Classes and Schedules

Music and Play in Farsi

Pardis for Children is a fun and loving environment where children come together to learn about the Persian language and culture, hear the music and melodies of Iran, be surrounded by Persian books, and interact with other Iranian American children. Classes are designed for children who are being raised in the United States by Iranian and/or foreign parents. We have adapted a hybrid of progressive teaching philosophies and methods in early childhood education to introduce the Persian culture and language in a fun, creative and stimulating way. The children learn Persian vocabulary and different aspects of the culture through discovery, music, play and storytelling. The themes for classes are inspired by Persian folklore and expressions. Activities and material used in classes are chosen carefully for each age group, and will include books, puppets, percussion instruments, colored fabrics, and other musical instruments. Our classes are student-centered, and the freedom within our fun and friendly structure encourages the children’s creativity and self-expression.

The music section will include singing activities, musical games, movement, storytelling, role playing and instrument exploration. By engaging children in musical games and singing activities they will be able to improve and enhance their Persian vocabulary while having a fun musical time. Music plays an important role in acquisition of language and literacy development. By enhancing the memory and aural skills, music helps children to express their feelings in words, enriches their vocabulary and grammar and creates a fun way to learn about alphabets, which lays the foundation for reading and writing skills. Through musical activities children learn, communicate and gain significant cultural experiences. While music and singing enhances children’s language learning and comprehension skills, it also creates a bridge across cultures and develops compassion toward their parental culture.

The arts and crafts portion of the class uses familiar notions such as colors, animals, family, and body parts inspired by Persian folklore and expressions to introduce different aspects of Persian culture.  The games address developmental stages of children by encouraging their creative, physical and vocal participation. We will also have a guided improvisational time at the end of each class based on the words and expressions learned during previous sessions.

We start introducing Persian alphabets from younger age through music, arts and different games. From Pesteh class, children start their formal reading and writing lessons. Pesteh and Gerdou classes have multiple sections based on children’s fluency. In addition to formal reading and writing lessons, each class also includes music, arts and cultural education where children learn about the Persian literature and folklore and different Persian celebrations and traditions. They take virtual trips to different regions of Iran to discover its diverse culture, get introduced to the colorful cuisine and handicrafts of Iran and study its landmarks and historical sites.

Children of the youngest age group (1 to 2.5 yrs) must be accompanied by their parents. For the older age groups, Persian alphabets will be introduced at each session and half and hour of each class will be dedicated to reading and writing in Persian. A light snack will be served to all classes except Class A (Toot).

Pardis for Children offers various workshops for children, young adults and adults every semester. To read more on the workshops please see below. If you have any questions regarding any of the classes or workshops, please contact us at: info@pardisforchildren.org

 

Fall 2019 Schedule:  

Regular Classes for Children
Class A (Toot) — 1 to 2.5 yrs: 11 am to 11:50 am — Music 
Class B1 (Keshmesh) — 2 to 3.5 yrs: 11 am to 12:45 am — Music and Art
Class B2 (Keshmesh) — 2 to 3.5 yrs: 11 am to 12:45 pm — Music and Art
Class C1  (Fandogh) — 3.5 to 4.5 yrs: 11 am to 12:45 pm — Music and Art
Class C2  (Fandogh) — 3.5 to 4.5 yrs: 11 am to 12:45 pm — Music and Art
Class D1  (Badoom) — 4.5 to 6 yrs: 12 pm to 1:45 pm — Music and Art
Class D2  (Badoom) — 4.5 to 6 yrs: 12 pm to 1:45 pm — Music and Art
Class E1  (Pesteh) — 6 to 7.5 yrs: 12 pm to 1:45 pm — Music, Art and Language
Class E2 (Pesteh) — 6 to 7.5 yrs: 12 pm to 1:45 pm — Music, Art and Language
Class E3 (Pesteh) — 6 to 7.5 yrs: 12 pm to 1:45 pm — Music, Art and Language
Class F1  (Gerdou) — 7.5 to 13 yrs: 12 pm to 1:45 pm — Music, Art and Language
Class F2 (Gerdou) — 7.5 to 13 yrs: 12 pm to 1:45 pm — Music, Art and Language
Class F3 (Gerdou) — 7.5 to 13 yrs: 12 pm to 1:45 pm — Music, Art and Language

  • Classes meet on Sundays.
  • Spring semester includes 12 classes.
  • Classes begin on September 15 and end on December 15. There will be no classes held on October 13 and December 1. 
  • Pardis Yalda Celebration is on December 15. This is a private event – Pardis families only.
  • Depending on the age group, classes consist of Music, Art and Language portions.
  • Light snack will be served to all classes except class A (Toot).

 

Workshops for Children 

 
Art Workshop
Taught by Negin Keyhanfar, Yekta Khaghani and Niloofar Ghazali
 
In this workshop, children will be introduced to one of the most celebrated literary masterpieces of Persian literature, “The Conference of the Birds” (Mantiq-ut-Tayr) written by Sufi poet, Attar of Nishapur. In the course of this workshop, children will use their imaginations to build sculptures inspired by the unique characters of the birds in the story. Each student will choose a bird, illustrate it, and eventually sculpt it using different fabrics and materials. 
 
  • Classes meet on Sundays from 11am to 12pm ( 6 sessions)
  • Workshop begins on September 15  and ends on October 27. No class will be held on October 13.
  • Go to Classes and Schedules Page for more information on this workshop.
  • Workshop is open to children above 4.5 years of age, Classes D (Badoom), E (Pesteh) and F (Gerdou)
  • Children who are enrolled in the workshops can bring their lunch to school and have their lunch in between classes. As usual, light snack will be provided to all classes.
 
Dance Workshop
Taught by and Niloofar Ghazali, Yekta Khaghani and Negin Keyhanfar 
 
In this workshop, children will be introduced to various techniques of Persian dance originating from different parts of Iran. Each lesson will consist of a brief history of the dance, its region of origin, and fundamental moves, both classical and modern. These moves will be choreographed into a short piece to be performed during the Shabe Yalda celebration. Typical props and dance games will be part of each lesson. 
 
  • Classes meet on Sundays from 11am to 12pm ( 5 sessions)
  • Workshop begins on November 3 and ends on December 8. No class will be held on December 1.
  • A mini performance will be held on the last day of classes on December 15.
  • Workshop is open to children above 4.5 years of age, Classes D (Badoom), E (Pesteh) and F (Gerdou)
  • Children who are enrolled in the workshops can bring their lunch to school and have their lunch in between classes. As usual, light snack will be provided to all classes.
 

 

Go to Registration Page to register for classes.

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