Asheville Kindergarten Registration Fall 2017

Kindergarten Asheville

Let Asheville Creative Arts Preschool help you navigate kindergarten.

Kindergarten registration in Asheville is not simple. There are dozens of choices and the application process for Fall 2017 has already started. There are six public city magnet schools. There are public county schools divided into six separate districts. There are public charter schools with separate lottery processes, co-op and community schools, and several private schools with different application, interview, and financial aid systems. There are schools with mixed age/grade classrooms. Some schools combine pre-K and kindergarten. Some kindergarten and first grade. Some combine all elementary ages! There are Classical schools, Montessori schools, and Waldorf schools. Some have final deadlines in January. Some have registration in May. Some have wait lists. It’s a kindergarten enrollment jungle out there. At Asheville Creative Arts Preschool, we want to help you navigate that jungle. Below is a pdf file of a comprehensive list of kindergarten visitation, application, orientation, and registration dates for Buncombe County and Asheville area schools. While not a complete listing, these pages should help you get started. There are over 50 schools included in the list.

Feeling overwhelmed? Please don’t hesitate to contact Asheville Creative Arts Preschool at Biltmore United Methodist Church with questions. We’re happy to help!

Click the link below to see a pdf document of Asheville kindergarten registration dates and deadlines.

ACAP Fall 2017 Kindergarten Registration


Broadway in the Classroom: MATILDA THE MUSICAL

Maya, Asheville Creative Arts Preschool student, at MATILDA THE MUSICAL (Peace Center)

Maya, Asheville Creative Arts Preschool student, at MATILDA THE MUSICAL (Peace Center)

Asheville, NC– Asheville Creative Arts Preschool brought Broadway to the classroom through MATILDA THE MUSICAL. By featuring an entire unit on Roald Dahl’s beloved Matilda character, these Asheville preschool students were able to explore and learn more.

Asheville Creative Arts Preschool is part of the Read Aloud Campaign. Read Aloud is a non-profit bringing together parents and teachers to help make sure children are read aloud to for at least fifteen minutes each day. Kylee Rose Frye, Asheville Creative Arts Preschool director, read aloud Roald Dahl’s Matilda to the class. With such an enchanting story of an incredible young child, even preschoolers were able to focus on the plot of detailed chapter-book. As the story progressed, the class used lessons in the chapter book to connect to lessons in the classroom.

Early on in the book, Matilda’s character grows a deep affection for books. “The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She traveled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.” Matilda’s imaginary travels opened the door for a lesson on maps and other countries. Many students past and present at the Asheville Creative Arts Preschool are from other countries and/or have family living in other countries, including (but not limited to) Chile, England, France, New Zealand, Poland, and Switzerland. Some students are even picking up English through immersion in the classroom. With such a diverse set of geographical backgrounds, Matilda provided a perfect opportunity for our students to find themselves on the map. The class read Joan Sweeney’s Me on the Map and identified their own place in the world (my school is in Asheville, Asheville is in North Carolina, USA, etc). The students also drew maps of their bedrooms with a little guidance from Azalea, a 4th grade guest student visiting Asheville Creative Arts Preschool from ArtSpace Charter School.

Asheville Creative Arts Preschool students grasp a global perspective and bring Broadway to the classroom with Roald Dahl's MATILDA.

Asheville Creative Arts Preschool students grasp a global perspective and bring Broadway to the classroom with Roald Dahl’s MATILDA.

With help from the Roald Dahl teaching website and some original lesson plans, Matilda’s adventures became the preschoolers adventures. When Matilda’s best friend Lavender spiked the head mistress’ water pitcher with a newt, the preschool studied animals and reptiles and went on outdoor scavenger hunts. When Matilda excelled at math, the preschoolers worked on their own math projects: singing songs from SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR, working with tag bags and 4 squares more squares, putting together tessellation shape puzzles, constructing k’nex, and more. When Matilda discovered her unusual gifts and talents, the preschoolers complemented one another on their unique abilities. When Matilda learned to move objects with her eyes, the preschoolers imagined life with super powers and created original stories during outdoor recess to explore their new magical skills. The children pretended and connected to Matilda’s character through the power of play.

Group hug! Lenora Thom with Asheville Creative Arts Preschool students.

Group hug! Lenora Thom with Asheville Creative Arts Preschool students.

There’s something magical about kids seeing kids perform as professionals and living their dreams. Students were invited to see Broadway’s MATILDA THE MUSICAL on national tour at area theaters, including the Peace Center. During music time, the children danced to songs from the musical, including Naughty and When I Grow Up. The children also listened to songs from two other Roald Dahl inspired musicals, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH and WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY JR. Next week the class will do a special Matilda-themed music-time session with Ms. Lenora. Lenora Thom is a conductor, pianist, organist, arranger and teacher who moved to Asheville from New York City. Ms. Lenora studied at Juilliard, the Hartt School of Music, Trinity College, the Cedardell Opera Institute, and the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors. Asheville Creative Arts Preschool is honored that Ms. Lenora volunteers her time to provide special music sessions with our preschool class.

After the class finished reading Matilda, the preschool held a Matilda party, including an opportunity to watch the 1996 movie.

Through Matilda, Asheville Creative Arts Preschool brought Broadway to the classroom and provided opportunities for students to ignite their imagination and grow their self-confidence. As Matilda sings in the musical, “Even if you’re little, you can do a lot! You mustn’t let a little thing like little stop you!”

Note from ACAP director: Matilda (the chapter book, musical, and movie) contains mild language, exaggerated situations, and some tremendously unkind characters. Please be mindful as you share this incredible story with the children in your life. The movie is rated PG and the book is recommended for early to mid-elementary students, though the overall story is a classic loved by children and adults of all ages.


EXCITING ANNOUNCEMENT: We’re reorganizing and moving!!!

Asheville Preschool LogoAsheville, NC– The Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy is transitioning and moving to become the Asheville Creative Arts Preschool!! Our new location will be 376 Hendersonville Road on the Biltmore UMC campus, just four miles down the street from our current address. (Merrimon Avenue turns into Hendersonville Road after you pass through downtown.) Asheville Creative Arts Preschool will operate separately from the Asheville Performing Arts Academy. Both this new Asheville preschool and the Academy will be located on the Biltmore UMC campus.

We’re incredibly excited about this new opportunity!! We will have MORE classrooms in a BIGGER, SAFER space! And we’ll still have all the same instructors we know and love!

Keep an eye-out for updates as we move forward with this move! This “new” Asheville Creative Arts Preschool will keep the same website, so don’t be alarmed when new logos, phone numbers, and social media accounts appear right here at! We’ll also soon forward to this site, so that family and friends have an easy domain to remember!

For more information, contact Kylee Rose Frye, Asheville Creative Arts Preschool director.


Kindergarten Series #1: Registration Dates

Asheville Playground Kindergarten registration in Asheville is not simple. There are dozens of choices and the application process for Fall 2016 has already started. There are public city magnet schools, public county schools divided into six districts, public charter schools with separate lottery processes, and several private schools with different application, interview, and financial aid systems. It’s a kindergarten enrollment jungle out there. At the Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy, we want to help you navigate that jungle. Through a series of blog posts, we hope to answer some of your most frequently asked kindergarten questions. The first: When do I start looking into signing up for kindergarten? The answer: Yesterday.  Sorry, it’s true. Below is a pdf file of a comprehensive list of kindergarten visitation, application, orientation, and registration dates for Buncombe County and Asheville area schools. While not a complete listing, these three pages should help you get started. (Or, if they help you panic, feel free to give us a call. We’re happy to provide emotional support and answer questions as you cry about the early application process.)

2016 Kindergarten Deadlines


Meet Pippin: The Preschool Puppy!

Pippin joined the Academy last Saturday at eight weeks old, making her the youngest Academy member. So far, Pippin loves to play with her purple hedgehog, her baby giraffe, and (of course) all of her new Academy friends.berryjam.ruCeoec

Pippin is a chocolate labradoodle and her low-shedding coat should typically be safe for everyone to pet, even friends with allergies. She is a laid back lady who sleeps through hard-shoe rehearsals of the Drake School of Irish Dance at the APAA. She’s been happy to play with children of all ages. Pippin will grow-up at the Academy, a class pet and source of comfort for all of our students from the Creative Arts Preschool through the Adult Dance Class. Although basketball player Scottie Pippin did make it to the Dream Team, the APAA’s little pip-squeak is named after the Tony Award winning musical, PIPPIN.

Like everyone, Pippin needs to feel safe.
Please follow Pippin’s puppy rules to help Pippin feel safe at the Academy.
Pippin’s Puppy Rules!
-Don’t feed Pippin anything without permission.
Sometimes a puppy’s tummy can be sensitive.
-Don’t wake-up Pippin.
Just like babies and young children, Pippin needs her rest. Nap-time is serious business.
-Be gentle!
Pippin loves to rough-house and play, but please don’t do anything to harm or frighten her.

Welcome to the Academy, Pippin!


Sensory Room Addition at the Creative Arts Preschool

The Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy dedicated a space as the sensory room in the main preschool classroom of the APAA campus. The space, created this semester to meet the sensory needs of this year’s students, will remain a sensory room for school years to come. Why? It’s simple. Students, especially students between the ages of 2-5 years, have sensory needs. The Creative Arts Preschool is a holistic program, dedicated to meeting the developmental needs of each child- sensory needs included.Плиты лоджии

What is a sensory room?
Sensory room is a broad term used to describe a space that is designed to develop physical senses and address needs related to sensation. There are several types of sensory rooms that are implemented by a variety of different practices. Sensory rooms are found in many schools, offices, and therapy settings and are used by people of all ages. Creative Arts Preschool Director, Kylee Rose Frye, first came across a sensory room during her work as a counselor at Camp Lakey Gap at Christmount, a camp for children with autism. (Previously known as camp Mountain Adventure, the camp now also accepts adults on the autism spectrum.) Usually therapeutic in nature, sensory rooms create a safe space and provide opportunities for people to both prevent crisis and deescalate from high-stress scenarios. Sensory rooms are also great spaces for learning new skills, engaging in educational activities, and self care. Sensory rooms frequently provide accessible ways to expend excess energy or gain rest, whichever might be needed at the time.

Does someone have to have special or exceptional needs to utilize a sensory room?
Absolutely not! Sensory rooms are for anyone who has ever needed a place to take a break. It could be argued that everyone could use a sensory space from time to time.

What does “sensory room” mean for the Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy?
Inspired by the needs of students this semester, the faculty at the Creative Arts Preschool came to realize that it would be beneficial to ALL of the children to have a safe space for sensory needs to be nurtured and met. In addition to input from preschool families and faculty members, Ms. Frye met with Jennifer Lingle (President of the International Autism Association for Families and Educators) and Nicole Croisant (Owner of Smoky Mountain Music Therapy) to come up with ideas for the space. The sensory room at the Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy currently includes a sand-weighted floor training bag (kick/punching bag), floor mats, a sleeping bag, pillows & blankets, stuffed animals, books, sensory-stimulating toys (examples: light-up toys, toys with unique tactile textures), a rice-play container, moon-sand, play-dough, bubbles, a sink, blocks, a car carpet with toy cars, coloring/art supplies, puzzles, a small table with chairs, and a hopper (ride-on bouncing toy). There’s also a CD player and headphones. Though the Creative Arts Preschool intends to maintain a sensory space for future school years, the items in the room will likely change to accommodate the needs of the students. Not every class of students is the same, so the sensory room will evolve and change over time (as all classroom spaces should).

Is a sensory room a “time-out” space? Is it really just a politically correct term for “time-out” room?
Once again, absolutely not! The sensory room is an excellent place to calm-down, so it might benefit a frustrated student to take a time-out there. However, there are no negative associations with being in the sensory room. Some students have it as a part of their regular school schedule. Others only go in there to take a break. It works well for students who need to find something safe to hit, but it’s also a perfect place to just relax and read a book. Reading is an activity to be nurtured. Snuggling in the sensory room with a dinosaur and flipping through the pages of Harold and the Purple Crayon is no punishment. Though time-outs are a disciplinary option at the Creative Arts Preschool, they are NEVER fully isolated and there is no single designated time-out location. Sensory rooms are often accompanied by feelings charts or other visuals to help students identify their own needs and to learn to self-regulate.

How do students get access to the sensory room?
All students are welcome to go into the sensory room during free play times. Some students also have scheduled time in the sensory room. In addition, students are welcome to ask for permission to use the sensory area if they finish another activity early or if they need to take a break. In the event that a student is too frustrated to use words to ask for a break, the preschool has a “Take 5” card. Simply show Ms. Kylee the “Take 5” card to take a five minute break. The sensory room may not be used to avoid work. It is also not allowed to be used to escape problems instead of addressing problems.

What do the students call the sensory room?
How did they make it their own?

It’s the sensory room. Everyone calls it the sensory room. In addition to the students’ regular lessons about body parts and health, they also learned about senses. They learned about the traditional five: hearing, seeing, smelling, tasting, and touching; they also discussed “hidden” senses, like balance, pressure, and temperature. The students volunteered ideas for how the sensory room addresses their senses. The students participated in dyeing the rice for the rice container. (What a great opportunity for discussing color-mixing!) Students brought in items from home that helped make them feel calm or happy. It’s a room for the students, by the students.

How is the sensory room different than other rooms? Don’t most preschools have books and bubbles?
It’s about being intentional. Of course, the entire Asheville Performing Arts Academy campus engages the students’ senses. Whether it’s tossing jingle-bell filled soft balls while dancing with scarves about the wide-open mirror-walled dance studio or rolling down the grassy hill in the big backyard, the students’ senses are are being engaged. What makes the sensory room special is that it is an intentional space. It provides direction and opportunity as part of a holistic education. It’s not just a rice bin. It’s teaching children that pouring rice into cups serves as a great calming strategy. It’s not just a pillow. It’s something to hit because having extra energy is okay. Hitting classmates is not. It’s an intentional effort to address the sensory needs of students. It’s an educational opportunity. It’s not just bubbles and books. (That being said, any facility can develop a sensory space. It doesn’t need to be an entire room and it doesn’t take much. Follow the Creative Arts Preschool on Pinterest for ideas.)

Snuggle Sensory Room AreaStill have questions? Contact Kylee Rose Frye, Director of the Creative Arts Preschool at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy or schedule a tour of the Creative Arts Preschool at the APAA.


2014 Summer Camp Schedule at the Asheville Performing Arts Academy

Asheville Performing Arts Academy will put on a show each week for their 2014 Summer Camp Program.  ALADDIN, KIDS! is one of the returning summer day camps, mixed in with camps new to the APAA this summer.  Also back by popular demand is the SUPERHEROES TO THE RESCUE training camp, running in conjunction with CINDERELLA, KIDS! musical production princess camp.мифы о строительстве фундамента и дома в целом

The Asheville Performing Arts Academy will present their 2014 Summer Camp Schedule at the WNC Parent Camp Expo, Saturday, March 1st.  The Academy joined over 60 other camp representatives at the Expo last March in the UNC Asheville Sherrill Center.  This year’s WNC Parent Camp Expo is being held in the WNC Agricultural Center.

The summer camp season at the APAA is June 16th- August 8th.  Each one week camp session runs Monday through Friday from 9am to 2:30pm with a Friday performance at the end of each session.  (The CINDERELLA, KIDS! and SUPERHEROES TO THE RESCUE camps will run Monday through Thursday, allowing families to spend the 4th of July, Independence Day holiday together.)  The cost of camp is $250 per session.  Early drop-off and late pick-up may be available for an addition fee in certain circumstances.  Sign-up for multiple sessions for a discounted rate.

Registration is open and spaces are limited.


Creative Dance for Preschoolers

APAA BallerinaEvery person can learn from dancing. Not everyone will grow up to perform dramatic leaps in a corps de ballet or to shuffle off to Buffalo with the Rockettes, but every child deserves the opportunity to dance. For babies and toddlers, creative movement offers a range of experiences that facilitate natural, easy play and proper development of alignment, neurological coordination and a fundamental exploration of baseline concepts that are the building blocks for future learning.Men's Club – Онлайн Журнал

For preschoolers, children about 2 1/2 to four, movement play in a creative dance setting can help to provide an essential educational experience. Through movement, songs, games and rhymes, children not only flex their muscles as they gain strength and endurance, but they challenge themselves emotionally and cognitively as well.

Creative dance for small children approaches many ways of learning. Inherently kinesthetic, a solid creative dance class should be appealing to both boys and girls, offering ample opportunity to hop, bound, run, dive, leap, jump, turn, kick, and stretch. Kids, of course, love to move.

As an educational model, dance uses rhythm, honing children’s aural skills, and giving them a chance to approach conceptual ideas through their bodies. Creative dance also relies on linguistic play like rhymes and games that involve the use of fun new language and vocabulary. Academically speaking, in a ten-week session of creative dance for preschoolers, your child can and should be exposed to most of the basic academic bases they’ll climb to in their elementary education. But they’ll tackle these new ideas not through tests and standards, but through fun, playful and engaging activities.

As with any enriching educational activity, consistency is key. You and your child can play at the pool once or twice over the course of a few months, and have a great time. But if your goal is to have your child become safe and comfortable in the water, you’re probably going to want to take regular lessons.

That’s why it’s recommended that children be involved in a regular creative dance class, so they can get to know the teacher and his/her classmates, so they have the chance to build on the conceptual vocabulary that has been worked with in previous weeks and so they can gain a greater understanding of the material. But most importantly, consistency and the repetition and affirmation it affords will provide your child with a wider launch pad for their own creativity both in and out of class.

Here are a few of the benefits of Creative Dance for preschoolers:

APAA Ballerina– Increased body awareness, kinesthetic comfort and ease
– Improved alignment, flexibility and neurological patterning
– Emotional and social growth and development
– Greater self-esteem and autonomy
– Linguistic and aural (listening) skills enhanced
– Beginning understanding of academics such as math, reading, spelling and science
– Approaches ‘classroom skills’ necessary for school experiences, such as taking turns, following directions, listening, sharing and communicating needs and feelings
– Develops an early creative spark in individuals and groups

For more information on the benefits of dance and other art forms on early childhood education contact Kylee Frye, Creative Arts Preschool Director.

This article was originally written for the Academy by Jeffrey Weeks, December 2010.

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