"It's a Workshop...It's a Funshop...It's a Learning Shop"
Dedicated to Our Children "Who Make it All Worthwhile"

1601 North 5th St
217-753-6234

Ages 16 months to five years
Location: Lincoln Park Funshop building

Every effort is the result of a synergy of experiences and people. The Funshop program is no exception. It represents a culmination of over 40 years of work with children and families. As a company of people and collective hearts, the Funshop staff is proud to serve the Springfield community. Funshop is an exciting, early education program for parents and children “together.” It has been uniquely designed to provide the optimal one-on-one learning experience. The program offers a unique, play-based environment where parents and children can be interactively engaged in the wonderful world of learning. The foundation of the innovative Funshop experience is a firm belief that parents are not only a child’s first teachers but also his or her most trusted and influential educators.

A ton of tantalizing toys and interest areas will capture your children’s imagination, strengthen their communication skills, exercise their decision-making skills and enhance their sensory motor skills. As children engage themselves in self-directed play, small group activities are also featured to develop social-emotional skills and language development It won’t take you long to discover that Funshop is truly a school family rich in the relationships that matter most. At least one parent, relative, or caregiver must accompany each child to every class.

Early Childhood Education
Play is a child’s work, and that work can be fun! It is our goal at Funshop to assist parents in enriching their interactions with their children and sharing with them information pertaining to early childhood education. Research indicates that whether a child will reach his/her maximum potential depends to a great extent on how much intellectual and sensory stimulation he/she receives in the formative years. (birth to five years)

Children learn through their experiences, and Funshop is a whole explosion of experiences. There are many skills and values to be shared. Children learn attunement, practice listening skills, taking turns, and how to function within a group situation. Activities enhance the refinement of fine motor skills, eye-hand coordination, visual discrimination, color and shape concepts, counting, songs and most importantly ~ calming techniques which will serve them for the rest of their lives. They develop the art of decision-making, gain mastery over their environment, and their self-esteem begins to blossom. Funshop provides the optimal one-on-one learning experience for parents and children together. Each class is 75 minutes in length … you attend once a week. Join us! You will be glad you did!

Funshop offers a 6-week summer program beginning June 10th and ending July 19th. Parent orientations will be held prior to the beginning of classes. For a listing of classes, days, and age ranges go to: friendsoffunshop.wordpress.com For all other questions, call 217-753-6234 or email us at funshop@springfieldparks.org.

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