While academics and skills training are important, young children still need plenty of time to play, to explore their world, and to develop social etiquette. Play is critical to the healthy growth and development; luckily, I provide a balance between structured and unstructured activities.
For ages 2 through 5, we offer a comprehensive preschool curriculum with the help of by Mother Goose Time (a professionally planned preschool curriculum designed to be used in childcare homes and centers.) This on-going preschool program is offered Monday through Friday and is both entertaining and educational. Your child will enjoy activities ranging from art and craft projects to games, songs, finger plays, storytelling, creative dramatics, exercises, science, shapes, numbers, colors, alphabet, and much more through various monthly themes. Some of these projects will be taken home to share with you, and others will be group activities that you can ask about. We know that children learn best by “doing”; therefore, the activities the children participate in are developmentally appropriate, concrete, hands-on, and most of all fun. Mother Goose Time fulfills the Head Start Domain Elements, Standards, and Indicator Guidelines and is consistent with the National Association for the Education of Young Children Guidelines for curriculum content.
We also offer special programs, which include:
ESL: All staff members are proficient in speaking both English and Mandarin Chinese and are able to guide children in both languages. As per your request, we can help your child get more accustomed to the English language or teach your child to understand and speak Mandarin Chinese in a conversational manner.
Multilingual Studies: While the children will learn to converse and sing in Chinese, our preschool curriculum also includes teaches Spanish vocabulary. Although your child may not learn to be conversationally proficient in Spanish, they can certainly surprise you with an occasional Spanish phrase.
Monthly Library Visit: Once a month, we will take the children to visit the Kirkland Library to sit in on storytime and to checkout any books they desire. This special experience will help children develop a love for literacy as well as teach the importance of being respectful to books and returning them on time so that other children can enjoy them. The children will also be acquainted with public transportation since we will be taking the metro from the bus stop on NE 53rd St & 108th Ave NE into downtown Kirkland, which is just 2 miles away.
While we value greeting the parents and children during drop-off and discussing the child’s progress at pick-up, we feel it is important to keep parents in the loop of what their child is doing at all times. This is why the majority of daily communication will be conducted on the “brightwheel” app for iPhone and Android users as well as the web. Through this application, you will be notified in real time of your child’s daily progress in terms of eating, napping, and learning. In addition, this application will notify you of any incidents, applied medications, and diaper/potty updates. I will also occasionally use this application to write reminders for items to bring and for special events.
Please note that this application does not take the place of verbal face-to-face communication. This is just a method to keep you updated throughout the day and an easier way for both of us to keep track of your child’s developmental progress.