Reading is fostered at Fremont Kid's Academy on a daily basis. The children in our care always have access to books and often read to each other. We encourage a love of reading and the children have a wonderful time with our books each day.
Fremont Kid's Academy provides delicious healthy food for the children in our care. This week the children have been growing their own micro-greens in our green house. They filled the trays with organic soil, planted heirloom Broccolini and Russian red kale seeds and water them daily. They can't wait to add the greens to our salads and sandwiches. If, that is, they make it to the plate without being eaten first!
Fremont Kid's Academy has a history of enrolling siblings in our childcare program. We know that family is the most important thing for young children and we encourage the family bonds to grow stronger in our care. It is wonderful to see the love and adoration between brothers and sisters.
Children love predictable patterns and making a chain of colors that repeat is a fun way to learn colors and patterns. The children in care at Fremont Kid's Academy are constantly challenged with new activities and projects that keep them learning the curriculum required in kindergarten.
In addition to being fun, ride on toys are important for the children in care at Fremont Kid's Academy. Moving the toys around the play yard helps the children develop their core muscles, hand eye coordination, and cooperation skills.
Children enjoy learning the letters of the alphabet and teaching them is as much fun. This week we are using a technique we came up with here at Fremont Kid's Academy. We are teaching groups of letters that have similar phonetic structures. We are teaching the letters M, B, and P - each of these letters had a sound that is made by forming the sound the same way in the mouth. When the children practice saying the sound the letter makes they can understand the connection each letter has to its group members.
Developing bonds of friendship in childcare comes naturally to the children at Fremont Kid's Academy. Each day the children in our care spend quality time with each other and the staff. We strive to make that time memorable, positive, and educational.
Cooperating is a very advanced state of play in a preschool setting. Achieving this state is usually observed in children older than three years. Children younger than that just don't possess the awareness of others required to actually cooperate. However, there are exceptions to every rule and one of those exceptions can be found when older children are modelling cooperative behavior for younger children. Here a three year old and a five year old are working together to play with this toy when along comes a one year old who begins to mimic their behavior.
At Fremont Kid's Academy we encourage the interaction of multi-aged groups of the children in our care for this very reason. Both age groups are benefiting from the interactions and both age groups are receiving more socialization than they would be in age specific groups.
There is a time for being silly and a time for being serious. At Fremont Kid's Academy we encourage the children in our care to exercise and be silly during our outdoor play time and calm and focused during our indoor curriculum time. Recognizing the ebb and flow of energy in childcare is an art, and balancing the routine is an important part of the children's happiness.
One of the focuses of the curriculum this week at Fremont Kid's Academy was learning to identify, name, and use circles. We took every opportunity to observe circles in action and the children in our care loved finding more and more circles each day.
Dreaming about the future is something that most parents do for their children. At Fremont Kid's Academy we help visualize that future by exploring the specific interests of each child in our care. Borrowing from the child centered philosophies of programs like Reggio Emelia, we observe and record each child's individual preferences and use those tendencies to teach the curriculum necessary for them to be successful in kindergarten and beyond. Having a great future requires a great foundation.
Circles are everywhere and the children in care at Fremont Kid's Academy are paying close attention to this shape this week. We are finding circles in art, food, furniture, and motion. Seeking out circles is one of the most efficient ways of learning the shape and being able to identify it in many different situations.
Playing Red Light, Green Light in childcare is a great way to help the children in care learn to follow directions. Being part of a game helps diffuse the tension that a long series of directions might cause. This way they can practice their listening skills without the pressure.
Playing make believe is a wonderful way to show children to express themselves, have fun, and learn all at once. Today, the children in care at Fremont Kid's Academy are practicing working on their car. They are tightening imaginary bolts with their imaginary wrenches and having a great time.
Emotions can be very difficult to deal with even for adults and for children they can be absolutely overwhelming. At Fremont Kid's Academy we help the children in our care to learn to control their emotions by helping them name the emotion and practice using it by making the face that goes with it...today we worked on Happy Face.
Fremont Kid's Academy places a heavy emphasis on providing the children in our care with fresh, whole foods. We grow many of our own veggies and the children love to help water, harvest and of course eat the products of our work. We never use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and we imitate the philosophies of local, natural, beyond organic farmers in our gardening methods. Check our Singing Frogs Farm to see where much of our gardening inspiration comes.
S.T.E.A.M subjects are very important parts of the kindergarten curriculum at Fremont Kid's Academy. Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math find their way into most activities that the children in care here complete. Today we built and experimented with paper air planes. It's ready to see the engineering at work but we also decorated our planes with drawings (Art) and worked on creating prefect folds (Math) and experimented with flying techniques (Science). We also used different additions to the paper planes to increase flying distance and height (Technology).
The children in care at Fremont Kid's Academy love tending the garden. They are growing all kinds of vegetables and can't wait to eat them!
Parents interact with staff about student's Projects.