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VIRTUAL PRESCHOOL

We truly believe that your decision is the best decision for school. That is why we expanded our arts-integrated preschool to offer a virtual preschool program for the 2020-2021 school year.

Arts-integrated, hands-on and virtual!

Bubbles Academy Virtual Preschool is a hands-on arts-integrated program, supporting children ages 3-5 in sensory, fine motor, creative and social development through project-based curriculum.

Virtual Preschool has concluded for the school year, but you can use the resources below to build your own virtual preschool day!

The Virtual Preschool Experience

  • Bubbles Academy’s educational philosophy of arts-integration combines content and skills taken from arts practices with developmentally appropriate, early childhood learning standards and socio-emotional skills. Click to read more

  • A full morning of teacher directed lessons delivered over zoom paired with guided off-screen arts, nature and gross-motor playtime to engage your child
  • 3 days per week: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Sample Daily Schedule

9 am: Morning Circle Time. Warming up bodies through movement, voices through singing, and imagination through games!

9:25 am: Learning centers

10:00 am: Screen-free art exploration

10:30 am: Project sharing and snack: Show off your creations and refuel for the second half of the morning!

10:45 am: Arts Class: Rotating topics and instructors across music, movement, drama, art, yoga

11:15 am: Gross motor/Outdoor exploration – screen-free time to follow a recess-style activity, indoors or outdoors

11:45 am: Closing Circle – reflecting on the day and saying goodbye!

Current Virtual Options

The Virtual Preschool year is complete, but Bubbles Academy drop-in virtual classes and on demand content are a great option for continued learning at home!

Virtual Classes: 30 minute live and interactive classes across music, ballet, circle time, yoga, and imagination adventures for ages 0-5,  offered 5 days per week. 

>> More on Virtual Classes

Bubbles On Demand: Over 30 pre-recorded classes are available through Vimeo On Demand, so you can watch them at any time, anywhere, as many times as you would like! Choose from 24 hour individual class rentals or an unlimited month of access to all classes with new content added frequently.

>> More about On Demand

Supply Lists

Below you will find a list of suggested materials for your virtual preschool experience. You certainly do not need to have every single item on this list in order for your child to participate in a meaningful way, and making do with what you have around the house could be an important exercise in flexible thinking for your preschooler. As we progress through the year we will keep you posted if any projects develop that require specific supplies.

General Art Supplies
Crayons
Markers
Washable Paint
Paintbrushes
Smock or old shirt
Paper
Tape
Glue
Child Scissors
“Messy Mat”, Old Table Cloth or Drop Cloth

Here’s an Amazon List for easy shopping if you’d like to purchase anything from this section.

Suggested Craft Supplies
Pom Poms
Craft Sticks (Popsicle Sticks)
Stickers
Kwik Sticks
Yarn
Pipe Cleaners
Shaving Cream
Beads
Roll of Butcher Paper
Play Dough
Glitter

Here’s an Amazon List for easy shopping if you’d like to purchase anything from this section.

“Loose Parts”- Recyclable & Natural Materials
Paper Towel and Toilet Paper Cardboard Tubes
Cardboard Boxes of Various Sizes
Plastic Lids
Buttons
Ribbon
Magazines
Empty Spools of Thread
Wooden Pegs
Clothespins
Sea Shells
Rocks
Jars
Styrofoam Packaging
Old Greeting Cards
Straws

Preschool Learning At-home Materials

If you’re looking for ways to engage your preschooler at home, and keep those “school muscles” strong, here’s a list of some of our favorite preschool supplies. Keep in mind that you don’t have to spend lots of money to create a rich, learning environment for your child. Feel free to use these items as inspiration, and see what you can recreate using what you already have at home!

We suggest setting up a few stations each day and letting your little one spend time in each area to get a feel for what is interesting to them, and to get inspired on ways to combine the activities. You can also try setting a timer, giving them a one minute warning each time, and facilitate some station switching. Be sure to give your child a one or two minute warning before it is time to clean up and move on to whatever is next on your schedule for the day. Remember to follow your child’s lead; there is no right or wrong way to interact with these materials. 

>> Check out the list!

Tips & Tricks for Virtual Preschool Success

As the uncertainty of living life during the COVID-19 pandemic unfolded, parents, caregivers, educators and children were launched into a new educational adventure- Virtual Preschool. Our Preschool Team gathered some tips, tricks, advice and insights with all of you to make sure everyone is having the best and uniquely developmentally appropriate Virtual Preschool experience as possible with their child.

Check out the blog below for a list of things we’ve learned as a team and from caregiver input:
>> Read more

What curriculum do you follow?

Our teaching philosophy focuses on real life application of pre-academic skills, meaning we weave numeracy and literacy into our arts practices and longer form group projects ie: engineering roads and road signs for our city, counting the students’ votes during group decisions etc. So, we will not be doing any sight words, flashcards or worksheets that are typically associated with building pre-academic skills. Our curriculum aligns with the Illinois Early Learning Standards, making sure that our students are prepared in a developmentally appropriate way for whatever type of academic journey may be in their future. We believe that play and social emotional well being are the most important aspects of preschool aged development.

For a deeper look into our process, you can check out the preschool curriculum page, as well as these blog posts:

Should You Teach Your Child Sight Words?

Preparing for Kindergarten During a Pandemic

Building Math and Literacy Skills Through Music

Moving Toward Literacy

Who are the teachers?

The Virtual Preschool Team consists of:

Preschool Director, Samantha Maxwell, M.S.C.D.
Lead Teacher Miss Jessica
Lead Teacher Miss Molly
Guest Instructors: Miss Amelia, Mr. Elliott, Miss Lina, Miss Sam and more!
>> Team Bios

 

From a Bubbles Academy Virtual Summer Camp Parent:

“I was concerned that my kiddos would not connect or be heard.  I was BLOWN away by how connected my kids were from the drop in camp.  They loved it.  They were calling the teachers by name after only meeting them for a few hours, asking when camp was happening again, talking about other students in class. I was kicking myself for not doing it sooner.  My fears were put to rest. 

Bubbles Teaching Artists bring relationship building to class EVERY time.  This in my opinion brings my kids back.  They have ENERGY, PATIENCE, CREATIVITY, INCLUSIVITY for all kiddos, EMPATHY and COMPASSION for what they are doing. My kids share the silly things the teachers do, talk about them at dinner as they are part of their lives now.”

- Ashley W.

Virtual Camp Bubbles Parent, Summer 2020

 

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