We offer a variety of enrichment programs to nurture social skills, develop self-esteem, build both gross and fine motor skills, help with communication and literacy, and spark creativity. We have certified instructors leading the children in activities that will help to make each day fun and different!
AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE – Infant and up
“You can do anything if you set your mind to it. Look out for kids, help them dream and be inspired. We teach calculus in schools, but I believe the most important formula is courage plus dreams equals success.” – Marlee Matlin
There are countless benefits to teaching sign language to children as young as six months. Sign language is a way of modeling effective communication. Caregivers that use sign language in an infant room will help to create a calmer environment, with less crying as the infants will be able to communicate what they need. Sign language builds fine motor skills. The muscles necessary to sign are the same that children will need once they begin to write, tie their shoes, and button a shirt. In signing, the students get the chance to learn a new language and understand cultural differences.
COOKING – 18 months and up
“The more you know, the more you can create. There’s no end to imagination in the kitchen.”
Cooking with preschoolers is not only fun but has many benefits. Following recipes helps children with their literacy skills and builds basic math understanding. Cooking is also science in action. When cooking, a child’s senses are opened and can be explored; feeling sticky foods, kneading dough, smelling spices and herbs, seeing food change as more ingredients are added, tasting the final product. Although children can be picky eaters, they are often more willing to try new foods when they have done the cooking. It helps children understand the importance of nutrition, which is an important healthy habit to start right now, and to continue throughout their lifetime. Finally, it can boost their confidence. Imagine how excited your little one would be if they shared a pizza they cooked with you!
SOCCER SHOTS – 2 years and up
“Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”
Pennington Children’s Academy is proud to partner with the national organization, Soccer Shots, to provide even more opportunities for your children to learn and grow. Soccer Shots is a program offered to children 2-8 that meets once a week at daycare centers, schools, and parks throughout the city to introduce your child to soccer! Our Soccer Shots instructors are energetic and enthusiastic, are great teachers, and love working with children. We not only teach soccer skills, but also work on improving balance, coordination, and agility with the kids. Soccer Shots also uses the sessions to teach children important concepts such as teamwork, sharing and respect. Come join the fastest growing youth soccer program today!
YOGA – Infant and up
“Children are natural zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.”
– John Bradshaw
The Little Flower Yoga Program is called “Story Stretchers” and combines literacy with yoga. Yoga helps children learn the importance of exercise and will enhance flexibility. Working through the different poses refines balance and coordination, as well as concentration. The calmness and breathing exercises will help with behavior and communication. Each session is built around a book/theme and yoga poses are taught relating to the story. This helps develop literacy, fluency, and comprehension, as well as sequencing skills. Yoga focuses on five elements: Connect, Breathe, Move, Relax, and Focus.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM – 3 years and up
“If you give people tools, and they use their natural abilities and their curiosity, they will develop things in ways that will surprise you very much beyond what you might have expected.”
Helping children learn to use the computer in preschool gives them a boost when entering kindergarten, as most kindergarten programs incorporate a computer lab. While it is important to keep screen time down to a minimum in early childhood, using the computer helps with problem solving skills, boosts self-esteem, and stimulates language comprehension. We use developmentally appropriate programs that help with dexterity, long term memory, and creativity.
THEATER – 3 years and up
“Sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
Studies show that children involved in the arts perform better academically. Drama activities can improve reading comprehension and both verbal and non-verbal communication. It can also boost a child’s confidence and ability to express themselves. Drama is also a whole lot of fun! In our theater program, we plan activities that will boost your child’s memory recall, attention, and creativity. We learn the importance of working together and communication through plays, stories, and games. We have a certified theatre teacher on staff that has worked in the entertainment industry, including various New York theater companies.