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Kangaroo Kids Child Care & Learning Center

1047 State Route 28
Somerville, NJ 08876

Phone:
(908) 231-7800

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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"OUR PHILOSOPHY at Kangaroo Kids is to provide a creative, safe, fun, educational experience where children develop a love of learning in an environment that is positive, professional and caring. This early nurturing of self-confidence and a love of learning will have benefits that can last a lifetime.
* Instruction revolves around the needs of the individual student.
* A belief that a love of learning and a positive self-image will be foundations that will last a lifetime.
* Development of the total child in a nurturing and stimulating environment is a primary objective.
* Increased confidence as a result of successful learning experiences is as much a part of our program as is the development of specific skills."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"PRE-SCHOOL
Circle Time is a group gathering where children share ideas, conversations, and plans. Circle activities are designed to stimulate thinking, enrich their social skills and enhance their attention span. It gives children an opportunity to learn the art of communication and the confidence to speak in front of a group.
Story Time is designed to help children develop an appreciation and love of literature. Reading activities provide an opportunity to enhance children;s vocabulary and comprehension skills, and also expand their knowledge base.
Math Skills expand as children play with math related materials; they classify, compare, sort, order, and measure. They count and explore numbers with manipulative and hands-on experiences.
Computer Activities are introduced and basic concepts are presented for playing and learning. Proper use of the computer is also emphasized.
Foreign Language songs and stories are introduced in the preschool program, as well as exposure to a print-rich environment that includes Spanish.
Science Activities offer children many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions, and experimentation through the study of plant and animal life, the properties of magnents and water, and the study of nature.
Social Interactions are encouraged and guided to help children learn positive social skills, and concepts like sharing and taking turns.
Creative Activities include dramatic play where children learn to use their imagination and practice life skills. Art work helps youngsters creatively express their thoughts and feelings, as well as enhancing the fine motor skills they will need for writing skills. Block play provides many wonderful experiences for our future architects as they experience different concepts, such as size and shape discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance, organization and cause and effect. Cooperative play skills, problem solving, and creativity are also promoted in block play.
Language and Reading-Readiness activities are presented each day through story time, songs, poems, books, and plays, and include letter recognition, phonics, and activities that promote a love of reading.
Fitness is promoted through exciting opportunities to dance and sing, as well as outdoor play in our large playground and walks to the local park and farm.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Circle Time is a group gathering where children share ideas, conversations, and plans. Circle activities are designed to stimulate thinking, enrich their social skills and enhance their attention span. It gives children an opportunity to learn the art of conversation and the confidence to speak in front of a group.
Math curriculum includes matching, sorting, patterning, comparing, classifying ordering, measuring, graphing, one to one correspondence, reasoning and problem solving.
Computer Activities are used to reinforce and strengthen reading, math and science skills and knowledge.
Foriegn Language song, stories, and projects are introduced in the pre-kindergarten program, as well as exposure to Spanish conversation and a print rich environment that includes Spanish vocabulary. Sign Language skills are introduced through creative activities and songs.
Science Activities offer children many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions, and experimentation and critical thinking through the study of plant and animal life, the properties of magnets and water, and the study of nature.
Social Interactions are encouraged and guided to help children learn positive social skills. Leadership and personal responsibility are also encouraged.
Creative Activities include dramatic play where children learn to use their imagination and practice life skills. Art work helps youngsters creatively express their thoughts and feelings, as well as enhancing the fine motor skills they will need for writing skills. Block play provides many wonderful experiences for our future architects as they experience different concepts, such as size and shape discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance, organization and cause and effect. Cooperative play skills, problem solving, and creativity are also promoted in block play.
Language and Reading-Readiness activities are presented each day through story time, songs, poems, books, and plays, and include letter recognition, phonics, and activities that promote a love of reading. Reading activities provide an opportunity to enhance children's vocabulary and comprehension skills, and also expand their knowledge base. Children even create their own books.
Fitness is promoted through exciting opportunities to dance and sing, as well as outdoor play in our large playground and walks to the local park and farm. Physical activities are fun, healthy, and a good opportunity to enhance social skills such as taking turns and negotiation skills, and leadership techniques."
Excerpted from the preschool's website