From the Director:
Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy adheres to an early childhood education approach known as the developmental-interactionist approach. This approach is committed to providing opportunities for development of the whole child; Social, Emotional, Intellectual, Physical and Creative. In order to foster a love of learning, staff at Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy utilize the childâ€™s interests and capabilities as a starting point for the child's educational experience which inevitably grows and develops in their continued education. This approach calls for creating an abundance of child-teacher interaction which allows for teachers to act as respectful, kind, encouraging role-models, while at the same time, creating a sense of structure and security for the children. Because crucial patterns of learning are basically established by age five,the early childhood education program at Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy emphasizes a perfect balance of structured teacher directed activities and organized child directed developmental play activities. This framework is designed to have a positive effect on the preschool aged childâ€™s development by exercising their ability to stay on task and maintain attention and follow through during a teacher directed activity, while also allowing for opportunities for open-ended play and peer interaction during child directed activities. This approach also emphasizes keeping current on a childâ€™s progress and developing needs. Most importantly, with Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy being located within a home setting, a sense of security exists, that leaves the child at ease and better ready for both learning new and building on existing intellectual, creative and physical skills. Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy offers child-centered rooms and play areas equipped with ample space and an abundant supply of carefully chosen, open-ended materials, including blocks, paint, play doughs, paper, wood, fabrics., letters, numbers, shapes, etc. Our expert Staff use these materials to promote your childâ€™s active involvement and independence while also inspiring creativity and cooperation. The child's use of the materials to explore and experiment, in tandem with the staffâ€™s use of these same materials, teach and reinforce new skills. This combination builds a foundation in the academic disciplines of reading, writing, math, science and social studies. Because children innately learn to read and write at different rates and in various ways, our approach to the development of literacy skills is individualized and dynamic. Long before the children are able to decode the complex symbols that make up words, they develop a rich appreciation for books and an enjoyment of literature. On a daily basis, the staff at Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy read aloud to the children, tell stories, and sing interactive songs while also providing varying manipulatives that expose and reinforce alphabet by rote, alphabet recognition, alphabet sounds, and alphabet writing. Math and science concepts are also embedded within the childâ€™s daily experiences at Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy with the sensory-motor use of basic materials, and become more complex with each passing unit. For example, children hone their understanding of volume while pouring at the water table, and their grasp of fractions and patterns while experimenting with unit blocks. Repeated use of the basic materials, in combination with teacher-directed activities give your child a more concrete understanding of math and science concepts. At Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy, our students are exposed to the pre-literacy and pre--math skills they will require when in Kindergarten, as well as the equally important skills of focused thinking, problem solving, pro-social interaction and conflict resolution We create a setting in which meaningful intellectual and social challenges arise naturally â€“ ones that children want and do learn to solve because the issues are real and important to them. Just as we believe that cognitive, social-emotional and pre-academic development are crucial in the early years, we are convinced that the teaching of values rooted in kindness, is equally vital. Through the natural progression of the daily and weekly program, kindness and courtesy permeate the environment all year round. We at Bonnie's Premier Daycare Academy joyfully pass along this positive attitude referred to as the "circle of kindness."