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ArtVille Academy offers an engaging curriculum that combines literacy, art, science and math for children ages 3-5. (Special to MyNewsMesa.com)

The i.d.e.a. Museum launches a new learning experience this week aimed at helping prepare little ones for a smooth transition into school. ArtVille Academy offers an engaging curriculum that combines literacy, art, science and math for children ages 3-5.

The six-week series takes place from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, Oct. 12–Nov. 16. Winter and spring classes are in development.

“Parents want to ensure their young children make a successful transition into the classroom,” said Dena Milliron, curator of education for the museum. “ArtVille Academy helps them get their children school ready.”

ArtVille Academy features weekly themes and activities to inspire a curiosity for learning while developing skills needed in school. Gallery educators will lead lessons that give students the opportunity to interact socially, build language and communication skills, engage in outdoor and imaginative play, and become familiar with school structure and routines.

The six-week program developed from a pilot program, called Skill Builders, which featured activities such as lacing, counting and color sorting. Feedback from participants and educators helped shape ArtVille Academy’s lessons.

The school readiness series is another effort by the museum to support early childhood development and learning. The museum also offers many art and STEAM-based workshops to nurture creative thinking in little ones, as well as features an unstructured imaginative play gallery, known as ArtVille.

Learn more about ArtVille, the museum’s socks-only space for children ages 0-4: http://www.ideamuseum.org/artville.html.

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