Arts and Language Courses at Our St. Johns Preschool
Bartram Academy offers enrichment classes every month that are included in the tuition cost and cover a variety of subjects. Our kids’ music classes are taught by Mr. Eric, who teaches fun, whimsical songs. Students learn to sing, listen for musical directions, and play beats. There have been many accounts of the positive effects that come from children studying music; such as better memorization, reasoning, and motor skills. They also tend to be more creative and have higher scores in both the verbal and math portions of the SAT.
Another way we give students an advantage with our Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education is through our Spanish lessons for kids. Our teacher, Ms. Nena, has more than 20 years of teaching experience and has created her own curriculum. She teaches letters, numbers, colors, everyday phrases, and more. The children love this part of the week almost as much as we love hearing them speak Spanish.
Developing Physically and Mentally
Most of what we offer involves exercise. During our childen’s yoga classes, we have a certified instructor who guides students aged three and older through poses, as well as deep breathing exercises. We also do lessons on Zumba for kids. This is for those who are two and under, and is a movement-based class with energetic, upbeat songs.
One of the most fun choices is the kids’ gym classes, which are taught monthly by My Gym Children’s Fitness Center. Obstacle courses, tumbling, and other fitness exercises are taught to help grow their balance, strength, coordination, agility, and flexibility. Children gain social skills and self-esteem as they cheer on their classmates. Yet another course offered at an additional charge is Play Ball, which is held once a week. Coach Kim improves team work skills and motor ability while helping students have fun.
We Can Teach You Too
We offer classes for parents at an additional charge. These include CPR and essential oils. The CPR courses are offered annually to keep teacher certifications current, and we’ve recently opened them to the public. Our certified instructor teaches a two-hour evaluated training course and provides CPR certifications at the end. We believe everyone should learn this technique, as it can and does save lives.
The classes on essential oils are held every six to eight weeks on Saturdays, and free childcare is provided for those who attend. This is your opportunity to learn about the benefits of these oils and why we use them in all of our classrooms.
Practical Lessons From Professional Heroes
These classes are supplemented with educational events throughout the school year. We invite guests from the St. Johns, FL sheriff’s office and fire rescue team to teach students about safety. The kids explore the cars and trucks, try on fire fighter gear, and learn how sirens work. Some of the topics covered include:
- Fire Safety
- Bike Safety
- Stranger Danger
- Halloween Safety
- How to Stay Safe at Home