Learn strategies and skills to enrich your child’s development.
Big Feelings / Little Kids
We have all experienced the epic meltdowns for seemingly small problems. In this one-hour drop-off class, children 3-5 years old will learn a variety of coping and social skills through stories, art projects, songs, and games. Each week will focus on a different coping skill, such as dragon breathing (deep breathing) and spaghetti body (tensing and relaxing body parts); or a social skill such as whole body listening and following the group plan. Parents will receive an email each week to further support these strategies at home.
A certified and licensed speech and language pathologist will lead you and your child through a 45-minute class to increase speech and language development. Learn speech and language strategies and skills to enrich your toddler’s development in the Toddler Talkers class. Caregivers will learn and engage in strategies, songs, signs, and books to boost language and speech so your children hit their mile-stones on-time, continue learning more vocabulary words, and start stringing 2 or more words together at a time. Each class includes vocabulary development, a strategy, baby sign language, books appropriate to age, speech and language development around a functional daily routine, movement, and a sensory component.
Money Sense Math
It's never too early to start developing smart money skills! We'll develop early numeracy and financial skills in this program, designed to introduce children 3 - 5 years to financial concepts through sensory activities and creative play. We'll learn about and play with coins, learn about the value of work and money, practice shopping, and more! Includes information for parents with tips to continue the conversation at home.
Numeracy Skills: Sorting, counting, greater than/less than/equal to (prices in store), ordering coins smallest to biggest - we do all of these thing with play money and with real coins to get children comfortable with handling money
Decision Making: Deciding on what to buy ahead of time (before it's in front of you), making a decision at the store on what to buy based on value
Sensory Development: Each week we do an activity using money and a different type of medium to play with it and become comfortable with it- making Play Doh impressions, digging for coins in sand, stamping with coins on paper with ink.
Delayed Gratification: Setting a goal for something to buy and saving money each week to buy it at the end of the session!
Coin of the Week: we talk about its shape, size, color, and value. Practice counting by 1s, 5s, 10s, depending on the value of the coin.
Going to the Bank: we enact dramatic play to go to the Bank (on a long and winding journey, through forests, over mountains, across oceans) to deposit our money and keep it safe
Money Play: playing with coins on different themes each week- making patterns, stacking coins, sorting coins- all develop early numeracy skills
Smart Shopping: we make a list of what we're shopping for, then go to the store to buy it. We only buy what's on our list! We also look at what is cheaper or more expensive.
About Brain Arts
Brain Arts Productions is an arts education nonprofit based in Chicago. Our mission is to build financial literacy through the creative arts, using project-based and inquiry-based learning approaches to create life-long learning opportunities in financial literacy for young people of all ages.