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 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
A Creative Movement Enrichment Class for Threes and Fours, taught by Laura Dueker, Wednesdays from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. The monthly fee for this enrichment is $45.
Participating students should wear comfortable clothing that will allow for a full range of motion. They do not need additional clothing or special shoes.
Creative movement is movement that reflects the inner state of a child. In creative movement, children are free to express their own personalities, style, thoughts, and feelings. Creative movement encourages children to act on what they are learning and express their individuality.
Some benefits of using creative movement:
- Helps children develop body control
- Children gain coordination and balance through varied movements
- Children are able to respond to music and rhythm
- Encourages children to express their creativity in physical ways
- Children learn that movement can communicate actions and ideas
- Gives children a different way of expressing themselves, especially if it is difficult for them to articulate what they are communicating
- Encourages participation
- Allows for exploration of cause and effect
- Develops listening skills
- Encourages social skills
Classical Corner will expose students to some of the most famous of classical music and timeless stories written especially for children. Students will experience the music and stories through songs, playing instruments, movement, crafts, games, and educational activities.
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. Hoffman’s story comes to life on stages around the world every year including here in Roanoke with Southwest Virginia’s Ballet’s annual production each December.
Second semester – Peter and the Wolf
Sergei Prolofiev’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.