Parent & Me Program: Spring Session 2017

The Methodist Preschool Parent & Me Program offers a range of classes based on age and developmental level.

Kick It! (20+ months)

Ready, get set, let’s play ball! Brought to you by Soccer Shots, “Kick It!” A Soccer Shots coach teaches ball and soccer gross motor skills in a fun, non-competitive and educational environment that leaves every child feeling successful and empowered. Through our age- specific curriculum, we use soccer to nurture, build self-confidence and develop teamwork. This class will foster gross motor, agility, and coordination skills. Parents are encouraged to join in the fun to ensure that each child receives positive reinforcement while engaging at his or her own pace!

Infant and Toddler Music with Do Re Mi (Newborn - 24 months)

We present a fun and active way to introduce infants and toddlers to music and movement! In addition to providing a memorable foundation in music and developing musical skills, infants and toddlers will grow socially as they interact with other children and their families through song, dance, performance, and while playing musical games and instruments.

Younger Play Club (12-20 Months)

Our goal is to create a nurturing and engaging environment in which you and your child can interact with other children and their parents and/or caregivers. Through socializing with other children and adults, babies begin to recognize and express their feelings more effectively, while also learning to understand and respond to the emotions of others. These experiences help to strengthen your child’s ability to make and keep social relationships. We’ll provide the space with age-appropriate materials and activities. All you have to do is B.Y.O.B (Bring Your Own Baby!) Come play with us!

Older Play Club with Outdoor Classroom Time!

These Play Club classes were founded upon children’s intrinsic desire to play. Capitalizing on this we provide open-ended activities, as well as unique art, sensory, and movement activities that inspire children to become immersed in play and engaged with the materials and each other. This in turn supports the development of the whole child and provides the first building blocks of your child’s life-long fervor for problem solving and critical thinking. Older Play Club is extended by thirty minutes, providing extra time for your children to bring a small packed lunch from home. Following free play, clean up time and lunch is the pièce de résistance – the opportunity to explore and play in the MPS Outdoor Classroom!

Baby Messy Science & Nature (10-16 months)

This class was created specifically with our youngest Parent and Me friends in mind. Because the little ones are still very oral learners at this stage of development, we will re-imagine our activities to their most “edible” versions. Throughout the session we will have the opportunity to explore and learn about the world around us through our experiences in our P&Me Classroom, and even trips to the courtyard, and even the MPS Community Garden. We will conduct many experiments with you and your child that cater to all the senses. We will be exploring topics such as, plant life, the weather, cause and effect, and many more so we invite you all to join us on this adventure. Change of clothes recommended!

Messy Science & Nature

After an extremely successful and fun summer session, Messy Science and Nature class is back again! Throughout the session we will have the opportunity to explore and learn about the world around us through our experiences in the MPS community garden, the courtyard, and of course the P&Me classroom. We will conduct many experiments with you and your child that cater to all the senses. We will be exploring topics new and old, such as animals, plant life, the weather, cause and effect, ecosystems, and many more! Get ready to get messy!

Gross Motor World

We are overjoyed at having had the opportunity to revamp and reintroduce our beloved Mini Move It! class. For us that meant not only changing the physical location of the class to the P&Me classroom, but also changing the flow and curriculum involved. In this open-ended environment your child will be able to strengthen their core and hand eye coordination as well as work on balance and loco motor movements, while still working on the more basic forms of kicking, throwing, and fine motor skills. Set ups will include, obstacle courses, trampolines, wagon rides, bowling, pillow mountains and so much more! We are also excited to announce that our resident Occupational Therapist, Taryn Erickson MS, OTR/L. will be lending us her professional advice and insight periodically throughout the session. We hope to see you there!

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