Little Stars Preschool

Introducing an Arts-Based Preschool, Close to Home!

Most of us think of “the arts” as art, music, dance, and drama. Not only are art and music fun, they are a perfect way to learn. Learning through music and the arts is a smart and fun way to enhance brain development, support individual learning, and help children prepare for success in school and in life as a whole. Arts-based learning is great for kids of all ages, but especially helpful for preschool age children.

What does an Arts-based Preschool Program do for Your Child?

Physical Development
Large and small muscle development and coordination are important aspects of every activity. Coordination of eye and hand movements follow as a child tries to control the crayon, brush, or marker in his hand to make marks that are meaningful to him. In dance and creative movement one learns control and coordination of the body is space. In these art forms kids learn to use their eyes, feet, and body at the same time. They develop control over eye muscles, an important first step in learning to read. “Free drawing” rather than coloring in the lines of a coloring book, will develop the skills needed for making the transition to writing letters and numbers.

Mental Development
It is proven that children, just like adults learn by doing. Learning concepts, language and skills are a foundation for reading, math and science. If it goes through the hands, feet, body through music and movement it goes through the brain.

Language & Literacy
Children learn through direct experience. As children talk about their art work, they are “reading” their picture. Writing a story is “written down talk”. Dramatic play and acting-out stories make stories come alive and are the very first steps of reading.

Creative Development
Creativity is the ability to see, make, or perform in a new way. Making something new, being creative means taking a risk to do that “some- thing new or different.” Making mistakes is a part of this process. Little Stars provides a safe environment to make these mistakes and continue to perform and grow confidence.

Social-Emotional Development
As children join Little Stars Preschool they will learn to share the materials, to accept other’s ways of doing art, and to enjoy being a part of the group. Children who feel free to make mis- takes and to explore and experiment will also feel free to invent, create, and find new ways to do things. The side benefit is that fostering creativity in an arts based environment is rewarding and fun and gives children a zest for imagining and learning to last a lifetime!

Learning through music, art, dance, and drama.

When you introduce your child to learning through a special arts-integrated program at Little Stars Preschool you will see the difference! Arts-based learning emphasizes creativity, imagination, exploration, and active participation. Music and the arts add depth to fundamental concepts, reinforcing comprehension and memory.

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Curriculum will include:

  • The calendar: days of the week & months of the year
  • Seasons: science & weather units
  • Colors & shapes
  • Numbers, patterns, & sequence
  • The alphabet: letter of the week, pre-writing, & capital letters
  • Counting & 1-to-1 correspondence
  • Social skill development
  • Fine & gross motor skills
  • Pre-reading skills & age appropriate literature
  • Cultures & social context
  • Visual & performing arts

Example of a daily schedule:

9:00-9:10 Arrival & welcome time
9:10-9:30 Circle Time: (warm up song, calendar, charting the weather,
letter of the week, daily schedule)
9:30-10:00 Letters, Writing, Colors
10:00-10:30 Music & Movement
10:30-11:00 Numbers, Patterns, Shapes
11:00-11:30 Art
11:30-11:45 Circle time (wrap up, sharing, letter of the week, calendar)
11:45-12:00 Pack up. Clean up & goodbye time
12:00-1:00 Optional Lunch Bunch – stay for lunch & playtime (details below)

Students will benefit from:

  • Multi-week units of core curriculum developed by two certified teachers on staff.
  • Traditional preschool activities such as circle time, free play and outdoor play.
  • High-quality, arts-based learning activities with professional Teaching Artists on staff.
  • Learning responsibility and cooperation by working with peers.

Themes for the 2017/2018 School Year:

September: All about me, Fall, Leaves & Apples
October: Spiders, Pumpkins, Scarecrows & Halloween
November: Turkeys, Thanksgiving, Pilgrims & Native Americans, Corn
December: Holidays & Winter
January: New Year, Polar Animals, Snowmen, Weather
February: Groundhogs Day, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, 100th Day!
March: Spring, Dr. Seuss’ Birthday, St. Patrick’s Day, Bugs
April: Easter, Earth Day, Planting/Gardening, Birds
May: May Day, Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Butterflies
June: Father’s Day, Summer, Marine Animals

Schedule & Tuition Structure

CHOOSE FROM TWO AGE-BASED PROGRAMS:

3’S PRESCHOOL PROGRAM: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS OR 4’S AND 5’S PRE-K PROGRAM: MONDAYS, WEDNESDAYS & FRIDAYS

The Important Stuff

Schoolyear runs September – June following Snoqualmie Valley School District schedule. Children must be 3 years old and/or potty-trained by the start of the school year. We will consider 2.5 if potty trained and ready for our program. The first tuition payment is due upon registration, then remaining monthly payments are due on the 10th of the month October – June 2018. Optional Afternoon Enrichment open to 2.5 to 5 year olds and includes three hours of socialization, arts & crafts, and music with Mrs. Michel.

Need more information? Drop us a line at info@bigstarstudios.com or call 425-292-3342!