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Googols of Learning

500 Rockledge Road
Lawrence, KS 66049

Phone:
(785) 856-6002

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We are a full service child care center with preschool programming licensed by the state of Kansas. We are licensed for children 1 year and walking up to 12 years.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

While we do have a reasonable amount of structure and teacher-led instruction, but all activities are with an eye to the child's enjoyment and interests. Our focus is on the development of the 'whole child,' including cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development, through the use of developmentally appropriate practices. Any lesson will resonate with a child more if it is hands-on, interactive, and fun!

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
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Social Etiquette, Cooking, Introduction to Spanish and Sign Language. We use the Positive Behavior Support program enhanced by PBS coaches from the Douglas County Child Development Association. We try to guide children to learning appropriate behaviors, self-regulation, problem-solving, and conflict-resolution skills in a positive and nurturing way.

From the Director:

The classrooms centers are based on the Creative Curriculum which dictates interest areas such as Sand & Water, Art, Science, Music, Blocks, Dramatic Play, Toys & Games, Cooking, Math & Manipulatives, Literacy, and Outdoor play.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

We try to work with each child individually. We have even given private instruction to children that were significantly ahead of their peers academically. Those who are behind will be given similar assistance or we can also call in specialists from local agencies that will work with the child one-on-one.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Googols of Learning Child Development Center uses Developmentally Appropriate Practices which is an approach to education which focuses on the child as a developing human being and a life long learner. The child is an active participant in the learning process and constructs meaning and knowledge from interactions, educationally planned activities, and play. We provide meaningful and relevant learning experiences and use children's portfolios to evaluate each child's individual progress. We provide learning experiences which are both �developmentally and age appropriate�. We feel that children learn best when their physical needs are met and they feel psychologically safe and secure."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

7:00 Googols Opens
7:30 Breakfast is served.
8:00 Breakfast is picked up and children have free center time, and small group activities.
8:45 P.E. and stretching prior to Circle Time
9:30 AM Snack is served
10:00 AM snack is picked up. Outdoor Play
10:30 Small Group Activity-Art, science experiment, social etiquette activity, and Lesson Plan.
11:30 Lunch is served.
12:00 Lunch is picked up. Children potty, wash hands, and brush teeth in preparation for quiet time. Read quietly on their cots until everyone is ready.
1:00-3:00 Nap Time
3:00 Wake Up, Potty, Wash hands and get ready for snack
3:30 Snack is cleared. Afternoon Lesson Plans, small and large group.
4:30 Outdoor Play
5:00 Group Read Aloud Story, Free Center time or science experiments.
6:00 Googols Closes.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our school has a regular newsletter and each classroom has one monthly. All teachers will hold twice yearly parent-teacher conferences to go over their child's progress and development as tracked through their Creative Curriculum portfolio. All teachers, upon request, will complete a daily sheet, telling parents what their child ate, how long they napped, what they learned that day, who they played with and what kind of mood were they generally in.

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:

  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

All children when first starting a new program will have difficulty with separation anxiety. We encourage parents to bring family pictures we can look at throughout the day. We allow parents to stay a little longer during the first few drop off, but usually the sooner the parent leaves the sooner we can redirect the child and find something that interests them to play with. We have one way mirrors/windows in all the classrooms, so parents are invited to stay in the building after leaving the classroom and observe through the window of their child's class.