Grownups pay big bucks for adult preschool

Adult Preschool
(Courtesy: ABC News)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. (WKRN) – A Brooklyn-based company has started a preschool-type experience for adults.

According to the founder of Preschool Mastermind, Michelle Joni, there will be show-and-tell, arts-and-crafts such as finger paint, games like musical chairs and even naps.

“I realized all the implications of what we learn in preschool,” Joni told ABC News. “People come here and get in touch with their inner child. It’s magical.”

The class will run through March and meet weekly. Joni, who went to school for childhood education, leads the class with two assistants. There are six students per class, each hoping to take away something different from the experience.

“One person’s here because they want to learn not to be so serious,” she said. “Another’s here to learn to be more confident.” But some are there just to have fun.”

Adult preschool, not unlike preschool for children, isn’t cheap. Payment for class is on a sliding scale and ranges from $333 to $999.

“Preschool is all about choice. I want [the students] to feel good about the choice they’re making,” said Joni.

There’s a field trip planned for next week. The last week of class is “parent day” where students are encouraged to bring two adults of their choice to class. One woman is actually bringing her parents.

Joni said that while the planned activities are fun, it’s often the spontaneous moments that resonate with the students.

“It’s the things you don’t plan for, the sharing between friends and learning from and working off each other.”

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