New Preschool Brings Distinctive Academic and Performing Arts Curriculum to Smyrna, Ga.

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The Benjamin Preschool of Academics and Performing Arts will be opening its doors on August 2, giving Atlanta-area parents an opportunity to expose their children to a premier curriculum of academics, the performing arts and athletics. The school, located in Smyrna, is the only educational institution of its kind in Georgia.

The Benjamin Preschool of Academics and Performing Arts

Through exposure to our unique and innovative programs, our students will utilize their natural talents and interests to develop the skills that will prepare them for the world’s stage and life’s challenges, while enjoying the world in which they live.

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Parents in the Atlanta area will soon be able to enroll their children in a unique new educational institution that will expose them to a distinctive curriculum of academics, the performing arts and athletics. The school, called the Benjamin Preschool of Academics and Performing Arts, will be opening its doors on August 2—becoming the first institution of its kind in the state of Georgia.

Located in Smyrna, the Benjamin Preschool of Academics and Performing Arts is not the typical childcare facility. Students who attend the school will receive more than just the minimal blueprint for early childhood education, according to Dr. Verna Benjamin-Lambert, the school’s principal and co-owner. “Their daily schedule will expose them daily to the arts (performing arts and fine arts), academics, and athletic activities that reinforce our innovative and well-rounded curriculum,” she said. “We will work to ensure that each child identifies and expands their own talents while working in a creative and nurturing environment, enabling each child to excel in the classroom and on the world's stage.”

The Benjamin Preschool of Academics and Performing Arts caters to “tiny dreamers” six weeks to 12 months old, “tip top toddlers” 12 to 24 months and “show kids” 2 to 4 years old. It boasts a professional and caring staff that enhances students’ abilities in the areas of academics, dance, theater, instruments and sports. The Benjamin Preschool staff is comprised of individuals whose range of professional experience spans the globe, from the Ivy Leagues, to the Russian art scene, to Broadway and beyond. Children as young as six months old learn the fundamentals of the Suzuki teaching method for early musical instruction. “Through exposure to our unique and innovative programs, our students will utilize their natural talents and interests to develop the skills that will prepare them for the world’s stage and life’s challenges, while enjoying the world in which they live,” Lambert said. “Our arts-based curriculum is supported by research that advocates learning through age-appropriate mind and body stimulation.”

The rich curriculum of the Benjamin Preschool of Academics and Performing Arts is founded on four distinct principles:

  • identifying a child’s natural interests and talents
  • exposing children to a variety of research-driven activities that have been proven to jump start brain development
  • selecting nurturing, enthusiastic and degreed staff members who make children their No. 1 one priority from the beginning of the school day until it’s end
  • making regular documentation and presentation of newly-acquired skills for confidence building and parent appreciation

Despite the fact that the launch of the new preschool comes at a time when budget constraints are causing many public schools to eliminate arts programs, performing and fine arts are packaged into the Benjamin Preschool of Academics and Performing Arts experience. Understanding the fact that early exposure to the arts can greatly impact a child’s future success led to the founding of this academic institution. According to Lambert, playing, singing, and dancing to music increases fine and gross motor skills, as well as the development of hand-eye coordination. She adds, “It has been proven that when children are exposed to the arts at an early age they consistently perform better in reading, math, and on standardized testing. Children who are actively involved in music have shown higher levels of self-esteem and better social interaction with their peers.”

The Benjamin Preschool of Academics and Performing Arts is currently accepting applications for registration. For more information, please visit http://www.thebenjaminpreschool.com or contact Executive Director Nadia Galloway at (770) 436-5200.

About the Benjamin Preschool of Academics and Performing Arts
The Benjamin Preschool of Academics and Performing Arts is an innovative institution that takes a fresh approach to early childhood education by exploring students’ full range of academic, artistic and athletic talents. The Christian-based school offers a distinctive curriculum that is designed to help children ages six weeks to four years old become more knowledgeable, accomplished and self confident. The facility is operated by Verna Benjamin-Lambert, who has a Doctoral Degree in Education, and Nadia Galloway, who holds a Master’s Degree in International Business as well as a leadership staff with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in education, performing arts and the fine arts. The school also employs instructors with international exposure and training in their respective disciplines. The Benjamin Preschool of Academics and Performing Arts is located at 2234 Benson Poole Rd. in Smyrna, Ga.

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