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Kennedy Academy

206 Se Lakewood Ct
Topeka, KS 66609-1418

Phone:
(785) 266-5150

Website:

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Structured, Academic setting. Children learn to read by age 5.

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

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  • Puzzles
  • see above
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • worksheets
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
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • swings, slides,
Other subjects taught Sight words Spelling up through 2nd grade level (for kindergarten students) Reading up through 2nd grade level (for kindergarten students) Telling time to the half-hour Adding & Subtracting (for kindergarten students)

From the Director:

We use Houghton-Mifflin, Harcourt Trophies, Animated Alphabet, McGraw-Hill and Open Court.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our students are all individually tested at least four times a year. Children are placed based on academic skill, not age.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"A "child-centered education" is the focus of our academic program here at Kennedy Academy. Students are allowed to perform at their individual learning level and are placed in the program accordingly, regardless of their age. This allows students to move as quickly as possible in one or more areas while remediating basic skills in other areas. Kennedy Academy is a custom-made education for your child.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

6:30 - 8:30 - Arrival and freeplay. (Breakfast served at 7:30 to those who are there)

8:30 - 9:00 - Circle time. The students learn the calendar, days of the week and months of the year. They also talk about the weather, count and sing and say the ABC's.

9:00 - 9:30 - Math

9:30 - 10:00 - Recess

10:00 - 10:30 - Language Arts

10:30 - 11:00 - Get out mats, wash hands, prepare for lunch.

11:00 - 11:30 - Lunch

11:30 - 12:00 - Use Restroom/wash hands, prepare for nap.

12:00 - 2:00 - Naptime

2:00 - 2:30 - Put away napping, use restroom

2:30 - 3:30 -

Monday & Wednesday - Hands on Centers
Tuesday - Social Studies/Science or Health/Safety (Based on theme of the week)
Thursday - Music/PE or Arts/Crafts
Friday - Fun day - Teachers plan big projects

3:30 - Snack

4:00 - 5:30 - Free Play and pick up times

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers work four 10 hour days so they can be there when the child arrives and when they leave. We also have 2 parent/teacher conferences each year.

Parents receive copies of the students' testing four times a year.

Open house is held every year.

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
  • 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 an open door policy that allows parents to come and go at the school as they please.