Learning Through Play
ABOUT KINDERGARTEN PREP AND BEYOND
Kindergarten Prep and Beyond is a licensed small home childcare facility that grows with your child. Starting at eighteen months, your child can occasionally drop in during the weekends and evenings for an hour or more. The drop in/back up program is for ages 1-12. When your child is ready, we offer three preschool style programs. When your child is 4+ and will be continuing on to the after school program, we offer a kindergarten prep program. For school agers, we offer before school, after school care, and camps. Each child in regularly scheduled care receives a custom personalized academic plan.
We strive to provide children with an awesome childhood experience. Well roundedness and balance is the goal here. We offer a healthy mix of academic learning, learning through play, and learning from experiences at frequent field trips. Our motto is, "Experience Fun with Academics in a Caring Environment."
It's in children's long term best interest to be well prepared for their next stage of life. We hope that children will feel confident and competent the moment they begin a new chapter. We believe that how someone feels about themselves sets the foundation for success throughout their life.
I developed my modular curriculum to allow personalized learning. As I get to know a child, I learn what they need to learn, and which teaching materials best suit them. I focus on areas that children need the most help in. Children learn at different rates, and their learning needs to respect that. Each child has their own drawer of hand picked activities. Children get to choose what they would like to work on first, next and for how long. In this way, children get to take responsibility of their own learning. When children feel relaxed, and without pressure, they actually learn faster. I go from child to child to offer support and coaching with their activities. I use my creativity to build their interest. When children are interested in a subject, then self-motivation naturally follows. I strive to recognize their efforts and attributes, as opposed to the end result. This way, children naturally strive for their personal best without the distraction of outside pressure to perform. I also teach "tips and tricks" for success, including but not limited to managing short attention spans, making school-work seem easier, how to research effectively and efficiently, explaining the whys behind their questions, etc.
There are many developmental benefits of learning through play. Some examples include neurological development, problem solving skills, social skills, pre-math skills, emotion regulation, creativity, and so on. I believe that toys double as a learning tool, and that children can learn so much more, learning from many. Preschoolers attend playhouses frequently to be exposed to even more toys, and a large circle time environment to prepare for the large kindergarten classroom environment.
Learning from field trip experiences gives children that vacation-feeling. Children get inspired to think, and create. That feeling of freedom recharges children, getting them ready for more focused learning the next day. Preschoolers go on field trips about 2-3 mornings/week on average. School agers go on field trips during week long breaks. A typical camp includes a museum for a full day, and we visit a different playground each of the other days.
Young children respond best when they feel understood. I can easily put myself in a child's shoes and see their point of view. I use my intuition and memories from when I was a child on a consistent basis to select the best resources to motivate children in reaching their goals.
Children get to participate in activities that develop fine and gross motor skills such as Arts & Crafts, Music & Movement, Language Awareness & Literacy, Social Skills, Dramatic Play, and Math & Science.
We are like a family. It's like a kid's clubhouse here. We make jokes, and can be silly sometimes. Children are encouraged to be who they are and have fun. Rules are important for us to be happy, healthy, safe, and strong (inner strength). We provide examples when the opportunity arises, and we emphasize that we care about the child's best interest.