Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from ARTifact in Corte Madera.
ARTifact, a local leading children’s art school, has expanded to a new location in downtown Corte Madera, at 121 Corte Madera Avenue. The children’s art school has been operating in San Francisco for over seven years, serving thousands of students and families from around the Bay Area. “Many families live north of the city, so it was a natural decision to open the second location in the heart of Marin County” says Lauren Sharp, the founder.
The Corte Madera location will offer the same art enrichment programs that ARTifact has become known for: weekly Art Exploration programs for kids Pre-K/Preschool (2.5–6 years old) and After-School programs for K–12 (6–12 years old). The team of teachers also plans to host Summer Camps later in the year.
This holiday season, Town Center Corte Madera proudly welcomes back the World’s Largest Turkey, who will gratefully collect your donations of canned food, non-perishable items, and toiletries. Donations will be distributed by the SF-Marin Food Bank to Marin families in need this holiday season. This year marks the Giant Turkey’s 23rd annual appearance at Town Center—this year the Turkey will be “roosting” in the Center Court under the clock tower across from Blue Barn.
If you're a Marin County parent looking into private schools for your children, make sure you plan on visiting the third annual Southern Marin Mothers' Club Private School Fair, which takes place at Brandeis Marin school in San Rafael on Thursday, September 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Most private schools in southern Marin, as well as many other schools throughout the county, will be represented at this event.
This fair is designed for parents looking for private school kindergarten options for their children in Marin as well as parents wanting to switch schools or who are new to the area. This year's speaker, Dana Nelson-Isaacs, will discuss admission, financial aid, and affordability. The parents will then circulate around the school tables and learn about the differences between the programs.
The fair begins at 6:30 pm Brandeis Marin school in San Rafael. Children, with the exception of infants in arms, should not attend this event. Light snacks and drinks wil be provided.
Are you a parent of young children in Marin? Then check out the first ever Southern Marin Mother's Club (SMMC) Community Open House at Larkspur's Piper Park this Sunday, September 11 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Learn more about the SMMC and enjoy Music with Megan, a bounce house, face painting, balloon animals, food and drinks, and a chance to meet fellow parents and new friends, and of course learn about the perks of being an SMMC member.
The SMMC Community Open House is a free event, but RSVPs are appreciated. Both SMMC members and non-members are welcome, as are parents from throughout Marin County (not just southern Marin). Reserve your spot online via Eventbrite. Piper Park is located at 250 Doherty Drive in Larkspur.
Corte Madera preschool Curious Minds Learning Center is now enrolling for parent-toddler classes for children aged 16 to 24 months and their caregiver. Current classes are held once a week for an hour and a quarter, from 4 to 5:15 pm.
Research shows that toddlers actively take part in making meaning of their surroundings as they openly explore the world around them. This class is designed to meet this need and create a safe, warm, supportive, and stimulating environment for you and your toddler.
Experiences include a wide range of expressive media: clay, watercolor, light and shadow, collage, and rhythm, and movement, as well as a period of outdoor play and a short circle time. The environment encourages exploration and experimentation, while building relationships with other children and families through shared experiences and negotiated play.
Join Corte Madera's Kids on the Hill preschool for their annual Valentines-day-themed Hearts on the Hill Fundraiser this Saturday, February 6 from 3:30 to 6:30 pm at the Corte Madera Community Center. All families are welcome!
This year's Hearts on the Hill features fun for the entire family, including carnival-style games, face painting, a cupcake walk, a live DJ and dancing, food and drinks, a raffle for a family getaway to Disneyland, a children's fashion show with Rikshaw Design, and a fantastic silent auction for exciting items like Giants tickets, meals, one-night getaways, golf outings, kid's birthday parties, and more.
Tickets are available at the door on the day of the event and cost $5; children 2 and under are admitted free. All proceeds benefit Kids on the Hill Preschool. The Corte Madera Community Center is located at the Corte Madera Town Park at 498 Tamalpais Avenue.
It’s been 14 years since Lori Grey’s everyday life revolved around the Mountain School, as her daughter, Haley, attended as a three and four-year-old. “It feels nice to come full circle.” Now a college-bound senior at San Francisco Waldorf School, Grey says Haley has fond memories of her time at the school. “She knew she was exactly where she was supposed to be. She had the experience of being fully three and fully four.”
Grey sat down with Mountain School parent Beth Tribolet on an October afternoon to discuss what constitutes Waldorf-inspired education, as the sounds of children at play wafted through her office.
At its best, what can a Waldorf-inspired preschool accomplish?
You want to bring out the best in children; you want to bring out their soul and their personalities. In Waldorf education there’s a common central theme that says children need to engage with each other, engage with nature, and engage with play in a deep and meaningful way. Essentially it is the best preparation for life. You are definitely dealing with the individual but you’re also dealing with fostering community spirit. It’s not just about them as individuals but it is about individuals in the spirit of community, which you achieve by developing empathy skills.
Marin Mommies presents a sponsored shout-out from Headlands Kids Coop School.
Are you the parent of a 2–3 year old who believes it’s never too early to learn? Do you have the time and ideas to control your child’s education? Do you value STEM education and are ready to learn?
Then we invite you to join us to form an academic oriented co-op preschool group which will focus on the principles of STEM learning. We have the space—now we need the families!
Our goal is to run the program for 2 to 3 days a week. Our first task will be to work together on the curriculum and build the desired educational environment for our children using parental involvement with teacher support. We are building this project for our children, not as a business opportunity and welcome other Marin parents who value a high-quality, hands on, early childhood education.
While you likely know that the Microsoft at The Village at Corte Madera is your one-stop-shop for best-in-class products like Surface Pro 3, Xbox One, Windows Phones, and the new Microsoft Band, did you also know that it offers free coding camps for kids? Thanks to the YouthSpark initiative, a Microsoft-wide commitment to empowering 300 million young people with opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurships, these engaging and entertaining after school and weekend camps are now offered year-round! Today's youth face an opportunity divide—a gap between those who have access to the skills and training they need to be successful, and those who do not—and these camps seek to close that gap.