• Poppins Family Services

    Providing Nurturing with Love & Care

    “Michele is one of those exceptional teachers who blends a genuine heart and resourceful mind to effectively teach and learn with children and parents. Her expertise with inquiry-based, instruction allows her to meet the unique needs of each student. She always involves parents in making the best decisions for their child.”
    --Dr. Anita Cruse, SBCC English Professor

  • Mentoring for Parents & Children

    “Michele is wonderful, thoughtful, mature, serious, warm, perceptive, and responsible. She has an excellent sense of humor.”
    --Dr. Sabine Frustuck, Parent and UCSB Professor

  • Tutoring Services: Kindergarten to 6th Grade

    “I can see you really enjoy the children and that’s so important to me as a parent. I loved all of the creative activities and so did Emma.”
    --Rhonda Coombs, Parent

  • Child-Centered Approaches

    “Thank you for giving Sammi a space where she thrived and looked forward to every day! Knowing she was with her aunt to boot, gave me peace of mind as I transitioned into more of a traditional work time frame. Thank you for your gifts and for loving my little one the way you do.”
    --Jamie Allison, Parent and Sister

  • Individual & Small Group Attention

    The quality of the experience is particularly strong in creative arts, community building, conflict resolution, and social in general. Since Hannah enjoys the play aspect so much and I study with her at home, I have relied less on the academics you offer and that’s fine from my perspective. The program is intelligent and has depth. There is a good balance of free play, art, academics, etc. The size and composition of the group as in different age levels, boys and girls, and different temperaments works.”
    --Dr. Sabine Frustuck, Professor at UCSB and Parent

  • Unstructured Playtime

    “Michele is one of those exceptional teachers who blends a genuine heart and resourceful mind to effectively teach and learn with children and parents. Her expertise with inquiry-based, instruction allows her to meet the unique needs of each student. She always involves parents in making the best decisions for their child.”
    -Dr. Anita Cruse, SBCC English Professor

  • Nurturing Relationships

    “As the children and I make connections through a variety of experiences, nurturing relationships. I respect children’s curiosity and innocence. ”

Poppins Family Services provides support for parents and children, to achieve their full potential with dignity and kindness. Feel free to get in touch.

About Us

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Comprehensive

Assessing and enhancing cognitive, emotional, social, physical, and creative capacities.

Child-centered

Lessons and projects are determined by focusing on students interests, abilities, and learning preferences.

Credentialed

While I am a credentialed elementary school teacher, college and other educational experiences are valuable, I am keenly intuitive and focus on converting frustration into opportunity. College and other educational experiences are valuable. They add theory and depth to problem solving and future opportunities. Great significance is placed on dignity and diverse needs.

Cozy, Safe, and Dependable

Comfort and warmth are essential qualities when working with children. Dependability allows the mind to relax, open, and learn.

Nurturing

There is no substitute for being with children and intuiting their needs. Individual and group observations inform me about how to care and support the ever-changing needs of children.

Abundant materials

Sketch pencils, colored pencils, high-end illustration markers, pastels, watercolors, tempera, acrylic, various paper options, marbling paint, yarn, embroidery hoops, thread, and iron on transfers, sewing machine, fabric, collage materials, beads, origami, things to build with, blocks, Legos, marble tracks, train tracks, games, magnets, books, maps, gardening supplies and more.

MISSION STATEMENT

To advance and guide children and parents with information and strategies that create intelligence, openness, opportunities for expression, self-discovery, meaningful thoughts, productivity, and responsibility for treating each other with respect. Mentoring provides models for independence and practices of life-long learning. Self-awareness and new skills give parents and children confidence, insight, and new perspectives about learning.

"My educational goal for the children I work with is to identify limitations and free them, so that children are happy, engaged participants, who explore their unique individual interests, and develop their full academic and artistic potential. After-school care, mentoring, and tutoring provide models for independence and practices of life-long learning. Increased self-awareness and new skills give children and parents’ confidence, insight, resilience, and new perspectives about learning."

- Michele Martin, Founder and Director

SOME OF THE HIDDEN OPPORTUNITIES
WHERE MAGIC IS DISCOVERED

Translating a child’s needs into understandable and practical actions Learning challenges Low motivation
Advanced curriculum needs Supporting parents by providing new ideas Developmental delays
Inconsistent behavior between home and school Not wanting to go to school Depleted self-esteem
Depression Overweight Systems for lessening homework battles
Separation anxiety Finding resources: materials, other professionals Attending student study team meetings and IEPs

Our Services for Children

After-School Support

After-school, children have time to decompress from the school day and play. There are opportunities for quiet and time with friends. Instinctively, the children use this time to pursue their own needs, and interests. A healthy snack is offered and children are welcome to bring their own food.

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Mentoring

Mentoring: is a collaborative approach between me, the parent, and child that “transforms struggles into successes.” It works best with frequent contact. Positive changes are made, by implementing parenting practices that are respectful to children, changing the way they respond. “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun and -(snap) the job’s a game.” (Mary Poppins) It’s not silly, it works! Perspective is often the game changer.

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Tutoring

Tutoring is for individuals or small groups who needs support with skills or specific subjects. It is also for students who are advanced or home schooled. Focused individual attention offers immediate feedback, informing me about how to simplify or expand a concept.

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Art Classes

Art classes compliment and enrich academics by improving concentration, critical thinking skills, fine motor skills, visual-spatial perception, intuition, and inventiveness. Socially, art skills enhance self-expression, trust, self-acceptance and recognition of improvement, valuing and appreciating peer work, collaboration, and as an outlet for saying what cannot be said. Art offers children unique experiences that are process oriented. These experiences give joy, release, and sometimes direction to their lives.

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Our After-School Schedule

We follow the Hope District Calender:

  • 1:30pm

    Kindergarteners are picked up promptly at 1:30 pm., once their teachers and I connect.
  • 1:45pm

    Kindergarteners are offered a snack and have self-directed free-play time.
  • 2:30pm

    1st-3rd graders are picked up.
  • 2:45pm

    Arrival at the house, snacks, and downtime
  • 3:00pm

    4th-6th grade students walk to my home independently, snack and downtime.
  • 3:15pm

    If children need more time on homework, the enrichment activity is optional.
  • 4:00pm

    Students begin an enrichment activity.
  • 5:00pm

    Students wrap up and prepare for 5:30pm pick up.
  • 5:30pm

    Parents pick-up.

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Parent Services

Parent Mentoring

Mentoring is useful for maximizing parenting skills and communication with children. The aim is to increase parent awareness and determine options. We’ll question what’s been tried, observe the present situation, and use a combination of intuition and research, to discover “what works.” I am an optimist and part terrier! My experiences as a mother, student, and teacher, have taught me to build on what a person “can” do. Persistence in spite of difficulty and opposition, is how I locate pieces to the puzzle that fit. Having undergone my own difficulties as a young child, with learning to read phonetically, I have an intimate understanding and a deep compassion for children coping with learning and school frustrations and the parents who love them and need ease.

Parent Circles

A small group of parents meet to discuss topics they would like help with in relation to parenting. The aim of the meetings is to listen to each others parenting narratives, and discover the truth of what will bring the most support and happiness to the situation. The guided attention, intuition, exploration, and collective experiences are productive and useful. My primary goal is to have parents to meet and collaborate with one another. We’ll cultivate parent awareness, identify parenting options, and design specific tools for you and your child. Child development stages, current research, psychology, and our collective experiences will inform our methodologies.

Recent Happenings

Please enjoy a sampling of past and present experiences. It is really something to have children ages 5-12 interacting in kind and inviting ways!

Meet Michele

See the face behind the success of Poppins Family Services.

Michele Martin, Founder/Director

Michele provides environments where children can thrive, staging opportunities where they can try new things and think for themselves. Taking intelligent risks, learning about emotions, and, interacting with children of multiple ages helps fine tune development. Michele has worked professionally with children since 1985 and has a broad range of parent-child experience, with the intention of bringing joy and insight to learning, relationships, and perspectives. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from California State University, Northridge, earned a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a coaching certification from University of California, at Santa Barbara.

Personal Background

DIRECTING HIGHLIGHTS
With a rich understanding of child development, prior experience includes being a classroom teacher, for grades K-6, specialized positions in Gifted and Talented education English as a second language (ESL), and physical education.

Michele has directed Beit Ha Yeladim Preschool, for Temple B’nai Brith and El Capitan Canyon’s Children’s Camp. She is a certified lactation educator who has volunteered at Cottage Hospital in Labor and Delivery and Mother Infant units.

She founded Poppins Mentoring in 2010, a service for children and parents. In 2013, the program changed names to Poppins Family Services to include after-school care: homework help and enrichment activities, child and parent mentoring, tutoring, and, art classes. Integrating a person's unique way of being in the world, results in feeling connected, improved communication, self-esteem, behavior, and academics.

A few of our extremely happy parents

"The quality of the experience is particularly strong in creative arts, community building, conflict resolution, and social in general. Since Hannah enjoys the play aspect so much and I study with her at home, I have relied less on the academics you offer and that’s fine from my perspective. The program is intelligent and has depth. There is a good balance of free play, art, academics, etc. The size and composition of the group as in different age levels, boys and girls, and different temperaments works."
Dr. Sabine Frustuck, UCSB Profesor and Parent
“Thank you for giving Sammi a space where she thrived and looked forward to every day! Knowing she was with her aunt to boot, gave me peace of mind as I transitioned into more of a traditional work time frame. Thank you for your gifts and for loving my little one the way you do.”
Jamie Allison, Parent and Sister
“I can see you really enjoy the children and that’s so important to me as a parent. I loved all of the creative activities and so did Emma.”
Rhonda Coombs, Parent
“Michele is one of those exceptional teachers who blends a genuine heart and resourceful mind to effectively teach and learn with children and parents. Her expertise with inquiry-based, instruction allows her to meet the unique needs of each student. She always involves parents in making the best decisions for their child.”
Dr. Anita Cruse, SBCC English Professor
“Michele is wonderful, thoughtful, mature, serious, warm, perceptive, and responsible. She has an excellent sense of humor.”
Dr. Sabine Frustuck, Parent and UCSB Professor

After School Homework Relief and Enrichment Classes

Kindergarten

 

Any 4 days

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

$790.00 per month

OR

Any 3 days

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

$588.00 per month

OR

Any 2 days

1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

$395.00  per month

Kindergarten

First to Third graders

 

Any 4 days

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

$592.00 per month

OR

Any 3 days

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

$441.00 per month

OR

Any 2 days

2:30 pm - 5:30 pm

$296.00 per month

First, Second, and Third Grade

Fourth to sixth graders

 

Any 4 days

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

$494.00 per month

OR

Any 3 days

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

$368.00 per month

OR

Any 2 days

3:00 pm - 5:30 pm

$247.00 per month

Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Grade

Prices for Tutoring & Mentoring

We offer great plans. Find the one that suits your needs.

Mentoring

$125/hour

Collaborative approaches

Transforming struggles into successes

Basic Support

Monthly retainer and sliding scale available

Art classes

$120 per month for 4 classes

Compliment and enrich academics

Improves concentration, critical thinking skills

Helps with visual-spatial perception & inventiveness

Enrollment is prorated for new students who begin mid-month.

Scholarship Fund

Families needing a discount, when two children or more enroll, a family will receive a 20% discount, on the second tuition. Partial scholarships and small fee adjustments, for families needing assistance are available, space permitting.

Parent-Teacher Conference Coverage

Additional time during conferences for enrichment classes and homework relief is available, in October and March.

Keep in Touch

Are you ready to start? Give us call or drop us a line.

Our Location

3803 Connie Way, SB 93110

Contact Us

michele@poppinsfamilyservices.com

Call us

(805) 448-6289

Drop us a line

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