EARLY CHILDHOOD

My First Imagination Stage classes and workshops focus on children ages 1-5, providing fun and developmentally-appropriate experiences. Click the “register” button to find our course catalog.

 

In-person fall classes start September 20. Save your child’s spot today – classes sell out every year!

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CLASSES

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.

WORKSHOPS

SATURDAY SONG CIRCLE IS BACK!

(AGES 1-5 YEARS) 

You and your child are invited to a fun, interactive musical experience! An Early Childhood teaching artist explores a popular children’s book with your family through song, musical instruments, and movement. Plus, you receive a list of all the songs to practice at home.

10/9 – Sheep in a Jeep
10/16 – We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt
10/30 – Five Little Pumpkins
11/6 – B-I-N-G-O
11/13 – Dinosaur Roar
12/4 – Frosty the Snowman

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SUNDAY FUN-DAY IS BACK!

(AGES 1-5 YEARS)

We invite you and your child to 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.

10/10 – The Little Blue Truck
10/17 – The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
10/31 – Spookley the Square Pumpkin
11/7 – The Paper Bag Princess
11/14 – The Rainbow Fish
12/5 – The Snowy Day

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EARLY CHILDHOOD STAFF

RAKEEM LAWRENCE

Education Coordinator

Rakeem Lawrence is the Education Coordinator at Imagination Stage. He is an arts educator having taught for Community College of Aurora, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Hope Summer Repertory Theatre, Shawnee Summer Theatre, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Academy at Midtown Arts Center, Germantown Friends School, and Three Bridge Arts. Rakeem has also choreographed and directed numerous productions across the country. As a member of Actors’ Equity Association he has performed in TYA classics such as Charlotte’s Web (Templeton), Goodnight Moon (Bunny), and Shrek! (Donkey). Rakeem holds an MFA in Acting with a Directing Concentration from Regent University.

CONTACT

Rakeem Lawrence

Education Coordinator

301-280-1645

[email protected]

EARLY CHILDHOOD + MY FIRST IMAGINATION STAGE

Q. What is My First Imagination Stage?

A. My First Imagination Stage is our program designed for ages 0-5, offering intimate, interactive arts experiences for the very young through professional theatre productions, early childhood classes, and single-session weekend workshops. These immersive programs use story and dramatic play to encourage creativity and expression, while also building on very important developmental skills such as problem-solving, spoken language, and teamwork.

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 & 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 & 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.