 10 and RCM theory examinations- Rudiments and Harmony. Hilary is also a Flutist in school bands/ensembles since age 9 and love all music.


Dance

Tuesday
4:15 – 5:00 p.m.

The children will have a BLAST as they learn to move-n-groove with Kid’s Dance Party. Every week kids dance party has new moves, music and themes such as Latin, 80’s throw back, hip-hop and more. Kids Dance Party teaches children basic movements, motor skills and musicality through creative dance. Kids learn how to dance on the beat and basic rhythm patterns. We also review points of a Stretch-n-Grow Star, which result in good health habits.


Mandarin

Wednesday
4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Angela Chan

In this class, students will learn to read, write, speak and listen to simple Mandarin Chinese phrases and vocabularies through varies activities. The class aims to help student develop interest in the Mandarin Chinese language as well as proficient Mandarin to conduct simple conversations.

teacher_angela_chanI’m Ms. Angela Chen and I am the Mandarin Chinese teacher at Mastermind Montessori. I am currently an International Language teacher with the York Region Catholic District School Board, teaching Chinese from K-8 since 2007. I have a great passion for the Chinese culture and seeing students of any age grow in their knowledge and enthusiasm for Chinese Language and culture. My enthusiasm and creativity enriches my lessons as I constantly update my lessons to make them relevant to my current students! I believe that learning should be fun and exciting for the students. I hope to inspire life-long interest in Chinese Language and culture with you soon!


Child Yoga

Tuesday
4:15 – 5:45 p.m.

Yoga honours and channels the boundless energy, active imagination and innate creativity that accompany this age group. Practice consists of imitating nature through classical yoga postures, creating new postures together, and making the postures come alive with sound, movement and games. Simple visualization is introduced and relaxation is practiced each class.


Science and Robotics

Friday
4:15 – 5:45 p.m.
Elton Chan

teacher_elton_chanThrough building moving structures and robots children will learn the basic science behind how some electronics and consumer products work. Children will also be practicing their fine motor skills as they build their robots. Moving robots are pre-programmed.