At The Learning Tree, we partner with amazing local organizations to bring you a variety of extracurricular activity choices. We realize how busy schedules can become during the work week and how valuable your weekends are for enjoying quality time with your family. Our extra-curricular options give children a chance to enjoy activities that interest them during the school day. This saves time in the evenings and on the weekends for families to relax, travel, and spend time together!
We are very excited to offer Spanish to all of our children ages 3 and up as part of our tuition! Senora Ayodele from Best Amigos comes to our back building to teach Spanish to the 3, 4, and 5 year olds . In May, Senora Ayodele will present a Spanish Recital in our gym where the children will show off the skills they have developed throughout the year. This is an amazing opportunity and we feel truly blessed to be partnering with Best Amigos!
All other extra-curricular options are available by choice and require an additional fee. These include LaPetit Dance Academy, Mini Monets, Soccer Shots and the Flip-n-Fun Bus. Payments are made directly to each individual organization either on-line or in a drop box located in our back building. You may register your child for The Flip-n-Fun Bus and Mini Monets are programs you can join at any time throughout the year.
Please read more about each of these incredible programs below.
Best Amigos Spanish
Best Amigos Spanish is taught by Senora Ayodele Mellor. Senora Mellor is the Program Director for the new Spanish Immersion Preschool which is Wilmington’s first bilingual preschool! She has been teaching Spanish in the Wilmington area for 14 years. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, a k-12 teaching license, and her NC Early Childhood Credentials. In 2007, after the birth of her son she founded Best Amigos Preschool Spanish Program which has educated over 400 pre-school aged children! We are very excited to have the opportunity to partner with Senora Mellor in order to bring Spanish to all of our children ages 3 & up!
My name is Jennie Wenk and I am the creator of Mini Monets. I graduated with a BFA in Computer Art and Animation from Savannah College of Art and Design. I have been teaching art publicly and privately since 2005. I worked 3 years with an art program for Pre K – 2nd grade in Savannah, GA. Also during that time, I was a private art instructor for several area children. I was able to spend the summer of 2007 as the instructor at an art school teaching ages 6 – 10. At the end of 2008, I was given the opportunity to create an art curriculum for the Pre K students at a local private school. I was only able to teach there for a few months but it gave me the inspiration to start my own set of art classes once I relocated to Wilmington, NC. I seek to provide a wide variety of lessons that will expose children to all the different types of art styles and mediums. Sharing my talent, knowledge, and experience with children is something very special to me. It is amazing to see the joy in a child’s eye when they are creating art. Children have such vivid imaginations that through this program they will be able to express their imaginations and emotions and not feel pressured to color inside the lines.
LaPetite Dance Academy
La Petite Dance was created to bring dance as an art form to young children during their most influential and formative years. The purpose of La Petite Dance is to help children express themselves creatively, develop self confidence and self esteem, develop motor skills and coordination and most of all to instill a life-long love of dance.
Our preschool program offers traditional Ballet and Tap classes on-site for 3 to 5 year-old children throughout the Wilmington, NC area. A dance professional will visit your child’s preschool weekly and conduct a 45 minute dance class on-site.
In addition to our popular preschool classes we offer school-age classes in Ballet, Jazz and Broadway style Tap at our studio location. All classes are combination classes according to the child’s age and level of dance training and ability.
La Petite Dance is popular with Wilmington parents because of the convenience we offer with on-site preschool classes as well as the noncompetitive atmosphere of our school-age studio classes. Most importantly all choreography, music and costumes are age appropriate and tastefully selected for our end-of-the-year Spring Performance which is the “highlight” of every child’s dance year!
Soccer Shots Cape Fear is a character education/introduction to soccer program perfect for children looking to learn a sport in a non-competitive way. Each week, we play fun games and learn skills based around our character word of the week, including such words as respect, enthusiasm and confidence. Each week has a theme. We may visit the farm, travel to outer space or be super heroes on soccer island.
Coach Scott and the team of trained soccer instructors individually work with each child to ensure it’s a highlight of their week. Our goal is to provide a growth experience for each child each week. We are honored to work with the children at The Learning Tree each Friday morning. The classes cost $50/monthly and come with a jersey and prizes at the end of each season. Children are able to join any time and opt out at any time as well.
website address: https://soccershots.org/
The Flip-n-Fun Bus from Port City Gymnastics comes to TLT every Tuesday morning. This full size school bus has been completely transformed into a gymnastics zone! Under the supervision and instruction of trained coaches, children can climb on the monkey bars, swing on the bars and trapeze, jump on the mini-trampoline, balance on the balance beam and more!