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Children's Express - Redwood

4995 South Redwood Rd.
Taylorsville, UT 84123

Phone:
(801) 268-1142

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our program has a wide variety of ways for children to learn new skills, there are some activities which are teacher guided and others that are child directed. Children learn best when provided seven different approaches to mastering a new skill!

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
  • Frontline Phonics, Saxon Phonics, and numerous hands on activities
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Saxon math & numerous hands on activities
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
  • Saxon Math and many many hands on activities
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Numerous activities and equipment for hands on learning
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Rhythm, dance, yoga with props and music to make it fun
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Huge variety of art medium with time to enjoy just being creative
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
  • Our music room and large playgrounds provide space for games and big muscle activities. Plenty of bikes, trikes, scooters and cars for fun.
Other subjects taught Children are provided many opportunities to participate in a wide variety of activities throughout their day. Stories, music, play outdoors, arts and crafts, sensory tables, field trips (ages 4 and up), and even age appropriate service projects. Home cooked meals and snacks means no extra preservatives and lower levels of sugar.

From the Director:

We use researched based curriculum to assure the children are getting the best possible readiness for success in school and life. Currently we use: Early Childhood Express, Saxon Math, Saxon Phonics, Handwriting Without Tears, Signing Time and Frontline Phonics. We are piloting Your Baby Can Read in our two year old classroom. In addition our creative teachers always have exciting, age appropriate activities designed just for the needs and abilities of the children in her class.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Children's Express is for those parents looking for a program to encourage and develop their child's strong, positive curiosity for life that sparks confidence, joy and success for life.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We believe:
- The relationships we build with children have important consequences for their future development.
- Learning occurs amid loving care
- We are a source of emotional stability and security that compliments a parent's efforts and provides a child the opportunity to spend more time learning
- We can keep children on the road to healthy development by helping them learn how to love, communicate, solve problems, and look forward to the future.
- Secure relationships that children form help improve their social and intellectual skills.
- Emotional well-being and strong social skills help preschoolers develop self-esteem, feel competent, and see the world as a positive place.
- A strong partnership between caregivers and parents will show children that the adults in their lives care about each other and them.

A Typical Day

6:30-9:00- Individual and group activities, Breakfast, exercise.
9:00-11:30- Preschool, Pre-K, Kindergarten (kinders continue curriculum until 3 pm)
11:30-2:30 Lunches and naps
2:30-3:00 Snack
3:00-5:00 PM review, centers and teacher observations for assessments
5:00-6:30 Combine to mixed ratio groups with fun & safe free time activities.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

* Day to day greeting and information sharing
* Newsletters
* Notes from your child's teacher about specific concerns, upcoming events and milestone accomplishments
* Parent-teacher conferences
* Family nights
* Holiday program, Graduation program,
* You are welcome to call any time and as often as you would like to check up on your child.

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:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

Separation anxiety is handled with sensitivity.
We offer opportunities to bring security items and/or have the parent spend a few hours in the classroom with the child. We also offer parents techniques on how to handle separation, while re-assuring their child.
Parents are also welcome to call or check in anytime.