A Child’s World utilizes the latest brain research techniques to motivate each child, leading him or her to a new understanding.
What makes A Child’s World different?The latest studies of the brain are giving educators tremendous insight into how we can create optimal learning environments for our children. Studies now show that areas of the brain are stimulated and developed with specific activities, different environmental stimuli and the effect our emotions have on our mind and body. The arts and physical activity in learning energize the body and the mind while increasing intellectual potential. A Child’s World provides children with the optimal learning environment they need to succeed.
Brain-Based Teaching MethodsExclusive Living Education Series Curriculum Implemented according to the Unique 4BELS Instructional Process. The 4 Brain Essential Learning Steps (4BELS) of the Living Education Series is a consistent instructional approach used to teach children curricular content that is reinforced and retained through their interpretations and applications of the materials. The 4BELS can be used with any topic, theme or learning unit and is research based. Teachers are engaged in ongoing professional development that allows them to create an intellectually stimulating environment that helps children develop lifelong essential skills. The learning environment and instructional style is individualized to adapt to every child’s unique learning style. A Child’s World promotes an integration of all subjects: Language Arts, Math, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Social Studies are taught alongside the arts, music, and physical education. Children are introduced to a variety of ways to communicate, including sign language and foreign languages. Tactile art, music, and movement programs enrich curricular content for all age levels. A Child World’s schools are designed with age-appropriate classrooms equipped with learning stations and exploration centers.
Brain Exercises and YogaThe children’s day begins with brain exercises and yoga movement. These exercises relax the brain to better access cognitive awareness for maximum focus. Yoga movements connect body and mind to reinforce concentration readiness.
STEM – The Integration of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
ScienceScience experiments and literacy exploration engage children in the wonders of our environments both locally and globally
TechnologyTechnology brings the knowledge of the world into the children’s classrooms with iPads, computers, projectors, and screens. Children can visually experience curricular topics up-close. They develop technology skills that are valuable throughout grade school and college
EngineeringChildren develop skills that relate to architectural design, to building structures, and to exploring and creating their own original inventions
MathFine motor skills are developed and math concepts come alive with activities, materials, and games for maximum math readiness opportunities and fine motor skill development.
Musical MindsThe Musical Minds™ Living Education© curriculum engages children in the learning process in a way that integrates the basic skills of reading, math, social studies and the sciences into themes that are relevant and meaningful to their lives. It is common for our children to graduate from A Child’s World kindergarten program with the ability to read at a second or third grade level, and with a comparatively advanced understanding of mathematical concepts. A Child’s World builds essential skills and develops important cognitive assets for lifelong success.
Living Education in All Seasons
The year begins in September, with a focus on the identity of each child and the importance of education at our school.
October continues with our young learners learning about the inside and outside of their bodies and learning how to use their minds to become what they want to be. The Imagination Celebration parade is the presentation of each child’s interpretation and application of the learning process.
November brings the students from their personal identity and school into the family and national community discussing families, the geography of the United States, and the important concepts of freedom and democracy. The month concludes with the annual A Child’s World Thanksgiving feast at which time children enjoy baking as well as making placemats, centerpieces, costumes, scenery and props to illustrate the fun educational experiences of the month.
December is multicultural month when each class chooses a country to research and represent. All children make their own passports and travel to the many lands represented in our school.
January takes us back in time to the dinosaurs along with February that highlights the winter season and patriotic learning experiences about the U.S. presidents and historical heroes
March starts a new cycle of rebirth, spring holiday celebrations, and exciting science experiments.
April invites children to undertake new projects at our Nature Science Center, where children monitor the incubator and its eggs, eventually watching live chicks hatch.
May celebrates our mothers with fun baking projects and a “must-see” Mother’s Day presentation.
June invites our fathers in for a unique Father’s Day carnival, complete with original gifts and cards for our dads.
The academic school year ends as the fun summer program events begin for July and August! Contact one of the ACW school locations to get information on the summer program options that include; weekly trips and swimming for older students and fun programs designed for outdoor and indoor activities for all ages.
A Child’s World Learning Stations
Children choose from many options to learn and explore in the classroom
Literacy/Language Arts – General topics and theme specific books are in abundance in dedicated literacy stations throughout the classrooms. Classroom literacy corners offer a variety of reading options.
Blocks – Varieties of blocks inspire each child to create structures that develop spatial concepts and graphic design skills. Building and Construction – Mind and body are engaged in building and constructing structures with varieties of objects that contribute to encouraging the children’s ideas and creativity.
Art – Art is a foundation for curricular content. Large selections of materials promote children’s artistic expression and inspire visual imagination and creativity.
Music – There are musical instruments for every child to participate in the classroom’s very own drum circle, band, and musical interpretations.
Nature – Nature is represented throughout each classroom with reptiles, fish, furry friends, and plant life that connect curricular topics to science exploration.
Drama/Social Studies – Each child begins to experience cultural diversity and life situations with a variety of costumes, dolls, pets, foods, kitchen supplies, puppets, equipment, and theatre props. Young learners are developing communication and socialization skills that are essential to become confident performers.
Tactile/Sensory – Children play the roles of archaeologists and anthropologists while digging and exploring in the tactile table.
Safe Place/Cozy Corner – There are times when all we need is to stop, take a deep breath, and think about our friends, our teachers, our behaviors, and ourselves. These specially designed areas have books, materials, and exercise cards that relax the body and the brain.
In addition to classroom learning stations, each school location has dedicated common areas for all age groups to explore. Shared areas include: STEM centers and gymnasium/gross motor space. Theater and role-play areas are used for school-wide presentations and daily music, movement, and exercise activities.