DAYCARE INFO

Infant Program (6 weeks-18 months)

American Academy Learning Center offers infant daycare for children ages 6 weeks to 18 months. Our happy, loving and nurturing teachers provide the best learning environment as well as the best care to fit each student’s unique goals and needs. Through collaboration with the family, our teachers can put a plan in place to meet the infant’s needs, the parent’s goals for their child, and even the nutritional guidelines set by the parents.

The Opportunities We Provide

Our teachers provide many additional opportunities for your family to help your child meet the goals you have for them. The care and educational opportunities that are given at this age are much different than what is offered for older children, but they are still just as important for learning and development.

Baby Sign Language

One of the most popular things that we provide to this age group in our infant daycare program is teaching baby sign language. Children begin communicating with others between the ages of 8 months and 2 years of age. The earlier children are given opportunities to communicate, the less frustration a child, their parents and teachers will experience. We teach simple signs that have been adapted from American Sign Language that can help your child communicate a few months earlier than other children their age.

Sign language is also beneficial for children who have a communication delay, have a communication disorder or show signs of autism. For these children, they can get comfortable with pointing for the things they need instead of vocalizing their needs.

Smart Start Academy also works with parents to teach them the signs their son or daughter is learning so that what is learned at school can be practiced at home.

Singing Time

Our daycare includes music and singing. According to emergent research, singing to an infant is important in their brain development and can help prevent future language problems. Infants naturally enjoy listening to singing because of the difference in rhythms and tones. Songs are also good teaching tools. For example, in songs like “Old McDonald Had a Farm” and “The Wheels on the Bus,” kids learn the different sounds animals make and about the world around them.

Playtime and Exploration

Another key component of an infant’s learning happens through exploring the world around them. This is most commonly done during playtime, when they are free to crawl around and explore different objects. We provide plenty of interactive playtime so that your infant can learn to make sense of their world in a safe and controlled way that encourages them to become curious and confident.

If you have any questions or would like to take a closer look at our methods with infants, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to provide you with more details and help you see if we are the right place to trust with your child.

Toddler Program (18 months-24 months)

American Academy Learning Center offers infant daycare for children ages 6 weeks to 18 months. Our happy, loving and nurturing teachers provide the best learning environment as well as the best care to fit each student’s unique goals and needs. Through collaboration with the family, our teachers can put a plan in place to meet the infant’s needs, the parent’s goals for their child, and even the nutritional guidelines set by the parents.

Monthly Themes

Every month, our toddler school focuses on a theme. Each one is picked to help focus on a different need of children in this age range- enhancing self-expression, peer interaction, or sensory awareness. These themes help children learn about themselves and the world around them. One of the most difficult frustrations for toddlers, and often the root cause for tantrums, is that they have a hard time figuring out what they are feeling, what they need, and how to express all of it. Many toddlers don’t even have the language skills required to express their feelings. Our monthly themes work to teach these to our students by incorporating them into lessons and play for the entire month. This way, there is ample time to teach the students each aspect. Monthly themes are very important to our toddler curriculum. Focusing on these different areas helps to lower frustration levels for the child, increase independence, and make communication between parents and their child a better experience. It can also help increase the level of understanding for the student in other areas of learning by meeting their base needs.

Our Curriculum

Toddlers learn best through discovery and experiencing things themselves. Most toddlers have a hard time sitting still for long amounts of time or paying attention in large groups. They like to play and learn in ways that are different from any other age. The material is very basic and often involves learning about the world around them. Teachers design their lesson plans to meet these requirements. Students of all ages are more likely to remember and process information when they are meaningful to them on an individual level. For this reason, our teachers work to ensure that each child is engaged in the learning process when they are best ready for it. This is done through child-initiated and teacher-directed lessons. This way, the student is actually involved and in charge of their own learning experience, making it meaningful to them.

Our Goals

The most important goal we have in our school for toddlers is to help each student experience meaningful and lifelong learning experiences. Rather than making our students conform to one way of learning or only learning in the classroom, we work hard to promote active thinking and exploring how things work. Our highly trained teachers facilitate purposeful play and intentional teaching practices. We work to ensure that each student who leaves our daycare for toddlers has a great foundation for learning that will last their entire life. When a child starts off on the right foot, it can help them enter into the later educational programs with more excitement and understanding. These two factors have a lot of influence on how successful a student is in the learning process now and in the future. We know that parents expect more from a daycare than just simply taking care of their child’s basic needs. We want to instill a love of learning, improving life skills, and a desire to be self-aware in each of our students. Our toddler program works to make life easier for the student and their parents. We work hard to ensure we are giving the best quality of experiences to your toddler so that you know they are getting everything that they need during their formative years.

Preschool Program (2 – 3 years)

Our preschool program is filled with opportunities for our children to expand their horizons, seek out information, explore new adventures and interrupt the world around them. Our preschool learning environment is set up in content learning centers. These centers focus on content knowledge such as math, science, technology, emergent reading and writing, social and language skills. Our purposeful classroom design allows for teacher-directed activities, while maintaining flexibility for the children to independently explore areas of interest. Our unique environment promotes intellectual, emotional, social and physical development for the “whole” child, while also promoting self-confident, successful lifelong learners.

At American Academy Learning Center, we know that preschool matters. Even at a young age, getting exposure to letters, numbers, shapes help to get them accustomed to learning them before entering a school building. There are other forms of learning that happen while in school too, like listening to a teacher-figure and expanding their ability to pay attention for a certain amount of time. Not everything that is beneficial about preschool programs has to do with academics.

Other important skills learned in our preschool fall under the socialization umbrella, such as getting along with other children, learning to share, and contribute and participate in a group discussion. They also will learn how to be respectful, to compromise, and even ways to solve problems. Another aspect of going to a preschool program that is often overlooked is that children learn to separate from their parents.

Our preschool is filled with opportunities for our students to expand their horizons, seek out information, explore new adventures and interrupt the world around them. Education is more than just sitting in a desk and doing worksheets. We recognize that children in this age range are not accustomed to sitting still and listening to lectures, which is why we don’t teach that way. This age group learns through movement, exploration, and putting their hands on projects.

Our preschool is set up in content learning centers. These centers focus on content knowledge such as math, science, technology, emergent reading and writing, social and language skills. The main focus in each of these subjects is to form a good foundation in each one for further learning. We want each student to go on to Kindergarten and grade school with advanced pre-reading skills, better vocabularies, and strong basic math skills. Thanks to our student to teacher ratio, our teachers are able to work with each student at their current level rather than focusing on the group level, which helps improve the quality of education.

We pride ourselves on our purposeful classroom design which allows for teacher-directed activities, while still maintaining flexibility for the children to independently explore areas of interest. It is important for us to help direct children while still letting them control their educational opportunities. Our teachers help inspire the children to engage in the experiences to learn for themselves.

The curriculum we ascribe to is based off of Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligence’s. We focus on developing the entire child rather than just the areas that schools deem necessary. Helping students to find the areas that they excel in and the ways that they learn best is a great way to help each child boost their self-esteem and knowledge of themselves.

Our unique environment promotes intellectual, emotional, social and physical development for the “whole” child. We know that you are trusting us with your child, to help improve their thinking and teach them new skills. Aside from the general foundations of basic subjects, we also work in our classroom to help promote self-confident, successful lifelong learners. By making learning successful and fun for each child, they get a great start to education.

You would never just trust anyone with your child, so we understand that you have questions. If you are interested in learning more about our preschool programs, you are always welcome to call or visit us to learn more. There are also open houses that we have occasionally to let prospective student’s parents to come and see the school, but if you miss one, ask us about a tour.

Pre-Kindergarten Program (4-5 years)

Our pre-kindergarten program is designed to enhance each student’s content knowledge. With an emphasis on math skills, cognitive skills, discovery through science, creative art, social awareness and health and wellness, classrooms are designed to promote intellectual, emotional, social and physical development for each child. Our child-initiated, teacher-directed educational activities ensure that each child will gain the knowledge to become successful kindergartners and beyond.

Pre-K Program Focus Areas

Math Concepts: Our math program focuses on concepts such as measuring, predicting, patterns, spatial relationships, sorting and problem solving.

Science Concepts: Students are encouraged to recognize and investigate cause-and-effect relationships in everyday experiences.

Creative Art: Through our creative art program, our students develop an appreciation for dance, art, music, dramatic play, storytelling and visual arts.

Health & Wellness: Our health and wellness program highlights the importance of healthy nutrition and daily physical activity while also teaching our students safety and injury prevention skills. Through a series of fun, heart accelerating activities, our students learn the benefits of staying active in order to promote healthy lifelong behaviors.

Social Emotional: Students show care and concern for others. Develop healthy relationships with teachers and peers and learn how to express their feelings, needs and wants in a healthy and respectful manner.

Physical Skills/ Gross/Fine Motor: Students build on eye-hand coordination to use everyday tools. Through this process, students learn how to manipulate a variety of tools including eating utensils, pencils, scissors, blocks, etc. Students also develop motor coordination and skill using objects for a range of physical activities.

Language and Foreign Languages: Through conversation, storytelling, and technology, students develop an understanding of spoken language and world languages. Students are exposed to all forms of communication including English, sign language and world languages in order to enhance comprehension and communication skills.

Daycare After School Program (6-9 years)

Many children come home every day to an empty house after school because their parents are working. According to the National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center, the peak time for juvenile crimes and risky behavior like alcohol and drug use, falls during the hours following school, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Even young children can also become victims of violence during these hours.

Research has shown that enrolling your child in great daycare after school programs can help to improve academic achievement, relieve stress for the entire family, help children gain confidence, decrease behavioral problems, help children become better problem solvers and keep children safe and out of trouble.

The type of environment at American Academy Learning Center can make a difference in a child’s life and help them thrive. At American Academy Learning Center, our after school program is so much more than a babysitting service or a cool place to hang out. We offer school-aged children a safe, secure and fun learning environment. As a school, we aim to foster a learning environment that stimulates the minds and curiosities of everyone who enters through our door.

Our American Academy Learning Center teachers offer tutoring and homework assistance, which is especially beneficial for parents who don’t have time to help their child with their homework or have a hard time understanding the assignments. In our year-round program we put an emphasis on allowing for child-initiated activities and through encouraging children to develop lifelong friendships. Parents can rest easier, knowing that their child is in a safe and nurturing environment until they can come home.

Our After School Programs (6 – 13 years)

We pride ourselves on offering a well-rounded selection of activities to help encourage children to try new activities, improve their understanding of school subjects, and form new friendships with their peers. Our summer program is especially helpful with keeping children engaged in the learning process to keep information from being forgotten during the summer break.

At American Academy Learning Center, our after school daycare program is so much more than a babysitting service or a cool place to hang out and stay out of trouble. We offer school-aged children a safe, secure and fun learning environment. As a school, we aim to foster a learning environment that stimulates the minds and curiosities of everyone who enters through our door.

Below are activity groups available to our school-aged students:

  • Homework Assistance
  • Free Choice Activities –games and group activities
  • Creative Arts – cooking, crafts, and hobbies
  • Media Club – computers, games, and books
  • Summer Camp

Brain Development – The American Academy Learning Center “WAY”

A combination of physical activity integrated with academic concepts promotes success in school and at home. See how this approach helps to address impulse control, alertness, and memory to let each child thrive.

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER

Putting it ALL Together

A stimulating learning environment includes a variety of activities centered around a common theme. Here, the theme of “Lemons and Lemonade” highlights a variety of styles:

Language: reading a book about the growth cycle of lemons promotes communication and science skills.

Math/Logic: making real lemonade and describing the sequence of events gives hands-on experience in counting, measuring, and enjoying a taste.

Music: recreating the song “BINGO” with new lyrics about a lemon tree and spelling out “L-E-M-O-N” brings a new twist to an old favorite.

Art: stamp-painting with cut lemons lets children see the patterns and examine the internal structure. Of course, tasting the cut lemons first can be a fun way to laugh unexpectedly!

Physical: building with boxes painted to simulate a lemon tree and lemons promotes gross motor skills.

Interpersonal & Intrapersonal: sharing turns making lemonade in dramatic play, or individually playing a matching game develops social-emotional learning.

BRAIN WAVES® LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Learning Objectives

Our learning stations are filled with math manipulatives, science elements, and stimulating visuals that support brain pathways for cognitive development. In addition, our teachers conduct activities to help children explore causation and employ questions that promote higher-level thinking.

Frontal Lobe Development

The main function of the frontal lobe is cognitive thinking, such as reasoning and problem solving. This portion of the brain is also responsible for motor development, language development, social-emotional behavior, and impulse control.

Temporal Lobe Development

The two main functions of the temporal lobe are auditory processing and memory. This part of the brain distinguishes different sounds while listening.

Parietal Lobe Development

The parietal lobe processes information relating to touch, temperature, and pain. This lobe also helps with the brain function such as perceptual modality, sensory processing, spatial recognition, visual and speech processing, and perception.

Occipital Lobe Development

The occipital lobe is the part of the brain responsible for visual processing.

Our child’s learning environment has tremendous impact on their brain development.

At American Academy Learning Center, we use strategies from our Brain Waves Curriculum to support neural pathways for language, social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development during these crucial years.