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Gingerbread Kids Learning Center Of Nwa Inc.

610 SW A Street
Bentonville, AR 72712

(479) 271-2229


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An Arkansas State Accredated Better Beginnings Level 3 educational learning center for newborn infants through Pre-K. Provided the BEST care and education for your child!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Gingerbread Kids is a Better Beginnings Level 3 Center (check out the state's website at We are play-based using the Infant/Toddler Creative Curriculum, The Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence Curriculum, and The Ounce for children ith special developmental needs.

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
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • 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
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Physical education classes are offered at no additional cost, dramatic play, block building, science, music, art, the appreciation of art, math and manipulatives, library, sensory experiences including sand, water, and gardening. We also offer a Natural Playscape on our outdoor playground.

From the Director:

Gingerbread Kids maintains the highest level of state accrediation provided the highest level of education and care for our children. Our goal is to maintain a safe, healthy, and nurturing learning environment for all children.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Ounce is used to identify specail need sin children. If a child does show signs of developmental delays, Gingerbread Kids has in-house speech, physical, and occupational therapists to work with the child on an individual basis. The goals set by the therapists are also carried over into the classroom. Teachers and therapists communicate on a daily basis in regards to the student's growth and delays.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of Gingerbread Kids Learning Center of NWA, Inc. is to provide a safe, healthy, and nuturing learning environment at Better Beginnings Level 3 standards.

A Typical Day

7:00-9:00...Arrivals, Free Choice Center Time Play (art projects and visual arts introduced)
9:00-9:30...AM Snack
9:30-10:00...Circle Time (calendar, weather, rhymes, and music)
10:00-11:00...Outside Discovery/Natural Playscapes (gardening and other science introduced)
11:00-11:30...Circle Time (storybook, rhymes, music introduced)
11:30-12:00...Lunch Time (serving homestyle meals and table manners introduced)
12:00-12:30...Brush Teeth, Prep for Nap time (self-help skills)
12:30-2:30...Nap Time
2:30-3:00...PM Snack
3:00-3:30...Small Group Table Time (Day 1: math class; Day 2: physical education class; Day 3: literacy and writing skills introduced; Day 4: Science (time and space, cooking, and scientific reasoning introduced); Day 5:oral language and socail skills introduced)
3:30-5:00...Free Choice Center Time (art projects continued)
5:00-5:30...Outside Discovery/Natural Playscapes (gardening and other science introduced)
5:30-6:00...Late Afternoon snack, Departures

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

A portfolio is maintained on a daily basis for each child. Parents may view the child's work at any time. families are invited to the center at any time. We have an open door policy. Modes of Communication: Person to Person, Conferences, Telephone, Text, Email, Facebook,, family mailboxes-flyers, newsletters, memos, notes, child works.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year