Arkansas Childrenâ€™s University is one of the newest and most unique preschools in Harrison, AR, offering a gifted education curriculum, a peaceful environment, and catered lunches.
Online PR News – 02-October-2012 – Harrison – Did you know that preschoolers are perfectly capable of naming and locating all 50 states on a US map? What if instead of teaching your children the ABC's, you could teach them to recite them forwards AND backwards? Thinking outside the box is what Arkansas Childrenâ€™s University does best. This brand new preschool, located in the Blue Roof Center (behind the mall) in Harrison, Arkansas, is offering a new style of learning for parents who feel their children can excel in a gifted learning environment â€“ but the creative thinking doesnâ€™t stop with education only.
â€śWe wanted a preschool that gives children a head start in life and not just education alone,â€ť states owner, Leslie Wright. â€śChildren as young as 3 years old are perfectly capable of learning respect, manners, morals, social skills, tolerance, and effective problem solving. Itâ€™s amazing how far these children have already come in just a little over a month.â€ť
Step inside Arkansas Childrenâ€™s University (ACU) and you immediately notice this isnâ€™t a typical preschool setting! Right away you notice a large open room where soft instrumental music is playing over a professional sound system, large mirrors, black painted floors, an open ceiling, sound-proof doors, royal purple gymnastic mats, and enough space for three classrooms! Next, youâ€™ll notice the calm environment. Director/teacher Misty Cates noted, â€śWe work hard to keep these kids calm and focused. Children need a peaceful place to work and play, just like adults do. Most people assume a class full of preschoolers running and playing loudly is just normalâ€¦but thereâ€™s no reason for it to be. We keep our voices low here, we donâ€™t run inside, and we treat each other with respect. They just do so much better when everything is calm, and they really love it!â€ť
Treating children with the same respect level as adults is just another way ACU stands out. Their website states, â€śâ€¦because children deserve to be treated and respected as adults in training!â€ť ACU believes that children have endless learning capabilities if given the right environment and opportunities. Children here learn advanced topics such as music theory, chemistry, algebra, foreign language, and history. These subjects are, of course, on a preschool level but are nonetheless branching out from traditional curriculum standards. In a little over a month, these 3 to 5 year olds have learned to point out 10 states on a map, recite the Pledge of Allegiance (and theyâ€™ll tell you who wrote it!), count in Spanish, they know how to use the word â€śdehydratedâ€ť, how many stars and stripes are on the flag, the space notes on a treble clef staff, and they even put up their own plates after lunch. Probably most impressive to parents is the fact that these kids love nap time. How did ACU accomplish that, you ask? They installed a remote controlled moon that cycles through its phases when the lights are off, nap mats are placed on top of a thick competition gymnastics foam floor, and a soundtrack of a night time forest plays night birds singing and crickets chirping.
Arkansas Childrenâ€™s University offers open enrollment year-round for ages 3 to 5 and now offers after school care, too. Tuition is $85/week and includes two snacks each day, as well as catered lunches on Tuesday through Friday. Parents are asked to bring a lunch for their child on Mondays. School hours are 7:45am to 3:15pm with the option to add after school care until 5:30pm for an additional $15 per week. ACU also houses Neverland Fitness, which offers gymnastics, modern clogging, and personal fitness classes for all ages. For more information, visit the website at www.arkansaschildrensuniversity.com or call 870-715-2867.