Robbyn’s Nest – an award-winning education & tutoring center that attracts students of all ages and abilities from around the area – announced expansion plans for its in-home tutoring program, classes, clubs, and special events.
This hidden gem of the community – with a location in the heart of Sherman at 1 Route 37 East – offers a hands-on, personal learning experience that’s custom-tailored for each student.
Robbyn German – founding owner, teacher & educator for over 25 years – said, “in light of the pandemic, the way many students learn has changed dramatically. At the moment, most schools in the area are on a hybrid in-school / at-home or remote learning model. More and more families also chose homeschooling.”
“To meet demand, we now offer visits in students’ homes, or at a meeting place, for tutoring in all subject areas – Pre-K through Grade 12. Homework help, hobby mentoring, and enrichment classes are offered, too.”
House visits for hobby mentoring – like learning how to play chess, crochet, and draw – are also in demand. Drama, voice lessons, and foreign languages with professional coaches are big right now, too.
“Since we do personalized learning, hobby mentoring can be on almost anything, you name it. Whatever your children love, we can embrace their passions and engage them in interactive learning. If a student loves Legos, let’s do something fun that’s all about Legos.”
Robbyn – who has a background in early, elementary, special education, remedial reading & reading consulting – also develops programs for the gifted and talented. She and her team use the highly regarded Montessori teaching philosophy, which fosters a child-centered educational approach.
Many activities and classes offered at the Center can also be taught inside a student’s home.
10 UPCOMING CLUBS & SPECIAL EVENTS AT ROBBYN’S NEST
Bring out the creative genius in your child, and yourself, too! Marianne Soldner, a certified art teacher from New Milford, focuses on a new theme every month like drawing, painting, and creating with nature.
She also gets the creative juices flowing by teaching students about famous artists. November: It’s all about ceramics. December: Jewelry designing & making gifts for loved ones. This club meets weekly on Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to Noon & 1 to 2 p.m. Cost: Depends on craft and materials
Starting in December, Sherman’s very own Madeline Delaparra – a professionally trained dancer – will offer beginner to advanced ballet, jazz, and tap lessons for children of all ages, and adults, too. Call for details.
Once a month, the Lego Club meets with Miss Robbyn. Each class focuses on an academic area, like STEM science & technology learning. Students can add gears and make simple or complex machines, bringing out the inventor in all.
Over the holidays, students will make Lego cards. The next time the club meets will be on Friday, December 11, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Lego club typically attracts students ages 8 – 12. However, all ages are welcome. Younger children need to be accompanied, and drop-offs are fine for older kids.
Cost: $12 per child, includes new Legos, plus a bonus – homework help
Back by popular demand, this dynamic preschool group meets weekly on Mondays, from 10 a.m. to Noon. Miss Soldner teaches Kindergarten readiness skills, music with movement, early science exploration, and more. Storytime, arts & crafts, and outside play during nice weather also captivates little ones. Drop-offs okay, if potty trained, or with a parent / guardian. Cost: $20 per child
Children and adults get active with great people at this happening dance party workout! Join certified fitness instructor Tim Engstrom – a familiar name throughout the Candlewood Lake area – for one hour of “shake it at your own pace.” This class meets weekly, typically on Fridays, 5 to 6 p.m. (outside on nice days). Cost: $10 per student
New this month is a weather club like no other! Join Keith Swanhall, a New Milford dad of five, who knows a gazillion things about the weather. On December 5, from 2 to 3 p.m., learn all about different weather patterns & catastrophic events. Do a weather report, too, just like a meteorologist. Cost: $12 per student
Live theater is Anthony Depoto’s passion. Join him biweekly, for a wonderful introduction. In November, students will star in their own commercial and sell things with unusual flair, bringing out newly discovered persuasion and sales skills. Call for details.
On December 13, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., students will read aloud short scripts. Rumpelstiltskin, a classic radio play, will be one of the highlights. Cost: $15 per student
Let Christmas and Hanukkah festivities begin at Robbyn’s Nest! On Saturday, December 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. & Sunday, December 6, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., children will enjoy having A Night Before Christmas read by none other than Santa. Sven from Frozen will be there, too. Join in on sing-along fun, learn how to crochet a Christmas tree, and play a game of Dreidel.
Lots of tasty treats – like holiday cookies, hot cocoa, ice cream shakes, and potato pancakes – will be plentiful. Safe serving practices will be in place. Bring your camera for a photo opp. Open House: Free
Oh, what a magical dream party this is where famous princesses are brought to life! Professional actors will enchant children, keeping them entertained. Now in its 7th year, it’s the most popular event of the season.
All local princesses and princes are royally invited to participate in a parade, decorate a crown, sing along with the characters, enjoy a reading from Frozen 3, and play in an igloo. Two event dates: Saturday, Jan. 9 & Sunday, Jan. 10, from 2 to 3 p.m. – both days. Cost: $20 per child, also includes a snack
On Saturday, Feb. 7, bring in your favorite family heirloom or antique toy and have it appraised, just like they do on the famous television show! Mitchell Borenstein – owner of Applebrook Auctions & Consignment Shop in New Milford – will offer expert advice and a history lesson on your prized object in question. Cost: $20 suggested donation goes to Robbyn’s Nest Scholarship Fund. Time – TBA
- Space is limited. Classes and events require a reservation at least 3 days in advance.
- Facemasks must be worn inside & outside.
- Safety and the highest cleanliness standards are practiced at in-home visits, and inside and outside of the Center.
- Group rates & sibling discounts are available.
- Children under two are free.
- Afterschool programs like tutoring / homework help are available.
Call: 860.354.0099 or 860.355.8989
Note: For Sherman School students, Robbyn’s Nest is on the bus route.
- For schools and organizations, classes can be at your establishment.
- Financial Aid is available.
- Gift Certificates are also available.
Center Photos – Contributed
Flickr.com Images: Lucelia Ribeiro – Featured School Kids, Santa – Karina Dillabough, Art Brushes – Celeste Lindell, Hanukkah Craft – Gov. Tom Wolf