Traditional learning is paired with enrichment throughout the course of the typical Panache day. Depending on the developmental stage of each group of children, our students will be engaged in programs such as
- Interactive whiteboard lessons
- Artist and composer of the month
- Music & Movement
- Music & Movement
While our daily curriculums incorporate all facets of learning into a comprehensive educational experience tailor-made for our youngest learners, there is always value to be added to their educations through targeted extra-curricular activities. At Panache Enfants, we strive to create a center that is standardized enough to lend a sense of consistency in learning yet dynamic enough to incorporate the specific wants and needs of our local families. Taking our families’ suggestions and requests into account over the last year, we are pleased to have partnered with local businesses as focused on the development and growth of young children as us!Some of the options currently available within our diverse menu of extracurricular activities include:
- Piano with Lynda McManus Piano Company
- Soccer Shots
Panache Yogis Approach
A unique aspect of the PanacheGurus curriculum is the manner in which our teachers specifically plan for a continuum of learning focused on fitness and nutrition. We utilize many of the tools available through national programs such as the Department of Agriculture’s preschool focused curriculum “More than Mudpies” and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program.
Some of the following topics are things your child will work through at Panache Enfants. We begin these topics specifically as young as 2 when we are dealing with what we lovingly like to call the “Terrific 2s” phase.
- Regular intervals of physical activity to help students maintain focus through the day
- Yoga to encourage flexibility and focus
- Sports to encourage important social skills such as teamwork
- Reduction of screen time
- Link to articles related to childhood screen time/obesity/other concerns
- No more than 30 minutes per week of screen time at school (screen time limited to interactive white board lessons or short clips or videos enhancing learning concepts being taught in curriculum)
- Importance of inner awareness – “Are we pushing right now because our body feels very angry?” or “Are you crying because your heart feels sad?”
- Using breathing to refocus our emotional energies – “If you feel your body getting angry, try taking 5 deep breaths with me”
- Link between food and feelings – “Do you think maybe you felt sad before because your tummy was hungry?”
- Importance of variety in diet – eating the rainbow, different food groups
- Choosing water over other drinks
- Access to low-processed, mostly organic, freshly prepared foods that include whole fruits and vegetables in each eating experience
Articles highlighting the importance of movement:
Staying healthy at home – tips
- Enjoying the outdoors by going for walks, bike rides, afternoons at the park, playing sports, swimming, hiking.
- Limiting at home screen time to 1-2 hours per day for children over 2.
- No screen time for children under 2.
- Create screen-free zones and times at home.
- Plant a garden
- Encouraging trying of new, diverse foods including different food groups
- Drinking lots of water, reducing/eliminating sugary juices and drinks
- Experimenting with different grains such as quinoa, barley, millet, spelt, brown rice, etc.
- Try to meal plan for at least some meals through the week