Open Door is a creative learning campus for children ages 2-7 years. We believe children learn by exploring, so at our school we specialize in creating hands-on learning. We provide a non-traditional teaching environment set up in S.T.E.M. centers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), as well as planning many learning opportunities outside or with the community. Our teachers recognize opportunities to teach skills in the child's natural environment and further enhance these skills with classroom instruction.
We believe that education works best when valid research findings from the fields of education and psychology are constantly applied in the classroom and while exploring. Teaching practices at the school are derived primarily from applied behavior analysis (ABA) and include positive reinforcement, direct instruction, continuous measurement of learning, and strategic data analysis based on graphic displays. We offer a wide range of enriching activities to meet the individual needs of each child, focusing on building each child's emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills. Our various teaching methods include hands-on natural environment teaching, traditional classroom instruction, and individualized instruction.
Children are greeted by ODLC staff at drop-off time and then are able to enjoy self-selected activities. Morning circle time is a time for children to learn about the day of the week and weather. Children explore in our S.T.E.M. centers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), art, library, dramatic play and more. Snack and morning recess are followed by S.T.E.M. centers and then music & art in the afternoon. Lunch, story time and nap/rest time are the quieter parts of your child's day. Weather-permitting, outside play in our playground is enjoyed for afternoon recess. Parents pick-up children at the end of their busy day!