Where great journeys begin!
Children are able to snuggle with a good book and a comfy pillow under a tree or use their imagination to soar like a fairy in the dress-up area. While learning is more structured, free play encourages the child to explore and imagine of far-off places. Our Preschool Program is designed to provide our "Three's" an environment in which to continue to grow and learn. We thrive from the enthusiasm the children bring each day- they want to grow, learn and explore, and all own their own terms. Independence is fundamental to this age, and nurtured positively, will give your child the tools they need to be successful and happy adults. We begin to implement more structure, and curriculum additions are designed to encourage individual growth. We introduce daily calendar activities, giving a bare bones introduction to time, calendar and what the theme/content area of the week is. This program is designed for each child to interact, focusing on self esteem and verbal expression. This opportunity gives children the opportunity to present and create in front of their peers, encouraging a strong sense of self. We further our focus on socialization and give the children the words to communicate effectively with one another. We utilize a formal curriculum entitled The Creative Curriculum which introduces language, reading readiness (letter recognition, awareness of print and its purpose), math through manipulative, science, and music while always encouraging positive social interaction and building strong self confidence. Children participate in circle time, large and small group functions, one-on-one teacher-guided activities and self-directed activities. Our preschool room is divided into learning centers including an art area, library (or book nook); dramatic play area, blocks, manipulative and games area, sensory table, computers, and a discovery science center.
The Sophomore I and II program are designed for children who have developmentally moved on from our Freshman program and are looking for more challenges. We move children by developmental milestones and personal goals rather than chronological age. Children's days are slightly more structured than the Freshman rooms. Children are introduced to 'group' activities during circle time (singing songs, learning body parts, playing hand games, etc.). They are introduced to more art projects, manipulatives and specific activities regarding our theme of the week. We continue to create activities and utilize play items to allow children to explore, create, and invent. We encourage their innate desire to be independent, and desire to communicate and structure our activities around them. We focus on socialization and how to "be a good friend". We potty train when your child and you are ready, and in the manner that you select, acting as a compliment to your efforts. In our Sophomore program, children have the benefit of being a part of a smaller, more intimate group to build skills that are perfect for their age group, and then group together to gain the benefits of multiage gatherings.
Our “Freshman” program, otherwise known as our infant and early toddler program, cherishes and enjoys each child as an individual. We look at each infant's specific needs and tailor a day completely around them; we make no attempt to impose a formal center schedule or routine to your infant in our Freshman I room. Our biggest goal at Bonaventure Academy is to create an environment of security, which allows your child to begin the exploration process with freedom. We nurture, interact, and play with your infant in developmentally appropriate ways to stimulate cognitive, physical, and psychosocial growth. We meet regularly with each parent to discuss the needs and concerns of each child, fill out an individual schedule, and update it whenever necessary. The parent can expect to receive a written "Baby Times" at the end of each day, giving you, the parent, crucial information regarding feeding, diapering, and other relevant information of the day. Our Freshman II program is designed for those infants who have become mobile and are looking for new rooms to explore. This is where we begin to “try” to introduce a bit of routine and scheduling so that we can introduce more content. We sing, we dance, and we play- a busy day for our smallest members.
Our Senior program expands all the ideas and concepts of our Junior Room. Our large group activities continue to motivate children to participate in a large group setting and develop the self assurance necessary to be successful in our classroom and when they are in kindergarten and beyond. Our teachers nurture each individual child and their specific needs and interests. We begin to explore "studies" and allow our students to take a lead role in their education by expressing interest in specific themes. Our classroom is designed with the same learning centers as our three year old room, but they are broadened to challenge our children's curiosity and imagination. By creating the areas of the classroom to coincide with "real-life" activities, children begin to make a connection that we use the concepts taught in our classroom as they start to experiment with the outside world. Our functional learning time and directed learning activities increase as well, to prepare our children for their first steps into kindergarten. We encourage children to experiment with relationships and "real-life" with pretend play. Socialization is again a major focus, enabling our children to be empathetic and sensitive for one another.
Where great journeys begin