Art & Science Labs

For children ages 3 – 9

Overview

To further enhance your child’s learning, we offer unique enrichment classes, which offer an explosion of activities to excite the mind and engage the interest of the preschool to elementary-aged child. Whichever class you choose, your children are certain to burst forth with enthusiasm for the creative discoveries they make.

Creative Arts Lab

This is an art and creativity enrichment program. Children are between the ages of 2.75 and 5 years old in September (they must turn 3 by January 31). Class will be online in fall 2020. When we return to in-person, it meets on the Bellevue College campus.

We believe art for young children is about thinking creatively, taking risks, making big decisions, changing your mind, experimenting with materials, expressing yourself, dreaming big, having fun and getting messy! We honor children’s creativity and work to develop their agency.

What will your child experience at Creative Arts Lab?

Each week we offer a new curriculum theme for the children’s program with a large variety of hands-on, experiential art and creative activities. (Check out videos of our storybook theme and our apple theme. Or look here for directions on how you can do all the apple themed art activities at home.)

For online classes (Fall 2020): Children participate in 60 minutes per week of online interactive sessions with their teachers, which will include songs, stories, and demonstrations of art activities. Also, the children’s teachers will plan a variety of intriguing art activities that parents can easily do at home with the children. They will share ideas and instructions via email, blog posts, or using the Seesaw app.

In-person classes (in the future): Children can explore painting, sculpting, drawing materials, collage, and a variety of printing techniques. We also offer block play, puzzles, math manipulatives, and imaginary play opportunities. In circle time, we read stories and sing songs, then go outside for playground time.

Check out this video from our in-person classes.

What Our Students Say About Creative Arts Lab

Thank you for a fun and wonderful year! It has been a pleasure to be in your class. We enjoyed the creative projects and being part of the supportive warm community.

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Family Inventors’ Lab

This is a STE(A)M enrichment program, held on Saturdays. The curriculum is aimed at children from age 3 – 6. Children must turn three by August 31 to participate in that year’s classes. Children older than 6 are welcome to enroll if they have a younger sibling in the class. Classes are online in fall 2020, but typically meet at Robinswood Park and on the BC campus.

What will your child experience at Family Inventors’ Lab?

STE(A)M is STEM with the Arts mixed in. Our activities include: hands-on science exploration, creative experimentation, construction projects with building materials of all sorts, art activities, messy sensory play, circle time with songs and books, and outdoor time. We have three 11-week units:

  • What’s a Scientist: geology, paleontology, astronomy, physics, chemistry. (We simulate earthquakes, dig for dinosaurs, gaze at stars, test gravity, and make things go boom!)
  • What’s an Engineer: simple machines, electricity, and building towers, bridges, houses, and model cars. (We build cool stuff! Then knock it down! Then build it better!)
  • What’s an Inventor:  We explore the life sciences, as we study the human body, animal adaptations, sea life, insects, and more. Then we talk about how humans have developed inventions and tools based on what they observe in nature.

To see all the activities we do, check out our instructor’s blog: InventorsOfTomorrow.com.

For online classes (Fall 2020): Children participate in two online circle times each week. Opening circle at 10:00 am introduces the day’s topic. Closing circle at 2:30 pm wraps up the concepts of the day. Each “circle time” will be 30 – 40 minutes, and will include songs, stories, demonstrations of art activities, and opportunities for children to share news from their week and show-and-tell their projects.

The children’s teachers also plan a variety of STE(A)M activities that parents can easily do at home with the children. Ideas and instructions are shared via blog posts. Many families choose to try out these optional activities in the time between opening and closing circle. Children can use the Seesaw app to share their work with their teachers and classmates.

In-person classes (in the future): Families choose either the morning session from 10 – 12, or the afternoon session from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. Classes include several stations for trying out the day’s activities, circle time and outdoor time.

 

If you want to see all the activities we do in class, they’re documented on our parent educator’s blog: www.InventorsOfTomorrow.com. Or check out this video:

What Our Students Say About Family Inventors’ Lab

I love the concepts chosen, the creativity of the activities, and the time structure (including outdoors time). I love this class so much I plan to do it every year with every one of my kids.

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Discovery Science Lab – will not be held Fall 2020

This is a science enrichment program, held on Wednesdays after school. Each week, we have a new theme. We study Chemistry, Geology, Marine Biology, Astronomy and Space Travel, and our Northwest Habitat. We meet at the barn at Robinswood Park, in Bellevue near the BC campus. Once a month, we do a field trip on the Eastside, related to the current themes. Class is for ages 5 to 9. We hope to offer this class again when we return to in-person programming.

What will parents experience in our classes?

Enrichment classes are all parent-child cooperative classes, where parents and children play, learn, and grow together.

You will participate in required monthly Parent Education sessions, lasting 60 – 75 minutes. We cover topics like brain development, ways to support your child’s learning at home and at school, building children’s emotional intelligence and social skills, discipline, and managing challenging parenting situations. Parents can share experiences, offer support, build friendships, and get the parent educator’s input on current questions and concerns.

Online Classes (Fall 2020): The monthly parent education session will be online on Zoom.

In-person classes (when health guidelines allow for a return to the classroom): Parent education is held once a month, during class time. You will also be asked to work in the classroom approximately once a month. Classroom tasks include: supervising children for safety, providing and serving snacks, classroom clean-up, and, most playing along with the children. On non-work, non-parent-ed days, you can drop off your child or you are welcome to stay with them.

Visiting a Class:

To visit a class, contact the instructor to make arrangements. Typically, if space is available in a class, they will allow you and your child to join the class one time for thirty minutes to see if it’s a good fit.

Schedule

The schedule for Creative Arts Lab is being finalized, but it’s likely the children will attend circle times during the scheduled time listed below, and parent education will be held at a separate time, TBA.

Family Inventors’ Lab, item #7099 typically meets Saturday mornings from 10 am – 12:00 pm. Family Inventors’ Lab, item #7093 typically meets Saturday afternoons from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. For fall 2020, the classes will happen jointly. Children’s online circle times will be at 10:00 am and 2:30 pm. (Part of that time will be with the full class, and part will be in breakout rooms for smaller groupings.) Online Parent Ed will be held on the second Saturday of every month at 1:00 pm. We will also have optional parent chats every Saturday from 2 – 2:30 pm.

How to Register

Enrichment classes start in late September and run through May each school year. Most students attend for the full school year. Students may join mid-year, if there is space available.

To register, go to our online registration form.

Tuition: For fall quarter 2020 online, the total cost will be $183.88. $53.88 will be paid directly to Bellevue College through the online registration process, and $130 will be paid to your class instructor. (Note: this tuition is $65 less per quarter than an in-person quarter would be, due to reduced costs.) We do offer discounts when multiple siblings from one family attend the same class. Scholarships are available; a confidential application is made through the class instructor.

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Class NameItem#AgeDay & TimeContactAvailability
Creative Arts Lab7090Age 3 by Jan. 31,2021T 12:45-2:45pLisa AllenOpen
Creative Arts Lab7091Age 3 by Jan. 31,2021T 9:45-11:45aKristin NasmanOpen
Creative Arts Lab7092Age 3 by Jan. 31,2021F 9:30-11:30aLisa AllenOpen
Saturday Family Inventors' Lab70933 - 6 yearsSat 1:30-3:30pJanelle DurhamOpen
Saturday Family Inventors' Lab70993 - 6 yearsSat 10:00a-12:00 noonJanelle DurhamOpen

Last Updated August 13, 2020