We believe that children learn best by playing. Parents and educators are partners in the process of guiding a child's learning. We believe in helping them to nurture curiosity and the natural process of learning. We believe that when children are provided with an organized, aesthetically interesting small group environment, along with educational toys, creative activities, read-alouds, quiet time, and a warm and caring teacher-guide to help them explore what naturally interests them, they can truly learn, grow and thrive, emotionally, socially and academically.
Our curriculum is based in seven areas: sensory development, language & math literacy, health & wellness, Essential Living Skills, Social Studies, natural Science and Creative Arts. For three and young four year olds emphasis is placed on sensory activities & self-regulation and the 5 year and older 4 year olds are focused on autonomy and Kindergarten readiness.
A typical day is three hours of fun, including circle time, sensory play, centers, creative activities, snack time, quiet time, story & art, social skill practice, games, music & movement and nature exploration.
At this writing our teacher to child ratio is 1: 3. Keeping our class size small limits exposure to seasonal illness and allows children to learn in a quieter, low-stress environment.
We believe that all behavior is communication. We look underneath the behavior to see what the motivation is behind the behavior. While rules and discipline are necessary to maintain an orderly, safe and fun environment, we recognize that too many rules are demotivating to kids. We keep our class rules to a minimum so that they are easy to follow. We first try to find out what the behavior is communicating. Many undesirable behaviors occur when a child is either not feeling well, is bored or is overwhelmed. If need arises, a verbal correction/redirect is given, along with a reminder of our class rules. Immediate feedback in the form of positive reinforcement (verbal) is given when a child corrects his/her behavior. If need be, the child can go in the book-nook to calm down for a few minutes before re-joining classmates. Yelling, isolation, or physical punishment is never used.
At this time, we are limiting our off-site field trips in favor of carefully screened in-house & in-yard special activities. We plan to schedule more off-site field trips starting Fall of 2021.Please sign up for our our monthly newsletter for updates.
We have more than 20 years experience, in traditional and home-school learning, and more than 1,000 hours of related training & education. We have written books, as well as curricula and have conducted hundreds of trainings for parents, home-school groups and child professionals. We hold a variety of professional certifications, are CPR certified and have all necessary clearances & health screenings. We are committed to ongoing education & partner with local & international professionals to expand our knowledge, inspiration & to seek guidance.
In Pennsylvania, state licensing is required for any child learning center or child care facility operating with 4 or more children, unrelated to the operator. (This falls under regulations for "daycare centers"). At this time, we are working on licensing, but it is a process that has been slowed down even more with the current events & restrictions. Therefore, we will be limiting our enrollment to 3 morning session students, and 3 afternoon session students, from February 2021 to June 2021, until we are able to get our paperwork done and inspections scheduled. In the meantime, we are following all state and local curriculum recommendations and safety requirements for child development programs. We hope to be ready to expand our enrollment by September 2021. To read more about the PA Requirements, please click here.
The health, safety and well-being of our students, staff & families are our number one priority. Our policies and procedures have been created to keep everyone as well and as safe as possible. Our full policy can be found in our Welcome Packet that parents receive at registration. You can learn more about our health & safety policy here.
Both teachers hold a current First Aid / CPR certifications and are prepared in the event of an emergency. No child is ever left alone or unsupervised during an emergency or under any other circumstance. For other questions please call 267-245-5938.
If the past year has shown us anything, it is that there are many gaps and failings in all of the systems we currently have in place, and if we are being honest, our schools are one of those systems. Children need normalcy: a daily routine, face-to-face learning, social interactions, celebrations and events, outdoor exploration, playgrounds, healthy food, proper sleep, stress-free learning & living spaces, compassion, caring. and the love and affection of family, friends and teachers. Children were already starving for these things, and the reaction to a previously unknown illness, has added to the need for normalcy while placing children behind in their social, emotional and cognitive growth. Our home-based program functions to support children in maintaining normalcy, learning, social interactions and feeling loved and respected, while also supporting exhausted & overwhelmed parents who want their children to feel and be safe in a fun & engaging stress-free while they work, run errands or practice much -needed self-care.
We look forward to working with you & your child! To get started, please schedule a Q&A call or an on-site tour by using the button below.