2016-17

Classes held Monday through Friday
12:00 – 1:30
in 8 week sessions throughout the school year

Consider coming on your “off” day!

The implementation of the new Common Core State Standards across all grade levels, speaks to the charge educators have in developing a curriculum that will support the literate, well -rounded person for the 21st century.  The standards call for the development of skills and understanding that extend beyond the classroom, charging educators to develop creative instruction that includes hands on experiences.

The NYS Department of Education provides an alignment of NYS Pre-Kindergarten Standards to K-12 Common Core State Standards.  Our curriculum for Nursery and Pre-kindergarten classes are based upon these standards for Pre-kindergarten. Our Enrichment program provides a unique opportunity to extend the “school” day for your child, in a manner that includes (hands-on) constructive play.  Our staff has developed cross-curricula lesson plans for interesting, engaging, interactive learning.


1. Art – Mondays – (Room to be assigned)

Mrs. DePalo, Teacher
“The artist, after all, is not a special person; every person is a special kind of
artist”
The goals of our enrichment course include freedom of artistic expression, joy in
the process of creating, development of art vocabulary, communication through
art, and skills in caring for art materials.

Session 1- September 19 through November 14 (7 classes) - “Exploring the
Great Artists”

In this class the children will be introduced to some of the Great Artists of our
time. We will explore the works of Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Pablo
Picasso, and Jackson Pollock to name just a few.

Session 2 - November 21 through January 30 –“The Art of the Popsicle
Stick”

Popsicle sticks aren’t just for ice cream. In this class the children will use
simple Popsicle sticks to make some fantastic art projects. You might never
look at a Popsicle stick the same way again!

Session 3 - February 6 through April 3 –- “Recycled” Art
During this unit the children will have lots of fun making cool crafts out of
recyclables. Best of all, the children will learn about the importance of
recycling and being aware of our impact on the environment

Session 4 - April 17 through June 12 – "Book in Hand” Art
During this session students will hear a classic children's book, then create a
picture that relates to the story using just their hand-print!

2. I Share and Beyond – Tuesday – (Room to be assigned)
Mrs. Harrington – Teacher
While the concept behind sharing is no doubt of great importance, rather than
simply saying that sharing is beneficial, here preschoolers are shown a problem
solving method they can apply to their own lives. That means that the next
time they reach for a truck at the same time as their friend, they’ll be able to
practice not only sharing, but also conflict resolution – two very important skills
that all parents are interested in.
While sharing is something that all children have to learn to accomplish, there’s
no question that younger children find it challenging. Toddlers first emerging
into a social setting that extends beyond themselves, are at a particular
disadvantage. Making the first steps toward sharing; a key developmental stage
for children.

Session 1 – September 20 through November 15 – Books: “Sharing is
Caring”

Of all the many manners and values parents want to impart to their children,
sharing is one of the most important. Not only is this necessary in society, it is
also one of the skill sets stressed in primary school lessons. One of the best
ways to learn the importance of sharing is through experience. Narratives,
specifically childrens books, stress good manners. We will build self-esteem,
foster independence and get in touch with personal feelings and thoughts,
through reading. Each week we will discover a new story that will help your
child improve their listening and speaking skills while encouraging a sense of
community and peer empathy.

Session 2 – November 22 through January 24 – An “Artful” way to share
A good way to model principles to a young child is through play. Games hold a
child’s attention, allowing lessons to sink in, in the spirit of fun. Consider the
character traits that are fostered during a simple game: humor, fairness,
honesty, generosity and a sensitivity to others.
Let your child experience how rewarding “sharing” can be. This session we will
discover how creative ideas, songs and poems teach us the positive result of
sharing.

Session 3 – January 31 through April 4 –“Body Space”
In this class, the children will be made aware of the “space” around them while
reinforcing the importance of taking turns and being patient. Playful children
use and apply what they’ve learned and the skills they’ve developed in different
ways. We will play games in the gym that encourage your child to build a
“personal bubble”: a simple concept that takes concentration and focus while
developing the necessary skills to learn sensitivity to others, be in touch with
personal feelings, thoughts and a sense of community.

Session 4 – April 25 through June 13 - “Cooperative Games
Activities and games which are non-competitive help Preschool age children
learn to work together, follow directions, listen and develop problem solving and
self management skills. Through cooperative play, children learn self value,
trust and social etiquette.

3. Sports – Wednesday – (Room to be assigned)

Mrs. Harrington – Teacher
For toddlers, learning to throw or catch a ball is not just about competing in a
given sport, it is about motor development and coordination. In an effort to help
toddlers grow and develop, age-appropriate sports programs teach youngsters
the skills they need. Learning these skills as a toddler can help a youngster
develop an interest in sports.

Session 1 - September 14 through November 2 – “Roaring Racers” (7
classes)

Preschoolers love to run. Roaring Racers is an 8 week program where your
child will participate in FUN, well organized relay races such as: Drop & Pop,
Laundry Day Relay, and Mummy Relay.
Your Roaring Racer will learn that teamwork, good energy, and lots of fun are
all that is needed.

Session 2 - November 9 through January 11 – “Outrageous Obstacles”

When it comes to working kids' muscles, nothing beats an obstacle course. For
preschoolers, encountering obstacles is fun because they are developing
physical skills at this age. The Outrageous Obstacles will give them an
opportunity to test new skills and understand more about their own physical
abilities. Outrageous Obstacles is designed to improve your little preschooler’s
gross motor skills and general co-ordination.

Session 3 – January 18 through March 22 –“Track and Field”

Today's preschoolers are tomorrow's Champions! Let the games begin.
Preschoolers prepare yourself for stretching, running, jumping and throwing
events just like the big kids. Some events will be standing jump, running jump,
hurdles, and softball throw.

Session 4 – April 5 through June 7 –“ SOCCER”
In many ways, learning the game of soccer is like learning a language: The
earlier someone begins learning it, the easier it is. The odd skill set soccer
requires--using your feet to control the ball rather than your hands--can be
better grasped if players learn it at a young age. Therefore, teaching preschoolaged
children the basics of soccer and having them practice these skills will
better allow them to grow into the sport, affectionately known as "the world's
game -- the world’s most popular team sport”.

4. Little Hands Can Do Big Things - Thursday – (Room
to be assigned)

Mrs. Lauren Rankel, Teacher
We invite you to join us as we imagine, create, build and explore the great big
world around us. During our enrichment session, your child will learn all the
things they CAN do with their powerful little hands and growing minds. They
will be encouraged to use their imagination to build tall buildings, magical fairy
houses, beautiful planters, magnificent snow castles and more. We will play
cooperation games that celebrate team work and support sportsmanship. The
children will design and implement science experiments that encourage open
ended thinking and listening to one another's thoughts. We will read books
about empathy, friendship and making good choices. Each session, the children
will work on a service project that will benefit local nursing homes, military
families and our planet earth. We will all grow in God's love and learn how little
hands can do BIG things!!!

Session 1 - September 15 through October 27 (7 classes) - Little Hands Can
Do BIG Things: Fall

We will begin our journey together learning how to make new friends and sing a
multi cultural "hello" song together. The children will learn how to collaborate
by building castles together. During our fall session, we will explore the
changing seasons and paint the changes we see in our autumn tree while
listening to Vivaldi's Four Seasons for inspiration. We will perform science
experiments to see if pumpkins sink or float and learn how spider webs work.
On a nature walk, we will see how animals get ready for winter and we will
collect and create nature infused art projects. Our service project will be when
we will help with fall clean-up and learn how to rake a giant pile of leaves to
jump into!

Session 2 - November 10 through January 19 – Little Hands Can Do BIG
Things: Winter

As we settle into the winter season, the children will learn what the gift of giving
to others feels like. We will draw pictures for our grandparents or other special
relatives to send to that let them know how much we love them. Grownups love
getting mail! We will learn how to make handmade gifts for others to share at
Christmas time. The children will create recycled bird feeders to help the
animals find food during the harsh winter. We will use snow to build fun "snow
castles" together. We will experiment with simple machines like ramps to see
how to build the perfect car ramp. We will learn about friendship and peace
through the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Our service project this
month will be to create a handmade gift that will be donated to a local nursing
home.

Session 3 – January 26 through March 30 – Technology: Little Hands Can
Do BIG Things: Spring

The world is coming alive! We will get outdoors and observe the world as it
awakes from its winter nap. The children will explore Earth concepts, like
gravity, recycling, and life cycles. We will create art projects out of recycled
materials and create reusable bags to shop with. The children will learn
cooperation games, taking turns and good sportsmanship while we play in the
gym on some leftover cold days. The children will collect materials from nature
to build fairy houses to welcome the baby animals. We will learn the differences
in bird songs and create nest building bags as birds begin to make their new
homes. We will create a terrarium to observe ladybugs and release them to help
eat the aphids and keep our gardens healthy. Our service project will be to
build a planter and grow beautiful flowers for our school to enjoy!

Session 4 - April 6 through June 8 – Little Hands Can Do BIG Things:
Summer

The world is warming up and we are excited to get outside and play! We will
create a sun dial and learn about shadows. The children will learn about beach
and water safety concepts as well as the proper care and respect for local beach
animals. We are going to dig, dig, dig and look under rocks for cool insects to
observe. We will experiment with bubbles to see how to make long lasting
ones and GIANT ones too! We will learn some Spanish words as we celebrate
Cinco de Mayo together and sing a fun Spanish song to share with you. Our
service project will be to create a video blog to send to active service men and
women where the children will sing God Bless America and illustrate the video
with pictures they drew.

Literacy - Friday - (Room to be assigned)

Literacy – Friday – (Room to be assigned)
Mrs. Dost - Teacher
The “processes of communication”: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and
language development, are interconnected. The objective of this Enrichment
topic is to provide an interdisciplinary approach to literacy instruction; a hands
on, fun-filled opportunity for emergent readers to flourish.

Session 1 - September 16 through October 28 (7 classes) – “Now We're
Cooking!”

Each week we will read aloud a selection that has a food related theme. We will
read and follow a recipe, talk about ingredients, sequence the steps we will be
taking to make our creations, measure and talk about the recipe’s origin: where
does it come from? And finally – create! Children will have the option to take
home their creation to share…or NOT!

Session 2 – November 18 through January 27 –“Too Much Noise”
Lights, camera, action! What is noise?...but music to some ears!; lyrics and
rhythm, sound and patterns…language development! Come along with us as
we bring to life the famous children’s book “Too Much Noise”, by Anne
McGovern. The children will learn to become aware of the different noises one
hears in his/her environment on a daily basis. At the end of the 8 weeks, the
children will put together all these new noises as they reenact the story of “Too
Much Noise”.

Session 3 - February 3 through March 31 – “Author Study” – Kevin Henkes
Author and Illustrator

Come with us as we explore the world of Kevin Henkes and his delightful
characters: lovable mice, such as “Lily”, “Crysanthemum”, “Jessica”, “Owen”
and “Wemberly”. Each character more adorable than the next, expressing
common childhood feelings, fears and fantasies.
We will begin by learning a little bit about the author. As we work our way
through his stories, we will begin to contrast and compare character similarities
and differences; the problems they face and the solutions they reach.
We will have fun extending his stories with our own individual interpretive
works of art.

Session 4 – April 7 through June 9 – “This is My Story” – How does your
story start?

Each week we will read selections about “Me”..what makes you, you? We will
talk about your family, your likes, dislikes, strengths,hopes, wishes and how
you would like “your story” to go. We will help the chidren begin ‘journaling’;
adding a page a week to produce their very own story.