PRESCHOOL -- KINDER -- SCHOOL AGE (6-11 YRS) -- PRE-TEEN
When children feel a strong connection to their teachers, they feel safe to explore, create, and play. They grow! Relationship is at the centre of my approach.
Process, not Product
We create together in every class I run, with the emphasis always on the process of creating, not on the product that we create. Children are given opportunities to share what they've created as they are comfortable. Sharing our ideas with one another builds community.
All Bodies and Abilities
No experience required. Everyone can dance. No right or wrong way to dance. We explore our ideas, feelings, and experiences through movement. We each have unique ways of expressing ourselves.
I weave visual art, storytelling, drama and other arts exercises into my classes. I select a wide range of music that encourages self-expression and that is culturally diverse.
Small Class Sizes
Classes are capped at twelve participants, which allows for your child to establish strong relationships with me and the other children in class.
We wear clothing that feels comfortable to move in. We dance barefoot (when indoors and/or seasonably appropriate)!
This approach evolved from years of training and mentorship with award-winning author and educator, Hannah Beach, whose work using the arts to support children's social and emotional growth has been deeply inspirational for me.
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Past Program Offerings
Rising Up PD Day Program
Full day multi-arts program for children ages 6-9, scheduled on OCDSB PD Days (Fridays) in 2022-2023. Choose all or some of the dates!
Where: Church of the Ascension
When: Fridays November 4 / November 25 / January 20 / February 17 from 9 am - 3 pm
Parents provide snacks and lunch.
Fee: $49*/day or $176 for all four days ($20 discount) Fully subsidized spots available.
* In fact, the Anglican Foundation of Canada is proud to provide a partial subsidy to all participants. (As our host and partner, Church of the Ascension believes that creativity and play are good for the soul, but Rising Up does not include any religious content.)
Rising Up Preschool Class
Creative movement and multi-arts class for children ages 2-4, accompanied by their adults.
Where: Church of the Ascension
When: Wednesdays from October 12 - November 16 // 10-11:30 am
Fee: $119* (Fully subsidized spots available.)
* In fact, the six-week program costs $180, but Church of the Ascension and the Anglican Foundation of Canada are proud to provide a partial subsidy to all participants. (As our host and partner, Church of the Ascension believes that creativity and play are good for the soul, but Rising Up does not include any religious content.)
After-School Creative Movement (Agincourt Public School)
After-school creative movement class for children in grades 1-3 who attend Agincourt Public School. Children are picked-up directly from school; we walk to Agincourt Park, eat a healthy snack, then have a one-hour class together (primary focus on creative movement; multi-arts exercises woven in).
Where: This program runs OUTDOORS, rain or shine, at Agincourt Park!
When: Wed, May 4 - Wed, June 29 // 2:50 - 4:30 pm
Fee: $270 (Can be paid via e-transfer to email@example.com or via cash or cheque payable to Sarah Posthuma. Please contact me if a payment plan would be helpful for your family.)
A multi-arts program full of connection, play, and joy for children ages 5-9. See more details: Rising Up
Book a Program for your Community!
If you're interested in bringing a children's program to your community, please get in touch. I partner with schools / community organizations to run classes during and after school. I also facilitate daytime programs for preschoolers and home schoolers.