The Bedford Learning Center Afternoon Enrichment Classes-Pound Ridge
Children do not learn through just listening, watching, or moving. They learn through a combination of these concepts. We have developed our programs to include every kind of learner. LeapSmart's active learning games encourage problem solving, sharpen literacy and math skills and teach emotional and physical self-control. Connections quickly develop between mind and body. With a variety of music, props and action cards each Creative Movement program is a joyful and educational movement experience. LeapSmart teachers guide the children on a journey that inspires their imaginations and channels their energy in a productive way. With new and exciting curriculum each day, children focus on problem solving, teamwork, body awareness, balance and stretching, coordination and movement invention. Curriculums are designed to focus on the cognitive, social, physical and psychological development of preschoolers.
Our literature program is a wonderful way to introduce your child to the exciting world of children’s literature. Children’s books have long been proven to stimulate, expand and nurture the imagination. Books expose children to a wide variety of characters and experiences, and help bring stories to life. Our little bookworms program encompasses many of the different genres found in children’s literature, varying in theme and focus.
Preschool children are acquiring language, learning to listen and beginning to recognize that written symbols have meaning and are used as a method of communication. Arts and Crafts projects will reflect the literature we read each week. We will use well-chosen storybooks to stretch the story line through play. The use of creative movement, songs, language games, math, and science will help to enhance our stories/themes.
Our Nature program we seek to foster an appreciation for and love of nature by inviting children to explore the world around them through hands-on, outdoor, experiential learning. In so doing we hope to inspire the young people of today to become environmentally responsible and conscientious citizens of tomorrow. Children learn in a variety of settings, indoor and out, and spend much of their time behind eyepieces of binoculars, running behind a butterfly net and crawling on their hands and knees with eyes peeled on the ground.
Some experiences include painting a “pet rock” building a nest, and keeping a nature journal. “The Little Scientists” program is designed to inspire your child to enter the world of exploration and discovery. Hands-on experiments will comprise the bulk of this part of the program. These experiences will help them to explore, understand, and appreciate the world around them. Explorations in color mixing, “erupting” a volcano, and magnets will be some of the activities. The program will introduce the children to the world that exists just outside their range of vision.
On Thursdays we offer a two-hour lunch and a class period of focused activity for 4’s. Each class will focus on a theme with quality literature, a coordinated activity that could include a cooking experience, a game, a craft or an art experience. We will cover the skills necessary for a solid educational foundation and a smooth transition to Kindergarten. The alphabet, letter recognition, comprehension skills, math readiness, counting, number recognition from 1-20 and fine motor skills are the cornerstones of this class.
We will begin to work on reading readiness skills, pre-writing skills and early mathematical concepts with our preschoolers! The children will be provided with a packet each week to promote interest in writing, letters and numbers.
Art is easy and fun for preschoolers. We will explore new ways to use shapes and colors to enhance drawing and painting. Children learn the fundamentals of art — color, line, shape, form and texture — by painting and drawing, making collages, fashioning three-dimensional objects out of clay, and talking about their work 3 and 4 year olds recognize patterns, learn about primary colors, and discover how to mix two colors to make a third. Vocabularies expand to include words such as "texture," "relief," and "overlapping."
By creating art and looking at it, children gain an understanding of composition, balance, and symmetry. We will learn about different mediums or a famous artist each week and create our own masterpieces. Some projects will be group work, for example: murals, large collages and poster-size art. Young artists will create works of art from found objects and natural materials.
Some of the artists that we will explore:
- Andy Warhol
- Jackson Pollack
- Henri Matisse
- Wassily Kandinsky
- Vincent Van Gogh
- Claude Monet
- Paul Klee