In 1988 My Special School pioneered and paved the way for including extracurricular activities in a home-based program. I have always felt deeply about the importance of Community and Cultural Arts in a young child’s life experience. Through the many diverse classes and community based fieldtrips offered through My Special School over the years children have and continue to benefit in numerous ways.
The Cultural Arts
We know that “art,” understood as spontaneous creative play, is what young children naturally do: singing, dancing, drawing, and role-playing. We also know that the arts engage all the senses and involve a variety of modalities including the kinesthetic, auditory, and visual. When children engage and are gently encouraged during our classes on a regular basis from early on, they are laying the foundation for — and even helping — wire children’s brains for successful learning.
Our unique Enrichment Program, besides always being fun, motivates and engages children in learning, stimulates memory, facilitates understanding, enhances communication, promotes relationships, and provides an avenue for building competence and well being in body, mind, and spirit. My Special School provides a natural and fun source of learning. Child development specialists note that play is the business of young children; play is the way children promote and enhance their development.
Providing a feeling of community in our program has always been an integral part of My Special School and important for me as a teacher to pass on to our children. Through many diverse and exciting adventures and experiences we engage with the broader community. Planned and spontaneous fieldtrips are a magical part of our days together.
From going to theatre performances, museums, events at the fairgrounds, libraries, special community events, local school performances, volunteering, activities with seniors in our community, summer solstice workshop, our beautiful parks and beaches and more, the children feel a strong sense of community and love for their home and all it has to offer.
My hope is that by being a part of their community through these and many more experiences, our children will grow into young adults who care, will take part, give back, and contribute in a positive way not only to our community but to the world around them.