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After-School & Enrichment Programs

A Fun Way to Develop Mental and Physical Agility and Develop Lifelong Interests

For children under our care, Crabapple Montessori School offers a full growth-and-learning experience – inside and outside the classroom. After-School Enrichment is an optional extracurricular program that gives children another opportunity to develop physical and mental agility and be introduced to what might become a lifelong interest.

Some classes are taught by our own staff members and some are taught by trained instructors engaged especially for the After-School Enrichment Program. The weekly classes teach a range of physical and mental skills and include ballet, chess, cooking, drawing, soccer, Spanish, tennis, etc.

After-School Enrichment Program

Classes are offered from September to May and are scheduled for 3:00 p.m. To enroll in a class, please complete the enrollment form and submit to the school office. In addition to this enrollment form, some of the outside instructors require parents to complete an enrollment form.

Children can be signed up at any time during the academic year; however, the preferred times to sign-up or to drop classes are at the beginning or end of the month.

Pre-BALLET (ages 3 to 6 years) offered by Creative Movement and Dance

This is a structured program designed for the early development of technical ballet and movement. It meets the needs and limitations of preschoolers by providing a carefully paced sequence of exercises to develop physical conditioning with poise and grace. Since children respond to music and movement, the activities are presented through music.

Children develop self-discipline, listening skills, coordination skills, left and right discrimination, and patterns in movement.

Creative Movement and Dance Company’s mission is to provide professional-quality dance instruction and early movement programs for young children.

To learn more, contact Creative Movement and dance at 678-482-2264 or visit their Web site: www.creativemovementanddance.com 

CHESS (ages 4.5 years and older) offered by Carolina Blanco

Learning chess at an early age helps improve a child’s concentration, reasoning ability, abstract thinking, and creativity. It also increases a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence in ways that can carry over into other activities.

The lessons are based on the principles of the Grandmasters and include tournaments and chess notation – all designed to be fun and entertaining.

To learn more, contact Carolina Blanco at 770-639-8220 or orthochess@gmail.com

COOKING (ages 3 to 6 years) offered by Ms. Linda Damodaran

The cooking classes not only include learning basic cooking skills, but incorporate math, science, social studies, and reading. Each class is based upon a story that children listen to before creating their masterpiece together. For example, after the children read Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, they make mashed potatoes. In this class, kids enjoy learning how to make “normal” dishes like mashed potatoes and “wacky” ones like “avocado porcupines.” Adjustments and/or substitutes are made as needed to meet all dietary restrictions.

Linda is a certified kindergarten and elementary school teacher, who has experience teaching cooking to children from 3 to 10 years old.

For more information contact Ms. Linda Damodaran at damlindapark@gmail.com

DRAWING (ages 4 years and above) offered by Ms. May Barzegar

This program, called Art Prodigy, teaches more than a drawing methodology: it teaches a way to see the world in terms of five basic elements of shape. Children learn to see just as they learn their ABCs to read.

Leading educators recognize that realistic drawing teaches students how to concentrate, make decisions, solve problems, and helps them develop hand-eye coordination. Children master the elements of shape and combine them to draw animals, characters, and still life. Classes are taught in a non-competitive, non-judgmental environment.

May is an experienced and certified Art Prodigy teacher. She has been offering this program at CMS and other schools in the area for many years.

To learn more, contact Ms. May Barzegar at 770-346-7666 or theartprodigy@yahoo.com

Story time with a SOCCER ball (3 to 6 years) offered by HappyFeet

This is a professionally developed child fitness soccer program based on 25 years of youth coaching experience. HappyFeet instructors use stories, songs, nursery rhymes, and fun games to teach creative soccer techniques, enhance motor development, and develop social skills. This way of learning soccer is a big hit with kids!

To learn more about this class, contact HappyFeet shaun@happysoccerfeet.com or visit their Web site:


SPANISH offered by Ms. Carolina Lopez & Ms. Nora Gilbert

Lower Level: Ages 3 to 4.5 years (Ms. Nora Gilbert)

Upper Level: Ages 4.5 years and above (Ms. Carolina Lopez)

This Spanish language program introduces children to the basic vocabulary using Montessori techniques that have proven to be very effective in introducing a language to the children. These classes incorporate music, games, and stories, so the children have fun while they develop rudimentary communication skills in Spanish.

Carolina is the Administrative Assistant at the school. She is an AMI-certified Primary teacher and has taught for 7 years. She is a native Spanish speaker

Nora is the Administrative Assistant at the school and is a native Spanish speaker.

To learn more about this program, contact Ms. Carolina Lopez & Ms. Nora Gilbert at 770-569-5200.

TENNIS offered by TennisTime

The TennisTime program is for children ages 3 to 6 years. It uses the latest in KIDS tennis technology with special low compression balls, rackets and mini-nets. It helps children form healthy exercise habits and teaches them a sport they can play for a lifetime.

To learn more, contact TennisTime at 404-382-7767, email at info@tennistime.biz or visit their Web site: