Creative Avenues
Dance ~ Theatre ~ Art
An arts and education enrichment center

Preschool and Learning Center

                                          Preschool and Learning Center     
 A happy and whole child growing in self-esteem, creativity, and the love of learning

Begin your child’s learning journey in our special arts-integrated preschool and learning center.  Through rich and varied experiences with the arts in combination with a sound preschool education, children grow in both self-esteem and intellectual ability. Our curriculum is designed to inspire and stimulate young minds through play-based and process-based experiences such as drawing, painting, dance, music, and theatrical creative play along with traditional academic content.

Qualified, dedicated teachers provide meaningful and engaging learning opportunities through our unique interdisciplinary arts curriculum.  Creative Avenues Learning Center fosters community and encourages each child’s individual style of creative expression.  We strongly believe that arts education is fundamental to the development of a healthy, happy, and engaged mind.


Program Hours:  7:30 - 5:15 p.m.  Monday through Friday
*Program operates year-round with a special summer arts enrichment program - view Summer information HERE

Program Ages:
This program is for children ages 2.5 - 6 years who are fully potty trained; no diapers are allowed

Enrollment Options:
     Morning Session (half day): 7:30 - 12:30 p.m.
     Afternoon Session (half day): 12:15 - 5:15 p.m.
     Full Day:  7:30 - 5:15 p.m.
    *NOTE: half day students are welcome to eat lunch with us

Cost:
     Full Day: $30 per day
     Half Day:  $22 per day (minimum of two days required for half day registration)
     *One-time registration fee of $25 per family
     *Special discounts for summer full-week registrations and siblings in our Learning Center         

*To enroll in the program please download the Enrollment Packet and submit to secure your space in classes (space is limited so please enroll early to ensure space for your child)
      MAIL: Creative Avenues, PO Box 3647, Grand Junction  81502
      DROP-OFF:  835 N. 26th Street (corner of 26th and Belford Avenue)

SUMMER ENROLLMENT: Once your enrollment packet is on file you can register for weeks and/or days online on our Registration Page or download the Summer Calendar HERE and submit with your paperwork

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                                                                      Why Art?
                  

Think of “the arts” as art, music, dance, and drama. Not only is art fun, art is a perfect way to learn. Learning through the arts is a smart and fun way to enhance brain development, support individual learning, and help people prepare for success in school and in life. Arts-based learning is great for kids of all ages, but especially helpful for young children.

Physical Development

Large and small muscle development and coordination are important aspects of every art activity. Coordination of eye and hand movements follow as a child tries to control the crayon, brush, or marker to make marks that are meaningful. In dance and creative movement one learns control and coordination of the body is space. In these art forms, children learn to use her hands, eyes, feet, and body at the same time.  Developing  control over eye muscles is an important first step in learning to read and “free drawing” helps develop the skills needed for making letters and numbers.

Mental Development
Children learn by doing. Learning concepts, language and skills are a foundation for reading, math and science. If it goes through the hands, feet, body, it goes through the brain.

Language and Literacy
Children learn through direct experience what the word “texture” means as they handle cloth with different surfaces, thick/thin while using paint. As children talk about their art work, they are “reading” their picture. Writing a story is “written down talk”. Dramatic play and acting-out stories make stories, actually, come alive.

Creative Development
Creativity is the ability to see, make, or perform in a new way. Making something new, being creative means taking a risk to do that “something new or different.” Making mistakes is a part of this process. Scientific thinking and creativity are difficult to separate.

Aesthetic Development
Aesthetic awareness involves helping children see, hear, and enjoy the beauty in their world. It improves the quality of learning and helps the creative process.

Social-Emotional Development
As children work in the arts, they learn to share the materials, to accept other’s ways of doing art, and to enjoy being a part of the group and creating art affords the opportunity for release.  Children who feel free to make mistakes and to explore and experiment will also feel free to invent, create, and find new ways to do things.

 https://lawrenceartscenter.org/education/arts-based-preschool/

                                  





 

Sample Daily Schedule

 

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.

WELCOME TIME - greeted by teachers, wash hands, open time active play, get ready for the day

9:00  – 9:15 a.m.

Circle Time

9:15 – 9:40 a.m.

Small group learning tables

9:40 – 10:00 a.m.

Exploration  Learning Time at centers

10:00 – 10:10 a.m.

Clean up  

10:10 – 10:30 a.m.

Snack Time

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Arts-based Learning Time – focus on art, dance, music, theatre; includes “special guest” time with professionals in their field

11:00- 11:30 a.m.

Clean up and Storytime

11:30 – 12:00 p.m.

Outside Play

12:00 p.m.

Wash hands and get lunches

12:10 – 12:45 p.m.

LUNCH

12:45 p.m.

Rest and Quiet Time begins

1:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Quiet Play and Play-based activities for new arrivals for afternoon session and those students who are awake

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Circle Time

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.

Small group learning tables/ Exploration  Learning Time at centers

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Outside Play

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.

Snack Time

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Project Time and Art-based Learning Time

4:15 – 5:15 p.m.

GOODBYE TIME – open time active play, get ready to go home



 

 

 

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