(Davenport, IA): The owners of Above the Barre Dance Academy and Evolve Gymnastics and Tumbling are expanding to provide a one stop shop for children in the Quad Cities! With over 19 years of business experience, working with area children – they are now opening a brand new preschool.
Apple Tree Beginnings Early Learning Center is now enrolling for the 2022-2023 school year. Apple Tree Beginnings is a ‘Preschool Alternative Program’ with the KeKay Method Curriculum based on Creativity, Movement, and Fun!
For children 2-5 years old
Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 8:45-11:45. You can select to have your child attend 1, 2 or 3 of these days each week.
5329 Tremont Avenue – Davenport, IA
They use play-based learning using the KeKAY Curriculum. Each week they visit a new country; learn new languages and cultures; and use a letter and number of the week. Each day there is a movement class such as dance, yoga, or sports incorporated.
Everything is focused on children learning through play NOT being rewarded with play when their learning is done.
A typical day with the KéKAY Method starts with a greeting from your teacher with the language of the day. They teach the greeting of the most spoken language in the country that they will “visit” on the “travels” that week.
Several stations are set up as the students enter the classroom. The composer of the week is playing in the background. The students can read, build with blocks, or can choose from other activities until all of the friends arrive.
The good morning song happens on the yoga mats with the classroom puppet, ‘Jabulani’. He helps the class sing as they go through the:
- color, shape, number and letter of the week
- composer of the week
- country and language of the week
The class will learn basic dance steps as Jabulani jokes around and tells stories so the students can use their imagination as they travel to new countries! Basic sports skills such as balancing, strength, and coordination will be taught and the games include using the parachute, magic fairy dust, plenty of balls, hoops, and songs. There is always movement while learning, spelling and singing!
While singing, the teachers talk about the mindfulness theme of the week. When all the fun is over and the students have learned everything for the day, it is time to sing the goodbye song.
If you are interested in signing your child up for this brand new school – you can fill out this form.
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Above the Barre Dance Academy
For almost 2 decades, Above the Barre Dance Academy has been a place for children of all ages to learn new skills, find a passion for dance, and to make new friends. They teach dancers on both sides of the river with a Geneseo, IL location and a new state of the art location in Davenport, IA. Above the Barre is proud to provide training from their well qualified and diverse staff for any dancer from the 2 year old beginner all the way through pre-professional dancers!
They offer classes for kids 16 months and up and gymnastics starts at 3 years old. They offer all styles of dance, gymnastics, tumbling, and cheer… learn more here.