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Everyone needs play

Our unique playgroups provide an exciting opportunity for children of all abilities to come together to learn, play, and grow.

The groups will be led by experienced play facilitators, who will plan creative and engaging activities.

The play will give the children a chance to interact with each other, practice social skills and communication, pretend, and explore a variety of different toys and materials. The Recess Collective play space features toys and equipment for gross motor play, manipulation and sensory play, cooperative games, and pretend play. The space will be sensory friendly and the routines will be predictable and safe for children of all ability levels.

FAQs 

Who can join? 
Children between the ages of 0-4. We will group children together based on their age as much as possible.

What if my child has behavior problems? 
The play facilitators are trained behaviorists and special educators, who have experience helping children with challenging behaviors. They will work with the family to develop a plan to prevent and respond appropriately to challenging behaviors as they come up.

What if my child is nonverbal? 
We would love to have children who communicate differently join our group. We look forward to teaching their peers about sign language, gestures, and AAC devices. If your child is nonverbal because they are just not developmentally ready to speak, that is also great! We will be learning about social cues and communication for infants and toddlers.

Who will facilitate? 
The lead facilitator will be Janelle Dowling, MA. She is the owner of Our Autism Specialist, LLC. She provides support for inclusive practices in preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools all over the Bay Area. She also organizes and leads several play groups for children ranging in age from 0-18. She has a masters and credential as an Education Specialist with a focus in Extensive Support Needs. She also has an endorsement from the California DeafBlind program, where she learned about working with children with multiple sensory challenges.

Although Janelle’s business focuses primarily on providing consultation and direct support to families with children and teens with autism, she has taught and supported children who experience a variety of disabilities, including Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Angelman’s Syndrome, ADHD, and children who are Deaf or hard of hearing. Please do not hesitate to contact us and see if the group and the staff’s experience feel like a good fit for your child. Janelle will also be partnering with volunteers to support the groups and will be recruiting to find adults who are the best match for our participants.

When do the groups meet? 
Every Wednesday except the last one of each month. There will be two groups. The first will meet from 10-10:45am and from 11:15-12pm.

What will happen there? 
The agenda might vary slightly each week and depending on the group’s needs, but we will include greetings, music, snack, an organized group activity, and some free play before clean up.

How much will it cost? 
The cost is $18 per session and we prefer that families pay for 3 sessions at a time in a $45 package.

Please spread the word!

Introducing a Partner: Book Tree

We’ve been working with Chad and Kathy, founders of Book Tree, for nearly 10 years. They created an incredible organization that brings unique, diverse, age-appropriate books to your family in monthly bags. As a gift to our community, they’re offering a free month trial to your family. Read on to check it out!

Try BookTree’s Curated Lending Program at Recess

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BookTree’s lending program is optimized to stimulate brain development and establish the foundation for reading, writing, and school success.

Try out a complimentary personalized tote of ten extraordinary, age-appropriate illustrated books, carefully curated for your child, delivered right to Recess!

Each monthly tote brims with outstanding artwork, rich vocabulary, a wealth of concepts, cultural diversity, and lifelong benefits. Supported enthusiastically by bay area school directors and educators, BookTree delivers the highest quality literature available for your child, infant to about 3rd grade for English, and one year old to about 5th grade for Spanish.

To receive your child’s complimentary tote of ten books with no contract or obligation to continue after the free month, visit www.booktree.us and click on “Start Your Free Trial Now”!

Music for All Ages

Do you love music as much as we do? It’s an incredible learning tool for young children, it snaps us grown ups out of a bad mood, and it brings people together.

Join us this summer for music designed to delight and engage all members of our community. And please spread the word, because music is more fun with friends!


Summer Music Activities at Recess

a perk of membership!

Mondays

 

Little Ladybugs Early Childhood Music Class with Toby. Last Monday of the month @ 9:40am (June 24, July 29, August 26):

Toby’s small group classes for mixed ages (newborns - 5 years) include lots of fun singing, movement, instruments, and are a great chance for the Little Ladybugs (your young musicians!) to connect with you, their parents and/or caregivers, and also with the other musicians in the class. We develop our sense of rhythm, pitch, melody, and have a lot of fun in the process. Classes are developmentally appropriate for the Little Ladybugs in each class!

Tuesdays

 

Stories & Song with Regina at 11am

In a classic “circle time” format, Regina reads a few stories and leads the group in interactive songs. This playspace activity is great for all ages and takes place in the playspace for families to join in.

Thursdays

 

Music Time with Carissa at Noon,
(most Thursdays this Summer, not 7/4, 7/18, 7/25)

Introduction to songs, props, musical instruments and fun! 

One Saturday a Month, Live Cello Music

 

Classical Cello with Hannah, 10am

Canadian cellist Hannah Addario-Berry has been delighting music lovers around the world for over a decade. Specializing in chamber music and solo repertoire, Hannah is passionately committed to performing music by living composers. Along with her exquisite cello playing, Hannah's warmth and unique presentation style enable listeners to forge a deeper connection with music. She lives in San Francisco, CA.


Other Great Opportunities for Music Around Town:

Charity Kahn’s JAMboodas

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

Music for Aardvarks

Rock Band Land

Golden Gate Park Band

Family Yoga - Healthy From the Start | Member Benefit

Twice weekly, join us for playspace yoga —Mondays 11-1130 and Thursdays at 430pm— a wonderful, playful activity filled with both creative partner and individual poses.  Inspiration comes from animals to create an interactive introduction to yoga for your 1 to 4 year olds and their loving parents/family members. This time of being present without expectations is a sweet gift and a huge bonding opportunity for families.    

A child's job in this song-and play-filled activity is to explore and learn through observation, modeling and repetition. Grown-ups are there to connect, model mindfulness and have fun.  

While not nearly as serene as your typical yoga class, parent and child yoga at Recess introduces the same mental and physical benefits as other yoga activities: peace of mind, relaxation, and increased bodily strength and flexibility.

Like all of our playspace activities, Family yoga is a great way to break away from feeling over-scheduled, stressed-out, and just plain busy.

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Free for Members!  

Nonmembers may join by booking a playspace pass.