“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
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.
Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves, and to explore what is possible.
– MaryAnn F. Kohl
Enrichment Leader: The Creative Ms. Kelly!
At Village Montessori and Preparatory School, our art enrichment offers the gift of time to focus on a particular area or interest, develop confidence and artistic behaviors including repetition, investigation, experimentation, and a value study of art and the expression of others. Through the years, they learn about persistence, creativity, commitment, and integrity to the process of creating art as well as the value of aesthetic art.
Enrichment Leader: The Energetic Ms. Jaime!
The Veggiecation Program is a culinary-nutrition education program that introduces children to the wonderfully delicious and nutritious world of vegetables. This is done by incorporating unique and kid-friendly vegetable preparations into fun activities and exciting experiences. By replacing food fears and resistance with ownership and positive peer pressure, your children are empowered to expand their horizons while simultaneously improving their nutritional status and knowledge.
Kids nutrition and nutrition education are at the forefront of the obesity epidemic. Governments, schools, and organizations all around the world are searching for ways to reverse the current trend. Vegetables and fruits are the most important part of the plate, but not every child thinks so, which is why Veggiecation began as a vegetable education program. By teaching kids about vegetables, we are actually teaching them nutrition education.
Physical Fitness Instructors 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
Reduces occurrence of falls