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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 After-School Enrichment Program Enrollment Form and submit it 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 (for 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:

CHESS (for ages 4.5 years +) 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

COOKING (for 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

DRAWING (for ages 4 years +) 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

Story time with a SOCCER ball (for ages 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 at or visit their Web site:

SPANISH offered by Ms. Marcela Mejia & Ms. Suheir Ibrahim

Lower Level: Ages 3 to 4.5 years (Ms. Marcela Mejia)

Upper Level: Ages 4.5 years and above (Ms. Suheir Ibrahim)

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.

Ms. Marcela is a Primary Teacher at CMS. Ms. Marcela is originally from Colombia and is a native Spanish speaker.

Ms. Suheir is a Toddler Teacher at CMS. Ms. Suheir grew up in Peru and speaks Spanish (and Arabic) fluently.

To learn more about this program, contact Ms. Marcela Mejia & Ms. Suheir Ibrahim at 770-569-5200.

TENNIS (for ages 3 to 6 years) 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, by email at or visit their website

ART (for ages 5+) offered by My Clayground

These art classes give kids the opportunity to experience working with clay, glass fusing, mosaics, and painting.

For more information, contact My Clayground at 770-998-2983, or by email at

PIANO (for ages 6+) offered by Bach to Rock

Learn piano in a fun social group atmosphere! Group piano class provides students with an excellent introduction to the keyboard and prepares them for more serious private study as well as playing in a band/ensemble. Most importantly, students will begin to develop the skill of playing music with their peers which provides a lifelong benefit. B2R takes a modern approach to keyboard education. Using digital keyboards, students will be able to simulate a wide variety of musical instruments and styles (rock, orchestral, etc.). B2R teachers will focus on developing the students’ core keyboard skills: hand position, note-reading, chord vocabulary, rhythm, and theory while rehearsing a repertoire of rock and pop classical songs.

To learn more, contact Back to Rock at 470-375-3960, email at, or visit their website at

ROBOTICS (for ages 8+) offered by Bricks 4 Kidz

Experience the cutting edge of technology! Students will be captivated as they incorporate the newest generation of motors, sensors and software by programming their commands directly into the intelligent brick. Test their capabilities by moving an object with a robotic claw, building a robot that draws, or creating a mouse trap. Our endless list of builds is sure to provide the complete fundamental components of robotics at its best.

For more information, contact Bricks 4 Kidz at 678-723-9748, email at, or visit their website www.bricks4kidz/alpharetta.

VIOLIN AND PIANO (for ages 3+) offered by Ms. Marina Dmitriyev

YOGA (for ages 5+) offered by Ms. Sikiu Yepes

Yoga has many benefits for children. Yoga teaches children self-acceptance, acceptance and tolerance of others, focus and calming techniques, and encourages healthy physical and mind habits. Classes will be presented in monthly series/themes to learn Asanas (poses), Pranayama (breath work), and Meditation in every class. Movement and stillness will be encouraged through fun games and stories while practicing techniques that serve to center the mind and the breath.

To learn more, contact Ms. Sikiu directly at or at 678-663-8299.