At Childs Family Academy we do realize the importance of having a routine with our children. I have decided to list our daily curriculum to give parents an idea of what children will be doing during there stay with us. Keep in mind that adjustments are made when needed to structure our routines to meet the needs of the individual children present, weather conditions and other conditions which may arise throughout the time the children are present is just an example of why adjustment are made.
- Alphabet/Numbers~sing ABC song, trace letters/numbers, make letters/numbers with various supplies such as string, paint, glue and sand, and count various toys, calendar days.
- Color/Shape Recognition~work with children using different medias such as crayons/markers/paints, when playing with blocks/trains/dolls/eating food/etc…we talk with the children about the different colors/shapes of those items. Ask them questions to see if they know which color/shape is which.
- Music~we sing nursery rhymes, listen to the children songs or pre-recorded music, sing songs from books on hand, and we also encourage the children to make up their own songs.
- Reading~the children are read to each day, children are allowed to choose the book(s) they would like to hear. We also have a listening center where multiple children can listen to a story being read and hold the book themselves. We also encourage older children to read to the younger children and even for the younger children to “read” to each other.
- Exercise~ Get Moving!!! Once all the children have arrived we start our day off jumping, wiggling and dancing. This helps our more active children settle and concentrate. We do attempt to take the children outside daily all year long when the weather permits. We may not always be able to do so depending on how children are dressed for the day, we do ask that parents please bring weather appropriate clothing. In the summertime we usually spend most of the day outside on a daily basis unless the temperature is above 95 degrees we attempt to have the children out first thing in the morning before 11am or after 3pm to avoid these issues
- Day of the Week/Weather Center~each morning we talk to the children about what day it is and what the weather is doing outside. We have our monthly calendar, day of the week chart and weather chart that the children may view to help them get a sense of time
- Dramatic Play/Dress Up~ we have on hand outfits the children are allowed to use. Outfits include career outfits such as fireman/policeman/train conductor/doctor as well as imaginary outfits for variety. We do not use any type of toy weapons or face paint. We also encourage all the children to play with the baby dolls, studies have shown that children who play with baby dolls become more caring and compassionate adults.
- Meals-~ food is always important! We provide each child with breakfast, lunch and snack while in attendance for the day. We do not serve sugary snacks! If you would like to send a snack for the class to share on your child’s birthday it MUST be an unopened store bought item. Please let us know in advance if you would like to do this.
- Painting/Drawing/Crafts~ all children are allowed to participate in our craft time, we use non toxic paints and glues for this reason. Rock painting, gluing various items to paper/cardboard/rocks etc…, stamping, play-doh, drawing with pencils/ pens/markers/crayons, planting seeds in paper cups, growing crystals, using stencils and making beaded jewelry are some of the many crafts the child can do while here. We do try and do simple holiday themed crafts the week the holiday falls on.
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills~ the children have access to a variety of fine motor skill activities such as what is listed above as well as working with oversized beads and string, building with a variety of different shaped blocks, manipulating play doh/clay/etc… Gross motor skills are not only used when the children are outdoors but in as well. Outdoors we have everything from riding toy cars, jump ropes, Frisbees, balls, hoola hoops and more.
- Clean Up~at the end of each day all children are required to help clean up before going home! We sing the “clean up” song to encourage them to participate.