Our Enrichment Programs
We believe our actions, reactions and decisions are based on our values and our beliefs, which come from our past experiences. Hence, Core Values embedding life choices program gets incorporated into every aspect of the school and experiences. This enrichment program is one of the ways to help students develop good habits and virtues and lay a foundation for making better choices. As educators, we have always been building positive, responsible and respectful citizens.
Mindfulness is incorporated throughout the day, primarily during transitions to provide our students with opportunities for their social-emotional development. They enhance their ability to become more self-aware, understand and regulate their feelings and emotions, understand others emotions, work effectively with their peers and form habits of being kind, and empathetic.
Innovative Computing & Robotics
Aptitude in technology is critical to success. The sooner children feel comforta-ble maneuvering the digital ecosphere, the easier they’ll adapt to the ever-changing landscape. In this enrichment program, our students three years and above learn:
• Mouse manipulation skills
• Visual programming
• Basic website design
• Digital Citizenship
Students get active while learning essentials! A healthy routine filled with physical activity is essential to establish early in a child’s development. In this enrichment program, our teachers explore concepts such as:
• Health Awareness
• Gross Motor / Large muscle movements
• Balancing skills
• Body Coordination
• Core Values
through Yoga, games and more.
Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom
Our students use this space not just for gross motor development, but also for outdoor assembly, journaling, reading books in the shade and using their imaginations as they explore nature.
At KLA Schools , we create opportunities for children to learn through gardening, engag-ing their natural curiosity and wonder about fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Having a com-munity garden allows our students to strengthen their core values as it provides them with something they are responsible for from start to finish. At the beginning of the summer, each classroom plants their own seeds in pods and then transfers them into their class-room garden beds. From there, the students continuously water and help maintain the ar-ea as they care for their plants. Gardening not only improves nutritional attitudes and but enhances children’s environmental leadership skills.
It’s a welcoming, creative space where children of all ages come individually or in small groups to express their imagination and experiment with different media. Some of the natural and manufactured materials ready to inspire the inner artist are:
Grand Piazza Exploration
The Grand Piazza is a community gathering area that allows for a wide range of social interactions and building upon relationships. Our Piazza is set up with a variety of new provocations on a regular basis. Students are encouraged to ex-plore these different experiences on a daily basis with their classroom or with their parents.
Multiple studies have shown statistics that the second language improves memory and analytic abilities and strengthens problem-solving skills. By incor-porating a second language into children’s daily routine, they benefit from in-creased verbal communication, analytical reasoning, much more! In our Spanish program, students will:
• Learn basic conversational salutations, numbers
• Grasp the environmental vocabulary
• Develop a cultural awareness
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once said, “music is the universal language of all mankind.” As one of our unique benefits, students at KLA Schools of Plainfield are exposed to a variety of activities within the Kindermusik program. Parallel with the Reggio Emilia philosophy, Kindermusik provides weekly lessons that focus on the whole-child to enhance a child’s cognitive, language, physical, creative, and social-emotional development. Music Education is more than just learning about beats and rhythms, it is designed to nurture multiple areas of a child’s development and tap into a variety of individual learning styles.
Expert Guest Speakers
At KLA Schools, we motivate and expose students to various careers like Architect, Doctor, Dentist, Chef, Pilot, Police officer, Fire Fighters, Farmer, Attorney, Engineer, Entrepreneur etc., by having expert guest speakers who are experts in their chosen field to come and inspire them.
Class of the 3s and above go on educational field visits to places related to their field of study to understand how the concepts are implemented in real-life.
Special Enrichment Events
We call all young scientists for its annual STEM fair! All students age 2 and older are encouraged to participate by working on a science project at home, and displaying it proud-ly at the fair for the world to see. The classrooms also present their STEM projects, their hypothesis and outcome. Students and Parents participate in a STEM Challenge by visiting all classrooms.
Fine Arts Festival
We are always excited to showcase children’s work. Seeing such a diverse array of objects together really highlights the depth of the student’s work and the variety of opportunities and different materials students are able to explore and express themselves with.
Every year we prepare the Piazza and hallways of our school and share different pieces of work with families. This is a wonderful opportunity for the school community to come together and enjoy children’s work throughout the school year.
To celebrate the week of the young child in April, every year we host a Literacy night where students from each classroom plan experiences based on a book of their interest. The students will read, write books and present their creations to the parents and other classrooms.
Students, Parents and Educators celebrate the cultural diversity of their families throughout the year. Everyone comes together for one special evening to celebrate on our school’s annual Cultural Night, which gives families a chance to share food, music, dance and information about their traditions.