The Preschool Program includes Art, Music, Dramatic Movement, Science, and Creative Exploration and incorporates
educational standards. All areas of learning include readiness and thinking skills.
Art: Children learn to express their ideas as they investigate a variety of media beyond crayons, watercolor, and finger paints. Their investigations in the creative art process involve all of their senses in hands-on experiences in clay, paint, inks, collage, and puppetry. Art activities emphasize the development of fine motor skills in grasping, cutting with scissors, pasting, holding and controlling brushes, chalk, pencils, markers, and crayons. This area bolsters students' self-confidence and stimulates their imagination as they develop their creative and expressive abilities.
Music: Children grow in awareness and curiosity about music within the creative environment of Mercy Center of the Arts. The world of sound is experienced through singing, listening, moving, creating, and playing instruments, as well as through introductory experiences of music theory. Instruments of the orchestra and marching band are explored, as well as the concepts of tempo, rhythm, dynamics, pitch and timbre.
Dramatic Movement and Literature: This area introduces the child to the world of language and movement through literature, and nourishes a love for reading. Dramatic movement encourages verbal and nonverbal expression and it stimulates creative imagination through role-play, pantomime, puppetry, story dramatization, movement, and music. Kindergarten readiness skills are an integral part of this area, including: speaking, listening, vocabulary, comprehension, and phonemic awareness. Gross motor skills are addressed in the Dramatic Movement area.
Science: The Science area of the Preschool Program recognizes the child’s innate qualities of curiosity, and strives to guide the young child through exploration and discovery. This area encourages the use of the senses through the scientific processes such as observation, classification, and communication, with an emphasis on nature. The children interact with many different kinds of equipment and materials in their exploration. Appropriate math skills such as sequencing, counting, number recognition, and one-to-one correspondence are included.
Creative Exploration: The Creative Exploration area has been an integral part of the Preschool Program for more than twenty years. It provides for the reinforcement and practical application of concepts and skills that have been previously presented in the regular sessions, especially in Science. It also provides additional opportunities for the children to develop their social skills.
Friday Special Session: The Friday Special Session provides the opportunity for deeper learning and further exploration of themes. Children are also offered opportunities for intergenerational activities, and increased socialization with peers.
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Mercy Center of the Arts
444 East Grandview Blvd
Erie, PA 16504
9 am to 12:30 pm
Friday Special Intergenerational Class
Friday Special Picnic May 19th
May 24th and 25th
Parent Conferences begin May 31st
Spring semester began Saturday, April 1st.
6 week Summer semester begins Tuesday, July 11th