Classes and Schedules

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 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, art, music, play and storytelling. The themes for classes are inspired by Persian folklore and expressions. Our classes are student-centered, and the sense of freedom within our fun and friendly structure encourages the children’s creativity and self-expression. Activities and materials used in classes are chosen carefully for each age group.

Music —  All age groups will have a music section during each class. The music section will include singing activities, musical games, movement, storytelling, role playing and instrument exploration. Music plays an important role in acquisition of language and literacy development. 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. Through musical activities children learn, communicate and gain significant cultural experiences. Children will start to perform in a choir from Class E (Pesteh). 

Arts and Crafts —  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. Every semester, our Pesteh and Gerdou groups will engage in a cultural education project which they’ll be working on throughout the term.

Reading and Writing — We start introducing Persian alphabets from a younger age through music, arts and different games. From Pesteh class (6yrs and above), 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, are introduced to the colorful cuisine and handicrafts of Iran and study its landmarks and historical sites.
 
If you have any questions regarding any of the classes or workshops, please contact us at: info@pardisforchildren.org

 

Fall 2020 Schedule for ONLINE Classes:  

 

Regular Classes 

If you are interested in any of the “Regular Classes” but have schedule conflict, please fill out THIS FORM to let us know your preferred days and times. We’ll do our best to accommodate you!

  • Regular ONLINE classes meet on Sundays. 
  • ONLINE Classes are offered in both Eastern and Pacific Standard Times (EST & PST)
  • Fall semester is divided into two sections: Fall 1 and Fall 2, 6 sessions each.
  • Depending on the age group, classes consist of Music, Art and Language portions.
  • Fall 1 classes begin on September 13 and will end on October 25.  There will be no classes held on October 11. 
  • Each class has multiple sections. Depending on their age and language proficiency, children will be placed in the appropriate section. If your child is already a Pardis student, you can choose the section at registration. If not, no need to choose a section. We’ll place them after evaluation. 
  • All classes are held remotely and will meet via Zoom. Depending on the class, students might also have asynchronous lessons and activities to complete during the week. You will receive an email with a Zoom link prior to the class.
  • For more information go to Registration page and click on the class.
 

Class A (Toot) — 1 to 2.5 yrs: 10 to 10:45 AM (EST & PST) — Music 
Class B (Keshmesh) — 2.5 to 3.5 yrs: 10:30 to 11:20 AM (EST & PST)  — Music and Art
Class C (Fandogh) — 3.5 to 4.5 yrs: 10 to 11 AM (EST & PST) — Music and Art
Class D (Badoom) — 4.5 to 6 yrs: 10:00 to 11:00 AM (EST & PST) — Music and Art
Class E1  (Pesteh) — 6 to 7 yrs: 11AM to 12:15PM (EST & PST)  — Music, Art and Language
Class E2 (Pesteh) — 7 to 8 yrs: 11AM to 12:15PM (EST & PST)  — Music, Art and Language
Class E3 (Pesteh) — 8 to 9 yrs: 11AM to 12:15PM (EST & PST)  — Music, Art and Language
Class F1  (Gerdou) — 9 to 10 yrs: 11AM to 12:15PM (EST & PST)  — Music, Art and Language
Class F2 (Gerdou) — 10 to 12 yrs: 11AM to 12:15PM (EST & PST)  — Music, Art and Language
Class F3 (Gerdou) — 10 to 12 yrs: 11AM to 12:15PM (EST & PST)  — Music, Art and Language
Class G (Baloot) — 12 to 14 yrs: 11AM to 12:15PM (EST & PST)  — Music, Art and Language

 

Workshops 

If you are interested in any of the “Workshops” but have schedule conflict, please fill out THIS FORM to let us know your preferred days and times. We’ll do our best to accommodate you! 

  • All workshops are 6 sessions.
  • Workshops begin the week of September 14.
  • You can read about the instructors on Our Team page.
  • If you are interested in any of the “Workshops” but have schedule conflict, please fill out this form to let us know your preferred days and times. We’ll do our best to accommodate you! 
  • For more information such as class details, meeting times and supply list, go to Registration page and click on the workshop.
 

Sing and Play
Tuesdays at 10:00AM
Thursdays at 2:00PM
for ages 1 to 3

Taught by Hani Niroo

In this workshop, inspired by “Orff-schulwerk” approach, we will combine music, movement, drama, and speech. Children with the help of an adult will sing, play games and learn some of the Persian nursery rhymes and songs. Also, we will be making our own music and musical instruments using simple materials from around the house, and include them in our games and singing.

 

Story-time with Finger Puppets 
Tuesdays at 3:00PM
for ages 3 to 6

Taught by Ayrin Gharibpour

In this workshop, we will learn about three different stories: Mehman Nakhandeh, Kado Ghelgheleh-zan and Shenelghermezi. In each session, the instructor will tell one of the stories using finger puppets made out of felt and cloth. Children will participate in the process of telling the story and will be interacting with the puppets. After listening to the story, children will create their own puppets using paper! These are simple puppets that can easily be made by young children.

 

Sing Play Dance 
Tuesdays at 11:00AM
Thursdays at 3:00PM
Saturdays at 10:00AM
for ages 3 to 6

Taught by Hani Niroo

In this workshop, inspired by “Orff-schulwerk” approach, we will combine music, movement, drama, and speech. Children will sing, play games, and learn Persian nursery rhymes, songs, and fairy tales. We will be making our own music and musical instruments using simple materials from around the house, and will incorporate them in our activities.

 

Make Your Own Digital Audio/Digital Book
Mondays at 3:00PM
for ages 6 to 9

Taught by Aida Izadpanah

In this workshop children will use the web app Book Creator to make their own storybook focusing on different aspects of their lives. The apps enable students to upload their own drawings, images, videos, and audio recordings. We will make one chapter every session. Children will record audios telling the story of each chapter. The focus of this workshop is on basic conversational skills.

 

Hands-On Farsi Alphabet – Make Your Own Farsi Letters with Air-Dry Clay
Wednesdays at 3:00PM
for ages 6 to 9

Taught by Aida Izadpanah

In this fun and hands-on workshop, students will learn how to make their own letters of the Farsi alphabet with air-dry clay, forming different words with them. At the beginning of each session, the instructor reviews the session’s letters (4-5 letters per session), their sounds, and how each letter is written. Through interactive activities similar to the game Scrabble, students and their instructor mix and make different words with their letters. In this workshop, students review the Farsi alphabet, learn to work with clay, and learn basic principles of writing in Farsi such as the direction to write and how to connect different letters together.
 

Sing With Us (age 6 to 9)
Tuesdays at 4:00PM
for ages 6 to 9

Taught by Parham Haghighi

In this workshop, children will learn how to sing a selected Persian song in an interactive and lively setting. Studying one line (Beit) per week, the students get to learn the words’ pronunciations, meanings, and the story behind the song and its original singer, as well as musical aspects such as form and accuracy of rhythms and melody. The classes will meet once a week via Zoom app but we’ll also use an additional platform (Flipgrid) for recording and sharing weekly videos and other related materials for practice purposes. The end result will be a video clip, a mix of all students’ final performances videos, along with a well-produced backing track, simulating a virtual choir.

 

Expeditions to Ancient Persia
Mondays at 4:00PM
for ages 9 to 14

Taught by Behin Forghanifar and Bahar Beihaghi

In this workshop, we will travel back in time, when the Achaemenids and the Sasanians ruled over Persia, and will learn about the majestic architecture of Perspolis, Naghsh-e Rostam, ChogaZanbil Ziggurat, Bisotun and the fire temples of Kashan, Hamedan and Yazd as we take a walk through each building! We will be using Google Earth to take us on an adventure into Old Persia, see the people and their surroundings and learn more about the rich architecture and culture of the time.

 

Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Iranian artists
Wednesdays at 4:00PM
for ages 8 to 14

Taught by Sepideh Salehi

In this workshop, children will be introduced to six prominent Iranian artists from the Modern to Contemporary era: Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian, Charles Hossein Zenderoudi, Bahman Mohasses, Behjat Sadr, Siah Armajani, Ali Akbar Sadeghi. In each session we will learn about one of these artists while discussing her or his artwork, techniques and the use of materials!  Inspired by the artist of the day, children will create their own artwork.


Body Percussion and Movement
Thursdays at 7:00PM
for ages 7 to 12

Taught by Hani Niroo

In this workshop, inspired by “Orff-schulwerk” approach, we will explore different Iranian “Rengs” (upbeat rhythmic pieces in Persian music). The students will learn and play these rhythms using movement and their bodies, while making their own percussion instruments from simple materials from around the house.

Introduction to Persian Cooking
Saturdays at 11:00AM
for ages 9 to 14

Taught by Roshanak Yousefian (Popilee Patisserie) and Bahar Beihaghi

In this workshop, we will go on a distinctive journey of fascinating tastes grounded in our rich culture. First, we’ll introduce the children to some popular spices used on a daily basis in a Persian kitchen, and we will review Persian cooking techniques. We’ll talk about side dishes, when they are served and how they are paired with main dishes. And then we are going to cook together! We will be meeting once a week for 60 minutes on Zoom, in our kitchens. You’ll receive the the grocery list and necessary kitchen tools for each week prior to each session, so you have everything ready to go!

Sing With Us (ages 7 to 12)
Tuesdays at 5:00PM
for ages 10 to 14

Taught by Parham Haghighi

In this workshop, children will learn how to sing a selected Persian song in an interactive and lively setting. Studying one line (Beit) per week, the students get to learn the words’ pronunciations, meanings, and the story behind the song and its original singer, as well as musical aspects such as form and accuracy of rhythms and melody. The classes will meet once a week via Zoom app but we’ll also use an additional platform (Flipgrid) for recording and sharing weekly videos and other related materials for practice purposes. The end result will be a video clip, a mix of all students’ final performances videos, along with a well-produced backing track, simulating a virtual choir.

 
 

Go to Registration Page to register for classes.

 

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