For: 3-5 Year old Children
For St. Matthew’s Church Students only: Extend your child’s day with an extra hour to have lunch & socialize with friends.
Afternoon Enrichment Classes
Our preschool Enrichment Classes provide children with a lunch period to share with friends, a class with a specialist and time with friends in a classroom setting. Our enrichment program is designed to stimulate the mind and spark the imagination with hands-on, exciting educational activities using familiar centers, play and work areas. We offer classes in a variety of subject areas. In order to encourage a child’s curiosity, we will explore new ideas and interesting concepts. We provide opportunities in a social setting for children to broaden their knowledge base and increase their understanding of the world around them. Opportunities for both individualized learning and large group experiences occur naturally in this multi-age setting. The wide range of activities will nourish self-confidence, concentration, cooperation and respect for others.
We offer classes in a variety of subject areas. In order to encourage a child’s curiosity, we will explore new ideas and interesting concepts. We provide opportunities in a social setting for children to broaden their knowledge base and increase their understanding of the world around them. Opportunities for both individualized learning and large group experiences occur naturally in this multi-age setting. The wide range of activities will nourish self-confidence, concentration, cooperation, and respect for others. Our preschool activities inspire a lifelong sense of wonder.
Bedford Course Offerings and Weekly Schedule
Tinkering and Engineering with Literature
Our young children need even more opportunities to play, explore, and learn about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It is our belief that early exposure and getting kids excited about STEM, will help prepare them for future life challenges. What do young children have in common with scientists and engineers? They all “tinker”- taking things apart, putting things together, figuring out how things work, and using tools to build and create. When faced with a problem, they ask questions, make plans, work together, test their ideas, solve problems, and share their creations with others.
Building on children’s natural inclinations we will present children with engineering challenges they can’t resist and plunges them into figuring out solutions using science, math, and engineering concepts. Many of the problems will come from classic and modern children’s picture books. We will use everyday materials and STEM concepts to design and build solutions to problems faced by characters in their favorite books. We will build bridge to help the “Three Billy Goats” to cross, we will create and rebuild a chair for Baby Bear that Goldilocks can not break. Each design challenge is designed to spark a genuine love for tinkering, making and engineering.
Nature Explorers and Super Science
Our Nature program we seek to foster an appreciation for and love of nature by inviting children to explore the world around them through hands-on, outdoor, experiential learning. In so doing we hope to inspire the young people of today to become environmentally responsible and conscientious citizens of tomorrow. Children learn in a variety of settings, indoor and out, and spend much of their time behind eyepieces of binoculars, running behind a butterfly net and crawling on their hands and knees with eyes peeled on the ground.
Some experiences include painting a “pet rock” building a nest, and keeping a nature journal. “The Little Scientists” program is designed to inspire your child to enter the world of exploration and discovery. Hands-on experiments will comprise the bulk of this part of the program. These experiences will help them to explore, understand, and appreciate the world around them. Explorations in color mixing, “erupting” a volcano, and magnets will be some of the activities. The program will introduce the children to the world that exists just outside their range of vision.
We offer a variety of developmentally appropriate learning activities. Our Pre-K readiness class offers a variety of focused activities. We will reinforce concepts and work on developing skills: fine and gross motor, language and vocabulary. Each class will focus on a theme with quality literature, a coordinated activity that could include: a game, or an art experience. We will develop emerging literacy skills: the alphabet, counting and number recognition from 1-20, and journal writing activities. We will begin to work on reading readiness skills, small motor and pre-writing skills and early mathematical concepts with our preschoolers! The children will be provided with a packet each week to promote interest in writing, letters and numbers. A binder of their work will go home at the end of the year.
The world is a mathematical place. Math helps make sense of the world in which we live and understand the order and certainty as well as random events and their chances of happening. Everywhere there are angles, shapes, moving objects, patterns to behold, numbers to count and investigations to be undertaken. We will explore size, quantity, symbols, language, symmetry, angles, sorting, measurement, shape, and patterns. On nice weather days, we will use our outdoor space to create and to explore. We will take math concepts outdoors and apply them in a playful and challenging way to look at math through nature in a wondrous way. We will provide lots of ideas, suggestions, tools, and activities to help children become mathematical thinkers and problem solvers who are confident and skilled in using and exploring mathematical concepts. The activities work well for children working together of different ages. Most importantly we will make Math FUN!
Little Passports- A Cooking Class
A fun-filled introduction to cooking, geography and global exploration for preschoolers. Join the adventure as we “travel” through our community and explore New York, the United States and the World. In this enrichment class, the children will travel the world.
They will discover new foods, learn about each country and their culture. Each week our make-believe airplane will fly to a new country! Our weekly adventure will begin by looking at the map of the United States and our World map. It will show us where we are headed and we will stamp our passports with the country’s flag. With each country we visit, we will coordinate specific literature, look at iconic symbols, create an art and crafts project, listen to music, and have a hands-on experience with a cooking activity.
Schedule, Calendar & Rates
Lunch Club Times
For St Matthew’s Nursery School Students only: Extend your child’s day with an extra hour to have lunch & socialize with friends.
Calendar for St. Matthew’s School 2019-2020
October 2-First day of Lunch Clubs/Enrichment
20-Holiday Sing Along
1-3-New Year’s Day
20-Martin Luther King Day
22-Teacher Work Day
Last Day of Enrichment Classes: May 21, 2020
We follow Bedford Central School District and St Matthews Preschool for Snow Day Closings-If SMP closes we are closed.
Pricing and Registration
1 day per week: $38.50
$385.00 per session
2 days per week: $77.00
$770.00 per session
3 days per week: $115.50
$1,155.00 per session
4 days per week: $154.00
$1,540.00 per session
5 days per week: 192.50
$1,925.00 per session
St Matthew’s Nursery School Students only extra hour: $18.00 per day $180 per 10 sessions
Bedford Learning @
St. Matthew’s Church
382 Cantitoe Street
Bedford, NY 10506
Susan Ross Teacher/Director
During School Hours: 914-774-2182
After School Hours: 914-242-2024