Early Childhood Enrichment

Alphabet Adventure

Ages: 3.5 - 5 Years | Class Length: 60 Minutes

This fun-filled class will take your child on a magic carpet ride of adventures in the world of language and literacy.  Sounds and letters will come alive as we learn letter-sound relationships and letter formation through stories, puppets, and art projects.  We will practice rhyming and allow for many adventures with the alphabet to help young readers learn basic phonics.

Kidz Club

Ages: 2 - 3 or 3.5 - 5 Years | Class Length: 150 Minutes

Are you looking for an extended morning away for your child?  Once a week we will meet for two and a half hours from 9:15-11:45am where we will get to explore different activities. We will explore colors, letters, numbers, shapes, social skills and manners in a fun, nurturing environment. We will have a 10 minute snack / water break to be certain that everyone has plenty of energy for all of the fun. This is a drop off class. Students do not need to be potty trained. We just ask that you leave us with diapers if your child is not yet potty trained.  Option to enroll in Lunch Bunch to extend your day even further!

  • Gaining independence from parents and caregivers
  • Learning to follow directions
  • Cooperation and participation

Kidz Club Lunch Bunch

Ages: 2 - 5 Years | Class Length: 30 Minutes

The Rootz “Lunch Bunch” program is offered as an extension to Kids Club.  In addition to eating lunch, children will have the opportunity for free play and socialization. Pack a lunch and join in on the Lunch Bunch fun. Pick up is at 12:15pm.

Lego

Ages: 4 - 6 Years | Class Length: 60 Minutes

Join us on a lego adventure with Beth Weis from Brickology!  Each week is a new project or theme including:  Basic, Trains, Minitalia, Boats, Homemaker, Space, Futuron, UFO, Castle, Fabuland, Belville, Western, Star Wars, Sports, Freestyle, Dinosaurs and much more.

Beth Weis started Brickology in 1992 and has been  teaching classes and offering LEGO enrichment classes throughout the North Shore for many years.  She is excited to share her lego expertise with you!

Lunch Bunch

Ages: 3 - 6 Years | Class Length: Up to 90 Minutes

The Rootz “Lunch Bunch” program is offered five days a week. Sign up for individual days.  Children arrive anytime after 11:35am with their lunch and go directly from Lunch Bunch to their Rootz classroom at 1 pm.  In addition to lunch, children will have the opportunity for free play and socialization. Pack a lunch and join in on the Lunch Bunch fun.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Ages: 2.5 - 3.5 Years | Class Length: 50 Minutes

Start your engines! Come take a ride with us as we build train tracks, make dump trucks, and build flying machines. We combine art and dramatic play with this course designed to be your child’s first “away from mom” class. Our adventures will sharpen theiryour imagination, kick start theiryour motor skills, and ignite their passion for flying.

Class Benefits:

  • Increase social/emotional growth through taking turns and interactive play
  • Confidence separating from mom/caregiver
  • Develop gross and fine motor skills
  • Early preschool skills, including listening to directions and following a routine

Playing with Food: Kids Nutrition

Ages: 3.5 - 5 | Class Length: 60 Minutes

Let’s get healthy by having fun! Your child will gain information about healthy foods while touching, chopping, tossing and decorating food items. Join Yvonne Katz, Kids Nutrition Specialist, in a journey to create a colorful meal while measuring, scooping, blending and dissecting interesting fruits and vegetables! We will also work with organic food colors in a creative way. Your child will bring home healthy recipes to share with the family!

Reading Rookies Pre-K

Ages: 4 - 6 Years | Class Length: 60 Minutes

During Reading Rookies, students learn the skills they need to become confident readers and spellers. Specifically, the classes focus on improving phonemic awareness and phonics skills. Reading Rookies engages students in fun, thematic activities that will build on your child’s knowledge of letters, sound recognition and sound blending. Each week we focus on 2-3 letters while blending play and learning. Through the use of fun, multi-sensory academics, games, crafts and stories, your child will gain the knowledge necessary to better prepare himself or herself for reading and spelling.

Safety Town

Ages: 3.5 - 6 Years | Class Length: 60 Minutes

Safety Town is an interactive safety awareness program led by Lisa Panizo. Each week the children will be introduced to various safety issues in a fun and safe environment. We use fun songs to reinforce safety principles and may have some special community guests along the way! Topics vary and may include: pedestrian and traffic safety, fire prevention, personal safety, stranger safety, and more!

Spanish

Ages: 3.5 - 5 Years | Class Length: 60 Minutes

Habla Espanol? Recent studies have shown that the brain is most receptive to learning a second language before the age of ten. Learning Spanish at an early age will benefit your child well into their future. Join us on a Spanish adventure!

Sticky Fingers Cooking

Ages: 4 - 6 Years | Class Length: 60 Minutes

Let your child release their inner chef! Students will prepare and eat healthy, globally-inspired recipes all while loving and learning to cook in a fun, engaging, and irresistibly tasty way that will turn even the pickiest eaters into avid food explorers! Sticky Fingers Cooking offers young chefs the chance to explore exciting tastes, master culinary skills that they can put to use in family kitchens, all while nourishing their bodies and minds.

We practice safe chopping, measuring and mixing skills, use a wide array of cooking utensils all while creating awesomely delicious recipes from the freshest ingredients. Full recipes will be created each class with our AWESOME master chef, Sticky Fingers Cooking instructors.

Note: This 8 week class runs 8/27 – 10/29.  (No class 9/3 or 9/10.)

TechStars: Digital Science, Movie Making & Story Telling

Ages: 3.5 - 5 Years | Class Length: 60 Minutes

Guess what we discover under the microscope? Together we will explore a whole new world of learning and excitement. Using a child-friendly digital microscope, students will explore the concepts of magnification, science, nature study & digital editing. Next, we will make a movie together! We’ll sing songs, tell stories & learn how to use a digital camera as we create our own masterpieces. We will do it all – from filming the movie & downloading it to a computer to storyboarding & adding special photos to illustrate your solution.

Superheroes

Ages: 3.5 - 5 Years | Class Length: 60 Minutes

Do you have what it takes to save the world? Children benefit from imaginative play and imitating their favorite superheroes. In this class, your child and fellow superheroes will help save the world in this interactive and high-energy class through cooperative games, team building skills, literature, projects, and more.  Help us save the world one superhero at a time!

Transportation

Ages: 4 and up

Rootz offers transportation services from area schools through Uber. A consistent Rootz staff member will arrive at your child’s school in the Uber and will be holding a sign with our logo so the children know who to look for. The Rootz staff member will then help the children into the vehicle, assist with their booster seat (if needed) and make sure they are wearing their seat belt. The Rootz staff member will then ride back in the Uber with the children and then escort them into Rootz.  We will be providing each child with this booster seat. Transportation service requires a minimum of three students per school.