Learn, love and make some new friends too with enrichment classes for preschoolers at the St. Charles Park District this winter.
The early childhood team at the St. Charles Park District has crafted classes that are a perfect addition to your child’s preschool routine, a great introduction to independent classes and there are several classes for a child and parent to enjoy as well.
Preschool enrichment is a great opportunity for children to keep the learning going after a morning class, spending time with friends and working on skills such as eating independently as they prepare for full-day kindergarten.
A great bridge program is Lunch Bunch, available in January and February from 11:15 to 1:15 p.m. Students can bring their lunches and enjoy some extended class time with instruction in art, math, stories and even some physical activity too.
New this winter is Thursday Stay & Play, an opportunity to extend a preschooler’s day with time for a snack and teacher-led activities for students. This class is ideal for students in the Pre-K program on Thursdays to add-on to their day.
The education staff has created several single-day classes for preschool students to enjoy. For a dash of fun, check out new classes like Loco for Cocoa featuring an afternoon of reading, crafts and some hot cocoa. Pottawatomie Sweethearts is a chance for children to celebrate friendship and play some fun games together.
Children are never too young to learn about fairness, kindness and the preschool staff has developed a pair of programs to celebrate these themes with Fair for All in January and Kindness for Kids, which include time for the children to enjoy lunch, a craft and activities.
For those budding young chefs, Winter Warm Up a chance for parents and young children to spend time together in the park district kitchen to make quick soups. It’s a perfect chance to let children explore the science and fun of cooking together.
This winter STC Parks is offering new classes for children to explore their interests with STEM for Growing Minds, Safety Smarts and Dinosaurs, Prehistoric Pals. These single day and multi-day courses are designed for children ages 4 to 6 and gives them a chance to attend class independently and learn in a fun and creative manner.
There are new classes for the youngest park district residents and their parents, which offers opportunities to learn and play as well as giving parents the chance to get out of the house and meet other families. Many lifelong friendships are formed during these early experiences as parents have the opportunity to bond. Check out Team Baby, designed for parents with infants as young as 3 months old. A facilitator will help guide an activity as baby and parent meet and play with other families in a weekly class setting.
The park district staff is excited to launch the new program Koffee with Kara, featuring an opportunity for parents to chat with Kara Guizzetti-Reif, the park district’s supervisor of early childhood and preschool programs. The program is free, but advance registration is requested. Preschoolers are welcome and can play while Kara hosts the conversation with parents from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m.
Another fantastic new learning opportunity are the American Sign Language classes for parents and infants as well as toddlers. The course will be taught using Zoom in the evening. Many studies have shown a benefit to teaching children ASL as they begin communicating.
Through a partnership with Language in Action the St. Charles Park District will also offer a new class in Spanish for children ages 3 to 6 years along with their parents. The program, taught in the evening and using Zoom, is a great opportunity for parents and children to begin learning conversational Spanish together in a playful and engaging setting.