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Windmill Creek Academy

2682 S. Horseshoe Court
Naples, FL 34104

Phone:
(239) 434-5439

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

We provide a Reggio-Emilia inspired, academic and creative learning enviornment. We cater to the whole child and make learning fun!

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers screen and assess learning goals of each child. Individualized attention is provided for those requiring extra help in addition to daily, personal attention.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to create strength of character and strong academic skills in a creative and loving environment. Included in our tuition are "Music and Movement" classes which provides an opportunity for singing, dancing, finger-plays and fun with rhythm instruments. Music and singing builds phonological awareness -- an important aspect of emergent literacy. Plus -- it's a lot of fun! We celebrate the joy of learning and the joy of childhood at Windmill Creek Academy!

A Typical Day

We provide breakfast to our early arrivals. Children also enjoy free-play and table top activities in the early morning. Circle time and themed discussions start each child's day followed by recess and art activities. Child-directed resource centers include: housekeeping, computers, writing, manipulatives, blocks and reading centers which are customized by weekly themes. Several times a week the children enjoy music and movement.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

We provide a full-color monthly newsletter which highlights the past, present and future programs going on at the school. We provide a calendar of activities and information on upcoming seminars, community events and activities, etc. We provide "daily sheets" for each child at the end of the day so that parents have an up-to-date pulse of their child's day. Teachers and staff are always available for informal chats and the Director is also available for more focused meetings throughout the week.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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

Separation is Handled through:

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

Handling Separation: From the Director

We have a parent and child-friendly reception area which allows time for children and parents to linger if the child is feeling anxious. We have additional staff on-hand to help ease the transition as well.