Enrichments

(For children 2 years -5 years of age)

 

Every afternoon from 2:30-3:00 pm the preschool children participate in enrichment classes. Research shows that children learn best by doing, and  the afternoon enrichment classes are designed to offer fun activities that stimulate your child’s mind with interactive hands-on activities. These classes are included as a part of your child’s day. Each week, your child will experience nature in our Garden of Life, a visit to Oscar’s Literacy House, prepare something delectable to eat in cooking class, travel to another country as they learn Spanish, and engage in technology with a visit to the computer lab.

ComputerLab

Computer Lab

Valley Presbyterian School Preschool children 2 years of age and up enjoy participating in the computer enrichment class. Your child will experience hands-on computer time as they use the keyboard and mouse to engage with the age appropriate learning programs on the computer. Studies have shown that children that have acquired the fundamental skills of using a computer score higher on academic tests and achieve better grades later on in school. This fun filled time on the computer is a great way to start your child on the road to academic success.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develops Phonemic and Phonological Awareness skills
  • Broadens an understanding of the world around them
  • Exposure to cultural diversity
  • Increases attention span and listening skills
  • Improves fine motor skills
  • Develops eye-hand coordination
  • Augments an increase in vocabulary
  • Encourages self-control
  • Fosters school readiness skills
  • Enhances mathematical and reading skills
CookingClass

Cooking Class

The cooking enrichment program allows the children to participate in hands-on cooking experiences. Each week during cooking class your child will explore the kitchen, tools needed to cook with, and all the components of using a recipe. Math, Science, Language, Cultural Diversity, socialization, creativity, physical, social emotional skills and cognitive development are just some of the many ways cooking enhances learning for your child. Your child will love to experience the taste, smell, and touch of different foods, as well as enjoy learning new words. Our cooking class encourages children to taste new foods which foster healthy food choices.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develop listening skills and following directions
  • Introduces math concepts
  • Encourages social development
  • Promotes problem solving skills
  • Develop critical thinking skills
  • Promotes a love of healthy foods
  • Encourages language development and introduces new vocabulary
  • Supports cultural diversity
GardeningClass

Gardening Class

Every afternoon at Valley Presbyterian School Preschool the children 2 years of age and up participate in enrichment classes. In the Valley Presbyterian Garden of Life, your child will enjoy the rich learning experience that only time spent with nature can bring. Each preschool classroom has their own designated garden plot and is taught about plants and the role in the nature. Children take great pride in cultivating, maintaining, and caring for the garden. Healthy food habits are fostered as the children experience growing healthy food to eat. We are truly blessed to be able to offer the wealth of learning that gardening can bring.

Learning Outcomes

  • Promotes problem solving skills
  • Strengthens the bond between an adult/child, and child/environment
  • Enhances sensory and movement experiences
  • Encourages social development
  • Increases knowledge of the natural world
  • Develops critical thinking skills
  • Advances geography, ecology, and food production understanding
  • Enhances self-confidence
  • Supports healthy brain development
  • Introduces scientific concepts
  • Advances mathematical skills
LibraryClass

Library Class

Visiting the Valley Presbyterian School Preschool library is one of several afternoon enrichment activities your child will be participating in. Each classroom enjoys their own special time as they choose, examine, and explore the world through books. Studies have shown that literacy experiences in early childhood enhance a love of reading and learning which lead to academic success later on in life. Children learn about authors, illustrators, parts of a book, types of books, as well as how to properly respect and care for books.

Learning Outcomes

  • Develops language and literacy skills
  • Broadens an understanding of the world around them
  • Exposure to cultural diversity
  • Encourages a love for reading
  • Increases attention span and listening skills
  • Promotes socialization skills
  • Augments an increase in vocabulary
  • Enhances social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual development
  • Encourages self-control
  • Fosters school readiness skills
SpanishClass

Spanish Class

Spanish is just one of the daily enrichment classes offered every afternoon at Valley Presbyterian School Preschool. Designed for children 2 years of age and up, your child will be introduced to the basics of the language as they learn their Spanish ABC’s, numbers, and basic words. Your child will enjoy the hands-on activities as he or she embarks on this journey into the rich culture, customs, and understanding of another language. Children enjoy participating in this wonderful opportunity to learn basic Spanish.

Learning Outcomes

  • Enhances appreciation for other cultures
  • Encourages social development
  • Supports language development and builds vocabulary
  • Advances social studies and diversity
  • Increases listening skills
  • Develops critical thinking skills
  • Introduces basics of the Spanish language