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 2017 Schedule:  [Online Registration opens in mid August]

Regular Classes for Children

Class A (Toot) — 1 to 2.5 yrs: 11 am to 11:50 am — Music
Class B1 (Keshmesh) — 2.5 to 3.5 yrs: 11 am to 12:45 am — Music and Art
Class B2 (Keshmesh) — 2.5 to 3.5 yrs: 11 am to 12:45 pm — Music and Art
Class C  (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 12 yrs: 12 pm to 1:45 pm — Music, Art and Language
Class F2 (Gerdou) — 7.5 to 12 yrs: 12 pm to 1:45 pm — Music, Art and Language

  • Classes meet on Sundays.
  • Fall semester includes 12 classes.
  • Classes begin on September 17 and end on December 17. There will be no classes held on October 8 and November 26.
  • 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 I: Introduction to Persian Arts and Handicrafts
Taught by Hani Zandi and Nushin Nazari

In this workshop, children are introduced to six different handicrafts of Iran: Aynehkari, Negargari, Ghalibafi, Kashikari, Ghalamzani and Khattati. They will study the works of different artists and learn about the tools and techniques used in each of these handicrafts. Each week children will experiment with different tools to create their own artwork.

  • Classes meet on Sundays
  • 11 am to 12 pm
  • Workshop begins on September 17 and ends on October 29. No classes will be held on October 8.
  • Workshop is open to children above 4.5 years of age, Classes D (Badoom), E (Pesteh) and F (Gerdou) and can be taken prior to their regular classes.
  • 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.

 

Art Workshop II: Traditional Public and Private Spaces in Iran
Taught by Arian Ghousi, Hani Zandi and Nushin Nazari

In this workshop, children are introduced to the Iranian culture and customs through studying different public and private spaces such as Persian Gardens (Baghe Irani), Bazaar, Bathhouse, traditional houses and etc. Children will draw connections between Iranian culture and social values and how these spaces were designed for public and private use. A series of interdisciplinary activities such as sketching, model building,storytelling, making handcrafts and etc. will be used to encourage creativity and critical thinking.

  • Classes meet on Sundays
  • 11 am to 12 pm
  • Workshop begins on Nov 5 and ends on December 10. No classes will be held on November 26.
  • Workshop is open to children above 4.5 years of age, Classes D (Badoom), E (Pesteh) and F (Gerdou) and can be taken prior to their regular classes.
  • 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.

 

Workshops and Classes for Adults and Young Adults

Stories of Shahnameh
Taught by Prof. Manouchehr Kasheff

The workshop includes 10 sessions. During the course of this workshop, Prof. Kasheff will discuss the importance of Shahnameh within the historical context and its great significance in the preservation of Persian Language, the growth of its literature, and above all, our identity as Iranians. He will go over 10 stories of Shahnameh from the mythical and heroic age, discussing the different characters of these stories and work on the correct reading of these poems.Classes meet on Sundays.

  • Classes meet on Sundays
  • 11 am to 12 pm
  • 10 sessions
  • Class begins on September 24 and ends on December 10. There will be no classes held on October 8 and November 26.
  • Workshop is open to adults and young adults
 
A distinguished instructor of Persian, Mr. Manouchehr Kasheff taught at Columbia University from 1974 up to his retirement in 2008. Since 2008 he has been teaching at New York University. He founded the American Association of Teachers of Persian and served as its first secretary-treasurer. He is author of a number of articles for theEncyclopædia Iranica and the Encyclopædia of Asian Studies and has translated into Persian books by A.J. Arberry and S. Runciman and articles by distinguished authors including T.S. Eliot, George Santayana, and others.
 

 

Elementary Persian I
Taught by Prof. Amir Irani-Tehrani and Mrs. Stephanie Irani-Tehrani
 
This course introduces the students to basic vocabulary and fundamental sentence structures in Persian language. Pronunciation, grammar, and everyday vocabulary are stressed as indispensable tools for comprehension and expression. Iranian customs, culture, and everyday life are also highlighted.
 
  • Classes meet on Sundays
  • 11 am to 12 pm
  • 10 sessions
  • Class begins on September 24 and ends on December 10. There will be no classes held on October 8 and November 26.
  • Workshop is open to adults and young adults

 

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