EARLY CHILDHOOD

My First Imagination Stage classes and workshops focus on children ages 1-5, providing fun and developmentally-appropriate experiences. Please note: The “register” button will directly link you to our course catalog, and you will be able to register from there. Please note that Winter/Spring registration is now closed. Click here to learn more about our Summer Camps!

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YOU AND ME

(AGES 12-36 MONTHS)

Be the flower while your child becomes the butterfly! These caregiver and child classes use props and materials to stimulate the senses and promote your child’s development of social and motor skills.

MY FRIENDS AND ME

(AGES 3-5 YEARS)

Older children are ready to play on their own! Students play together, develop relationships, and enter the world of make believe. Through the use of music, movement, and dramatic play, these classes ignite your child’s imagination while flexing their problem-solving, language, and physical skills.

WORKSHOP

SUMMER SUNDAY FUN-DAY

(AGES 1-5 YEARS)

Schedule Varies

We invite you and your child to celebrate Summer with us as we bring your favorite stories to life through dramatic play activities, music, movement, and visual art. Each session you leave with a special take-home item we used or created that day, as well as a Parent Pack to extend the experience at home. These popular workshops are themed around beloved children’s books.

 

7/9 – Beach Bunny
7/16 – Trains, Trains, Trains
7/23 – Paper Bag Princess
7/30 – The Very Hungry Caterpillar
8/6 – Elephant and Piggie
8/13 – What Makes a Rainbow
8/20 – How I Became a Pirate

EARLY CHILDHOOD + MY FIRST IMAGINATION STAGE

Q. Why are Early Childhood Classes part of My First Imagination Stage?

A. Early Childhood Classes are an integral part of our My First Imagination Stage programming, as they provide an educational arts experience for students ages 1-5 consistently across multiple weeks. These classes use dramatic play to encourage creativity and expression while also building on very important developmental skills such as problem-solving, spoken language, sequencing, and working together.

Q. What are Early Childhood workshops?

A. Our Saturday Song Circle (SSC) and Sunday Fun-Day (SFD) Workshops are one-off, “a la carte” experiences designed around different children’s books. They offer an opportunity for families of young children to do something creative together in the style of our classes. Both workshops are designed for students ages 5 and under, though SSC is geared more to ages 3 and under while SFD is geared more toward ages 3-5.

Q. What ages are Early Childhood Classes intended for and why?

A. Our theatre classes are divided into two different age ranges.

In our You and Me classes, (ages 12-36 months) caregivers attend class with their child. Lessons are designed to be highly sensory in nature and to create moments of bonding between child and caregiver.

In our My Friends and Me classes, (ages 3-5 years) children attend class with their peers, and caregivers are not present. We provide creative, guided play experiences while also teaching children the beginnings of theatre vocabulary.

Q. What does an Early Childhood class or camp look like?

A. Typically we start every class with a gathering activity, such as coloring or building, to create a welcoming environment but hone focus. We then come together for a hello song and a series of warm-ups selected to meet the class’ needs and theme. In many of these classes, we then typically read a story, followed by bringing the story to life through dramatic play or movement. Oftentimes, this play will also incorporate use of song, instruments, dance exploration and technique, or a visual arts activity. Our class ends with a closing ritual and goodbye activity to help bring our activities to an end for the day.

EARLY CHILDHOOD

STAFF

STACY STEYAERT

Program Liaison

Stacy Steyaert specializes in teaching first-exposure performing arts experiences for ages 0-10. Hailing from Littleton, Colorado, Stacy has worked as an arts administrator and educator for several organizations across the DC, Chicago, Hartford, and Denver metro areas, most notably with Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and Adventure Theatre MTC. Stacy is also currently the Co-Coordinator of the Theatre for the Very Young Special Interest Group for the American Alliance for Theatre Education (AATE). She holds a BFA in Theatre Management and her MEd in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction.

CONTACT

Stacy Steyaert

Early Childhood Program Coordinator

301-280-1645

ssteyaert@imaginationstage.org

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