The children in care at Fremont Kid's Academy often play with home made dough as a learning activity. Today they used the doughy goo to make themselves glasses. The couldn't get the glasses to stick to their faces so they laid down and placed the glasses over their eyes. Genius engineering at work!
The children in care at Fremont Kid's Academy had an impromptu reading session. They grabbed some books, sat inside a couple of stools turned on their sides and read to each other. Priceless!
Sometimes the most interesting lessons are not planned, but accidentally observed.
Today while we were outside enjoying the weather and practicing counting skills on the abacus, one of the children in care at Fremont Kid's Academy noticed the shadow of the abacus on the table.
Our math lesson quickly shifted to a physics lesson on shadows. The children showed their natural ability to be scientists by performing experiments on the shadows and the abacus. The children were focused on the game of moving the shadows not realizing that they were learning important lessons.
Ok it may be a bit early to talk about Spring being in the air and we don't see any flowers blooming just yet but that doesn't stop the children in care at Fremont Kid's Academy from enjoying the amazing weather we are having today and creating a few flowers of their own on our outside chalkboards. The sun is shining, birds are singing, and the children are soaking it all in!
The children in care at Fremont Kid's Academy are learning all about gardening. This week we built a vermicomposting bin...that's a composting bin with worms. We call it our worm hotel and the children had a wonderful time checking the worms into their room the first time. Each day they check on the queens and make sure they are fed on kitchen scraps and happy.
The children in care at Fremont Kid's Academy love to sing songs and play with their friends. Learning the words and motions to the songs helps the children with their memory skills as well as their social skills.
Playing pretending games is a staple of the activities we do at Fremont Kid's Academy. The children revel in the imaginary games and we are able to use their enjoyment as teaching tools. We can help them pretend to be riding a roller coaster, counting the bumps and turns, singing the alphabet and learning to follow directions.
Each time we play a game we include a piece of curriculum that they will need in kindergarten. Even though they have no idea they are getting ready for school we are preparing them for a successful experience in kindergarten.
Fremont Kid's Academy parallels kindergarten in our teaching methods by providing the children in our care with exposure to sight words. Each week we choose a different set of words to help the children identify. These words are the same ones on the sight word list in kindergarten. The way we teach the words is to point them out when we are reading, put them on the board and consistently help the children to identify the words without sounding them out. By the time the children in our care reach kindergarten it is our goal that all of the material they see in class will be review of what they have learned at Fremont Kid's Academy. The words they are working on this week are have, do and no. With any luck they will be reading those words by week end.
Parents interact with staff about student's Projects.