Roots & Wings at Little Dolphins: After School Enrichment started as an after school day care for pre-school families needing more childcare after the 1PM dismissal and eventually grew into a rich set of extra-curricular activities and courses up to 6th Grade level. Theatre, music, dance, Spanish, early academics, cooking, arts, and sports programming quickly became weekly after-school staples for our community of students and parents, with all offerings keeping in line with the Seven Arrows Way of Education. Currently, Little Dolphin’s Santa Monica campus offers the following enrichment classes for preschool students.
Classes Include: Woodworking, Yoga, Dance, Theatre, Music, Sports, and Gymnastics
"During yoga and dance, the children will learn to become attuned to their thoughts and feelings, self-soothe through deep breathing and calming practices, move their body, and just have fun! I find it so important to lead with positive affirmations, mindfulness, and clear communication, all aspects of my yoga practice. As a lifelong dancer that later became interested in yoga, I began implementing yoga into my dance teaching with children, and ended up becoming a certified yoga instructor in 2019. This past spring, I graduated from LMU with a BA in Theater Arts and Minor in Dance. I love working with children and am passionate about sharing my love of dance and yoga with others."
Offered on Wednesdays
"Have fun, create and work with a natural material! All woodworking secrets for beginners will be revealed in this class. We start with the basics and learn how to sand, use hammers and nails, screws and screwdrivers and how to use a drill. After finishing our wooden toy we will use our creative imagination and embellish our pieces by using a variety of materials. We are a very eco friendly class and we only use untreated, completely free of noxious chemicals wood and water based paint. The combination of woodworking and art encourages concentration, problem-solving skills, fine motor coordination and stimulates creativity. The kids experience the joy of creative expression, become creative thinkers and develop confidence. Please visit our website www.ArtClubLosAngeles.com"
Offered on Mondays
"Hey I’m Pierson! Welcome to sports class at LD! This class will consist of different sports, and learning how to use our bodies in an athletic way to further introduce sports they may be interested in the future. There will be different games every class and teams so everyone will work together and most importantly have fun while learning."
Offered on Mondays
We will sing, dance, and laugh together with musical performer and composer Stephen Michael Schwartz. Stephen is known to families across the nation as one third of the phenomenally popular musical group, Parachute Express. In existence for over 30+ years, Parachute Express has twelve award-winning albums to their credit and are known as the musical backbone of the internationally established Gymboree play and music program.
Offered on Tuesdays & Thursdays
"We will learn the basics of gymnastics including bars, balance beam, Tumbling, vaulting; but most importantly we will do this in a fun non-competitive environment! With over 20 years experience and five children of my own I have found my niche in life working with children, helping them grow, bringing out the best in them; and creating life long lessons on a gymnastics platform!"
Offered on Tuesday & Thursdays
THAT EACH CHILD IS A WHOLE HUMAN BEING WHO CAN LEARN PROBLEM SOLVING, RESILIENCE AND EMPATHY."- HITOMI INOUE, "COYOTE" TEACHER