Parent & Me Program: Summer Session 2018
The Methodist Preschool Parent & Me Program offers a range of classes based on age and developmental level.
Mini School Day in The Blue Room! (Inquire Within)
Mini School Day provides children and their parents with a glimpse into a typical day at MPS. We begin class with a Morning Meeting (so please arrive promptly at 11:00am!), introduce the children to classroom tools used in the preschool, and start to establish a daily routine. In Mini School Day we provide a space for parents and caregivers in our Blue Room Cubby Room, separated by the class bathrooms and a door, so the children have the opportunity to work in the classroom independently, and have ample time and space to connect with their classroom, teachers, and friends. We have seen with our own eyes how powerful this class can be in helping transition to preschool life in the Blue and Green rooms. Similarly to Older Play Club, after free-play and clean up time in the classroom, we invite the parents and caregivers to join us again to wash hands and support the children while they enjoy a packed lunch together! Following lunch and clean up, we gather our belongings, and all head outside to spend the remainder of class exploring the Outdoor Classroom.
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 for the Parent & Me program is to create a nurturing and engaging environment rich with possibilities for children and their caregivers to explore. In our Younger Play Club, we create a safe space for babies and toddlers to learn more about themselves, their peers, and the world around them! Through socializing with children and adults alike, babies begin to develop their social-emotional skills, learn to recognize and express their feelings more effectively, and begin to respond appropriately to the emotional needs of those in their microsystems—or, according to Child Development theorist Urie Bronfenbrenner, the people who most directly impact a child such as family, neighbors, teachers, and peers. With a healthy mix of art, sensory and dramatic play, and building and quiet spaces, we cater to the “whole child” in regards to all domains of development: cognitive, language, physical, and social-emotional. This class is B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Baby!)… Come play with us!
Older Play Club with Outdoor Classroom Time! (20+ months)
These Play Club classes were founded upon children’s intrinsic desire to play. Capitalizing on this, we provide open-ended activities such as art, sensory, imaginative, and movement activities that encourage children to become immersed in play and engage with the materials, environments, and their peers. By supporting the whole child, we hope to establish a fervent, lifelong curiosity for critical thinking, problem solving, and all other avenues of learning and development! Older Play Club is a 90 minute class, providing extra time for your child to bring a small packed lunch from home. Following free-play, clean-up time, and lunch is the piece de resistance: time to explore and play in MPS’s Outdoor Classroom! With many Gross Motor opportunities – climbing our bird’s nest, building with big-body building blocks, etc. – as well as nature-entwined Fine Motor tasks – digging, scooping, and pouring sand and dirt – the Outdoor Classroom offers something for everyone; you won’t want to miss this!
Baby Messy Art & Sensory Play (10-16 months)
This class was developed with our youngest Parent & Me friends in mind! As the little ones are still highly oral learners during this developmental stage, we re- imagined our activities to their most “edible” versions. During this stage of development, babies gather information as they watch the trusted people around them interact with their environment. As such, we invite you to be a part of a facilitated messy art and sensory exploration class that encourages both you and your toddler to tap into your creative sides through hands-on, open-ended, and process-oriented experiences. This small-group space provides your infant with the opportunity to make social connections over shared experiences such as yogurt paints, bubble bins, and play doughs as well as works inspired by famous and local artists. Various artistic and sensory opportunities are offered in every class so your toddler may explore at their own pace and messy comfort level with room to grow as their fine motor and social-emotional skills develop. Wear your play clothes, it’s going to get messy!
Messy Art & Sensory Play (16+ months)
Come as you are: expert, novice, or toddler! At MPS, the focus of art and sensory play is the process we go through while exploring color, texture, and the emotions evoked by creativity. By providing your child with a safe environment to truly dig into their work, there are few restrictive limits. Observe as materials such as clay, chalk, paints, pastels, and innumerable other art tools inspire your toddler, or roll up your sleeves and delight in reconnecting with your inner child! We invite you to be a part of a facilitated messy art and sensory exploration class that encourages both you and your toddler to tap into your creative sides through hands-on, open- ended, and process-oriented experiences. This small-group space provides your toddler with the opportunity to make social connections over shared experiences such as collaborative 3-D projects, sculpting and collage as well as works inspired by famous and local artists. Various artistic and sensory opportunities are offered in every class so your toddler may explore at their own pace and messy comfort level with room to grow as their fine motor and social-emotional skills develop. Wear your play clothes, it’s going to get messy!
Gross Motor World (12-20 months)
Welcome to Gross Motor World! We are overjoyed at having had the opportunity to revamp and reintroduce our beloved Mini Move It! class. 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, dance parties, 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!
Rise and Shine On Yoga with Ms. Jessica (24+ months)
If our body is our temple, shouldn’t we find ways to encourage children to connect with their deepest selves? In Mini Yogis, Ms. Jessica of Rise and Shine On Yoga, aims to do just that! Certified through Light on Lotus, YogaBuddies and YogaWorks, Ms. Jessica brings self-expression, awareness, connection, confidence, and mindfulness through in a playful, laughter-filled setting. “Yoga in schools is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children, providing them with tools they will use for the rest of their lives. No matter how old, students will gain internal and external strength, flexibility and balance.” Bring your bodies and get ready to move in this class that combines gross motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills!