Some offerings are individual lessons (e.g. piano); some are group classes targeted for a particular age range of students. We also offer clubs for Elementary students, including Odyssey of the Mind, Chess, and Philosophy and Ethics. Offerings vary from semester to semester, although there are some constants (piano). Sign-up is on a semester by semester basis.
Each class has a separate Enrichment Fee which is in addition to MCHD tuition and After School fees. Special package rates for drop-in care are available for enrichment students not enrolled in the After School program, so that a child can attend After School between the end of the school day and the time the enrichment class begins.
Current MCHD parents may click here to register for upcoming enrichments.
Current enrichment offerings for Early Childhood and Kindergarten children include:
In these sessions, designed especially for young learners, Pamela Alberda of Little Wheel Studio guides students through a playful exploration of visual art and gives the children freedom to express themselves using a wide variety of mediums. Each week Pamela brings in pieces of fine art and illustrations for the students to look at, touch and talk about. Each class will be an introduction to different media and art forms. Media/art forms to be explored include: collage, painting, drawing, sculpture, and paper weaving. Children are active learners, and making art is a hands-on activity that expands imaginations and exercises creativity, develops small motor control and eye-hand coordination, and sharpens children’s powers of observation. Through these introductory sessions, children can learn fundamentals of art— color, line, shape, form and texture — by painting and drawing, making collages, fashioning three-dimensional objects out of clay, and talking about their work. By creating art and looking at it, children become aware and gain an understanding of composition, balance, and symmetry. Each weekly class will result in a finished piece of artwork and lessons are new each semester term. Pamela Alberda holds an MA in Elementary Education and a BA in Theatre, and has been a puppeteer, storyteller and drama teacher to all ages for the past 20+ years.
This is a 10-week class.
This introductory class meets once a week to introduce Preschool children to playing the violin. Come join Candida Yoshikai, an experienced Suzuki Method and traditional violin instructor. Children will enjoy learning about the instruments of the orchestra, how their own voice is the beginning of their music making, the rudiments of musical notation, and preliminary skills for playing the violin. After the first few weeks of introduction, students may be measured for the correct size of violin and can return for the remaining weeks of violin lessons using a rented or purchased instrument, which is the responsibility of the parent(s). Price includes all materials (beyond the option of violin rental).
This is a 10 week class.
Rhythm and Music
After a very successful Summer Camp offering, Arsenia Brickley, MCHD parent and UNC lecturer of voice, brings her passion of connecting children and music to MCHD 3 and 4 year olds. In this program, the children will explore music by focusing on the relationship between music, rhythm, and movement. Children will sing, play, move and stomp throughout the fall all while learning about basic rhythmic patterns and how they are used to
create the songs that we sing, finding new ways to explore and experience the sounds that we hear. Basic musical concepts will be covered using a variety of musical genres and styles.
This is a 6-week class.
Soccer Shots is built around a highly-developed curriculum with the goal of teaching basic soccer skills rather than scrimmaging in its weekly 35-45 minute sessions. Using developmentally appropriate fitness activities and exercises that can enhance coordination, balance, and agility development, as well as creative and imaginative play, Soccer Shots’ whole-child approach emphasizes respect, patience, encouragement, and team work and includes exclusive Soccer Shots games and Word of the Day. Come join the Soccer Shots coaches for 12 weeks of scoring goals! Soccer Shots coach and franchise owner Trey Alexander has always loved soccer. After high school, Trey played for Western Kentucky University. Trey helped his teams to two USL-2 regular season championships and individually earned team MVP and all-league honors. Trey is also a Registered Nurse with additional degrees in psychology and history.
This enrichment class for 3 and 4 year olds is a fun opportunity to introduce young children to creative movement. Educator and fitness-trainer, Leah Holmes, will introduce children to Zumba, which incorporates Latin/world dance, music, and culture. The students will have an opportunity to have creative experiences by developing their own choreography. Additionally, this class will include several fitness activities to promote health and wellness.
This is an 8-week class.
Cooking with the Harvest
Fall is a time filled with feasts and sharing food. Join EC Assistant, Grace Montgomery, for a fun and tasty cooking class where Kindergartners will use seasonal fruits and vegetables to create delicious autumn dishes! Chopping, stirring, sifting, stewing and baking – participants will learn about new cooking skills and foods and bring their recipes home! Everyone will be able to help cook and sample our creations as dietary needs and allergies will be considered.
This is a 6-week class.
Current enrichment offerings for Kindergarten and Elementary children include:
Soccer Shots is built around a highly-developed curriculum with the goal of teaching basic soccer skills rather than scrimmaging in its weekly 35-45 minute sessions. Using developmentally appropriate fitness activities and exercises that can enhance coordination, balance, and agility development, as well as creative and imaginative play, Soccer Shots’ whole-child approach emphasizes respect, patience, encouragement, and team work and includes exclusive Soccer Shots games and Word of the Day. Come join the Soccer Shots coaches for 12 weeks of scoring goals! Soccer Shots coach and franchise owner Trey Alexander has always loved soccer. After high school, Trey played for Western Kentucky University. Trey helped his teams to two USL-2 regular season championships and individually earned team MVP and all-league honors. Trey is also a Registered Nurse with additional degrees in psychology and history
Karate Fun: K-6th grade
Join us each week for a fun filled, action packed karate program. Returning students will continue their training and work toward improvement in technique with speed and accuracy drills. New students will jump right in and enjoy the benefit of karate training with their peers. At the end of the school year students will be tested for belt advancement.
MCHD students will receive a special discount on uniforms $35 (reg. $45.00). This is an 8-week class.Students learn basic martial arts terminology and counting in Japanese.
The Karate Fun classes are taught by Sensei Brenda Mayfield, a martial arts student/instructor since 1995 and founder of the The Goshi Shun School of Martial Arts & Fitness. Recently Sensei Mayfield has been promoted to the title of Yodan (Japanese)/Master (Korean) 4th Dan.
Folk Art with Pamela: K-2nd grade
Artist Pamela Alberda will lead the children in hands on explorations of 3-D Crafts and Folk Arts from around the world. Some of the areas to be explored are: Aboriginal rock painting, Native American beadwork, Colonial American fabric dyeing and weaving, Japanese Kitemaking, and Russian clay figures. She will use at least two lessons for each area so that there is time to discuss what inspired these craftspeople as well as handle and investigate actual pieces whenever possible. Each week the children will be using materials to create their own crafts in the style that they have explored.
This is a 12 week class.
After-School Art with Janine
Does your child absolutely love art? Does he/she really enjoy drawing, painting, creating and constructing? Then this class is perfect for your budding artist! Janine, MCHD’s own elementary art teacher, is once again offering her popular After School Art Classes for students in grades 3 through 6. This class will be an intense course with sophisticated processes and projects with a goal of giving the artists an opportunity to practice skills and learn techniques that go beyond what is covered in weekly art classes. We will work both traditionally and experimentally as we cover a variety of art areas including drawing, painting, sculpture, book making, printing and much more. This class is intended for students who have a passion for art and are hard working and motivated. This is a fun and exciting class and can take these young artists to the next level of personal expression. Join Janine for this 12 week session!
Janine Wolf has been teaching art to children and adults since 1975 and, this year, begins her 20th year as our MCHD Elementary Art Teacher.
Loom-Mania: 1st-6th grades
Welcome to the world of loom art. Students will be introduced to various types of looming. Each session your child will create something new; scarfs, hats, blankets, friendship bracelets and so much more. This program was offered at Carolina Friends this summer and was all the rave! Get ready to join Brenda Mayfield for this fun and creative 6 week class. Price includes materials.
Drama: 1st-6th grades
Pamela Alberda of Little Wheel Studio returns to lead the MCHD Drama Club, which gives students ages 6-12 an opportunity to participate in creative dramatic activities leading up to a final production of a play that they will cooperatively write and build. Students will be involved with different aspects of theater including script writing, impromptu skits, vocal music, costume design, set design, props and tech crew. Club activities will encourage creative thinking skills and teamwork, as well as provide students with enriched learning experiences in the area of performing arts. Pamela Alberda holds an MA in Elementary Education and a BA in Theatre, and has been a puppeteer, storyteller and drama teacher to all ages for the past 20+ years.
This is a 10 week class.
Piano with Sam: K-6th grade)
We are delighted to have Sam Marion return for an twelfth year of teaching piano to MCHD students ages 5 – 12. Please note that this class fills almost immediately and requests for placement on Sam’s wait list are accepted throughout the year. Current MCHD piano students have priority registration for second semester. We can also refer you to Sam so that he may be able to accommodate you on another day at his home. Sam has been teaching piano students of all ages for over 40 years, and is a member of the Durham Music Teacher’s Association. With a Master’s degree in music from UNC-Greensboro, Sam brings a primarily classical approach to piano while teaching a variety of genres. Sam often involves all of his students in a piano party at his house during the year, providing a social venue for all piano levels.
Violin: K-1st grade
This group class is designed for Kindergarten and First grade children to learn the skills necessary for playing the violin. New AND continuing violin students are welcome to join Candida Yoshikai, an experienced Suzuki Method and traditional violin instructor, in this class. Children will enjoy learning about the instruments of the orchestra, how their own voice is the beginning of their music making, the rudiments of musical notation, and preliminary skills for playing the violin. After this introduction, new students will be measured for the correct size of violin and accessories. Continuing students may bring their violins at the start of class. There will be individual time for help shape positions and to learn specific pieces of music. Children may use a rented or purchased instrument, which is the responsibility of parents, including a KUN Shoulder Rest with collapsible feet and possibly a Chinder Kinder, available from SHARMUSIC. Students will be encouraged to share with family what they are learning and to “practice” their very manageable tasks between classes, as those who establish a home practice routine will benefit the most from this class.The class fee includes the Suzuki Violin Basics Vol. 1 book.
This is a 10-week class.
Lego: K-3rd grade
Let your imagination run wild with tens of thousands of LEGO®! Build engineer-designed projects such as boats, bridges, mazes and motorized cars, and use special pieces to create your own unique design! Explore the endless creative possibilities of the LEGO® building system with the guidance of an experienced Play-Well instructor. This is an ideal way to prepare young builders for the challenge of Engineering FUNdamentals. Learn more at www.play-well.org.
This is a 6-week class.
Aerospace Engineering: K-5th grade
Air’s Here! Join an Aerospace Engineering adventure with forces impacting flight. Participants face off with powerful air; experience its drag and pressure; learn how they impact flying things. Let the choppers fall, planes fly and may the forces be with you!
This is a 6 week session.