- Free On-Site Field Trips
- Language Classes
- Science Class - Orinda Campus only
- After-School Kindermusik Classes - Not available at Pleasant Hill or Danville
- Play-Well TEKnologies Pre-Engineering-Danville and Dublin Campuses Only
Fountainhead provides access to third party providers who offer various types of field trips and other enrichment programs. These are not Fountainhead programs, but solely the programs of the third party provider. The third party provider is solely responsible for the content and activities of the program, although the program may be conducted at a Fountainhead site. Enrollment in any of these programs is through the third party provider and all amounts payable are paid to the third party provider, with the third party provider also assuming all responsibility for the program offered.
Fountainhead offers access to various on-site "field trips" at no additional cost. These programs are held each year and are available to currently enrolled children. They are presented by outside educational organizations during a series of visits to the school.
Each Spring we welcome the ZooMobile to our schools. The students in our Preschool/PreK and PreK/K classes have a close encounter with a variety of animals and learn more about a variety of animals with experts from the Oakland Zoo. Past visitors have included a hedgehog, a rabbit, and a turtle! You can learn more about this program at http://www.oaklandzoo.org/ZooMobile.php.
DANVILLE: Thursday, April 11th & Friday, April 12th
DUBLIN: Tuesday, April 16th & Wednesday, April 17th
LIVERMORE: Tuesday, April 16th
ORINDA: Monday, April 22nd & Tuesday, April 23rd
PLEASANT HILL: Tuesday, April 23rd
Please see our campus calendars for more information about the ZooMobile's schedule.
Every Spring we welcome the InsectMobile to our schools. San Francisco's Insect Discovery Lab comes to campus to show students how insects impact our environment and eco-system. Children get a hands-on opportunity to learn about millipedes, beetles, walking sticks and other anthropods. You can learn more about their program at www.savenature.org.2013 Schedule
DANVILLE: Friday, May 3rd
DUBLIN: Thursday, May 23rd
LIVERMORE: Thursday, May 9th
ORINDA: Monday, May 13th
PLEASANT HILL: Thursday, May 16th
Please see our campus calendars for more information about the Insectmobile's schedule.
Fountainhead offers linkages to after-school programs which are conducted at some of our campuses by third party providers. These programs involve an additional cost and are subject to change at any time.
Lango is a language immersion program for kids ages 6 months to 12 years teaching Spanish, French and Mandarin. Lango’s highly engaging classes are taught in the style in which children want to learn: P L A Y ! Structured lessons include games, music, art, stories and dramatic play, all in the chosen language, much like children learn their given language. At Lango your child will learn another language, make developmental strides and explore other cultures. Lango’s classes at Fountainhead are 45-minutes of play-based immersion teaching language basics, as well as ongoing vocabulary and phrases. Each session begins a new theme and set of vocabulary. Lango classes are for experienced and inexperienced alike and most of all, we have FUN!
Sessions are held in a series of 8 classes. The maximum size per class is 8 and has a minimum enrollment of 4 students per class. Cost per session is $147.20 per child and accepts children ages 3-6. You are not charged for child care while your child is in language class.
4/16-6/11 (no class on 5/7)
Orinda Campus Only-children ages 4-6
Len Paterson offers after-school science programs. These programs are designed by Len and offered by him individually, and are not part of the regular Fountainhead curriculum. Len has been teaching science to young children for 15 years at Berkeley Montessori School. He received his Montessori Teaching Credential from Sonoma State University in 1988. He has been a head teacher for six years and directed an after school program that focused on creative arts and crafts. He uses the FOSS (Full Option Science System) specifically designed for early childhood.
Len was trained at the Lawrence Hall of Science in the nationally recognized ‘Peaches and Gems Program’. This hands-on experiential learning is engaging and very appealing to young learners. Please note, you are not charged for child care time while your child is in science class.
Difficult to see but fascinating to work with when trapped and transferred in syringe and tubing systems or pumping water through a bottle "fountain". Other projects will involve propeller systems and air balloon rockets.
4/9-5/21 (no class 5/7)
4/10-5/22 (no class 5/1)
Enroll early as space is limited and classes fill up quickly. Class dates/times subject to change if minimum enrollment is not met.
Cost is $115 for the six week session
To enroll please contact Len: email@example.com
After-School Kindermusik Classes
We offer after-school Kindermusik classes through Carolyn Lucento at several of our campuses. Carolyn began her music and dance adventures at the age of 5 and has loved singing and dancing ever since. She has been a Montessori teacher since 1980 and has been a Site Director with Fountainhead Montessori since 2005. Carolyn has completed her Preschool and Elementary levels of Orff-Schulwerk children's music training. She is also a licensed Kindermusik educator and greatly enjoys bringing her love of music and dance to the children.
New Kindermusik units for Spring Session 2013
"Drums, drums, drums!"
In this unit, your child will experience the concept of fractions through hearing and playing quarter and eighth notes. In class we’ll do “call and response” activities to the rhythmic sounds of African music. Meanwhile, your child will sharpen listening and attention skills, as well as fine tune the ear for finding patterns. We will explore many African instruments including a conga drum, "mbiri" (thumb piano) ,"shakeres" (beaded gourd rattles), and cowbells. Play together with the activities in your Home Kit, and you’ll help your preschooler develop a strong foundation in math, rhythm and coordination, along with critical listening skills.
"Feel the Music"
For preschoolers, expressing thoughts, ideas, and needs to teachers and friends is a necessary skill in school. So in class we’ll help your child learn more about the words that help describe feelings, while learning more about the emotions of others. In addition, this Kindermusik unit introduces the composer Beethoven and the instruments from the Brass Family: Tuba, French Horn, Trumpet, and Trombone. Your Home Kit includes the same music and stories we’ll be talking about in class to help you open the door to the emotions your preschooler is learning to express.
COST: $160 for EIGHT class meetings, and 2 sets of Kindermusik Home Materials
20% sibling discount
Fridays, 3:30p-4:15p or 4:15p-5:00p
Thursdays, 3:00p-3:45p or 4:00p-4:45p
Payment includes Kindermusik home materials for 2 music units. Tuition is non-refundable. Enrollment will not be accepted without payment. You will not be billed for child care while your child is participating in Kindermusik.
Please contact Carolyn Lucento to enroll your child.
Please click here to view Carolyn's Kindermusik website!
Be sure to enroll early as classes fill up quickly!
Play-Well TEKnologies provides project-based programs designed to teach principles and methods of engineering, architecture, and science to kids, utilizing LEGO and other building systems. We build problem-solving skills, provide an opportunity for creative expression, foster a greater appreciation of how things work, and encourage the qualities of inquisitiveness, self-reliance, and self-confidence in children. We do this in the context of fun-filled engineering and architectural projects that both children and instructors enjoy! (This class is not affiliated with the LEGO Group.)
Pre-Engineering FUNdamentals Class Description
Open to children ages 4-6
Have your child become a Play-Well Engineer! Build cities, bridges, motorized cars and planes. With access to over 100,000 pieces of LEGO, students build what they have only dreamed of with the support of an experienced Play-Well Engineering instructor.
6 Week Session: 4/17-5/29 (no class 5/1)
6 Week Session: 4/15-5/20
6 Week Session: 4/19-5/24
The cost is $126 for the 6 week session
Class size is limited to 10 students and enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes are subject to cancellation if minimum enrollment is not met.
All materials will be provided. Materials and projects will be collected after each class, students will not take projects home. Refunds only issued prior to one week before the first class. If you would like more information about Play-Well TEKnologies visit our website at: www.play-well.org. You will not be billed for child care while your child is participating in the Pre-Engineering program.
Danville Families: Click here to enroll!
Dublin Families: Click here to enroll!
Questions? Please contact: Shiloh Parkerson at firstname.lastname@example.org