Frequently Asked Questions About Move-N-Learn Academy
Why should I consider Move-N-Learn Academy private Preschool and Pre-K education programs? Move-N-Learn Academy is a choice for those parents that want more than the average in pre-k and pre-k5 education for their child. What sets our programs apart is the arts based learning that each child experiences. Although we do teach the most common of academic skills taught in most preschools, we take it up a level and add excitement with introducing the skills through a great curriculum and the arts! There is never a boring moment because of the wonderful attention that is applied to the curriculum. Students are introduced to music, art, dance, gymnastics, musical instruments, computers, drama (dramatic play) and great fun. This in turn makes learning the basic educational skills a lot more interesting! Move-N-Learn Academy is also currently the only education settingin the area that offers foreign language for young students beyond simple counting and colors (French and Spanish). Move-N-Learn Academy may not be for every family. But we are the program for those who are looking for and wanting more than just the average in preschool or pre-k education.
You say music and musical instruments. What do you mean by that? Move-N-Learn students participate in age approriate music curriculum as well as receive an introduction to instruments. What this means is that your child will sing songs, work with rhythms and rhythm instruments such as tom toms, shakers, sticks, triangles, bells, drum pads,etc. ,as well as on pre-piano skills on keyboards. They will also learn to recognize other instruments and the sounds the instruments make. These instruments include the more common band instruments as well as orchestra instruments. Be sure to check out the information on our Woodward Academy of Music and Move-N-Learn pages of this site to learn more about the advantages of young children studying music.
How much art do the students get and is it more crafts? Students receive art class on a scheduled basis and of course there is some crafts to keep it fun and lively. After all, it is the "ooy gooyness" of crafts that makes things fun and memorable. But students will also learn about blending colors, work with a prisim, learn about the great works of many different artists and more. Our teachers have a university trained art teacher in our Aspire Art Academy to reference for assistance with appropriate skills and materials at all times.
I want my child to really learn and not just play. How can I be assured that learning is happening? You can be assured that your child is learning by several ways and systems we have in place. First of all, you can check out ouf Facebook page that lets you know what areas of learning that was worked on during that day. We also offer three parent teacher conferences per school year, two parents visitation nights per school year, materials that will be sent home on a regular basis that shows their work and progress. Parents may also watch classes from the monitors in the lobby,or if a parent needs to observe the class situation more closely, they can watch through our viewing windows in each of our rooms.
What about your teachers? Our program has always been headed up with a qualified teachers that have special training or background in early childhood development.Other teachers are also screened for their education level, certifications and specialized training. We also hold regular trainings and attend special trainings for teachers of young children. All teachers are background checked and drug tested.
With all of the dance, gymnastics, etc, is it all just moving and playing? Of course not. There are set academic standards and syllabus that we follow as far as math, reading and writing skills. As well as learning the months of the year, days of the week, holidays, countries, manners and ettiquette, social skills, table skills (through tea parties and snacking), foreign language (spanish and french) and more. Our school has tables to work from, chalk boards, white boards, computers, small motor and large motor equipment to enhance your child's learning.The arts based programs also follow a syllabus and theory. So nothing is ever left to chance. Your child will be learning a lot at Move-N-Learn and you will be able to see a difference in their knowledge level and recollection levels very quickly. A great thing about our facility is that Move-N-Learn students have a large inside play areas year round to protect them from cold and heat. We would encourage you to stop in and take a tour soon. Better yet, call ahead and book a personal tour so that our lead teacher can give you the tour and answer all of your questions.
Why do you say that arts based learning is an appropriate learning style for young children? The benefits of arts based learning has been stated and demonstrated for many years now. The information is not really new, it just that more and more parents are beginning to see and believe the information that fine arts educators have known for generations. There are studies as to brain developement for babies and young chiildren that are exposed to music training; fine motor skill improvement and reading readiness skills with visual arts; better vocabulary skills with theatre and drama and better physical health,confidence, problem solving skills and teamwork with dance. Arts based learning also helps with memory and retention skills. Young children exposed to regular classes in the arts, appear to be better prepared for and achieve higher in academic education settings. Many studies can be found on the internet.
Do you hold a meet your teacher event? Actually we take it to a higher level. In August before classes begin in September, we offer a trial class of Move-N-Learn. This allows those that are already register to experience the class and the teacher. Those that are contemplating registeing in the class are also given an invitation to attendthe trial class to see if it is a good fit. We do caution parent to not make a decision on just one class though. It generally takes six to eaight weeks to know if the class is going to work for a student. It is for this reason that we have a minimum enrollment period of one semester.
Why Pre-K5? Some students are not able to meet the state cutoff on birth dates to start Pre-K and Kindergarten. Instead of staying out a year or being placed in a "preschool" setting again, parents have a choice of placing their child in a private setting with Move-N-Learn Academy that can advance their skills greatly. The majority of our students go into public kindergarten already knowing their numbers, full alphabet, shapes, colors, toning in music, write their names and much much more. Our parents are well pleased at what their children learn in Move-N-Learn Academy.
Why do you offer extended day and early drop off programs This is to assist our parents in getting to and from their work situations. It allows the student to also still be in a learning capacity that is safe and inviting. These programs are extra and are not included in the tuition for Move-N-Learn Academy. These programs are also available to the public for registration. Move-N-Learn Academy families receive a discount on Lunch Bunch and Stroga a blend of stretching and yoga). Are Parents allowed to attend class with their child? We offer an open policy for our parents to watch and view a class anytime through our viewing windows. We also offer events that parents can attend and join in with their children for fun and a bonding experience. Can parents attend every class with their child? No, we do not reommend that. First because we know that the reason you have selected our classes is to help to prepare your child for the public school experience. Attending every day will not accomplish this. Also, our insurance requires a background check on all people having close contact with all children. This is for your child's protection and it would be difficult to background check all parents. The majority of our parents select our programs because we do background check all staff and faculty. We hope you will understand.
Is Move-N-Learn Academy geared more towards girls than boys? Absolutely not! Move-N-Learn Academy materials and learning activites are geared towards both genders. Even in the drama module,"dramatic play" there are costumes and pieces for boys as well as girls. You will also find cars, trucks, road map carpets and much more geared towards young boys as well. But we do not tell the girls they cannot play with the cars and so we do not tell the boys that cannot put on a sparkle top hat as well (think of the many movie stars that started on broadway and in college and high school musicals strutting a cane and top hat). At Move-N-Learn Academy, boys are allowed to be boys and girls are allowed to be girls. There is room for both and they both achieve higher levels through studying the arts along with the age appropriate academics.
How do I know that my child is getting the academics they need for future school years? At Move-N-Learn, we track and make sure that the students are meeting and exceeding the Oklahoma requirements for their age. We understand the importance of meeting the standards and objectives , but we also believe that young children can learn alot more if given the opportunity in the right setting that is fun, creative and passionate about learning. We also understand that not all children learn the same way and we keep this in mind when setting the lesson plans for success.