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New Integrated Arts and Spanish Immersion Classes at CHAW

July 30, 2014

This year, CHAW partners with Ivy IQ to offer an integrated arts and spanish immersion experience for children ages 24 months to first grade.

Ivy IQ’s innovative and engaging curriculum taps into a child’s natural curiosity and playfulness to build foundational skills for a life-long love of learning and exploration.

CHAW welcomes Amanda Agard, founder of Ivy IQ and instructor extraordinaire. “Children have such a tremendous capacity to learn in the early years of childhood,” says Amanda. “Research shows that the concepts at the heart of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (S.T.E.M.) education – curiosity and creativity, are innate in young children and just need the opportunity to bloom. Ivy IQ Early Enrichment was founded on the premise that knowledge has no limits for early childhood learners.  We wanted to be able to partner with parents on their quest to offer their child a place for both educational enrichment and fun.  Through the integration of STEM and arts within our classes, we wanted to develop an experience for children that allows them to explore their creativity, while stretching their capacity to learn.  We believe that imagination and creativity are the seeds of innovation and we continue to strive to provide the best opportunities for early childhood learners.”

We hope you can join us this year for these innovative classes. To register, please visit or call (202) 547-6839. For more information on Ivy IQ, please visit

Hola Espagnol (24 36 months)
Mondays, 9:45-10:30 am or 10:45-11:30 am
Songs, games, stories, and puppets to introduce children to the Spanish language in an engaging and playful setting. Caregiver must attend with child.

Art Exploration Spanish Immersion (Pre K 3 – 5)
Fridays, 9:45-10:30 am or 10:45-11:30 am
Saturdays, 9:20-10:05 am
“Every child is an artist, the problem is staying an artist when you grow up” – Pablo Picasso. Students explore artistic styles and techniques by studying the work of famous visual artists. Fundamental painting, drawing, sculpting and collaging skills are reinforced as students create original art using a variety of media inspired by the featured artist. Classes are taught in Spanish. No art or Spanish experience is required.

Castille Cavaliers (Pre K 3 5)
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
Students build a cultural context for learning basic Spanish comprehension, communication and sound acquisition skills through dramatic play portraying flamenco dancers, bullfighters, princesses, knights and painters from the Spanish speaking world.

Foto Fun (K 1 grades)
Saturdays, 10:10-10:55 a.m.
This Spanish immersion workshop will introduce the art of photography to children in an interactive setting while using the Spanish language. Children will learn digital photography basics while experiment with lighting, colors and subjects to create their own photo book.

Aragon Adventurers (K 1 grades)
Wednesdays, 5:00-6:00 p.m.
Linguistic and cultural learning is conducted in a fun and engaging format through drama, poetry, painting, dance and music. Historic events and people bring Spanish and Latin American language and cultural literacy to life. Students reenact the trials and tribulations of Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand of Spain, recite poetry of Rafael Pombo from Columbia and Rúben Darío from Nicaragua, or paint a mural in the style of Diego Rivera. They might even take a turn at being Don Quijote, Sancho Panza or Dulcinea from Miguel de Cervantes seminal work, “Don Quijote de la Mancha” learn a flamenco dance make a papel picado craft for “el Diá de los Muertos” or sing villancicos (Christmas carols) in Spanish. This highly integrated and interactive approach to learning language deepens comprehension and appreciation.