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Starchild Academy

1550 North Wekiwa Springs Road
Apopka, FL 32712

Phone:
(407) 880-6060

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

StarChild Academy believes that education begins in the cradle and that every opportunity should be given to children to gain knowledge. For this reason, we begin our education program, including foreign languages, in our infant room. We know that the younger a child is when he or she learns to read, the easier it will be for him or her to succeed later in school. Our structured learning environment focuses on pre-reading skills in our toddler and preschool classrooms and on reading fluency and comprehension skills in our Pre-K program. StarChild Academy offers specially designed, customized curricula for each age group. Our program features nationally recognized curricula taught by well-trained, caring teachers. StarChild Academy utilizes the McGraw Hill Open Court Reading, Saxon Math, A Beka Phonics, and High Reach curricula. Activities such as recognizing the alphabet, beginning to read, working with numbers, exploring with arts and crafts, and refining eye-hand coordination and problem solving skills are emphasized by StarChild Academyâ??s teachers. The developing personality of each child becomes more evident as they mature. We make certain that the teachers at StarChild Academy take special care to watch the progress of each child and to report their progress to parents daily in writing (weekly for our Half-Day Preschool and Pre-K programs.) StarChild Academyâ??s teachers know that a positive approach is the best approach. Using praise creates a good attitude towards learning and helps build a childâ??s self-esteem. Learning should be a fun, rewarding, and stress-free experience for the children and the teacher.

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
Other subjects taught Chinese, Arabic, Japanese, American Sign Language, and Music

From the Director:

StarChild Academy believes that education begins in the cradle and that every opportunity should be given to children to gain knowledge. For this reason, we begin our education program, including foreign languages, in our infant room. We know that the younger a child is when he or she learns to read, the easier it will be for him or her to succeed later in school. Our structured learning environment focuses on pre-reading skills in our toddler and preschool classrooms and on reading fluency and comprehension skills in our Pre-K program. StarChild Academy offers specially designed, customized curricula for each age group. Our program features nationally recognized curricula taught by well-trained, caring teachers. StarChild Academy utilizes the McGraw Hill Open Court Reading, Saxon Math, A Beka Phonics, and High Reach curricula. Activities such as recognizing the alphabet, beginning to read, working with numbers, exploring with arts and crafts, and refining eye-hand coordination and problem solving skills are emphasized by StarChild Academyâ??s teachers. The developing personality of each child becomes more evident as they mature. We make certain that the teachers at StarChild Academy take special care to watch the progress of each child and to report their progress to parents daily in writing (weekly for our Half-Day Preschool and Pre-K programs.) StarChild Academyâ??s teachers know that a positive approach is the best approach. Using praise creates a good attitude towards learning and helps build a childâ??s self-esteem. Learning should be a fun, rewarding, and stress-free experience for the children and the teacher.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

StarChild Academy believes that education begins in the cradle and that every opportunity should be given to children to gain knowledge. For this reason, we begin our education program, including foreign languages, in our infant room. We know that the younger a child is when he or she learns to read, the easier it will be for him or her to succeed later in school.

Our structured learning environment focuses on pre-reading skills in our toddler and preschool classrooms and on reading fluency and comprehension skills in our Pre-K program. StarChild Academy offers specially designed, customized curricula for each age group.

Our program features nationally recognized curricula taught by well-trained, caring teachers. StarChild Academy utilizes the McGraw Hill Open Court Reading, Saxon Math, A Beka Phonics, and High Reach curricula. Activities such as recognizing the alphabet, beginning to read, working with numbers, exploring with arts and crafts, and refining eye-hand coordination and problem solving skills are emphasized by StarChild Academyâ??s teachers.

The developing personality of each child becomes more evident as they mature. We make certain that the teachers at StarChild Academy take special care to watch the progress of each child and to report their progress to parents daily in writing (weekly for our Half-Day Preschool and Pre-K programs.)

StarChild Academyâ??s teachers know that a positive approach is the best approach. Using praise creates a good attitude towards learning and helps build a childâ??s self-esteem. Learning should be a fun, rewarding, and stress-free experience for the children and the teacher.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"StarChild Academy believes that education begins in the cradle and that every opportunity should be given to children to gain knowledge. For this reason, we begin our education program, including four foreign languages, in our infant room. We know that the younger a child is when he or she learns to read, the easier it will be for him or her to succeed later in school.



Our structured learning environment focuses on pre-reading skills in our toddler and preschool classrooms and on reading fluency and comprehension skills in our Pre-K program. StarChild Academy offers specially designed, customized curricula for each age group.



Our program features nationally recognized curricula taught by well-trained, caring teachers. StarChild Academy utilizes the McGraw Hill Open Court Reading, Saxon Math, Zoo-Phonics, and High Reach curricula. Activities such as recognizing the alphabet, beginning to read, working with numbers, exploring with arts and crafts, and refining eye-hand coordination and problem solving skills are emphasized by StarChild Academy's teachers.



The developing personality of each child becomes more evident as they mature. We make certain that the teachers at StarChild Academy take special care to watch the progress of each child and to report their progress to parents daily in writing (weekly for our Half-Day Preschool and Pre-K programs.)



StarChild Academy's teachers know that a positive approach is the best approach. Using praise creates a good attitude towards learning and helps build a child's self-esteem. Learning should be a fun, rewarding, and stress-free experience for the children and the teacher
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"INFANT ROOM A" DAILY SCHEDULE
6:00 AM - 8:30 AM BREAKFAST & NAP TIME
8:30 AM - 8:40 AM MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
8:40 AM - 9:00 AM FLASHCARDS AND PUPPETS
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM DIAPER CHANGE
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM MAT & BLANKET TIME
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM SNACK & BOTTLE TIME
10:15 AM - 11:00 AM NAP TIME
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM DIAPER CHANGE
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM LUNCH
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM STORY TIME
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM ARABIC LESSON
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM SPANISH LESSON
12:15 PM - 1:00 PM NAP TIME
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM JAPANESE LESSON
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM SIGN LANGUAGE LESSON
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM CHINESE LESSON
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM PLAY TIME
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM NAP TIME
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM SNACK TIME
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM CLEAN UP FOR MOM & DAD
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM MAT & BLANKET TIME
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM SONG, STORY, AND PUPPETS
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM ROCKING CHAIR TIME
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM NAP TIME
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM DINNER TIME
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM DIAPER & PICK-UP TIME

INFANT ROOM B DAILY SCHEDULE
6:00 AM - 8:20 AM BREAKFAST & FREE PLAY

PRESCHOOL C DAILY SCHEDULE
7:00 AM - 8:30 AM TABLE TOP TOYS & COLORING
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM CALENDAR & PLEDGE
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM MORNING SNACK
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM A BEKA PHONICS CURRICULUM
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM ARABIC LESSON
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM SPANISH LESSON
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM OUTDOOR PLAY
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
11:00 AM - 11:20 AM LUNCH
11:20 AM - 11:30 AM MATH
11:30 AM - 1:45 PM NAP TIME
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM JAPANESE LESSON
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM OUTDOOR PLAY
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM CHINESE LESSON
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM SIGN LANGUAGE LESSON
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM SAXON MATH (M/W/F)
TABLE TOP ACTIVITIES (T/TH)
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM STORY TIME (T/TH/F)
SCIENCE (M/W)
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM MUSIC LESSON
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM AFTERNOON SNACK
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM OUTDOOR PLAY
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM ARTS AND CRAFTS
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM MOVEMENT LESSON
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM OUTDOOR PLAY
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM TABLE TOP ACTIVITIES
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM STORY TIME
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM TABLE TOP TOYS & COLORING
8:20 AM - 8:30 AM MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
8:30 AM - 8:40 AM MAT & BLANKET TIME
8:40 AM - 8:50 AM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
8:50 AM - 9:00 AM STORY TIME
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM MUSIC & MOVEMENT
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM SPANISH LESSON
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM SNACK & BOTTLE TIME
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM DIAPER CHANGE
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM JAPANESE LESSON
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM LUNCH
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM ARABIC LESSON
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM NAP TIME
12:15 PM - 12:30 PM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM PLAY TIME
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM SIGN LANGUAGE LESSON
1:15 PM - 1:30 PM STORY TIME
1:30 PM - 2:00 PM DIAPER CHANGE
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM PLAY TIME
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM AFTERNOON SNACK
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM CHINESE LESSON
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM STORY AND PUPPET TIME
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM CLEAN UP FOR MOM & DAD
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM SCIENCE
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM NAP TIME
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM SONG, STORY, AND PUPPETS
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM DINNER TIME
5:15 PM - 5:30 PM PLAY TIME
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM DIAPER & PICK-UP TIME


TODDLER A DAILY SCHEDULE
6:00 AM - 8:40 AM BREAKFAST & FREE PLAY
8:40 AM - 8:50 AM MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
8:50 AM - 9:00 AM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM MORNING SNACK
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM ARABIC LESSON
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM CUDDLE BUGS CURRICULUM
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM OUTDOOR PLAY
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM LUNCH
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM SPANISH LESSON
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM STORY TIME
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM NAP TIME
1:30 PM - 1:45 PM JAPANESE LESSON
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM SIGN LANGUAGE LESSON
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM AFTERNOON SNACK
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM SCIENCE
2:30 PM - 3:00 PM OUTDOOR PLAY
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM CHINESE LESSON
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM ARTS & CRAFTS
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM MANIPULATIVES
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM GROSS MOTOR PLAY
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM SNACK
4:30 PM - 4:45 PM GROSS MOTOR PLAY
4:45 PM - 5:00 PM TABLE TOP ACTIVITIES
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM OUTDOOR PLAY
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM MANIPULATIVES
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM STORY AND PUPPETS
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM FREE PLAY

TODDLER B DAILY SCHEDULE
6:00 AM - 8:30 AM BREAKFAST AND FREE PLAY
8:30 AM - 8:40 AM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
8:40 AM - 8:50 AM STORY TIME
8:50 AM - 9:00 AM MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM MORNING SNACK
9:15 AM - 9:45 AM OUTDOOR PLAY
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM ARABIC LESSON
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM CUDDLE BUGS CURRICULUM
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM JAPANESE LESSON
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM LUNCH
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM OUTDOOR PLAY
11:30 AM - 11:45 AM SPANISH LESSON
11:45 AM - 2:00 PM NAP TIME
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM SIGN LANGUAGE LESSON
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM GROSS MOTOR ACTIVITIES
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM CHINESE LESSON
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM MANIPULATIVE TOYS
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM SCIENCE
3:15 PM - 3:30 PM AFTERNOON SNACK
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM OUTDOOR PLAY
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM ARTS & CRAFTS
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM OUTDOOR PLAY
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM SNACK
5:15 PM - 5:30 PM MUSIC AND DANCE
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM GROSS MOTOR PLAY
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM SONG, STORY, AND PUPPETS
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM FREE PLAY

PRESCHOOL A DAILY SCHEDULE
6:00 AM - 8:30 AM FREE PLAY
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM MORNING SNACK
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM SPANISH LESSON
9:00 AM - 9:15 AM A BEKA PHONICS CURRICULUM
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM MUSIC AND MOVEMENT
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM OUTDOOR PLAY
10:00 AM - 10:15 AM ARABIC LESSON
10:15 AM - 10:30 AM A BEKA PHONICS CURRICULUM
10:30 AM - 10:50 AM LUNCH
10:50 AM - 11:00 AM BLOCKS & PUZZLES
11:00 AM - 11:15 AM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
11:15 AM - 11:30 AM STORY TIME
11:30 AM - 1:45 PM NAP TIME
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM CHINESE LESSON
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM AFTERNOON SNACK
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM JAPANESE LESSON
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM SAXON MATH (M/W/F)
TABLE TOP ACTIVITIES (T/TH)
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM OUTDOOR PLAY
3:30 PM - 3:45 PM ARTS AND CRAFTS
3:45 PM - 4:00 PM SIGN LANGUAGE LESSON
4:00 PM - 4:15 PM MANIPULATIVE CENTERS
4:15 PM - 4:30 PM CIRCLE TIME (FLASHCARDS)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM OUTDOOR PLAY
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM TABLE TOP ACTIVITIES
5:15 PM - 5:30 PM STORY TIME
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM PUZZLES AND BLOCKS
5:45 PM - 6:00 PM GROSS MOTOR PLAY
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM FREE PLAY

PRE-K B DAILY SCHEDULE
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM TABLE TOP TOYS & COLORING
8:00 AM - 8:15 AM CALENDAR AND PLEDGE
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM SIGHT WORD REVIEW
8:30 AM - 8:45 AM STORY TIME
8:45 AM - 9:00 AM MORNING SNACK
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM OPEN COURT CURRICULUM
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM SPANISH LESSON
9:45 AM - 10:00 AM MOVEMENT LESSON
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM OPEN COURT CURRICULUM
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM SCIENCE
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM OUTDOOR PLAY
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM MATH
12:00 PM - 12:20 PM LUNCH
12:20 PM - 12:30 PM MANIPULATIVES
12:30 PM - 12:45 PM JAPANESE LESSON
12:45 PM - 1:00 PM ARABIC LESSON
12:45 PM - 2:00 PM NAP TIME
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM AFTERNOON SNACK
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM SAXON MATH
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM SIGN LANGUAGE LESSON
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM OUTDOOR PLAY
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM MUSIC LESSON
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM STORY TIME (M/W/F)
SCIENCE (T/TH)
4:30 PM - 5:00 PM ARTS AND CRAFTS
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM CHINESE LESSON
5:15 PM - 5:30 PM TABLE TOP ACTIVITIES
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM GAME TIME
5:45 PM - 6:15 PM MANIPULATIVE CENTERS
6:15 PM - 7:00 PM TABLE TOP TOYS & COLORING




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Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

StarChild Academy encourages frequent communications between the school and the families that we serve. The channels of communication in place are listed below:

â?  StarChild Academyâ??s web site at StarChildAcademy.com includes information on our curriculum programs, classroom schedules, extra-curricular activities, field trips, weekly menus, our Parentâ??s Night Out program, our free Internet video service, school policies & procedures, tuition rates, careers, and even franchise opportunities.

â?  StarChild Academyâ??s monthly newsletter includes information on topics such as this monthâ??s curriculum, extra-curricular activities, our free Internet video service, our Parentâ??s Night Out program, and upcoming holidays.

â?  We encourage parents to speak with their childâ??s morning teacher when dropping off their child.

â?  Our free Internet video service allows parents to watch their children all day long in their classroom, the dining room, and their playground.

â?  Each classroom at StarChild Academy has a telephone allowing parents to call and speak with their childâ??s teacher.

â?  StarChild Academy provides daily reports to parents for their children in our full-time Infant through Pre-K programs. Attached to these reports are your childâ??s class work, art work, and homework assignments so that you know what your child is learning at school. Weekly reports are provided for our Half-Day Preschool and Pre-K children.

â?  We encourage parents to speak with their childâ??s afternoon teacher when picking up their child.

â?  Parent/teacher conferences are available to parents to discuss your childâ??s progress at StarChild Academy.

â?  The owner and the director are available at the Front Desk to answer any questions or address any concerns that you may have.

Your Satisfaction:

We want your familyâ??s experience at StarChild Academy to be positive and will work hard to achieve your satisfaction. If you are not completely pleased with any part of our program, we encourage you to speak with your childâ??s teacher, one of our directors, or one of the owners. We will do everything possible to address any issues of concern

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on