June Bug Camp
June 4-15: During the month of June we provide a multi-age learning experience for children who have attended the childcare or preschool during the current school year. Each fun-filled the class includes crafts, stories and more! June Bug classes meet Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 11:30 am for children ages 3, 4, or 5 years old.
June 25-28: With a variety of materials and mediums children ages 3 to 8, will use their natural curiosity and imagination to create ART. During the week, they will explore clay, paint, mosaics, sculpture, natural materials and more. This is a four day camp from 9:00-1:00. The cost is $130.00. Children are required to bring a lunch for the day.
July 9-12: Using the scientific method, children will predict, experiment, collect data, record results, and draw conclusions. SCIENCE week will explore space, gravity, physics, cooking, chemical reactions, magnetic fields, nature and more. This is a four day camp from 9:00-1:00. The cost is $130.00. Children are required to bring a lunch for the day.
We arrange to bring a variety of special programs into the preschool, including Easter Seals, a North Park naturalist, and visits from community helpers such as firefighters and police officers to teach the children lessons in fire safety, stranger danger and disability awareness.
ASSET STEM science education developed by Bayer Corporation: Our science teacher, trained by ASSET, uses this program to teach the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics through hands-on modules. This highly acclaimed program supports schools in implementing components identified by the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) for sustaining quality standards-based science education programs. Ingomar Child Enrichment Center is one of the first preschools in the North Hills to incorporate this cutting edge program into our school’s curriculum. We have a unique science class where children participate in the monthly lesson and can explore materials throughout the year.
On Fridays, we offer Fun Fridays in which both three-year-old and four-year-old preschoolers can attend together. At these sessions, children participate in games, craft projects, stories science experiments and more that revolve around a specific theme. Sessions are held from 11:30-2:00 and children are required to bring a lunch.
Singing and movement in the development of young children. Preschool praise incorporates singing and dancing to contemporary children’s praise. Erica and Zack Oshlick (worship leaders at Ingomar Church) teach the children through music, that Jesus is their superhero and friend. At Christmas teach the children songs for our annual preschool Christmas program in which the children tell the Christmas story through creative songs and storytelling. The preschoolers’ artistic renditions recreate the Nativity scene.
Movement and Physical Education
We strive to develop strong minds and strong bodies. A certified yoga instructor teaches yoga every month. Yoga at an early age encourages self-esteem and body awareness with a physical activity that’s non-competitive. Fostering cooperation instead of opposition is a great gift to give our children.
The ICEC is thrilled to offer yoga classes on a monthly basis, giving children tools to help them relax and re-center in our often stressful and busy world.
Special field trips into the community are planned for our three-year-old, Pre-K Four-year-old and Transitional Kindergarten classes. Field trips include visits to the Aviary, the Children’s Museum, the dinosaur exhibit at the Carnegie Museum of Natural Science, North Park, the Pittsburgh Zoo, Heinz Hall for the Pittsburgh Symphony Tiny Tots concerts and several local farms!
ICEC families are given many opportunities to serve the community at the local and global levels. We believe that children learn the importance of out reach when they are involved in the process. Some of the opportunities that are available throughout the year are:
World Hunger Day Dinner: children plant lettuce seedlings and basil plants and learn about the growing process of plants. Children also learn about hunger in our world, specifically about how hunger affects kids just like them in our own community. After six weeks, the children harvest the lettuce and basil and use the harvest in the preparation of a schoolwide spaghetti dinner. The dinner is attended by ICEC families and money is raised for local food banks. Canned and boxed food are donated to community food pantries.
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party and Dinner: Families are encouraged to shop together for toys, clothing and other items to be sent to children around the world. The children pack the boxes and include personalized drawings and notes along with the items they bring.
Family Fun Night: During this event centered on building community and fellowship among families of the ICEC, families are given the opportunity to give monetary donations and collections of needed supplies. The organizations chosen to benefit from this event provide education, assistance and relief to children and families.