Sierra Aikido is an enthusiastic supporter of homeschooling and other small-group
activities. Because we
share many of the core values of homeschooling, we seek out
opportunities to include homeschooled children and teens in our
programs. Individual homeschooled children and teens, ages 5 to 18,
would be especially welcome to join our regularly scheduled public classes.
Private Homeschool ClassesWe also create private classes for homeschool family groups brought together by their common parenting values and educational goals. Our curriculum and teaching approach is customized for each homeschool group in collaboration with the parents. We also ensure that the Aikido curriculum evolves with the group over time to match fully with the parents' developing objectives for each child and teen.
[Sierra Aikido is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School.]
Special Needs Children and TeensThe art of Aikido can benefit home schooled children and teens with Autism, Asperger's Syndrome and ADD, as well as those with other physical and developmental challenges. Aikido training not only builds gross motor skills, but also supports intellectual, social and emotional growth. Please see the information on both our Homeschooling and Special Needs pages: http://sierra-aikido.org/specialneeds.html
Benefits of AikidoThe art of Aikido addresses all aspects of the self: Intellectual, social, emotional and physical, making Aikido study a solid platform for interdisciplinary education and personal development. The cooperative paired training is a concrete expression of positive social interactions. Instead of competing, Aikido partners take turns throwing and falling to build their own and their partners' skills. The structured group training etiquette is also fertile ground for practicing self-regulation and focus. Lively training reduces stress, and the empowerment of learning something new and complex at one's own pace boosts self-confidence.
Dynamic, paired Aikido training is enjoyable, all-body exercise that supports both emotional wellness and physical fitness. Physical training objectives include motor-planning and coordination, strength and stamina, balance, body awareness and alignment, placement of the body in space, and sensory integration.
Kids of all physical abilities are welcome! No previous experience is needed. In fact, we especially encourage children and teens who have had less physical training than others to join us. Sierra training is always self-paced, so everyone thrives. Aikido has broad appeal. Athletic children and teens enjoy Aikido training, but we've found that kids who are not motivated by sports are especially drawn to the art. Aikido is also well-suited to girls because it relies on leverage through agility and positioning, rather than on upper-body strength. With much individual attention, every child and teen can do Aikido well and develop develop transferable skills and confidence to enjoy any sport, dance or martial art.
Our Teaching ApproachWe strive to provide a learning environment that includes:
Sierra Aikido works closely with each parent to:
Combining Aikido with a Homeschool CurriculumFor those who would like to weave the training into their overall curriculum, Aikido provides fertile ground to enhance the study of both academics and fine arts. The possibilities are boundless, with connections easily tailored to age groups and learning needs. For example:
Homeschool Class LocationAll private homeschool classes are taught at our Sierra Aikido location at 2134 Old Middlefield Way, Suite A, Mountain View, CA 94043
Scheduling Private Homeschool ClassesParents can arrange private classes with the instructor. Time slots are available from Tuesday through Friday, as early as 1:15 pm. Contact Sierra Aikido.
Individual homeschoolers are also welcome to participate in our public classes. Please visit our home page to view our schedule and other information.
Membership Tuition Structure[Sierra Aikido is an approved vendor for Ocean Grove Charter School. Prospective parents with other affiliations, including Connecting Waters, South Utter and Sky Mountain Charter Schools can also work with Sierra Aikido to apply for approved vendor status.]
We encourage homeschool families to form small- to moderate-sized private classes and share the cost of the tuition. Tuition can be adjusted somewhat to fit a particular homeschooling group. Typically the monthly fee for one class hour per week is:
One Student: $100 per month
Each Additional Sibling: $75 per month
Because Sierra has long-term relationships with all of our participating families, the membership is an annual tuition. Most parents choose to make monthly payments to meet the tuition, but can opt out at time if they decide to leave the program.
Tuition for private classes is higher than for our regular classes. The head instructor actively trains with each pair, giving more individual attention than is possible in the larger regular classes. The instructor also devotes more time off the mat to customize the training for each group, track each student's progress and partner more closely with each parent.
Learning ObjectivesThe overall curriculum and teaching approach is customized for each homeschool group. As a starting point, however, these are the general learning objectives by age group for all Sierra Aikido children and teens. Our holistic approach integrates physical, social, emotional and cognitive learning experiences for each student, according to his or her age group and stage of development:
Parents are always welcome make an appointment to talk with us about our programs. Children are welcome to come with the parents to explore the facility and meet the instructor. They can try out some Aikido with the instructor and, for younger children, some Aikido-related play. There is no charge for a tryout.
Please visit Sierra Aikido's home page, which links to more information about our teaching approach for each age group, a schedule of our public classes, information for newcomers, a list of our other private class offerings, and our community outreach mission.
Sierra Aikido is a 501(c)3 Public Benefit Corporation. In parallel with our tuition-based programs in our Mt. View dodo, we partner with other organizations and provide training at their facilities. Our outreach efforts currently serve low-income, college-bound teens in East Palo Alto, and at-risk children and transition-age youth in San Mateo County family support programs.
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