Science Club Enrichment

Science Club is one of the best hours of the week at Second Presbyterian Preschool!  The teacher is our Workshop teacher Martha Wheeler, who has a Master’s degree in Science Education, and she has developed her own curriculum for this unique program.  

Each week, Science Club explores a science topic of high interest to Threes and Fours, with lots of hands on experiences, discussion, songs, and books.  The emphasis is on exploration and what scientists do, not memorizing facts.  Topics we explore include eggs and birds, things that spin, the science of colors, wind power, electricity, solutions, magnets, dinosaurs and fossils, the human body, chemical reactions, engineering, and much more.  

Every week, each child brings home a newsletter that summarizes the activities he or she did that day in Science Club, and also includes activities for follow-up at home.  Many weeks also include take-home items that can be used again and again to reinforce the concepts learned at school. We currently offer two Science Club sessions each week, one for Threes (Monday 1-2) and one for Fours (Tuesday 1-2). 

Soccer Shots Enrichment

Soccer Shots is a children’s soccer experience.  The Soccer Shots Classic program utilizes creative and imaginative games to focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing and shooting.  It also highlights a positive character trait each session such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation.  

Our Soccer Shots Coach comes to the preschool on Monday afternoons from 1:00-2:00 to coach the Fours class and on Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-2:00 to coach the Threes class.   Please click on this link for a short video on the Soccer Shots Classic program:  https://youtu.be/x9w5HZxj0z8

Dance Enrichment

The goal of our dance enrichment program is to bring laughter, music, FUN, and DANCE into the lives of children.  We help them explore the world of creativity through movement, music, and dance with positive reinforcement.  Dance helps children develop a sense of self-respect, discipline, leadership, and poise. 

Our dance teacher, Leslie Miller, is the owner of Valley Dance Productions, a well-known Roanoke dance studio just up the road, and has years of experience teaching students of all ages.  Dance is offered to Threes and Fours students on Wednesdays from 1:00-2:00.

Classical Corner Music Enrichment

Classical Corner exposes students to some of the most famous pieces of classical music and timeless stories written especially for children. This class is taught by the preschool’s music teacher Donna Rodgers, who is a certified Musikgarten teacher, as well as having years of experience as a public school music teacher. 

Students will experience the musical pieces and stories through songs, playing instruments, movement, crafts, games and educational activities. During the 2020-2021 school year, the musical works we will explore are:

First semester – The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker is the most well-known and beloved story ballet of all time. With music by Peter Tchaikovsky, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story comes to life on stages around the world every year including right here in Roanoke with Southwest Virginia Ballet’s annual production each December.

Second semester – Peter and the Wolf
Sergei Prokofiev’s musical fairy tale, Peter and the Wolf, is a favorite with both children and adults.  It is also a good introduction to the orchestra because each character in the story is represented by a particular instrument and musical theme.

Classical Corner is offered to Threes and Fours students on Thursdays from 1:00-2:00.