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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.  All participants must be the appropriate age on or before September 1.  

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 visit the Happy Scholars Open House on September 9 and October 28, 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*           $399(R/GO)/$499(N)
Tue, Thu 9/15 - 10/29                    8:30am-12:00pm              Act #96374
*$45 Materials Fee

12 Classes*          $342(R/GO)/$428(N)
Tue, Thu 11/3 - 12/17                     8:30am-12:00pm             Act #96375
*$30 Materials Fee; No Class 11/24 and 11/26

26 Classes*          $691(R/GO)/$864(N)
Tue, Thu 9/15 - 12/17                     8:30am-12:00pm             Act #96376
*$70 Materials Fee; No Class 11/24 and 11/26

Age 4

21 Classes*         $699(R/GO)/$874(N)
Mon, Wed, Fri 9/14 - 10/30          8:30am-12:30pm             Act #96377
*$70 Materials Fee

16 Classes*         $566(R/GO)/$708(N)
Mon, Wed, Fri 11/2 - 12/18          8:30am-12:30pm             Act #96378
*$40 Materials Fee; No Class 11/11, 11/23, 11/25 and 11/27

38 Classes*         $1,215(R/GO)/$1,519(N)
Mon, Wed, Fri 9/14 - 12/18          8:30am-12:30pm             Act #96379
*$90 Materials Fee; No Class 11/11, 11/23, 11/25 and 11/27

 

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PRESCHOOL FALL 2015 CLASSES

NEW! 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.  Note: No unpaid siblings or children in the class unless infant under age 1. $18 Materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day.

Ages 2 – 4            8 Classes              $85(R/GO)/$107(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Mon 9/28 - 11/16             9:15am- 10:00am             Act #96372

NEW! 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.  Please Note:  Parent participation required. No unpaid siblings allowed unless under age 1 and held/carried in a pack by parent.  $39 materials fee.

Ages 2 – 5            8 Classes              $85(R/GO)/$107(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Sat 9/26 - 11/14             9:15am- 10:00am             Act #96371

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. $33 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day.

Ages 4 – 6            9 Classes              $96(R/GO)/$120(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Mon 9/21 - 11/16             5:20pm- 6:00pm             Act #96390


NEW! 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!
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park

Paint Play

Won't it be easier to let your child explore until their heart's-content with paints, and gluey messes you can leave and not have to do the preparing and cleaning part? Well, then this class is for your creative child. Each day provides exciting, new and messy activities using paint, glue, paper, and more.  $9 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day.

Ages 3 – 5            3 Classes              $29(R/GO)/$37(N)
Wed 9/23 - 10/7                4:00pm- 4:45pm            Act #96403

Sea Explorers

Explore the sea as we swim and splash learning about sea creatures and their environment. This class is a great mix of fun and science. We will do colorful art projects, read fun stories, and learn about sea life through fun activities. $9 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day. 

Ages 2 – 5            4 Classes              $39(R/GO)/$49(N)
Wed 10/21 - 11/18*        4:00pm- 4:45pm            Act #96393
*No Class 11/11

Cupcake Kids

Frost delicious cupcakes, add icing to cookies, and SPRINKLES!! Try our delectable treats when we bring home samples. We will also do some creative food crafts and food taste-testing while discussing what are healthy choices. (Students will NOT be using a kitchen.)  $10 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day.

Ages 2 – 5            3 Classes              $29(R/GO)/$37(N)          
Wed 12/2 - 12/16        4:00pm- 4:45pm            Act #96392



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.  Note: Parent participation required.  No unpaid siblings allowed unless under age 1 and held/carried in a pack by parent. $20 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day.

Ages 4 – 6            6 Classes              $64(R/GO)/$80(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Thu 9/24 – 11/5*              5:00pm- 5:45pm            Act #96370
*No Class 10/15

 

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. $29 materials fee is payable to the instructor on the first day.

Ages 2 – 3            10 Classes            $179(R/GO)/$224(N)
Dougherty Station Community Center
Mon 9/14 - 11/16             10:15am-12:15pm            Act #96373

 

Letters and Sounds

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.  Note: Parent participation is required. No unpaid siblings allowed unless under age 1 and held/carried in a pack by parent. $33 materials fee. 

Ages 2 – 4            12 Classes            $129(R/GO)/$162(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Fri 9/18 - 12/18*             9:30-10:15am           Act #96397
*No class 10/16; 11/27

 

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. Note: Parent participation is required. No unpaid siblings allowed unless under age 1 and held/carried in a pack by parent.  $33 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day.

Ages 2 – 4            12 Classes            $129(R/GO)/$162(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Fri 9/18 - 12/18*               10:30am-11:15am            Act #96395
*No class 10/16; 11/27

Early Readers

Instructor: SHARON BARKER and staff
Using the very popular Handwriting without Tears preschool program, we will learn some pre-wring and writing activates 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.  $25 materials fee payable to the instructor on the first day.

Ages 3 ½- 4 ½                     9 Classes              $96(R/GO)/$120(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Mon 9/21 - 11/16             4:30pm- 5:10pm            Act #96389

NEW! 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 with ramps and blocks to see how we can make things roll faster or slower, measure how far something will go using a launcher, investigate rocks, explore with tools, and make predictions. $10 materials fee is payable to the instructor on the first day.

Ages 4 – 6            8 Classes              $89(R/GO)/$112(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Wed 9/23 – 12/2*            5:00pm- 5:45pm            Act #96394
*No Class 10/14; 11/11; 11/25


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              $124(R/GO)/$155(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park
Mon 9/14 - 10/19             10:30am-11:15am           Act #96399
Mon 11/2 - 12/14*            10:30am-11:15am           Act #96400
*No Class 11/23

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 9/25 - 11/13  9:45am-10:30am        Act #96339

 

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 9/25 - 10/30  11:00am-12:00am        Act #96338

 

 

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Kindermusik

Instructor: Kindermusik with Miss Lindsay & Friends, Inc.
In every Kindermusik class, you'll witness your child's developmental evolution in language skills, literacy, listening, problem solving, social skills, self-esteem, and musicality, all within a nurturing environment-full of energy, imagination, music, dancing, and playful delight.

12 Classes            $216(R/GO)/$270(N)
San Ramon San Ramon Community Center at Central Park

KINDERMUSIK: Move & groove wild animal park
Is your preschooler ready to slither like a snake, pounce like a leopard, and do a Jungle Hokey Pokey? Then come with us to Kindermusik's 'Wild Animal Park'! After our jungle safari, we'll sing and hop to the Latin rhythms of 'Jumping Beans' and learn to make music as a team in 'Join the Parade'.  $33 materials fee payable to Kindermusik collected at the first class. Please note: This a drop-off class for the first 30 minutes. We have parent/sibling Sharing Time during the last 15 minutes of each class. If your child is not yet ready to separate from you without tears, consider joining Wiggle & Grow with Siblings instead.

Ages 3 - 5
Thu 9/17 - 12/10*             9:30am-10:15am            Act #96365
No class 11/26


kindermusik Wiggle & grow: up in the sky
In this award-winning music class, we'll explore three kid-friendly themes: 'Up in the Sky', 'Marvelous Me', and 'Around the Farm'. Along the way, your child will learn active listening, turn-taking, motor skills, and social skills. This is a parent participation class. $33 materials fee is payable to Kindermusik on the first day of class.

Ages 18 months – 3 years
Thu 9/17 - 12/10*             10:30am-11:15am            Act #96366
*No Class 11/26

kindermusik village: Do-si-do & nature walk
Join us and bond with your baby as we rock out to the Charleston, tango, and more! Then, we'll stimulate baby's senses in 'Nature Walk'. $46 materials fee is payable to Kindermusik on the first day of class. 

Ages 1 month - 17 months
Fri 9/18 - 12/11*               9:30am-10:15am              Act #96368
*No Class 11/27


kindermusik WIGGLE & gROW: up in the sky
In this award-winning music class, we'll explore three kid-friendly themes: 'Up in the Sky', 'Marvelous Me', and 'Around the Farm'. Along the way, your child will learn active listening, turn-taking, motor skills, and social skills. This is a parent participation class. $33 materials fee is payable to Kindermusik on the first day of class.

Ages 1 ½ - 3
Fri 9/18 - 12/11*               10:30am-11:15am            Act #96369
*No class 11/27

kindermusik wiggle & grow:with siblings
In this award-winning music class, we'll explore three kid-friendly themes: 'Up in the Sky', 'Marvelous Me', and 'Around the Farm'. Along the way, your child will learn active listening, turn-taking, motor skills, and social skills. This is a parent participation class. $33 materials fee is payable to Kindermusik on the first day of class. Babies 10 months and younger attend FREE with a sibling that is enrolled!

Ages 1 month - 4 years
Fri 9/18 - 12/11*               11:30am-12:15pm            Act #96367
*No class 11/27

 

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, incline and barrel mats, ladders, bouncers and spring board, parachutes, rhythm sticks, tunnels, and various other equipment.  Music games and group activities are incorporated into the class.

Age 3
6 Classes              $90(R/GO)/$113(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park

Wed 9/16 - 10/21             10:15am-11:00am            Act #96332

Wed 10/28 - 12/16*        10:15am-11:00am            Act #96335
*No Class 11/11 and 11/25

 

Preschool Gymnastics

Instructor: CALIFORNIA GYMNASTIC SERVICES

This class teaches beginning gymnastics and tumbling skills.  Students will flip over the opportunity to learn the basics of all gymnastic events, as well as additional skills to enhance strength, coordination, agility, and confidence. Equipment incorporated into the class includes gymnastic mats, single bars, double bars, balance beams, vaulting blocks, incline and barrel mats, ladders, bouncers and spring board, parachutes, rhythm sticks, tunnels, and various other equipment.

Ages 4 - 5
6 Classes              $90(R/GO)/$113(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park


Wed 9/16 - 10/21             11:00am-11:45am            Act #96333

Wed 10/28 - 12/16*        11:00am-11:45am            Act #96336
*No Class 11/11 and 11/25

Parent & Me Gymnastics

Instructor: CALIFORNIA GYMNASTIC SERVICES

This popular class will enhance children's motor development and confidence.  Emphasis is placed on movement, rolling, climbing, handing and jumping.  Equipment incorporated into the class includes gymnastic mats, single bars, double bars, balance beams, vaulting blocks, incline and barrel mats, ladders, bouncers and spring board, parachutes, rhythm sticks, tunnels, and various other equipment.  Music games, circle time, and group activities are incorporated into the class.  Children learn in a fun and social environment.  Parent Participation is required.

Ages 1 ½  - 3
6 Classes              $90(R/GO)/$113(N)
San Ramon Community Center at Central Park


Wed 9/16 - 10/21             9:30am-10:15am              Act #96334

Wed 10/28 - 12/16*        9:30am-10:15am              Act #96337
*No Class 11/11 and 11/25