If you’re looking for a great place that offers mommy/daddy and me classes, head over to Architots, located at 64-64 Dry Harbor Road in Middle Village. With classes for kids ranging in age from newborn to 5 years old and up, they really have something for everyone.
Each class has age appropriate activities that are presented through both free play time and a more structured environment, similar to what the children will experience in a Pre-K or a Kindergarten classroom setting.
The Tiny Tot Time class is designed for newborns to 18 month olds. It is only an hour long, casual, offers color and music stimulation, and is mainly for interaction with other kids. Since it only meets once a week, the little ones won’t be inundated with too many different things at once.
The next level of classes is Tot Time, intended for children ages 18 months to 3 years old. Slightly more structured, this two hour class offers kids the freedom of play time, paired with a variety of other activities, like story time, arts and crafts, sing-a-longs, and games. Snack time is also included. This class promotes socializing and the ever tricky concept of sharing.
Architots also offers an alternative to Pre-K for children ages 3-4 years old. This two hour class meets twice a week, where the kids are introduced to the basic subjects they would see in any other Pre-K class, like the alphabet, art, math, and social studies. The primary aim for this class is to prepare your child for school in comfortable surroundings.
They also offer two classes for the 5 and up crowd. These are after school classes, and they are drop off classes. One of the classes is an art program called Young at Art. It’s an hour long and meets once a week. The supplies are included, and the children will be taught proper art techniques. The second program is geared towards architecture, and it is called Architots Passport. Here, the kids will learn about the different architecture found around the world, and also here at home in the United States. This class also meets once a week, but it is 90 minutes long.
If you are looking for a great way to introduce your children to a classroom setting while still supporting your kids and giving them a sense of security by being there with them, give Architots a try. It is more like an extension of family, as all the parents know each other, and the classes are kept small to ensure everyone gets adequate attention. Visit their website at www.architots.net for more information, including the various class prices. If you’re still unsure that Architots is the way to go, ask them about scheduling a trial class. You won’t be disappointed.