In addition to our educational curriculum and daily schedule, San Juan del Sur Day School is pleased to offer enrichment activities from 3-4 pm daily.
If you have a special skill or talent that you would like to share with our students, please let us know! We are looking to build out our afternoon enrichment program with the help of talented folks like you! If you would like to participate, please send an email to Director, Julie Speier. We are looking for singers, dancers, artists, surfers, yoga instructors, chefs, gardeners, builders, mechanics, writers – anything you think our students might enjoy. You can offer a one-time workshop or a series of activities. Message us for details. We look forward to hearing from you! While some enrichment classes are free of charge, some do carry instructor and/or materials fees.
Did you know that San Juan del Sur Day School offers swim lessons? Classes are offered by Director, Julie Speier, an American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructor who has been teaching children to swim for over 20 years. In a town surrounded by pools, the ocean, and a large lake, the importance of swimming lessons for water safety can’t be overstated. Learning water safety also opens up the possibility for other water-based recreational activities including surfing and boating. Plus, swimming has great health benefits! Classes are offered throughout the week to students age 3 and up. Visit our facebook page to view more photos.
Dance classes are lead by the talented Maggie Purce of San Juan del Sur School of Dance. Students are exposed to fundamentals in ballet, as well as hip hop, salsa and more! The benefits of dance classes for youth are immense! Dance helps to boost concentration, promotes physical strength and agility, develops an understanding of music and rhythm and generates a love of movement. Children also learn to follow instructions, gain a sense of discipline through learning new positions, gain confidence and become comfortable performing in front of groups. Most importantly, they have fun!
Tae Kwon Do
Tae Kwon Do is a traditional Korean martial art. Translated, taekwondo means “the way of the fist foot.” The benefits of learning a martial art are numerous – in children, it instills a sense of discipline and respect while also teaching concentration and self-confidence. It also helps to improve strength and balance and has even been proven to reduce aggression in children. Classes are led by the highly experienced instructor Juan Pablo Lopez of TKD San Juan del Sur. In addition to weekly instruction, students participate in competitions throughout Nicaragua.
Rugby is a great team sport that emphasizes equal participation from all positions, in which coaches carefully introduce boys and girls to safe and effective contact. The culture of rugby emphasizes sportsmanship, safety, camaraderie, humility, and respect for all involved in the sport. Students are coached by players from Las Piratas, the local rugby teamLas Piratas, the local rugby team (many of whom play for the national Nicaraguan team).
Linda Giordano of El Encanto, offers trail rides and lessons to children and adults! In addition to physical exercise, horseback riding has great side benefits. Riding improves balance and coordination. As a child progresses in their skills they develop confidence and a sense of freedom. It also teaches responsibility to those who ride and even more so to those who take care of horses. Horses are also social creatures just like humans. Being able to communicate and interact with an animal has been shown to have a positive effect on children’s mental health.