Enrichment Programs Benefit Children
The Learning Experience® (TLE®) is devoted to cultivating creative, compassionate and innovative thinkers. Our enrichment programs serve as fundamental components to help achieve that goal. Music, math, science, dance, yoga, performing arts, and physical fitness are all part of our exceptional Charlie Choo Choo® enrichment programming. These programs not only encourage children to learn and explore different avenues of learning, but unlike other child care centers, our enrichment programs are included in the cost of regular tuition. There are no additional fees.
Charlie Choo Choo® enrichment programs are provided to children at TLE centers in two uniquely educational approaches; each with the intention of broadening a child’s scope of learning at its core. The first approach in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, the Charlie Choo Choo® enrichment programs of Yippee for Yoga™, Talent Sprouts®, Suddenly Science®, Movin’ N Groovin’® and Dancing Feet® are implemented by Charlie Choo Choo® teachers that are accredited in their respective fields of study. Other enrichment programs like Marvelous Math® and Music 4 Me® are available in kit formats that are then taught to children by TLE teachers.
We also offer a 2nd approach for TLE centers outside of the tri-state area. For these centers, we offer Charlie Choo Choo® Enrichment kits that feature Music 4 Me® and Marvelous Math®. The Talent Sprouts® enrichment kit program will soon be offered to centers outside of the tri-state area as well. Our Charlie Choo Choo® kit program approach is a useful method that gives TLE teachers the tools to assist them in teaching enrichment lessons in their own classrooms. This approach gives TLE centers the flexibility to incorporate enrichment themed activities throughout the week.
Music 4 Me® enrichment kits are a key component of the all-encompassing musical program that introduces children to a variety of forms of music, rhythms, tones, and tempos. The children’s music selections are a mainstay; the musical CDs included in each kit have been artfully created to highlight the themes of the weekly lessons. During Music 4 Me®, each week the children are introduced to nine different instruments and the interesting sounds each one makes. The small reader details the development of Bongo’s Band using the instruments provided inside the student and teacher kits. During the lessons, every child has an opportunity to learn through diverse musical experiences about all the forms and emotional values music has to offer!
Talent Sprouts® enrichment kits are a key component of the all-encompassing theater program that introduces children to a variety of forms of performance, creativity, and self-expression. The musical CD included in each kit has been artfully created to highlight each lesson’s weekly theme. During Talent Sprouts®, each week the children will have hands-on experience with acting, singing, props, costume design, set design, and set construction all while learning how each element is a vital component to a performance. The small reader inspires and promotes creativity through the adventures of Tommy and Tammy. Props, costume pieces, and a set of expression visuals that are inside each of the student and teacher kits encourage dramatic play, public speaking, creativity, and alternative forms of self-expression. By developing skills in characterization, movement, interpersonal relationships, and social interactions, Talent Sprouts® helps each child grow into the shining star they are meant to be!
Suddenly Science® Enrichment Kit program helps children experience science in a way that not only matches their age and capabilities but lets them explore a variety of fields of science. Included in the weekly lessons are hands-on experiments that encourage each child to make predictions, ask questions, and discover new results by making their own observations. The children will use special scientific tools from their Suddenly Science® enrichment kit to complete experiments as they listen to a song from their Suddenly Science® CD which coincides with each week’s theme. These age appropriate, scientific inquiry based projects include temperature, acids & bases and chemical reactions help children explore the world around them. The children will bring home their own Suddenly Science® Enrichment Kit at the end of the program to share their newest scientific discoveries with you!
Marvelous Math® kit lessons teach children how math plays an important role in their daily lives; through this unique approach the children explore topics such as number recognition, patterns, sorting, measurements, and basic equations. The children learn that mathematics is a building process that can be fun and exciting as they discover some of math’s most interesting applications through hands-on activities.
The student enrichment kits contain useful tools such as manipulatives of various colors, pattern and sorting cards, and a thematic small reader which helps to develop their knowledge base of mathematical principles, abstract concepts, and higher-levels of individual thinking practices. At the end of the twelve week session the children get to bring their kit home to share with their family and show all of the Marvels of Math they have learned.
Dancing Feet® introduces children to a variety of dance styles that teaches them body awareness and helps develop their self-expression through musical recognition, social skills and confidence-building opportunities.
Movin’ N Groovin’® Enrichment Kit program exudes the idea that physical fitness is as important for a young child as it is for an adult. In our Movin’ and Groovin’® program, we teach children that fitness is fun. With a variety of sport-inspired items packed into their student enrichment kits, these lessons promote the development of healthy habits that will last a lifetime. We believe that engaging children in a well-being program at an early age will cultivate their self-confidence, raise their self-esteem, and enhance the physical capabilities they will need in the future. Throughout the 12 week program, the children will participate in a variety of exuberant activities that make physical fitness a fun experience.
Yippee 4 Yoga® enrichment kits are a facet of the program that introduces children to a variety of poses, that help stretch their muscles, center themselves through balance and a variety of different activities that enhance their overall development. The musical CD included in each kit was created to coincide with each lesson’s weekly theme. The development of motor skills, coordination and concentration are all aspects that are important in a child’s life. Yippee 4 Yoga® helps children to improve their strength, balance and flexibility throughout a 12 week program. We believe that by allowing children to be in tune with themselves, they will be more self-aware, focused and at peace. Yippee 4 Yoga® promotes physical fun and emotional well-being in a unique fashion, that doesn’t stop at the end of the program, but continues at home as each child brings home their own Yippee 4 Yoga® enrichment kit.
Super Soccer™ is an enrichment program that introduces children to the wonderful sport of soccer. Each week, the program will teach children how to play the sport through fun games, skill-specific drills and important fitness techniques that will create a lifelong love for the sport.
With the help of our Super Soccer™ enrichment kits and accompanying musical CD, children will learn how to dribble their own soccer ball, successfully complete a pass and kick in a winning goal. Each week, children will participate in Super Soccer™ to learn the rules, play the game and really get to experience how Super Soccer™ can be!