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A+ Children's Academy

6431 N. Big Hollow Rd.
Peoria, IL 61615

Phone:
(309) 691-2998

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

From the Director:

A+ Children's Academy is the only facility in Central Illinois that centers their teaching around the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes visual learning and peaking natural curiosity to help brain development in early childhood. Led by Michelle Didesch, who has been educating children and teachers for over 16 years, the staff and teachers at A+ Children's Academy promote creativity and problem solving through visual arts, literacy skills, sciences, and more. Sign language and Spanish instruction is also integrated into our classrooms' daily curriculum. Schedule a tour and visit our web site to learn more about the A+ Advantage! Engaging Hearts and Empowering Minds

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each child has incredible potential! By letting the children's interests drive the curriculum, learning becomes more meaningful. As children do project work in small groups they learn to collaboratively work together and compromise.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

A+ Children's Academy is the only facility in Central Illinois that centers their teaching around the Reggio Emilia approach, which emphasizes visual learning and peaking natural curiosity to help brain development in early childhood. Led by Michelle Didesch, who has been educating children and teachers for over 16 years, the staff and teachers at A+ Children's Academy promote creativity and problem solving through visual arts, literacy skills, sciences, and more. Sign language and Spanish instruction is also integrated into our classrooms' daily curriculum. Schedule a tour and visit our web site to learn more about the A+ Advantage!

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Daily, our parents get a "Today we.." via email. This is a daily photographic document to demonstrate to parents all their children are working on in school. They see the children working, reading, painting, playing, etc. and a narrative explaining the classrooms daily events. parents love to be in the loop, it promotes discussions about school at home....and ends the answer "Nothing" to the question "What did you do today?".

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child is different just as each adult is different. We try to be senitive to both the child and parents' anxiety of separating from each other and work on a family-by-family basis at their comfort level. We also have the Me Books in the classrooms families do together. Having them at their disposal gives the children familiar faces to look at throughout the day.