2015-2016 Programs for Spanish + Nature + Art + Play + Costa Rica Lovers!

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Enrolling Year Round!

Access the no-obligation application to all of our programs by clicking here

List below organized by programs for our youngest students to oldest:

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1. Spanish Play Studios

Now offered at TWO Sites! 

In addition to its flagship Play Studio operated by Conexiones founder, Kimberly Newton (aka¨Kimba¨), Conexiones is training and partnering with local home-based childcare providers serving Bay Area babies and children*.  Our approach combines  intentional Spanish immersion, play-based learning, the arts, sustainability values, nonviolent communication and peace education to offer quality Spanish immersion play care for your child.

 A. Kimba’s Play Studio and Forest Playground on Sobrante Ridge –

  • Accepting new children ages 2.5yrs+
  • Fall Semester (8/24 – 12/18/15)
  • Spring Semester (1/04-6/10/16, closed 3/28-4/15)*
  • Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays
  • A.M. Session 9:30-1:30pm ($48-60 sliding scale)
  • P.M. Session 1:30-5:30pm ($36-45 sliding scale)
  • Complimentary morning shuttle from San Pablo at 8:45am and from Berkeley at 9am
  • Flex enrollment options – only one day or morning per week OK!
  • Be a parent helper and get up to 100% off!**
  • 2014 recipient of Best of the East Bay Silver Medal for childcare

* During the El Sobrante campus closure dates, lead teacher and Founding Director of Conexiones, ¨Kimba,¨ will be leading a special group trip to our Costa Rica sister camp (3/27-4/01/16).  Conexiones students and other visiting families are welcome! Plan your trip today and stay for one or multiple weeks with a local Costa Rican family or on an organic farm surrounded by hundreds of acres of protected rainforest! This is an amazing capstone experience for all of our students.   Click here to learn more.

**Parent helpers must submit a recent negative Tb test and submit fingerprints.

B. Dina’s Play Studio in San Pablo – 

  • Accepting new babies and tots ages 3m+
  • Opens March 2016
  • Open year round M-F, 7:30am-6pm
  • Flex enrollement options and drop-ins will be available
  • Tel. 510.275.3505

Click here to submit a no-obligation application for both Play Studio Programs

*If you love children, are bilingual, and would like to become a Conexiones´certified childcare provider or would like your Spanish-speaking nanny to learn our Intentional Spanish Immersion methodology, please contact us using the contact form below.

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2. AVENTURAS Year Round Day Camp  (Ages 3.5+)

Spanish through eco-cultural expeditions, art, play and more!

Curious children enjoy bilingual (Spa/Eng) field trips of discovery and adventure (aka AVENTURAS) to SF Bay Area eco-cultural destinations – forests, museums, protected areas, coupled with creative play time and art projects at Kimba’s Play Studio and forest playground, surrounded by acres of oak forest.   This award winning program will expand your child’s mind and build their self-confidence as they joyfully discover the greater, amazing world and connect with nature, cultural diversity, the arts, their creative selves and more!

VITALS:

  • Wednesdays, and/or Thursday
  • Spring Semester (01/04/16 – 06/10/16 (closed from 3/28-4/15)*
  • Summer Semester (M-F 6/13/16 – 8/19/16)**
  • Core hours: 9:30am-5pm
  • Complimentary shuttle available to/from San Pablo (8:35/5:15) and Berkeley (9am/5:30pm)
  • Full Day Rate: $84-105/day sliding scale – 1 day/week and drop-ins OK!
  • Be a parent helper and get up to 100% off!***
  • Childcare Lic. 073407624
  • For more info, click here
  • To apply, click here

* During the El Sobrante campus closure dates, lead teacher and Founding Director of Conexiones, ¨Kimba,¨ will be leading a special group trip to our Costa Rica sister camp (3/27-4/01/16).  Conexiones students and other visiting families are welcome! Plan your trip today and stay for one or multiple weeks with a local Costa Rican family or on an organic farm surrounded by hundreds of acres of protected rainforest! This is an amazing capstone experience for all of our students.   Click here to learn more.

** During the summer, this program will be offered Monday-Friday full time with flexible enrollment opportunities to add just a day or a week.

***Parent helpers must submit a recent negative Tb test and submit fingerprints.

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3. Spanish Through the Arts Classes (PK-2nd grade)

Language through art, dance, music, cultural games, and more!

Spanish immersion workshops for children ages 3 through 8, whereas they learn Spanish through songs, music, cultural games, and communal and individual art projects.  This unique eco-cultural program introduces children to the arts and eco-cultural values, while at the same time teaching them basic Spanish vocabulary, such as the numbers, colors and letters. Children are inspired to learn Spanish and relate it to fun, creative and interesting memories, laying the foundation for language acquisition. This program has been offered at the SF Children´s Creativity Museum, Creative Arts Charter School, AltSchool, Joaquin Miller ES Kid´s Club, Valley View Elementary School, Kensington Community Center, and Precita Eyes Muralists.

Request this program year-round for your private group, school, community center, after school program or homeschooling coop.  Click here for more info on bringing it to your site!  

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4. Spanish through Fun! Classes (PK-8th grade)

Aventuritas is now Spanish Through Fun!

A fun and culturally enriching and unique program for PK-8th graders that combines Spanish language with outdoor and physical education. Students learn Spanish through games, play, dance, spots, outdoor exploration and more!

Request this program year-round through your school, after school program, community center, homeschooling coop or private group! Or join an existing program with current openings* – latecomers welcome! 

*Some meeting sites with current openings ($40-50/day sliding scale)

  1. Jefferson ES in North Berkeley for K-2nd graders (2:30-5:20pm every Friday – Winter Session: 1/04-3/25 and Spring Session 4/18-6/10
  2. Washington ES in Berkeley for 1st-2nd graders (2:25-5:25pm every Friday – Winter Session: 1/04-3/25 and Spring Session: 4/18-6/10)
  3. New School in Berkeley for preschoolers (2:25-5:25pm every Friday, Winter Session: 1/04-3/25 and Spring Session: 4/18-6/10

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5. Three Seeds Eco-Education Rainforest Camp (ages 4+)

The PERFECT capstone experience for the students and families enrolled in our Spanish programs!  Open year round!

Private groups and families with children over 4 years old are invited to visit our Costa Rica sister camp, Three Seeds Eco-Education Camp and experience a unique eco-cultural immersion experience on a working organic family farm deep in the Costa Rican countryside and within a riverfront rainforest park.  Play in the rainforest, enjoy farm-to-fork workshops and live with a local host family or stay in a private river-front camping cabin or house. Three Seeds is located within Buenaventura Rainforest Park and on the border of the Parque Nacional los Quetzales.

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  • Child-friendly cooking, herb, plant and permaculture workshops
  • Make chocolate, cheese, natural juices and more!
  • Private riverfront cabinas or home stays with local families
  • Swimming, waterfalls, soccer in the middle of the rainforest
  • Wildlife and bird-viewing
  • Nourishment for body and soul
  • Open year round! You choose your dates!
  • SPECIAL 2016 GROUP TRIP being led by Conexiones Founder, ¨Kimba¨ (3/27-4/01/16) Reserve your spot today!
  • For more info, click here

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6. Family Spanish Classes (ages 5+)

Year-round Spanish classes in Costa Rica or in your SF Bay Area home!

Learn Spanish with your children!  Children learn Spanish faster and more enthusiastically when they see their parents learning alongside them!  This is a great bonding experience and really gets children (and parents) excited about another language and culture.  A private teacher can come to your home for an hour class as many times per week as you’d like for evening or weekend private Spanish classes!  Invite a neighbor family to join in the fun!  Offered for East Bay and San Francisco families (max of 10 students per class). Submit contact form below for information on these private classes.

Another or additional option is to travel to our sister Spanish school in Costa Rica, Instituto Asis, and take Spanish classes or volunteer in a Costa Rican orphanage or wildlife rescue center, while also living with a Costa Rican host family!  This is a family-friendly opportunity but it is open to individuals and student groups as well.  1-6 week programs available year round!  Apply through Conexiones and receive a 5% discount!  Simply submit the no-obligation inquiry form below.

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Access the no-obligation application to all of our programs by clicking here

Questions? Comments? General inquiries? Please fill out this form:

Meaningful internship opportunities for all ages!

LEARN THROUGH DOING GOOD

Conexiones offers internship and work-study opportunities

that make a difference!

We offer youth, students and professionals applied learning opportunities to use and develop their bilingual, research, writing, communications, marketing or community building skills to advance projects that advance equitable and sustainable globalization.  Our interns can design their own project or find placement in sustainability-minded nonprofit organizations, educational productions or enterprising social enterprises known to Conexiones to be managed by great directors who love mentoring others and which are worthy of receiving volunteer support.

All successful internships receive letters of recommendation & a Certificate of Completion (and a cash stipend in some cases!)

Click here to learn more!