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Learning Center

125 N Lakeview Ave
Winter Garden, FL 34787-2710

Phone:
(407) 656-9228

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Hands on learning experiences using games, music, art and activities. We also use the "Alphabet Bites" program for 4 year olds whereby the children learn a letter a week with all events centering around that specific letter. We also teach Spanish to 4 years twice a month.

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
  • Puppets, dress up clothes, flannel boards
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Sorting games, counting, manipulatives
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
  • Science experiments and school garden
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • CDs, records, dance, streamers
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
  • Planned activities with Kindergym teacher using obstacle courses, hoola hoops, stilt cans, games, balance beam
Other subjects taught Chapel time twice a month Spanish twice a month Kindergym with separate teacher twice a month Social skills

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Observation and a plan devised using input from Director and parent if needed.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We want to instill self-confidence in children through positive experiences in a Christian environment. We look at each child individually and target his individual needs i.e., to develop social skills, academics, comfort level with being away from parents, etc. We want each child to be happy and have a love of learning and school to carry with him for the rest of his educational years.

A Typical Day

9:00 - 9:30 - Drop off and Centers Time
9:30 Circle time to discuss days of the week, weather, job responsibilities for the day and chat about how everyone is doing
10:00 - Playground time/Get some fresh air and exercise!
10:30 - Potty, Wash hands and snack time
10:45 - Story Time
11:00 - Music/Creative Movement/Kindergym
11:30 - Learning Time games/Centers Time
12:00 - Pack bags to go home

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Ways we communicate with parents: emails, monthly Newsletter that includes upcoming events and suggestions of activities to do at home with child. We also have Open House, Mothers Teas, Dads Dessert Night, Christmas Pageant, Spring Musical. We also have a large bulletin board to post notices and photos of the children.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

We look at each situation individually. In a few cases, it is helpful for the parent to stay with the child. In most cases, we use the "kiss and go" method but we have a "Good Bye" window so the children can wave to the parent as the parents head for the parking lot. We assure the child that mom or dad will be back and try to redirect the interest of the child. If necessary, the parent may call the center to feel reassured that the child is adjusting and doing okay.