New preschool program encompasses art, music, yoga and more

"Encourage. Stimulate. Enlighten. That’s the heart and soul of Simple Gifts Enrichment, a new morning preschool program for ages three to five that includes yoga, tennis, music and art all under one roof. From September to May, your child will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of activities to enhance their creativity and physical well-being in a nurturing and loving environment.
“It’s very simple to share a gift, especially with children,” says Program Director Robin Carter of Summerfield.
Carter spearheaded this new and innovative program and brings a wealth of experience and creativity. She has a bachelor’s degree in child development from UNCG and served as a preschool director for 27 years. She’s also a certified yoga instructor. The idea for the program came from her own experience of transporting her daughters – Honour An and Hope Linh – to and from their various activities each day. She felt providing one location to house all of these enriching activities would appeal to other parents who’ve shared her experience. But the program isn’t all about convenience. Simple Gifts Enrichment offers a variety of activities to encourage, stimulate and enlighten your child.    
From 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, children will be guided by a qualified and loving staff in the following core areas:
·       YOGA - In our fast-paced technological culture, children have limited opportunities for movements which affects their physical, mental and emotional health. Yoga can help restore that balance to your child’s life. Robin Carter will lead an exploration of yoga, encompassing various guided postures and movements.
·       TENNIS – Under the direction of tennis professional Brad Spivey, qualified instructors will coach and encourage your child in this fun and challenging sport. Spivey, formerly No. 1 in the state for Open Division Mixed Doubles, is an USPTR and USPTA certified teaching professional. He also played tennis collegiately at Western Carolina University. He is the founder of Advantage U, a nonprofit organization which helps underprivileged children.
·       VIOLIN and MUSIC – Music is fundamental in early childhood education. Your child will be given developmentally appropriate musical instruction including introduction to violin, exercises in rhythm, early music theory as well as exposure to various other musical instruments. Listening to music and singing will also be part of the daily routine. Guiding the children through violin will be musician Donna Goodwin, who has shared her talents in various venues including Raleigh Symphony, musical theater and teaching.
·       ART – The arts are a major element in education. The integration of arts into a child’s life helps to develop key cognitive skills needed for academic success. It also promotes social and emotional strengths that lead to academic achievement. Leading the art programming will be Verna Morgan, who has worked for the past 17 years as an art educator and program coordinator for ArtQuest at Greenhill art museum in Greensboro. In addition to guiding school group tours, scout workshops and teaching camps for 3 and 4 year olds, her job included afterschool programs at various Guilford County schools as well as a toddler program at Hemphill Library on Friday mornings. Morgan has a degree in early childhood education from Appalachian State University. She taught second grade in Virginia for five years before moving to Greensboro. While raising her two children, Robert and Sarah, she taught preschool for 10 years at Guilford Park Presbyterian Church. In her spare time, she has danced and sang in community musical theater for 25 years.

Simple Gifts Enrichment will take place at Pinetop Sport Club, 3723 Pinetop Road, Greensboro ( Register today by calling 336-509-7536 or visiting"
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