Afternoon STEAM Club Programming…
This year HeartPrints will offer 5 afternoons of club programming. The foundation of our club curriculum is STEAM education. STEAM is an acronym that refers to education-related programs in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. STEAM education indicates integration of at least two of the STEAM disciplines within a curricular activity. Our club curriculum is designed to support and enhance young children’s learning through quality activities that expose children to new concepts/ideas and encourage children to use their developing skills in a variety of creative ways.
- Programs are open to preschool and kindergarten children.
- We anticipate programs will fill up quickly. Please consider your options and register early!
- We are offering Clubs Monday through Friday afternoons from 1:00-4:00 pm.
- Per instructions attached – please include the calendar with your registration form. Write your child’s name in days he/she will attend.
Club Schedule & Topics:
Monday – Music Club
“Music is a way of knowing. According to Harvard psychologist Howard Gardner (1983), music intelligence is equal in importance to logical – mathematical intelligence, linguistic intelligence, spatial intelligence, bodily – kinesthetic intelligence, interpersonal intelligence, and intrapersonal intelligence (https://www.musictogether.com.) We are so excited that our new preschool teacher Mrs. Keys is a trained performance musician. She will plan engaging musical activities for the children each Monday. Children will learn about rhythm, tempo, and musical notes and be introduced to composing and performing music.
Tuesday – Chemistry Club
Let’s get messy! Children in this club will explore the various scientific properties through experimentation and investigation. Children will also be able to create their own concoctions using materials provided by the teachers.
Wednesday – Creation Station
Let’s tap into those creative and artistic qualities in children. Ms. Sheema will create experiences rich in color and creativity. This club will cover creativity in many ways, including: clay sculpting, wood work, painting, drawing, building, constructing, and more! Whether your child thinks like an artist or an engineer, they will love these hands-on, creative activities!
Thursday – Literary Parties
March & April will feature literary parties. The teachers will incorporate the Common Core Literacy Standards to help children improve their reading and writing skills. The goal is to get students excited about reading with their favorite book characters!
March 2 & 9 – The Gruffly Parties (Author Julia Donaldson)
Come join us for a great literary adventure with the Gruffalo. Children will make believe that they are off in the forest with this loveable creature. Children will enjoy a camping atmosphere, S’mores included!
March 16 & 30 – Pete the Cat Parties (Author Eric Litwin)
Children will enjoy the great stories of author Eric Litwin and his creative character Pete the Cat. The children will enjoy some great fun and games all themed around these great stories.
April 6 & 20 – Curious George Party (Author H.A. Rey)
A delightful afternoon will be spent with one of children’s favorite characters – George. Let’s see how many adventures we can imagine in this playful afternoon of curiosity and imagination!
April 27 – Trolls Party (Inspired by the movie)
“Trolls, Trolls, and more Trolls…children will have a great afternoon learning about these great characters. They will work collaboratively to write and illustrate a one of a kind “Troll Story”.
Thursday May Gardening Club
Children will spend the month of May opening the Heart Prints garden. This year, we are going to create a Square Foot garden, in which the garden beds are gridded in 1 foot sections. The first week, we will start by learning about soil and getting our soil ready in the outdoor garden beds. We will also learn which critters are helpful and which critters are hurtful to our garden. We will make our own Organic Bug Spray to keep the unwanted bugs away. The second week, we will learn about different plants and the factors that go into selecting plants to grow in the Pittsburgh area. We will decide what we want to grow and learn what the optimal number of plants is for each square foot of the garden. We will map out what our garden will look like. The third week, the children will plant the crops according to our plan from the previous week. The final week, the children will check on the garden and learn how to properly prune the plants and keep an eye out for pesky bug marks.
Friday – Cooking & Math Club
Friday afternoons are filled with cooking and baking for the Wexford Meals on Wheels program. In addition to creating these culinary delights, we will begin a focus on math concepts. Once the cooking is complete, teachers will work in small groups to develop age-appropriate math skills. The Common Core Math Standards will be implemented to keep preschool, pre-K, and kindergarten students engaged. Mrs. Byrnes & Mrs. Rivett will be getting a head start on 1st grade standards for children who are moving onto 1st grade.
Please take a few minutes to explore the possibilities. Families may enroll in one or more club sessions. We encourage families to consider enrolling in a consistent club schedule because some clubs may do project work lasting several weeks.
Each Club meets one day per week. Each Class is $30.00 per day/class with the option to include lunch for an addition $10.00 fee per day/class.
Sign Up Now!!!
Classes are subject to a minimum and maximum enrollment. In the event of our cancellation, HeartPrints will attempt to notify you in advance and offer you another club selection. Missed classes will not be refunded or credited. No changes will occur unless approved by Grace or Julie.
Registration form is included in packet materials.
Step one: Look at the calendar. Choose clubs that work for your child.
Write Child’s Name in the selected date(s).
Step two: Calculate your costs per clubs and/or lunches and fill in the attached registration form along with your payment.
Turn in the completed calendar, monthly registration form and payment to the box outside the office door.