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Avon Children's Center

152 Highland
Avon, MA 02322

Phone:
(508) 580-2572

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

100th Day Party February 3rd marks the 100th day of school for the Kindergartners at Avon Children's Center. The children have been counting the days by one's and ten's using straws. A straw is added each day to the 1's bag. When there are ten straws they are bunched together and moved to the 10's bag. The 100th day is celebrated with various activities that require counting and sorting objects into groups of ten's. The children put together a collection of 100 objects grouped into ten's as a home assignment. Check out their work. Great job Kindergartners!

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

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  • Puzzles
  • integrated throughout program
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • integrated throughout program
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
  • integrated throughout program
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • included in daily routine
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • integerated throught program
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
  • nature trail, open space, outdoor classroom
Other subjects taught curriculim includes all aspects of development

From the Director:

designed to meet individual needs

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

All children are treated as individules

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Avon Children's Center was established to provide a high quality childcare service. Children who develop good social skills project a positive self image. Our program emphasizes development of peer relationships, cooperation and the importance of learning through play. The schools goal is to advance child development. The program promotes a child's self control, creative expression, cognitive skills, language and physical confidence through that inherent love for learning.









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Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

The approach to children’s learning in the art center has undergone one of the most profound changes over the years. The knowledge we have accumulated through workshops, articles and seminars addressing "art" for preschool age children has caused us to focus on the process and not the product. Many of the changes in the art program were implemented to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children's (NAEYC) criteria for developmentally appropriate practices. The positive effect on children's learning through art has been profound. We have witnessed how this practice contributes to a child's creativity and self esteem.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers strive to develop and maintain a personal relationship with Parents. Communication takes place in a variety of ways including, parent/teacher conferences, written notes, assessments, verbally at drop off & pick up, newsletters, flyers, colanders etc. Parents can obtain feedback on their child at any time or in any form upon request. Formal assessments are scheduled. All forms of parent involvement, communication, goals etc. is covered at orientation.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school

Handling Separation: From the Director

parents are provided with specific tools on how to address separation at orientation. Techniques are tailored to meet individual needs for the child, parent or extended family. A plan is designed with sensitivity toward all affected family members.