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“It takes a village to raise a child” is an old proverb, thought to be African, but its origin has not been proven. What has been proven is that children’s lives are enriched by loving adults, other than their parents, who take an active role in their lives, even if only for a moment. From neighbors to community workers like teachers and coaches, these individuals shape a child’s life by sharing their expertise, lending an ear, challenging a child physically or academically, and exposing/engaging children to/in new experiences.

Malcolm Gladwell brings this idea to life in several chapters of his book Outliers, which takes a look at certain people’s success stories. He stated in an interview what he intended for readers to take away from his book: “My wish with Outliers is that it makes us understand how much of a group project success is. When outliers become outliers it is not just because of their own efforts. It’s because of the contributions of lots of different people and lots of different circumstances— and that means that we, as a society, have more control about who succeeds—and how many of us succeed—than we think. That’s an amazingly hopeful and uplifting idea.” Enrichment leaders are contributing to our “group project” of success. Our measure of success for our students is at times quantifiable but other times, like when it comes to enrichment, we are not interested in a number. The most important goals of our enrichment program are: 1) That our students delight in their enrichment experiences 2) Exposure to new, interesting, and engaging subjects 3) To plant seeds of interest that may someday develop into remarkable talents, skills or purpose

Butterfly Enrichment

“Several years ago, a little girl received a butterfly rearing kit as a birthday gift from a friend. It came complete with 5 caterpillars, a plastic container of portioned food and a net for viewing them in chrysalis form until they morphed into winged beauties that went fluttering in her parents’ flower gardens. From the moment the little girl and her family watched them fly from their fingers, they were hooked. Our school is a benefactor of this gift given so long ago. Amber Parker’s daughter may have received the gift initially, but we are receiving a gift now as Ms. Amber teaches our students – with passion and expertise – about the lifecycle of the butterfly.”
-Director, Ms. Lisa Gerard

A note from Ms. Amber: “The summer after my daughter received her gift I researched all that I could on butterfly rearing. I learned that late freezes had eliminated 85% off the Monarch population in Mexico where they migrate each summer. We ordered milkweed plants online, nurtured them for weeks and then ordered our first ever baby monarch caterpillars. Our family has come so far in our butterfly rearing knowledge and success. Over the past 3 summers, we have raised over 500 butterflies. Monarchs and swallowtails thrive in our yard all summer because they are able to lay eggs on the host plants that we grow from seed each Spring which feed their baby caterpillars. Even our neighbors have joined us in supporting and observing this miraculous metamorphosis! I am elated to share this unique experience with the children of VMPS. They will literally have butterflies at their fingertips. They’ll be able to observe the life cycle from egg, to caterpillar instars, to chrysalis form and, lastly, to winged beauties. Butterfly rearing has become a passion of mine and my hope is that your children will enjoy it just as much as mine have.”
-Ms. Amber Parker

Music Enrichment

Enrichment Leader: The Energetic Ms. Mandy!

At Village Montessori and Preparatory School, we like to move and shake! The beauty of music is that it invites our students to move in a playful way, use their singing voice to express themselves and sometimes just be plain silly! But there’s also something magical happening behind the scenes – in the mind. Music stimulates the creation of neural bridges in the area of the brain that is responsible for particular types of mathematical computation. Musical training, therefore, helps to develop and exercise a child’s abstract reasoning skills. Whistle while you work… Don’t mind if we do! Students enjoy working to the quiet hum of music, from contemporary to classical. In addition to musical activities within the classroom like singing and listening activities, Ms. Mandy conducts weekly music enrichment sessions for each classroom. Lessons include instrument instruction, introduction to songs with varying themes, tempos and patterns, and dance – all with the freedom to move in a way in which each child is naturally inclined. Mandy’s lessons will prepare children for performances within the VMPS community, including our Christmas and Easter programs.

When young children have rich musical environment along with appropriate guidance from adults, they can learn, for example, to imitate and, with increasing precision, distinguish among rhythm and tone patterns.

“Young children engage in music as an exploratory activity, one that is interactive, social, creative and joyful.”

Physical Fitness

Enrichment Leader: Achieve Fitness’ Coach Ivan

Marcell Allmond, owner of Achieve Fitness, is our partner in providing children with fun, physical activity until our indoor and outdoor play structures are in place. Coach Ivan works with children daily to build and strengthen specific skills through a series of stretches, obstacles and running/jumping exercises such as:

Team Work and Fellowship

Improves problem-solving skills in a group

Increases desire to cooperate and develops social skills

Helps control feelings and behavior

Helps children to get along with peers

Agility and Hand-Eye Coordination

Improves hand-eye coordination

Increases foot-eye coordination and acceleration

Enhances athleticism and sports performance

Strength and Stamina

Helps build muscle

Helps to support force placed on body while playing

Improves mental focus

Strengthens cardiovascular system

Running and Jumping

Improves behavior, eating and sleeping habits

Improves motor skills

Maintains good joint health

Helps build muscle

Prompts children’s interest in organized sports

Balance and Stability

Increases equilibrium while standing and moving

Improves flexibility

Reduces occurrence of falls

Our custom contained indoor play structure by SoftPlay

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