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Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center

1266 Ocean Dr., Suite A
Homer, AK 99603

Phone:
(907) 235-2205

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Co-op, Reggio-Emilia

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Art materails to introduce shapes and patterns
Time & space more

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  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Technology and 'take-apart'
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Outside dance instruction
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Rich pallet of materials
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

We honor the ideas and passions that each student brings to our group and our curriculum emerges from our student’s interests. Teachers are co-learners with the children and are here to nurture each child’s natural curiosity. We value a strong partnership between home and school, and provide many opportunities and means for parents to share in their child’s early education. We take time to know each child's individual strengths and challenges, and we set goals to help them master strong early learning skills.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At KKELC we individualize our approach to education for each child. We identify their strengths and challenges and use their passions as a means to involve them in activities and to master developmental skills. We work closely with parents to ensure a consistent approach between home and school. Art is the language of children and they have many rich mediums with which to express their understanding of the world. Field trips also enrich our program.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center is a non-profit, cooperative-style, early education and childcare center located next to the Homer Head Start on Ocean Drive. We believe in the value of play and creative exploration as a means for children to develop a life-long love of learning, effective skills of collaboration, an understanding of the importance of kindness and respect among all, and an ability to think innovatively.

We honor the ideas and passions that each student brings to our group and our curriculum emerges from our student’s interests. Our program is inspired by the work of educators in Reggio emilia, Italy. Teachers are co-learners with the children and are here to nurture each child’s natural curiosity. We value a strong partnership between home and school, and provide many opportunities and means for parents to share in their child’s early education.

A Typical Day

7:00-9:00 Free play (Breakfast served until 8:30 for full-day children)
9:00-9:30 Circle Time (Songs, Sharing, Movement, Planning the day together)
9:30-10:15 Outside time (Coordinated with Head Start)
10:15-11:15 Classroom exploration, project work, self-serve snack/lunch
11:15-11:45 Clean-up, review the AM class time, and story time/group game
11:45-12:00 Book reading and departure
12:00-12:15 Nap prep and story time
12:15-2:30 Nap/quiet time
2:30-3:30 Art Experiences, Project Time, self-directed exploration
3:30-4:00 Snack Time
4:00-5:00 Outdoor Time
5:00-6:00 Games, reading, free play and departure for children of late-working families

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Through weekly newsletters, bi-yearly conferences, in-person drop-offs and a cooperative-style approach, parents are very connected to their children's learning, the goals of the school, and this help to ensure that their is a consistency of approach and desired outcome for each child between home and school.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year