Celebrating Childhood

tiny tots classes

"Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and say why not?" - Picasso

City of San Diego

Our classes meet from 9am-12pm at the Carmel Valley Community Center and we embrace students from an array of cultures from around the world. Ms. Kim has more than 20 years of experience working with children from around the world and appreciates each student's individuality.

The Tiny Tots classes are affiliated with the City of San Diego - we offer a safe, affordable, and fun environment where children can draw, paint, sing, play, and learn so much from their international classmates.

Our programs are specifically designed to help preschoolers (ages 3-6) get ready for "real" school. Miss Kim and the Hopscotch staff offer a well-rounded curriculum that includes art, music, movement, science, language arts, pre-math, and pre-reading. The Tiny Tots class provides a *fun* atmosphere for children to socialize, learn how to stand in line, participate in circle time, and the list continues!

Samples of our Homework can be found here and examples of Sing-a-long Songs are found here.

Tiny Tots Activities...
With our intimate setting at City of San Diego Carmel Valley Community Center, children receive much one-on-one attention while creating their artwork and composing their musical masterpieces.

The same order of activities occurs each day, to give the children a sense of security and knowing what comes next. We begin our activities with free play; this encompasses self-directed play (e.g., puzzles, blocks, puppets, trains, dress-ups) and learning centers (e.g., geoboards, ABC/123 fun-sheets, book nook, music corner) that allow children to choose activities that help them adjust to the classroom.

piano Once everyone is settled into the Tiny Tots environment, we have a circle time with singing, learning games, and sharing. During this time, children experiment with percussion and stringed instruments as well as the keyboard. Music genres range from traditional children's songs, nursery rhymes, and classical music to jazz, bluegrass, folk, and the list continues.

painting Next, we have sequencing art time - using a range of art materials such as paints, chalks, clays, pastels, crayons, felt markers, and the like. Our projects include activities such as handmade musical instruments, artsy science experiments, puppets, windsocks, picture frames, and much more!

Our art time transitions into movement time, which includes freeplay, exercises, games, and an array of movement activities. Some of our favorite games are circle soccer, exercise dice, parachute play, animal yoga stretches, freeze dancing, tisket tasket, and of course - hopscotch. :)

artist of monthOnce we are finished up with our movement activities, we have snack time and then a manipulatives time (geoboards, clay, penmanship, tangrams, etc). A final circle time includes storytelling, puppetry, singing, review of our ABC/123 activities, and playing our instruments.


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