Classroom age designations are determined by your child's date of birth, and age as of Sept. 1 of each school year (with the exception of infants). We keep the students together who will be entering kindergarten the same year so that the children will be able to make and keep friends throughout their preschool years.
Your infant will be cared for in a home-like environment where they will be nurtured and loved during this precious time of their life. They will be given ample opportunities to explore the world around them with daily walks outside, opportunities to learn to crawl and walk in large, safe, open areas, and much more. They will be treated with the care and commitment that they deserve. We realize it is a HUGE decision to decide to turn over the care of your baby to a stranger, and we do not take that lightly. Please rest assured that your child will be in the best environment possible for their growth and development.
*Children must be walking independently and able to take just one nap per day in order to move up to the Monkeys classroom.
In our Monkeys classroom the children work on colors, shapes, sizes, counting and sensory experiences. They also begin learning letters and numbers, and work on listening for the sounds in our language. We use many methods of instruction to help students learn how to hold a writing utensil and make deliberate movements that will eventually turn into letters. We have age-appropriate expectations for our youngest students, and therefore keep our child to teacher ratios very low so that they receive lots of love and attention along with their thorough academic instruction.
Our Kangaroos and Koalas are ready to take on a few more challenges. In these classrooms we work on colors, shapes, sizes, comparisons, fine motor skills, large motor skills, counting, and much more. These students are eager to learn, and we want to encourage that through lots of love and instruction. We begin working on the names of the letters and numbers at this age, and encouraging children to find the letters they have learned in their environment. We keep our Kangaroos and Koalas in small groups so that they can have plenty of instruction and interaction with the teacher. This is also the age when many of our students are working on potty learning, so we want our teachers to be ready and available to help with that as needed.
Our Turtles and Pandas are busy, busy, busy! AcroKids teachers engage the children in academics each day focusing on learning letter names, letter sounds, numbers, counting, basic math skills, calendar concepts and much more. The children spend time each day in large and small groups, with lots of individual attention. We keep the lowest child to caregiver ratios in the area which allows plenty of instructional attention and keeps our groups small to prevent the conflicts between students that are so typical in other "daycares".
Pre-Kindergarten students need focused academic attention to make certain they are ready for the big kindergarten year to come. Our teachers lead the children through a large group time each morning that explains the theme for the day and what skills they will be working on. The children are then broken up into smaller groups for work on phonics, math, reading, science, and social studies. During small group instruction, the children will have individualized instruction making certain that all skills needed for kindergarten are understood.
We are now offering an advanced pre-kindergarten classroom called "Junior Kindergarten". This classroom uses an advanced curriculum, and operates under a kindergarten classroom model. We require our junior kindergartners to come to school 5 days per week so that we can make certain to have consistency in their learning. Children in this classroom are expected to already have a working knowledge of letter and number names, and are ready to use the sounds of the letters to begin sounding out words. Children are instructed in sight words, early math skills, basic reading, calendar skills, science, social studies, and much more. This is an intensive curriculum and will require some "homework" on occasion. An assessment is required before enrollment will be confirmed, and classroom behavior will also be considered.
The classrooms for our school-age students are equipped for fun! We have things like xbox, wii, computers, air hockey, ping pong, movies, arts & crafts, board games, basketball, soccer goals, bikes, scooters, and much more to keep our big kids happy and thriving. Students are also given a snack after school each day. Those who have homework or reading to do are given a quiet area to do so with a teacher to assist them if needed. Afterschool students are also welcome to enroll in any of our skills classes that are offered during the time that they are here, all at discounted rates. These include (but are not limited to): gymnastics, swimming, tumbling, and trampoline.