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Happy Scholars Preschool Program

Our new innovative preschool program is an enriching educational experience where students form the foundations necessary to be ready to learn. A rigorous curriculum provides an array of educational opportunities to learn preschool foundations in math, language arts, social studies, art, music, science, and physical education, using the California Preschool Learning Foundations and guided by the Kindergarten Common Core Standards. In this well-structured class, students are introduced to the alphabet with Zoo-Phonics, we will begin the Handwriting Without Tears Program, and students participate in interactive science experiments and art projects.

Each class offers time for small focus groups where children work directly with the teacher in the areas of math and writing, at their own level. Communication with parents is provided weekly via e-mails with news, updates and extension activities. Children must be completely responsible for their own bathroom needs.  Children must meet the age requirement as of December 1, 2015. 

Note:  Parents must attend the mandatory orientation prior to the start of the session.  Please see your receipt for the date and time.

Open House

Come visist the Happy Scholars Open House on January 6, February 24 and April 20, 1-3pm, for a chance to meet the teachers, visit the classroom and more!

Program Opportunity

  • Superior Academic Foundation
  • Theme Based Curriculum
  • Introduction to the Zoo-phonics Program
  • Fine Motor and Sensory Development
  • Introduction to Handwriting Without Tears
  • Encouragement of Independence
  • Encouragement of Unique Gifts and Talents
  • Students are encouraged to see themselves as Readers and Writers

Philosophy and Mission
To provide an exciting and fresh academic approach to a preschool program that is fun and stimulating that gives students the confidence to succeed in any educational setting.

  • High value at a reasonable cost
  • 8:1 student to teacher ratio
  • An educational setting where students form the foundations necessary to be ready to learn
  • Educational opportunities to learn preschool foundations in math, language arts, social studies, art, music, science, and physical education
  • Individualized “teachable moments” for each child, based on each child’s individual needs
  • Regular parent advisories via email/daily classroom updates
  • Curriculum aligns with Preschool Foundations and Common Core Standards
  • Affordable, Highest-Quality Program Available
  • Artistic Expression and Music Awareness

About the Instructor

sbarkerinstructorSharon Barker has had extensive teaching experience with much of her practice occurring here in the San Ramon area. She has designed and taught enrichment and visual arts programs for both Preschool and Youth for the City of San Ramon Parks and Community Services Department for over 14 years.

Sharon received her bachelor’s degree from Cal State East Bay. Teaching in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District for over 5 years has given her a unique perspective about how to prepare and transition preschool-aged children into rigorous academic instruction. She has vast experience designing and implementing curriculum as she was a member of the support team to create the San Ramon Valley Unified School District’s adopted Visual Arts curriculum, 2008-2011.

Happy Scholars is her most thrilling project yet and she is excited to begin! 

If you’d like to contact the instructor regarding Happy Scholars, please email her at Happyscholarscommunity@gmail.com

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Age 3

14 Classes*           $439(R/GO)/$549(N)
Tue, Thu 1/12 - 2/25                    8:30am-12:00pm              Act #97439

Tue, Thu 3/1 - 4/21                     8:30am-12:00pm             Act #97440
No Class 4/5 and 4/7

Tue, Thu 4/26 - 6/9                     8:30am-12:00pm             Act #97441

*$50 (new students)/$30 (returning students) materials fee

42 Classes*                             $1,245(R/GO)/$1,557(N)
Tue, Thu 1/12 - 6/9             8:30am-12:00pm                     Act #97447
*$90 (new students)/$65 (returning students) materials fee

Age 4

20 Classes*        $729(R/GO)/$911(N)
Mon, Wed, Fri 1/11 - 2/29          8:30am-12:30pm             Act #97442
No Class 1/18, 2/15 

Mon, Wed, Fri 3/2 - 4/22          8:30am-12:30pm             Act #97443
No class 4/4, 4/6, 4/8

Mon, Wed, Fri 4/25 - 6/10          8:30am-12:30pm             Act #97444
No class 5/30

*$70 (new students)/$45 (returning students) materials fee

60 Classes*                             $2,099(R/GO)/$2,624(N)
Mon, Wed, Fri 1/11 - 6/10 8:30am-12:30pm                               Act #97448
No Class 1/18, 2/15, 4/4, 4/6, 4/8, 5/3
*$125 (new students)/$90 (returning students) materials fee

 

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PRESCHOOL Winter-Spring 2016 CLASSES

Abrakadoodle Art

Instructor: Sharon Barker
Explore art as an extension of play while learning new skills: cutting, ripping, stamping, painting, gluing, rubbing, folding and poking. Young kids love art, especially when they dive into the process of creating art and experience the tactile feel of the materials. Fine art essentials are transmitted through sensory, playful and imaginative projects. This hands-on class is as fun for the accompanying adults as it is for the kids.  No unpaid siblings or children in the class unless infant under age 1.

Ages 2 – 4            8 Classes              $98(R/GO)/$123(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Mon 2/1 - 3/28             9:15am- 10:00am             Act #97386
$18 Materials Fee; No Class 2/15


Paint N' Glue

Instructor: Sharon Barker
Spend quality time with your child while creating keepsakes based on a theme of the week.  We paint, glue, draw and do 4-5 clever art projects each week that are fun and engaging for little hands. Parent participation is required.  No unregistered siblings or children in the class unless under age 1.

Ages 2 – 5            11 Classes              $116(R/GO)/$145(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Sat 2/6 - 4/16             9:15am- 10:00am             Act #97436
$29 Materials Fee

 

Color Blast!

Instructor: Sharon Barker
Delight your child with lively color interaction! We will have a special 'color of the day' and paint with it, construct with it and do fun crafts that involve that color to take home. We will be able to blend colors and find out what they make as children actually learn about color theory in an exhilarating way! Parent participation is required.  No unregistered siblings or children in the class unless under age 1.

Ages 2 –5            8 Classes              $88(R/GO)/$110(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Sat 4/23 - 6/11            9:15am-10:00am             Act #97438
$25 Materials Fee

 

We Love to Paint

Instructor: Sharon Barker
Young artists will explore a variety of new painting techniques and mediums. Try out foam, watercolor, glossies, tempera, glitter, shiny and fluorescent paints. Participants will use texture, pattern and design to create their own personalized artwork. Then they will use these techniques in oil resists, printmaking, painted sculptures, and mixed media.

Ages 4 – 6            8 Classes              $88(R/GO)/$110(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Mon 2/1 - 3/28             5:20pm- 6:00pm             Act #97388
$29 Materials Fee; No Class 2/15

 

Spring Into Art Tot Camp

Instructor: Sharon Barker
In our week long program we have a blast painting projects on paper, cardboard, boxes, and foam! We  use quirky tools like bubble wrap, corks, forks, pasta and tissue to paint with using watercolor paint, glitter paint, shiny, florescent, foamy paint and more. Animals, seasons, fruit and flowers are some of the themes for our art. There are no sneak-peeks until Friday, when we host our own Art Show, for everyone to come and see! Wear clothes that can get dirty!

Ages 4 – 6            5 Classes              $174(R/GO)/$218(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Mon-Fri 4/4 - 4/8            9:00am-12:00pm              Act #97500
$25 Materials Fee


Afternoons with Ms. Sharon

Instructor: SHARON BARKER and staff
Join Ms. Sharon in the afternoon for an exciting and economical course. In four classes we do a little bit of everything, which includes crafts, reading, learning, and creating. At the end of our session we will have some new skills!  $9 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day.

Ages 2 – 5             4 Classes               $44(R/GO)/$55(N)             
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park

Globe Trotting

Trot the globe and learn about different cultures in a very relevant and exciting way! We will learn what people eat in Mexico, find out about castles in England, and make our own Chinese dragon.
Wed 2/3 - 2/24        4:00pm- 4:45pm                 Act #97428

Far-Out Space Explorers
Fly far out in space and become an astronaut! We will paint a rocket, and stamp a space scene. We will have lots to see and do in outer space!
Wed 3/9 - 3/30        4:00pm- 4:45pm                 Act #97429

Farm Days

Have fun on the Farm learning about familiar animals and how to work on the farm. We will make our own butter, slap mud on a pig and lots, lots more!     
Wed 4/13 - 5/4        4:00pm- 4:45pm            Act #97430

Pirate and Mermaid Party

Paint Treasure rocks, design a personalized pirate, make a mermaid playdoh tail and a pet seagull!
Wed 5/11 - 6/1        4:00pm- 4:45pm            Act #97431

Animal Tot Detective

Instructor: SHARON BARKER and staff
Combine art and science and more while learning about animals! Get a close-up look at the animal of the week as we explore simple facts about them. We will read and learn about the animals’ habitat and features, rotate through some fun activities such as animal matching, count that animal, and animal sorting. We will then do an art project inspired by the animal and how they live. This hands-on class is as fun for the accompanying adults as it is for the kids. Parent participation required.  No unpaid siblings allowed unless under age 1 and held/carried in a pack by parent.

Ages 4 – 6            6 Classes              $65(R/GO)/$82(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Thu 2/25 – 3/31              5:00pm- 5:45pm            Act #97433
*$20 materials fee

 

Get Ready for Preschool

Instructor: SHARON BARKER and staff
This is a class to help tots transition into an actual pre-school setting. Parents stay with their children and help them experience what it's like to be in pre-school. We will have a circle time, art time, reading/letters and numbers activities, snack time, play time, cooking and science activities.  Students will practice skills in small group settings and have some one-on-one time with the teacher.  To enforce the concept of sharing, students may be asked to bring a small amount of some food that they help prepare at home, to share with class members during cooking activities. 

Ages 2 – 3            17 Classes            $317(R/GO)/$397(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Mon 1/25 - 5/23             10:15am-12:15pm            Act #97387
$45 Materials Fee; No Class 2/15, 4/4

 

Early Readers

Instructor: SHARON BARKER and staff
Using the very popular Handwriting without Tears preschool program, we will learn writing activities to increase our stamina, and grip to become better writers. Roundtable discussions and identifying parts of a book leads us into an activity where we can actually illustrate and write with our own words. Exciting activities further our understanding and about how we read and how we write.

Ages 3 ½ - 4 ½            8 Classes            $87(R/GO)/$109(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Mon 2/1 - 3/28*             4:30pm-5:10pm           Act #97389
$25 materials fee; No class 2/15

 

Letters and Sounds M-Z

Instructor: SHARON BARKER and staff
Explore the alphabet while having fun learning about each letter and its sound. In a gently structured environment we have hands-on play, engaging arts & crafts activities. We will use Zoo-phonics Multisensory Language Arts Program to include vocabulary development and articulation, based on phonics and phonemic awareness. Students receive activities to extend their learning at home each week. This class is a great accompaniment to Numbers and Shapes. Parent participation is required. No unpaid siblings allowed unless under age 1 and held/carried in a pack by parent.

Ages 2 - 4            14 Classes                          $163(R/GO)/$204(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Fri 1/22 - 4/29      9:30am-10:15am             Act #97434
$39 Materials Fee; No Class 4/8

 

Numbers and Shapes

Instructor: SHARON BARKER and staff
Explore numbers and shapes in a gently structured environment where we have hands on play, engaging arts and craft activities and make a numbers and shapes book. We review counting, number and shape recognition, charting, geometry, and more. This class is a great accompaniment to Letters and Sounds. Parent participation is required. No unpaid siblings allowed unless under age 1 and held/carried in a pack by parent.  No unpaid siblings allowed unless under age 1 and held/carried in a pack by parent.  

Ages 2 - 4            10 Classes                          $117(R/GO)/$147(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Fri 1/22 - 3/25      10:30am-11:15am             Act #97435
$29 Materials Fee

Science Explorers

Instructor: SHARON BARKER and staff
Children are naturally curious. We will explore new ways of thinking, new ways to do things, and ways to measure things. We will do activities such as explore motion by building w/ramps and blocks to see how we can make something roll faster or slower, measure how far something will go using a launcher, investigate rocks, explore with tools, and make predictions.

Ages 4 - 6            8 Classes            $79(R/GO)/$99(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Wed 2/3 - 3/23             5:00pm-5:45pm           Act #97432
$25 Materials Fee

 

Science Beginnings - Things that Fizz, Crack, and Pop

Instructor: Vidya Pillai
These are exciting experiment-based classes. Simple scientific concepts are introduced through easy, fun, and stimulating experiments. We'll explore the science behind bubbles while we make six-feet bubbles. We'll make root beer (and take some home too) as we learn about yeast and carbon dioxide. Make Oobleck as you learn about quicksand. Examine the movement of molecules in liquids.

Ages 4 - 6            4 Classes            $79(R/GO)/$99(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Wed 4/12 - 5/3             10:00am-11:00am           Act #97267
$6 Materials Fee


KinderBOTS

Instructor:  Tiny Techs Club 
A unique program that is aimed at fostering creativity through science and technology and introduces simple engineering and technology concepts in a fun, hands-on way. Custom-designed curriculum shows how gears, pulleys, etc. work, in this fantastic camp! Children will be provided with a kit and a computer to work on - small class size, plenty of help, and one-on-one attention. All children will be taught how to program their robot using simple drag-and-drop programming.

Ages 4 – 6            6 Classes              $105(R/GO)/$132(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center

Mon 3/7 - 4/11            10:30am-11:15am           Act #97354

Mon 4/18 - 5/23           10:30am-11:15am           Act #97355


Little Lits

Instructor: MEERA SRIRAM
San Ramon San Ramon Community Center at Central Park

Little Lits I

In this story-time based toddler class, children will be introduced to preschool themes through music and books. Wonderful read-alouds, rhymes, storyboards, and movement & finger play, will prepare children for a life-long love of reading and learning. This gentle and interactive class will end with a short stay-and-read time. You will take home songs to sing, book titles to read, and ideas for simple activities. A parent or caregiver must stay in class. No unregistered siblings.

Ages 1 1/2 – 3    8 Classes              $99(R/GO)/$124(N)
Fri 1/29 - 3/18      9:45am-10:30am               Act #97252

Fri 4/1 - 5/20         9:45am-10:30am              Act #97254

Little Lits II

This is an enriching early literacy class for pre-kinders. The story-time based sessions will cover wonderful themes related to the environment, social studies, and cultures. We will have fun, meaningful, and interactive read-alouds, songs and movement, and an activity or a game, all emphasizing on vital language and reading skills. This class will encourage a love for books and a curiosity to learn, while opening up our world for young children. A parent or caregiver must stay in class. No unregistered siblings.

Ages 2 ½ – 4       6 Classes              $125(R/GO)/$157(N)     
Fri 1/29 - 3/4         11:00am-12:00pm             Act #97251

Fri 4/1 - 5/6           11:00am-12:00pm             Act #97253

 

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Kindermusik

Instructor: Kindermusik with Miss Lindsay & Friends, Inc.
Join your child on a musical adventure that can last a lifetime! In Kindermusik, you'll be part of a community that celebrates your child through singing, dancing, movement, and instrument play. Choose the class that is right for you, whether you're looking for a class for your baby, toddler, preschooler, or the whole family!

8 Classes            $144(R/GO)/$180(N)
San Ramon San Ramon Community Center at Central Park

Move & groove: animals-a-dancing & jazz kitchen
Get ready for lots of ribbity-hopping, trumpety-stomping, and oinkity-rolling in 'Animals a-Dancing'! We'll explore our bodies and voices using the movements and sounds of frogs, elephants, and pigs. Then join us for a jazzy good time in 'Jazz Kitchen', where your child will get to experiment with improvisation both on instruments and in song. PLEASE NOTE: This is a Drop-Off class for the first 30 minutes, so children should be able to separate from their grownups without tears. If your child needs more special time with you, please consider one of our Wiggle & Grow with Siblings classes instead.

Ages 3 - 5 years
Thu 1/21 - 3/10             9:30am-10:15am            Act #97369
$22 Materials Fee


kindermusik village: Feathers
In 'Feathers', we'll help our babies develop an early appreciation-and accelerated aptitude-for language, movement, and music as we explore Woody Guthrie's musical poems, bird songs, and a drum-filled 'Duck Dance'.

Ages 1 – 17months
Thu 1/ - 3/11             10:30am-11:15am            Act #97368
$35 Materials Fee

Moove & Groove: Under the rainbow & feel the music
Come join us 'Under the Rainbow'! There is a robust musical curriculum in this pot of gold. We'll explore melodic direction through song, movement, active listening, instrument play, and graphic notation. Then, we'll explore how to express and observe our feelings in 'Feel the Music', a celebration of music's power to move us! PLEASE NOTE: This is a Drop-Off class for the first 30 minutes, so children should be able to separate from their grownups without tears. If your child needs more special time with you, please consider one of our Wiggle & Grow with Siblings classes instead.

Ages 3 - 5 years
Fri 3/31 - 5/19               9:30am-10:15am              Act #97376
$ 22 Materials Fee


kindermusik Village: Cock-a-doodle-moo!
Hop on the hayride-it's time to head for the farm! In this unit, we'll sing songs about the farm, enjoy group dancing and ball play, and engage in rituals and playful activities with our babies, including infant massage, lap bounces, exercise, and quiet time.

Ages 1 - 17 months
Fri 4/1 - 5/20               9:30am-10:15am            Act #97374
*$35 Materials Fee

kindermusik wiggle & grow: Silly All Over & Colors on the Farm
Everyone loves singing and dancing, but when you add a sense of humor ('Silly All Over'), a splash of color ('Colors & Shapes on the Farm') and a farmyard of fun, it gets even better!

Ages 1 ½ - 3 years
Thu 1/21 - 3/10                10:30am-11:15am            Act #97367
Fri 1/22 - 3/11                11:30am-12:15pm            Act #97372
$22 Materials Fee

kindermusik wiggle & grow with siblings
Everyone loves singing and dancing, but when you add a sense of humor ('Silly All Over'), a splash of color ('Colors & Shapes on the Farm') and a farmyard of fun, it gets even better! Babies 10 months and younger attend FREE with a sibling that is enrolled!

Ages 1 month - 4 years
Fri 1/22 - 3/11              11:30am-12:15pm            Act #97370
Fri 4/1 - 5/20               11:30am-12:15pm            Act #97375
$22 Materials Fee

kindermusik wiggle & grow: Down on the Ground & On the Go!
Come get 'Down on the Ground' with your toddler! We'll sing, move, listen, and play (with instruments AND our voices!) as we learn about bunnies, squirrels, dogs, and more! Then we'll get up and get going in 'On the Go,' as we zoom about like trains, planes, cars, and wagons (and learn how to stop, too!)

Ages Ages 1 ½  - 3 years
Thu 3/31 - 5/19             10:30am-11:15am            Act #97371
Fri 4/1 - 5/20                10:30am-11:15am            Act #97373
$22 Materials Fee

 

Tiny Tumbler Gymnastics

Instructor: CALIFORNIA GYMNASTIC SERVICES
This class is designed to enhance your child's motor development skills, balance, coordination, and confidence.  Emphasis is placed on developing beginning gymnastic skills in a fun and social environment and also introducing children to learn to participate in a structured class without their parents.  Equipment incorporated into the class includes gymnastic mats, single bars, double bars, balance beams, vaulting blocks, ladders, bouncers and various other equipment.  Music games and group activities are incorporated into the class.

Age 3 - 5 years
5 Classes              $75(R/GO)/$94(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park

Wed 1/13 - 2/10          10:15am-11:00am            Act #97255

Wed 2/17 - 3/16          10:15am-11:00am            Act #97256

Wed 3/23 - 4/20          10:15am-11:00am            Act #97261

Wed 4/27 - 5/25          10:15am-11:00am            Act #97262

Parent & Me Gymnastics

Instructor: CALIFORNIA GYMNASTIC SERVICES

Ages 4 - 5
5 Classes              $75(R/GO)/$94(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park


Wed 1/13 - 2/10             9:30am-10:15am            Act #97259

Wed 2/17 - 3/16             9:30am-10:15am            Act #97260

Wed 3/23 - 4/20             9:30am-10:15am            Act #97265

Wed 4/27 - 5/25             9:30am-10:15am            Act #97266