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.
We offer year-round preschool for learners ages 2.5 (potty trained) through age 5. We also offer a school-aged program for siblings of preschool students through grade 2. Enrollment is available throughout the year, if space is available, with part-time and full-time options.
Program Hours: we are open from 7:30 - 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday (school-aged program only available when school is out on the traditional school district 51 calendar);
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; drop off is allowed at anytime during the sessions; class rotations begin at 8:45 a.m. for the morning session and 12:45 p.m. for afternoon session
Program Tuition Cost: Full Day: $32 per day; Morning or Afternoon Session: $24 per day (prices effective October 1, 2021); payment (or arrangements) are due on the 1st of each month to secure your space - prepay is REQUIRED of all students
*NOTE: there is a one-time registration fee of $25 per family
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.
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.
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.
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 awareness involves helping children see, hear, and enjoy the beauty in their world. It improves the quality of learning and helps the creative process.
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.