Funshine offers many varied enrichment programs in addition to excellent classroom academic, social and emotional experiences. The enrichment programs begin in our Toddler program and are included in the cost of tuition.
Sign Language and Spanish begin in our infant classroom, children progress toward a stronger understanding through daily planned activities in each classroom. Evidence suggests that learning how to sign can enhance young children’s brain function, boost their self-esteem, and give them a concrete (and appropriate) way to express emotions and enhances literacy skills. Signing at an early age also facilitates communication and is an effective tool to promote a more comfortable learning environment and initiates an interest and enthusiasm for learning.
Early exposure to music not only develops rhythm skills in children, it helps build children’s self-confidence, enhances complex reasoning and focuses listening skills. Research also shows that when children are exposed to a variety of music at an early age they perform better academically and it has cognitive benefits in many areas of the brain. Ms. Anna teaches music classes each Tuesday for each of our classrooms. It is the goal of our music program to provide children with early exposure to active, participatory musical experiences to help establish a foundation of expressive, receptive and creative music skills. The program incorporates a wide and varied repertoire of songs, fingerplays, and music activities that are age appropriate and highly engaging. Each year the children perform in a Christmas musical and a Spring musical that offers parents the opportunity to see their children perform
The Indy Parks environmental education staff comes monthly to provide a variety of experiences and educational tools that help to build a curiosity of nature and the opportunity to grow. The Naturalist at IndyParks bring a variety of resources to help the children develop a love of nature and a desire to preserve our natural resources.
The love of reading and early literacy skills are developed at Funshine through several experiences. The children are able to pick out their own books to read each Wednesday on the bookmobile.
Children at Funshine are able to participate in hands on gardening activities that help them to develop a love of nature, appreciation for wildlife and learn about healthy eating! Our school garden is planted and cared for throughout the growing season with help from the children. We enjoy eating our own vegetables throughout the summer and fall.
Funshine offers many other enrichment activities throughout the year. Children attend field trips, participate in an annual trike-a-thon, enjoy weekly splash days in the summer, enjoy animal shows, holiday shows, and visits from the fire department throughout the year. Visit our "events" page for a comprehensive list of the fun and educational activities that are happening at Funshine!
The Rominger'sI am so grateful for the care my children received at Funshine! From day one, both kids loved coming to Funshine. They loved all their teachers, the programs, the field trips, and all their little friends here. Doug and I never had to worry. The love, caring and compassion of the teachers always made them (and us) feel welcome. I’ve recommended Funshine to many parents over the years and will continue to do so. The teachers work so hard and teach them so much. Jack and Audrey were both well-prepared for Kindergarten (although Aud would be happy to stay here forever!) Thank you so much!
Kyle OvermyerFunshine provides my family with peace of mind knowing that my girls are in amazing hands throughout the day when I am at work. The teachers are extraordinary! they are so loving toward all the children and parents. My children love the people they interact with everyday; teachers, kids, and office staff! Funshine is an amazing place!
The Miller FamilyAll of my children, now 10, 8 and 7 attended Funshine. The teachers genuinely cared for each of my children. We went back to visit and my children were able to visit with all of their old preschool teachers. They were just as loving as I remembered and greeted us with warm hugs, old pictures and great stories. I miss my Funshine family and will be sure to visit more often. I highly recommend Funshine for the following reasons: Caring Teachers, Loving Atmosphere, Educational Environment (my children were well prepared for 1st grade and thrived socially), Professional Staff, Clean Facility (with plenty of natural sunlight and a new mural), music, Spanish and gymnastic classes
The Mohler'sMr. DeWayne's Pre-K program could not have prepared my son any better for Kindergarten! He learned to read and complete basic book reports before leaving Funshine. Miss Wendy is very gifted at understanding each child as a unique individual and prides herself on preparing them for Pre-K .
Sheri WoodFunshine offers a safe environment to leave your child with no worries while you are at work. There are small student/teacher ratios so everyone knows you as well as your child. The caring, trusting, and friendsly staff keeps my 4 year old wanting to go back to preschool daily, she loves going! My child loes her teachers/staff, and fun and creative learning experiences. I also like the extra's for example; field trips, book mobile library, Soccer Shots program and the Holiday Park program.