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Extra-Curricular Classes

In addition to the age-based classrooms, the following additional classes are also offered at ILC. Click on each box to see a brief class description below.

Computer Classes: GitsSmart

Our computer classes are held weekly in the “tugboat” at the Learning Center.  Children are grouped according to age and skill, and the curriculum for younger children stresses a wide range of computer and traditional skills.  Students learn about the power of computers for learning, working and playing through personalized computer mastery programs. 

Our Stretch-n-Grow Exercise Classes

Stretch-n-Grow programs promote exercise and wellness, and are designed to work with toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children at developmentally appropriate skill levels. Silly socks, clappers, paper plates, discs, pom poms, ropes, cones, parachutes and many, many more fun and practical props are used in every class to get kids excited about exercise.

Stretch-n-Grow classes help in developing good health and fitness habits in young children, and the program is taught at The Learning Center by well-trained Stretch-n-Grow coaches. The program consists of weekly sessions which include exercise, activities and discussions on health and related issues such as nutrition, hygiene, and safety. The monthly cost is $20.

Soccer Shots

Soccer Shots is a program offered to children 2-8 that meets once a week at daycare centers, schools, and parks throughout the city to introduce your child to soccer! Our Soccer Shots instructors are energetic and enthusiastic, are great teachers, and love working with children. We not only teach soccer skills, but also work on improving balance, coordination, and agility with the kids. Soccer Shots also uses the sessions to teach children important concepts such as teamwork, sharing and respect. Come join the fastest growing youth soccer program today!

Drama Classes at ILC - Jelly Beans Creative Learning

What is Creative Dramatics/Dramatic Play, and what benefit will it provide our children?

Around the age of two, children begin to show behavior that is commonly known as “pretending.” Those who study children term it “dramatic play.” Informal dramatic play occurs daily. It’s one of children’s most natural ways of learning. It provides a way of scaling down, understanding, and dealing with the world around them.

Although dramatic play in a classroom differs from children’s make-believe and self-initiated play, it is worth considering what they share in common simply because children who engage in spontaneous, make-believe play have already acquired the skills required to participate successfully in classroom play. The most effective way to stimulate and direct this spontaneous kind of drama is to provide young children with a suitable environment and the freedom necessary for experimentation.

Why is dramatic play preferable to doing productions? The adults who write, stage, and costume plays derive some measure of satisfaction, but this common form of drama must be the least creative and worthwhile method of using this important teaching tool for young children.

Adults tend to place more value on the end product of an artistic endeavor than on the experiences and discoveries of the children involved. The use of simple props, costumes, and puppets can heighten children’s enjoyment of drama when the emphasis is placed on the child’s creativity, rather than on conformity to any adult aesthetic standards.