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‘Adult preschool’ charges hipsters to take naps, play with glitter glue

The world's first "adult preschool" program that purports to help grown-ups with hundreds of dollars to spare “re-learn the basics and experience the magic of life as it was originally intended.” CBC – by Lauren O’Neill

Do you ever feel like you didn’t make the most of your time as a 4-year-old? Like you failed to appreciate how awesome life was when “gift shopping” meant bringing home a macaroni necklace?  Like you’d give anything to see nap time on your schedule again?

Your inner child is in luck — but only if your outer adult can afford to enroll in “adult preschool,” which is an actual thing now. No jokes.  

Based in Brooklyn, N.Y., Preschool Mastermind is a one-month long program that purports to help grown-ups over the age of 18 “re-learn the basics and experience the magic of life as it was originally intended.”

For between $333 and $999, participants can expect to spend time in class playing games, doing arts and crafts, participating in show-and-tell sessions, going on field trips and completing playsheets, among other activities.

They’ll also have nap time.

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According to the course’s website, Preschool Mastermind has a limit of 10 students per class — all of whom must apply for the privilege of enrolling.

“Please note, [applications] must be PRINTED and filled out BY HAND,” reads the application instructions. “Think markers, crayons, paint… perhaps this means a trip to the art store — ohh fun! Please read carefully (because this time around, you can read). Most importantly, HAVE FUN with it!”

Course founder Michelle Joni Lapidos, 30, indicates on her website that both men and women (or “grownup boys and girls,” as she puts it) are welcome in the program, and that she is looking for “bright-minded” students who are “intent on making play more part of their life.”

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Course instructor Michelle Joni posted this photo on Instagram, writing: “‘You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.’ – Play Doh. I mean Plato. ” (Michelle Joni / Instagram)

“Miss Joni,” who teaches the course out of her Brooklyn home / office space with the aid of an assistant, has “nearly half a degree in Early Childhood Education” according to her bio.

“I wanted to be a preschool teacher for many years, so that is what I originally went to college for!” she wrote. “But then I realized that career path meant being chained to a classroom and told that my butt can’t show… AT ALL. So I switched to Fashion Merchandising.”

The course’s assistant, Candice Kilpatrick (Miss CanCan to students) is described as a former preschool teacher with a master’s degree in teaching.

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Preschool Mastermind instructors Candice Kilpatrick and Michelle Joni Lapidos. (Hanna Agar / MichelleJoni.com)

ABC News reports that the program’s first round of students will finalize the inaugural course on Tuesday by bringing two adults of their choice to class with them.

The activity is being called “parents day,” and one grown-up kid is reportedly bringing her actual mom and dad.

Preschool Mastermind is preparing to start a new term this fall, according to TIME. Would you enroll if you had the chance?

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5 Responses to ‘Adult preschool’ charges hipsters to take naps, play with glitter glue

  1. Katie says:

    Get in touch with your inner child while Rome burns!!
    This is sick and pathetic. Just keep the children playing so we can carry on.
    This country is majorly screwed up, with this, the churches condoning homo marriages, and on and on.
    I guarantee these females in the above picture have no idea that they are slaves, while all the time thinking and behaving like life is some grand good time. This thinking has allowed for the dilemma we find ourselves in.
    Sodom and Gomorrah is alive and well.

  2. j.g. says:

    It’s ingenious!!! They will actually have us PAYING for our internment into RE-education camps!!!

  3. Martist says:

    ““Miss Joni,” who teaches the course out of her Brooklyn home / office space with the aid of an assistant, has “nearly half a degree in Early Childhood Education” according to her bio.”

    Why, that’s half as more a degree that’s really necessary to be a good teacher!

    Or is it twice as less?

    Common Core?! Help me, quick!!!

  4. Meg says:

    Why would anyone want to go back to day care? Childhood is overrated. Choosing your own meals and snacks is one of the great things about being an adult. People can take naps and play with glitter at home for just the price of paper glue and glitter. Is anyone actually signing up for this?

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