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Exploring Minds Academy

4051 E. County Line Rd
Erie, CO 80516

(303) 828-3452


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Exploring Minds Academy is a private early learning program for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. We also include a Private Kindergarten program as well as Kindergarten enrichment taught by a Colorado Certified Teacher. In addition we provide a program for children K - 4th grade that offers Before & After care as well as a fun-filled, field trip rich Camp during School closures, Summer, Winter and Spring Breaks

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led, Montessori

From the Director:

Exploring Minds Academy is a high quality private learning academy located on NE County Line Road in Erie, Colorado. Our Learning Academy is run by teaching professionals with years of education and real world experience working with children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Our Education Director/Owner, Pamela Piekarski holds degrees in education, has years of successful teaching experience in the public school system, and is a trusted consultant to the early learning industry. The individual classroom environments are filled with materials that are designed to encourage a child's curiosity, joy of discovery, and natural exuberance for life. Please feel free to stop in for a visit!

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught We encourage learning through discovery in the following areas: Language Math Science Sensorial Practical Living Art Dramatic Play Library

From the Director:

At Exploring Minds Academy, our philosophy is simple: Work together with parents and children to create an environment at home and at the Academy that ensures ongoing learning, development, and fun that is appropriate for each individual child.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our dedicated teachers are committed to your child's safety and well-being. With years of experience and college education, they understand how to provide a loving and nurturing environment that fosters self-esteem. In addition, we all recognize that each child develops at his or her own rate, therefor our curriculum is designed to encourage each child learning through the joy of discovery, therefore developing a love of learning that can last him or her a lifetime.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Students in our program will experience:

The Joy of Active Learning and Active Discovery
A Genuine Love of Learning
Application of New Found Knowledge
Development of Age Appropriate Social Skills
Increase in Self-Esteem & Confidence
Enhancement of Emotional Intelligence for More Rewarding Peer Interactions

A Typical Day

We encourage learning through discovery in the following areas:

Practical Living
Dramatic Play

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We are in big on face to face communication. In addition, we are in the process of expanding our virtual communication, through Facebook and our website. Please feel free to look for us on Facebook at Exploring Minds Academy.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is normal for children, especially in the early years or first experiences with school. It is important that the parent not linger, but express their love with a big hug and kiss, telling their child when they will be back, whether it is after lunch, nap time, etc. Leaving consistently there after will help with routine. Teachers will also help with lots of hugs, compassion, patience and stimulating children in activities that are fun and engaging. All of these aspect combined will make for a transition that could last only a couple days to a couple weeks, either way we will be there to support both the child and parent in this always heart pulling transition.