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Preschool Programs

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All the World's A Stage

Drama based activities and skill-building will help advance your child's ability to imagine new worlds, become incredible characters, and share fantastic stories. Maximum enrollment is 12 students. Program is offered at the West Side YMCA.

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Baby Boogie

Take playgroup to the next level! Meet other parents and learn new ways to interact with your child in a family friendly atmosphere each week we will explore ways to play with our babies to improve motor coordination and cognitive abilities. We will begin with getting to know one another, followed by games for our tiny ones, and end with singing and dancing. Ideal for new parents. Program offered at the Park Slope Armory YMCA.

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Dance - Ballet and Tap for Preschoolers

This combination class introduces young children to beginner ballet and basic tap techniques. Students become aware of body alignment and movement through exposure to dance fundamentals, rhythmic exercise, and creative movement. Program is offered at the following branches: Cross Island and State Island South Shore.

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Basketball for Preschoolers

Introduce your child to the game of basketball. Smaller basketballs and lower baskets are used to build confidence and proper skills, but most importantly to have fun! Program offered at the Dodge and Cross Island YMCA.

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Busy Bodies

Busy Bodies is a child's .first gym class. It emphasizes on large motor groups. After a short song and stretch time, children burn ofenergy on the equipment under the supervision of a grown up. The instructor works with each child's individual strength. Class also features parachute time, singing with props and movement games. Children are welcome to explore the room, participate in circle time and discover themselves Program is offered at the West Side YMCA.

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Creative Movement

Creative movement is an introduction for toddlers to the basics of dance. Pre-schoolers will explore dance as a tool for self-expression using rhythm games, songs, and stories. Children learn balance, coordination, and develop basic locomotive skills.

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Gymnastics for Preschoolers

This program introduces tumbling, rhythmic movement and education to preschoolers and gymnastic skills and combinations to youth. Program is available at the West Side YMCA.

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Handprints

Children work with their caregiver to paint, craft, and create artistic projects that allow their creativity to soar! Program is offered at the McBurney YMCA.

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Imaginarium - Let's Pretend

Awaken your imagination with dance and movement then create and perform an original story with self-made masks, costumes and puppets. A great, fun and messy way for kids to learn about creative play. Creativity, socialization, language and literary development encouraged. Program is offered at the Vanderbilt YMCA.

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Imagination Theater

A great first theater experience that uses stories as the basis for imaginative play. Participants will work with a different story each week to explore characters, settings, and plot. a wonderful way for children to learn to express their emotions and interact with their peers. Program is offered at the Prospect Park YMCA.

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Indoor Playground

This is the ideal way to get children moving in a safe indoor play space. We know how small New York City homes can be. Let your children have the run our gym space with other children their age. Indoor Playground provides families the chance get to know each other while running, jumping, climbing, balancing, and playing with balls. Program is offered at the McBurney and Ridgewood YMCAs.

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Isadora Duncan Modern Dance Beginner Basic Technique

One of the most exciting classes a young dancer can take. Rhythmic, joyous and playful! A lyrical, free-flowing and musical form of modern dance. Program is offered at the McBurney YMCA.

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Karate for Pre-Schoolers

Participants will develop balance, coordination, self confidence and discipline through this martial art form. Classes focus on the development of the youth's positive attitude, behavior and character through building self-esteem and self-discipline while instilling respect for themselves and others. Program is available at the South Shore YMCA.

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KinderSports

Introduce your child to the world of sports and early fitness. Skills are broken down and modified into fun games for our young athletes. Children work on hand/eye and foot/eye coordination and directional skills, and build competence in basic sports skills. Program offered at the Dodge YMCA.

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Let's Get Cooking!

In this delicious class, future chefs will work together to create healthy snacks, desserts, and light meals in our newly remodeled kitchen! They will then get to taste the results of their efforts. Finally, they will create a cookbook so they can share their creations with their families at home. YUM! Program is available at the Grosvenor Neighborhood House YMCA.

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Let's Make Art

This class will provide parents and children the opportunity to explore artistic media together. Art increases focus, hand to eye coordination, and problem solving skills - and it's exciting! Be warned, this class can get messy.

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Little Picassos

Our Little Picasso Class covers six basic art areas: collage, painting, clay, drawing, printmaking, and construction. The children experience the art materials at their own pace. Our instructors use materials that are satisfying to the eye and stimulating to the touch. The program often begins with two-dimensional work, such as painting and collage and then expands into three dimensional work, such as wood or clay. The instructor's philsophy is that it is the process, not the finished product that is important when tapping into the child's creative spirit. In this class, we have fun with art for 45 minutes and then finish up the hour with lively stories, singing or dancing! Program is offered at the McBurney and Ridgewood YMCAs.

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Little Scientists

Let your child explore the natural world through science experiments and nature based learning projects. This class will get your child excited about learning while developing their social skills in a classroom setting. It's never too early to raise consciousness about environmental issues.

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Music and Movement

Enhance your child's development and love of music through song, dance, movement games and instruments. Children will explore movement, melody and rhythm, while learning a wide variety of child friendly songs and dances. These concepts will also nurture their physical and social development. Children sing, listen to stories, play rhythm instruments and more in this movement and music class for young children

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My Grown Up and Me - Arts and Crafts

Get creative as a family! Enroll in the course to complete fun and exciting arts and crafts projects together. You won't have any room left on the refrigerator at the end of your session. Program is offered at the Greenpoint YMCA.

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My Grown Up and Me

This social class gives you and your child special time together to nurture his/her social development. Your child will become familiar with the classroom atmosphere and be better prepared to eventually attend classes independently. Program offered at Cross Island and Staten Island South Shore YMCA.

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Playgroup

Playing together and sharing toys, children learn how to wait their turn, and how to say please and thank you all while playing with other kids. Explore numbers, letters and nature through songs, art projects, circle time and other activities. Program is available at the Staten Island South Shore YMCA.

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Pre-School Prep

Preschool Prep gives us the opportunity to set the stage for a child's success in school and in life. Preschool Prep is a content-rich program that supports active learning and promotes children's progress in all developmental areas. Preschool Prep believes that children learn best when they are actively involved in learning projects. Learning projects include creating a classroom garden and their own story books. Program is available at the McBurney YMCA.

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Preschool Workshop

Introduction to Nursery School. Children learn social skills and separation from parent in a school setting. Workshop is available at the Cross Island YMCA.

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Soccer for Preschoolers

Children's soccer is an instructional class that teaches basic soccer skills, as well as a love for sport. Develops teamwork and participation in a fun, non-competitive environment. Program is available at the Bronx, Cross Island, Dodge, Prospect Park and West Side YMCA.

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Sports Sampler - Sports Bugs

Sports Samples/ Sports Bugs is an introduction to sports movement. The purpose of the class is to help build your child's motor skills, hand eye coordination by having them play various sports and fitness activities that will help them become more physically coordinated all the while introducing the to sports movement and sports culture. Sports include Tee ball, Soccer, Basketball and other age appropriate sports. Games will be modified to suit children's age as well as athletic and physical ability. Program is available at the Bronx, Chinatown, McBurney and Park Slope Armory YMCA.

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Tiny Tots Modern Dance

One of the most exciting classes a young dancer can take. Rhythmic, joyous and playful! A lyrical, free-flowing and musical form of modern dance. Program is offered at the McBurney YMCA.

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