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Cultured Kids of Madison

600 Grand Canyon Drive
Madison, WI 53719

(608) 833-5437


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

We absolutely believe the children learn best when they are happy and involved in activities they enjoy. Preschoolers and younger are absolute sponges when it comes to language learning, especially when they learn it through regular exposure to music and song. Throughout their free-play our children hear music from around the world, but mainly Latin America and Mandarin Chinese. Our staff to child conversation begins bilingually until, after two weeks, the children can naturally understand questions and requests without relying on English.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

At the preschool level it is important for children to learn self-confidence in dressing, toileting, feeding, cleaning up, and resolving conflict. Our teachers have regular meetings to discuss how to better help specific children using consistent direction and constant nurturing to build trust with each child. Gently and regular encouragement, observation and assistance is used to help a child make progress on life skills and tasks he may need more help with than his/her peers.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Cultured Kids of Madison is an immersive, foreign language experience for children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years old. Our curriculum is created by our experienced and certified childcare staff following the interests of their children and is developed using a wide variety of resources. Our classes provide for individual attention by teachers, as well as teacher-directed and free choice activities. We incorporate socialization skills, art, music, stories, cooking, science exploration, mathematical thinking skills, language development, listening skills and values that support the development of a healthy self-concept.

A Typical Day

6:30am Early morning quiet games, stories & balloons, eating breakfast...
7:45am Free choice of room areas (science & math, library, dramatic play, house, climbing equip, building, small group art projects,
8:30am AM Snack
9:15am Clean Up areas
9:30am Singing Time (letters, numbers, body, traditional cultural children's songs, etc.)
9:45am Story and Group Project
10:15am Clean Up and Potty Break
10:30am Outdoor free play & exploration (climbers, castle, house, cabin, ride on toys)
11:15am Outside Circle time
(discuss weather, what we learned outside, songs, and fingerplays)
11:30am Kid Yoga to wind down (nature poses-tree, sun, mountain, etc)
11:40am Potty Break and Wash Hands
11:45am Lunch and "What Time is It?"Game
12:15pm Clean up, Potty, & Brush teeth

12:25-2:35pm Nap time/ Quiet time (Siesta song & story beforehand, choose books)

2:35pm Clean up cots & Potty Break
3:00pm PM Snack, Small group art projects & Free choice of room areas & activity (table games, sensory table, puzzles)
3:45pm Clean Up areas
4:00pm Traditional Music & Dancing from Latin America & Story Time
4:45pm Clean Up & Potty Break
5:00pm Dress for outside play
6:00pm Departure

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

98% of parents at Cultured Kids spend time at drop off or pick up to learn about their child's progress, challenges, successes, and development. We appreciate positive and open communication from parents who show a concern and involvement with the growth of their child. Our children can show their parents their work for the day and we collect it here in a binder for an end of the year summary and meeting with the parents. Our staff is updated daily on new tasks parents are working on at home with their children that we can continue to practice here at Cultured Kids.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children with separation anxiety are given extra attention, hugs, and nurturing from the staff till they feel safe and comfortable enough to join the group. It has been our experience that quick drop offs make for a much easier transition for a child at the beginning of the day.