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Adventure Zone Child Development Center

5630 N. Cloverdale Rd.
Boise, ID 83713

Phone:
(208) 938-1028

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The teachers at our center agree that the most effective way to teach young children is to make the lesson FUN: use lots of props and tools; express enthusiasm about each topic; allow students to touch, smell, and discuss objects used during lessons; involve the children in the lesson.

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
  • Computers
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Computer programs
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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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Singing / circle time
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Tumbe Bus, dance lessons, and swim lessons are offered.
Other subjects taught In January of 2008, we will be dedicating an entire room to computers and books (in addition to the books in each classroom), where children will have supervised access to educational programs and basic computer concepts.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Adventure Zone teachers and staff make every attempt to discourage any stereotyping or labeling of children who might be "a little different" from the other students. Teachers work with children who are "different" based on the appropriate needs of each students; for example, if a teacher notices a child struggling with writing letters, the teacher might spend some time pointing out positive aspects of each child's letter and / or offer additional one-on-one with each child in a manner that would not single out the "different" student.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Adventure Zone philosophy is to respect and nurture each student in a positive, fun, safe, and educational atmosphere.

A Typical Day

Before preschool begins, children are encouraged to participate in group activities such as circle time, singing, or story time. Our preschool curriculum emphasizes early learning of numbers, letters, shapes, colors, manners, respect, and pride in a hands-on manner. During the school year, students are in a structured class with students near their own age for approximately 2 - 2.5 hours prior to lunch. The afternoon consists of play time, nap time, art, music, reading, and free time.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are encouraged to drop by the center at any time to participate and / or observe their child's daily activities or to visit with his / her teacher. Each child has a folder with his or her name where projects, activities, and lessons are placed for the parent to take home. Our staff emphasizes positive aspects when discussing issues with parents and will address any concerns / questions in an appropriate, timely manner. Should there be an issue of serious concern, an incident report will be written by the staff person who handled the situation and the report will be discussed / reviewed with the parents of the children involved. In the entry way, literature is offered on topics from immunizations to child care assistance programs. The director and owner have vast knowledge of community, government, developmental, educational, and social resources and will offer such information to parents when appropriate or when asked to do so. Adventure Zone will have approximately two open houses each year in addition to an annual Christmas program.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • 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
  • 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

Handling Separation: From the Director

Teachers and staff will assist parents with separation by redirecting their attention in a positive and appropriate manner.