Preschool | Art Zone

Preschool

 

Welcome to Art Zone Preschool

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Monday 9:00 to 1:00 pm.

Wednesday 9:00 to 1:00 pm.

Friday 10:30 to 1:30 pm.

Choose one day, two days or all three days.

Prices from $68 per day to $575 per month.      Please call Studio for Details.

(310) 318-6011

Parents' Night OutWe developed our exciting Art-Play curriculum to engage your preschooler in creative, messy, artsy learning! Art-Play is guided play, free play, fort play, rough & tumble play, dance play, group play, painting play, clay play, gluey play, water play, building play, light/shadow play, paper play and more.  Art CampIt’s a most fun way to build peer relationships and learn fundamental skills!

  • We accept enrollment year-round until classes are full.
  • Potty training not required. Lovies and pacifiers are welcome.
  • Students must bring their own lunch. Please do not pack peanut butter or nuts of any kind.

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LEARNING FUNDAMENTALS

Our mornings begin with a warm welcome and invitation to explore play.  Kids ready to play are encourage to paint, work with clay, exercise their imaginations in the playroom, or play with gak. Kids that need more support transitioning from home to class are provided a relaxed transition time with extra care and comfort.
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Art CampSTRUCTURE AND ROUTINES

Around 10:15 we gather the kids together in the playroom for our group meeting. Most schools call this time “circle time” but not all kids are ready to sit, and we almost never form a circle. We call it “group time” or our “meeting” because our focus is on the enjoyment of socialization into a group setting. All the kids are introduced to each other, and the teachers are introduced to the kids as well. We check in and make room for talking about our feelings. We sing songs, read a story or make one up, and demonstrate an art project.
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ART EXPERIENCES

By 10:30 we are busy making art, and have generous opportunities for the kids to create investigations; sometimes in the water room, play room, paint splash room, easel, or working at a table project.  At one project table, teachers give step by step guidance, and at other tables the kids lead the way. Kids eat as they get hungry and enjoy the socialization of sharing a snack or lunch. Kids are changing clothes for dress up, or water play, using the toilet, getting a drink, and being very very creative. Teachers are talking to kids about their work, taking dictation about their stories, inviting them to reflect on their work (perhaps counting toothpicks or beads in their clay), and taking lots of art to the drying racks.
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SUPPORTIVE LEARNING

Teachers are highly skilled in helping kids to solve problems with each other. Our goal is to help each other connect and understand each others needs and feelings. Teachers facilitate many dialogues with kids throughout the morning.
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Around 11:15 anyone who has not already had their lunch is encouraged to take a break to feed their bodies.
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ENDING OUR DAY

At 12:15 we start clean up, organizing art work to go home, getting shoes and clothes back on and maybe putting a toy or two away.  By 12:00 we are dancing, singing or enjoying a story until it’s time to say good-bye. Wow what a great morning!
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Daily Schedule:

9:00 to 9:30 Welcome, check-in, transition, and free play
10:15 Class Meeting (Story/demonstration/inspiration)
10:30  Hands on learning/discovery time
          Small group work
          Small group reading time
          Friendship Game Circles
          Kid’s action plans are supported
          Lunch table is available all morning
12:15 Clean up and find shoes
12:40 Music, Dance, Drama, More Stories

Studio Together

Admission is accepted on a first come first serve basis throughout the school year until class is full. Preschool classes run September through June. Preschool classes are not offered in the summer.

CALL ART ZONE HERMOSA BEACH

(310) 318 – 6011

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Preschool

 

LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR FUNDAMENTALS

Art Zone for Preschool was designed by child development specialist, Laura Krug, MA. to offer an exciting arts and play based experience for your kids to love.  Laura Krug holds her MA in Educational Psychology with a specialization in early childhood education.

Art Zone for Preschool provides your child with four hours of Art-Play, our exciting & fun arts-based curriculum we developed here at Art Zone. Art-Play is messy art & play plus daily teacher-guided lessons matched to your child’s development growth and interests. Art-Play includes guided play, free play, fort play, rough & tumble play, dance play, group play, painting play, clay play, gluey play, water play, building play, light/shadow play, paper play and a “Hundred Languages”[1] of play.

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Our highest aim is that your child will have fun here.

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Why is fun and creativity so important? Creativity is everyone’s birthright and play is fundamental at Art Zone for Preschool. Art-Play is a profoundly intelligent way to grow a human person and attach them to the world! What makes Art-Play so valuable is that it is informed by emerging, exciting science of human development as we form and craft play experiences for children. Art-Play curriculum is delivered in an empathetic, non-coercive environment, with clear and firm boundaries.[2] We play mindful gratitude games to plant your child’s high self-esteem firmly in the ground. Art Zone for Preschool nurtures a sense of belonging, connectedness, and predictability by building playful relationships. The Art-Play approach we developed at Art Zone promotes a growth mindset[3] to imbue children with a sense of their own self-determination and efficacy. Art-Play wakes-up and grows all parts of the brain in an integral way connecting to mind, body, and emotions.

Through exciting play activities, Art Zone helps your child build empathy skills to connect them to the global world and support development of an anti-bias, socially just awareness. For this purpose, our Art-Play curriculum is mindful to promote self-care, friendship-care, earth-care, and all-people-care. The practice of empathy is the magic that binds us all together. Empathy, purpose, and creativity are the currency of the future. Being truly understood, listened to and heard, then allows us to listen, hear, and seek creative ways to understand others.  Through fun and exciting stories, songs, dance, art activities, ideas, histories, heroes, and play, we practice empathy for all individual rights and feelings, together with an understanding of collectivist perspectives, experiences and responsibilities. “The human brain and heart that are met primarily with empathy in the critical years, cannot and will not grow to choose a violent or selfish life. . . When we parent the child, we parent the world.”[4]

Results can be seen, heard, touched and felt here at Art Zone. From the moment your child settles in, you can see her become engaged, secure, energetic, playful, and creative. The relationship building has begun. Their insides come out as kids express themselves in sometimes strange and often silly ways. Preschool play is often infused with lively behaviors kept safe with kind guidance from staff. Chaos and conflict will arise, and our staff will greet these situations as necessary with intelligence, calm, and emotionally connecting interactions. We invented the nonverbal “magic-repair-care game” to restore connections temporarily interrupted by ruptures and misunderstandings.

Because fun and joyful learning are intrinsic to your child, they are the most powerful motivators and produce long-term lasting results.[5] How fun is that!

 

 

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[1] “Hundred Languages of Children,” Edwards, Gandini, Forman

[2] The Echo Approach as defined by www.EchoParenting.org

[3] “Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,” Carol Dweck.

[4] “Parenting for a Peaceful World,”  Robin Grille.

[5] Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A’s, Praise, and Other Bibes,” Alfie Kohn