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In addition to our classroom activities, we offer several special enrichment programs on a weekly or monthly basis.
Arts & Crafts
Children of all ages enjoy a special art class each week. These classes take place in our art room and transitional kindergarten (tk).
Rooms, 3, 4 and 5 meet each week with our Orff Music instructor for music class. The Orff Schulwerk approach to teaching and learning music weaves together strands of speech and poetry, movement and dance, drama and song, improvisation and playing musical instruments. Orfff is based on what young children naturally like to do: sing, chant, rhyme, dance, clap, feel the beat and play.
Children in Rooms 3, 4 and 5 also attend Trapeze Arts class on a rotating schedule. Trapeze Arts is a circus-based gymnastics troupe based in Oakland, California. Instructors teach children balance and tumbling and encourage the development of gross-motor functions. Activities depend on cooperation and collaboration and help to build self-esteem.
Our summer schedule allows our children to spend more time enjoying some of their favorite activities in more depth. Week-long sessions include Trapeze Arts, Orff Music, Tie-dye, Magic, Cooking, Bubbles and the annual painting of our playground panels.
Other Special Events
Throughout the school year, we also bring in special performers who entertain the children with singing, magic, musical instruments, dancing and more. We try to schedule these performances at least once a month. All parents and children at the school are invited to attend special events.
All Phoebe Hearst Preschool staff members have an educational background and experience in early childhood education. All staff members are also CPR and First Aid Certified. Our ration of staff to children in Room 2 is 1:6, and is 1:8 in all other classrooms.
Our director and many of our staff members have been at the school for nearly 10 years. There is a very low turnover among the teachers.