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 Cultural Education —  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 ONLINE Classes and Workshops

Programs for Children of all ages

Registration for ONLINE Classes and Workshops 

  • Registration for Fall 2 (November and December) begins on Tuesday, October 20th.
  • Registration Deadline is on Tuesday, October 27th. If you’re planning on joining us please register by deadline!
  • Online classes and Workshops are offered to children in different Time Zones.
  • Core Classes and Workshops begin the week of October 31st and end the week of December 12th.
  • To see the full schedule for Core Classes and Workshops, go to Registration page and click on the class image.

Core Classes 

  • ONLINE Core Classes meet on Sundays, each class has a morning and afternoon section.
  • Fall semester is divided into two terms: Fall 1 and Fall 2, 6 sessions each.
  • Depending on the age group, classes consist of Language, Music, Art and Cultural Education portions.
  • Fall 2 classes begin on November 1 and will end on December 13.  There will be no classes held on November 29. 
  • New Students that are enrolled in Classes E, F or G will be placed in the appropriate group based on their age and language proficiency. Evaluation forms will be sent out on Wednesday, October 28th.
  • 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 
Sundays from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM (EST)
Sundays from 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM (EST)
 
Class B (Keshmesh) — 2.5 to 3.5 yrs 
Sundays from 10:30 AM to 11:20 AM (EST)
Sundays at 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM (EST)
Sundays at 1:30 PM to 2:20 PM (EST)
 
Class C (Fandogh) — 3.5 to 4.5 yrs 
Sundays from 10:00 AM to 11 AM (EST)
Sundays from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)
 
Class D (Badoom) — 4.5 to 6 yrs 
Sundays from 10:00 AM to 11 AM (EST)
Sundays from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EST)
 
Sundays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EST)
Sundays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)
 
Sundays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EST)
Sundays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)
 
Class G (Baloot) — 12 to 14 yrs 
Sundays from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (EST)
Sundays from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (EST)
 
 

Workshops 

  • Workshops are 6 sessions and begin the week of October 31st.
  • Some workshops have multiple sections and are offered at different times.
  • For  class details and other information such as meeting times and supply list, click on the title of the Workshop or go to Registration page and click on the class image.
  • You can read about the instructors on Our Team page.
 

Sing and Play  — 1 to 3 yrs 
Tuesdays at 10:00AM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Thursdays at 2:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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 — 3 to 6 yrs 
Tuesdays at 6:30  – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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 — 3 to 6 yrs 
Tuesdays at 11:00AM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Thursdays at 3:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Saturdays at 10:00AM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Saturdays at 1:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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 — 6 to 9 yrs 
Wednesdays at 4:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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 6 to 9 yrs 
Wednesdays at 7:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST

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 I 6 to 9 yrs 
Tuesdays at 4:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Tuesdays at 7:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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.

 

Body Percussion and Movement — 6 to 9 yrs 
Thursdays at 4:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Saturdays at 2:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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 Modern and Contemporary Iranian artists  — 8 to 14 yrs 
Saturdays at 3:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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.

 

Introduction to Iranian Architecture — 8 to 14 yrs 
Mondays at 4:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Taught by Behin Forghanifar and Bahar Beihaghi

In this workshop, we will learn about the rich arts, architecture and culture of Iran after the fall of Sassanian dynasty and the arrival of Islam. Once a week, we will meet via Zoom and use Google Earth to go on adventures to discover historic buildings and structures built in different eras. As we study these buildings and their various purposes, we will also explore the beautiful Iranian arts such as calligraphy, stucco, mirror and mosaic tiles used in these buildings!

 

Expeditions to Ancient Persia — 9 to 14 yrs 
Mondays at 7:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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 Persian Cooking  — 9 to 14 yrs 
Saturdays at 11:00AM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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 II — 10 to 14 yrs 
Tuesdays at 5:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Tuesdays at 8:00PM – Eastern Standard Time (EST)

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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