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Leapfrog Learning Center

174 Paterson Avenue
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

Phone:
(732) 530-1442

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

We teach children all the skills needed to be happy and successful in their next school Personality Development We teach self-confidence by helping kids discover who they are and how to understand and express their feelings. Life Skills We teach kids to be self-sufficient. We teach kids to solve their own problems. We teach kids teamwork and how to work together. Socialization Every activity we do is designed to build communication skills and give children the skills needed for successful interaction with their peers.teach children. Academics Our program has proved that every single child has the potential for outstanding academic performance. Our Pre-K children learn everything taught in public school Kindergarten and accomplish this spending only 1 1/2 hours per week on academics. We use "Saxon Phonics" and "the Oxford Reading Tree" to teach reading and "the Saxon Math Program" to teach arithmatic. Physical Education Simple physical accomplishments (tying shoe laces, writing, running, jumping, etc) are an essential part of building self-esteem. For this reason our Phys Ed program is at the heart of many of our activities.

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
  • Wide variety of manupulatives thru out school
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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  • 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
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
  • Gymnastics, swimming, and yoga
Other subjects taught We teach children all the skills needed to be happy and successful in their next school Personality Development We teach self-confidence by helping kids discover who they are and how to understand and express their feelings. Life Skills We teach kids to be self-sufficient. We teach kids to solve their own problems. We teach kids teamwork and how to work together. Socialization Every activity we do is designed to build communication skills and give children the skills needed for successful interaction with their peers.teach children.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Our quest for quality dictates are small size and the fact that we cut off enrollment at a fraction of what we are licensed for. Our 6/1 teacher ratio allows us to give each child individual attention and customize how we teach around the skill profile and cultural perspective of each child.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

People learn best when the process is fun, interactive, and relevant. Motivation is optimized when teaching targets are translated to the student's perspective and learning is harnessed to the "human nature" engines that drive generic behavior. "Motivational formatting" of teaching targets greatly accelerates the learning process and enables every student to attain high levels of proficiency.

Our most important curriculum priorities are to nurture personal enrichment by promoting qualities like empathy, compassion, emotional maturity and responsibility. By teaching children how to negotiate and compromise, we give them the skills to solve their own problems. Self-confidence leads to success but it is personal enrichment that enables children to be happy and leads to high functioning behavior and the strong personal relationships that give moral support when children are stressed by the challenges of growing up.

A Typical Day

The heart of our program is a "theme" approach which is constantly refined by our teachers who choreograph all our activities around a central subject (rotating between core concepts like "Home, sweet, home" and "Feelings" to adventures like "Castles, Kings, & Fairytales" and "Dinosaurs"). We blend together related games, stories, songs, dance, crafts, puzzles, drama exercises, DVDs, software and spectacular field trips (past destinations have included the NYC Museum of Natural History, the Bronx Zoo, and the Novins Planetarium). Every time a theme is repeated, it is improved by teachers who review previous calandars and identify what worked best and replace weak items with fresh ideas from our extensive resource library. This evolutionary process guarantees perpetual improvements.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are given monthly calendars which are different for each age group and give details of daily activities. Priority feedback is given during daily briefings during drop off and pick up. Twice per year we offer formal private parent teacher conferences to review student progress. Parents have access to our extensive library of books on "parenting" as well as our collection of DVDs on child development.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

All children are invited to three separate one hour visits in the weeks just before school starts so that they can acclimate to their new teachers and do some cool projects. Parents stay with their children during these visits.