Finding ways to increase knowledge and elicit new ways of thinking is an integral part of our early childhood education program. We have developed an exciting Enrichment Activity Program that brings working professionals and members of our staff into classrooms to share and teach a wide variety of fundamental activities. Watch the playlist below to see videos of the enrichment activities that we offer for infants through pre-kindergarten children. Also, please make sure to read the descriptions of each activity listed below as well as click on the current Enrichment Program Schedule.
FALL 2016 - ENRICHMENT ACTIVITY DESCRIPTIONS
MUSIC: We learn so much when we listen to music. Music inspires creative movement. It calms at rest time. It fosters listening skills. Through music, children can learn about patterns. Through singing, children learn rhymes and new vocabulary.
SIGN LANGUAGE: Our sign language program starts with our very youngest and goes through our oldest classes. Children learn signs through singing, storytelling, art, and music. Teachers also learn signs to use with the children on a daily basis. A letter will go home with each family to reinforce these signs with your children. There are many benefits to sign language including a larger vocabulary, becoming better readers, increasing their IQ, speaking earlier and experiencing less frustration.
GROSS MOTOR and MOVEMENT: Children get the chance to move around while learning about their body. This enrichment activity will concentrate on the locomotor skills that involve moving the body from one point to another and the manipulative skills that involve moving objects with their hands and feet. These skills are not automatic and thus will be taught and reinforced through a variety of games and activities. This is taught in a fun and exciting way to give children a love of exercise and movement!
YOGA: Our yoga program designed for the three and four year old’s is the gift that keeps on giving. Children will benefit from yoga practice in a variety of ways including: maintaining flexibility, enhancing concentration, increasing self-esteem, and cultivating a relaxed state of body and mind. Utilizing storytelling, children will learn in a unique environment that will help to spark creativity.
SPANISH: Come explore and learn the Spanish language with us! Through organized activities conducted in Spanish, children will learn fundamental concepts, including colors, numbers, sports, and animals, of this unique language. Spanish language learners will find the classroom setting and activities to be musical, enriching, and hands-on.
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math): This year we are introducing STEM enrichment class for our preschool aged children. They will have hands on experiences to engage in STEM activities. Children will learn cause and effect, technology as tools, building tall and stable towers and have an introduction to everyday math.
PUPPET THEATRE: At the Strauss ECE Puppet Theatre, we take some of our favorite children’s books and turn them into live-action plays. With the help of a wide variety of puppets and set designs, children will be captivated watching and listening to these stories in an extremely unique atmosphere. Lionel the Lion, Elmo, and Kermit the Frog are the hosts of our productions that always create fun, laughter, and excitement for children one year old and up!
JUDAICS: Every week, Rabbi Batsheva Appel (our rabbi educator), visits with each of the older classrooms to teach children about important Jewish values as well as the Jewish holidays through song and stories. (No video available at this time)