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A community learning through play:
connecting parents, teachers & children
At the Co-op, we believe that learning happens in many different ways and so we are happy to offer our children special enrichment classes. These classes offer children new experiences, the chance to explore new skills and the opportunity to learn using all the senses. Plus they’re a whole lot of fun!
Current classes include music and yoga, but in recent years, the Co-op has also offered science and cooking.
Concert flutist and musical educator Sophia Anastasia leads our music enrichment classes at the Co-op. During her classes, Miss Sophia nurtures children's inner sense of musicality by exposing them to fundamental musical concepts in a fun and playful way - in keeping with the Co-op's philosophy of learning through play.
She uses songs, chants, and rhymes to introduce concepts including loud/soft, fast/slow, high/low, and pitch and rhythm matching. Every class also incorporates dance, and an exploration of various musical instruments. Classes also expose the children to many genres of music, including jazz, rock, folk and international. Her classes are so much fun and we are so happy and privileged to have her!
About Miss Sophia
Miss Sophia has been teaching and performing music since she was a teen. She received a Bachelor's degree in Music Education at Montclair State University, specializing in early childhood music. After graduating, she continued her performance studies and received a Master's degree in Flute performance at the Manhattan School of Music and a Doctorate degree in Flute at SUNY Stony Brook. During her studies she regularly performed with various regional orchestras and chamber groups throughout the tri-state area. She became the founding member of the Electrum Flute and Percussion Duo and in 2015 released their second album titled "Thoughts."
Giving birth to her three children changed her life in many ways. Miss Sophia shifted gears and decided to put a hold on her performing career, finding a new love ... her kids. Today, she feels as though she has come full circle, doing what she was trained to do so many years ago, spreading her love of music to young children once again. Miss Sophia maintains a private teaching studio in Montclair, and is also on faculty at Montclair State University Prep Center for the Arts.
Sheri Peake, an instructor at Jaipure Yoga and D*Fit Montclair, leads the Co-op’s yoga enrichment classes. Miss Sheri’s empowering classes offer an age appropriate introduction to the world of yoga, positive affirmations, team building and community.
Drawing from a variety of poses and using games, chants and music, Miss Sheri gently introduces children to the basic concepts of yoga. The children are free to explore different yoga poses in their own time and the sequences are often driven by the imagination of the children themselves; kids can be animals, dinosaurs, almost anything they can think of! Breathing exercises are also approached creatively to ensure that every aspect of yoga is presented in a playful and engaging way. Not only do our students get all of the physical benefits of yoga—the development of gross motor skills, flexibility, body awareness and strength—but they get to have lots of fun too. Laugh, play, balance and breathe as Miss Sheri redefines “plugging in” and explores with her young students what it truly means to be connected.
About Miss Sheri
Miss Sheri is a 500 hour Power Yoga Instructor holding additional certifications in both yin and children’s yoga. Her love of children and passion for planting early seeds for the healthy development of self has led her to her practice with children and inspired her to create “Little Hands Connected” in 2011, and “Connected Kids Yoga” in 2015.
Miss Sheri derives her greatest inspiration from her husband and two children, whom she credits with keeping her grounded, grateful and striving to be her personal best.