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.
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!