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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 9:07 am | Updated: 4:44 pm, Tue Oct 8, 2013.

Music Maker Workshops

3233 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 2

While their music academy is by far the most popular summer camp offered at the family-owned Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee, a blossoming art camp is now available for interested students.

Co-owner Shelley Yakubow said the new art camp was introduced to Music Maker students last month, and is a more relaxing option for students to take, along with the other music-related camps.

“Lessons are specific to elements of art, and then they get to create,” Yakubow said. “It’s awesome, and soothing.”

With about seven students so far participating, the art camp has room to grow to its more than 160 summer camp attendees and more than 400 regular season students.

Students in the art camp learn about shapes, values, composition and color through painting, paper maché, watercolor, print making and collage work.

Music Maker also offers a music academy, a boot camp for all ages, kinder music classes and a rock band camp.

For more information, visit musicmakerworkshops.com.

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School highlight: Summit School of Ahwatukee

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Lyndsey Klein reads to children from Homeward Bound.

Throughout the years, Summit School of Ahwatukee has been assisting children with entering school with its preschool program.

Ages for the preschool program are from 30 months to 5 years old; all students must be potty trained prior to entering school.

There are four classes within the preschool, with a maximum of 18 students per classroom.

“We are a quality school, with quality coming first,” said Andrea Benkel, director of early childhood education. “Instead of a more traditional model, where there is a classroom with students and a teacher and an aide, each one of our rooms has two teachers. That allows us to high-functioning and high-quality.”

Summit School’s preschool program has been voted the top preschool in Best of Ahwatukee for six consecutive years.

According to Summit School’s website, children are given the opportunity to participate in large and small group settings.

The private-school curriculum focuses toward growth in areas such as social/emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, math, science, technology, social studies and language comprehension.

Benkel said teachers add to the success at Summit School, with each of them being passionate about furthering their students’ education.

Teachers and administrators are gearing up for the first day of school, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 6.

For additional information about Summit School, visit www.summitschoolaz.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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