Baby Nido (3-15 months)
At the age of 3 to 15 months, children are offered a comfortable, safe and a home feeling environment. Soft cushions, colorful fabrics, textured surfaces, cozy peek-a-boo corners, soothing music, and dim lights are, among others, part of their environment and discoveries.
Nido (15-24 months)
For most children ages 15 to 24 months, this is their first encounter with school. During this transition from home to a new environment, we believe in the importance of creating a strong bond between child and teacher, and creating a partnership between teachers and parents to support this process. At this life stage, children begin to create their own identity. We support this by offering them experiences and provocations to interact and explore a diversity of materials with different properties such as paper, clay, rice, sand, water, and paint among others.
Two’s (24-36 months)
From the age of 2 to 3 years old, socialization is a key aspect of a child’s development. They often transition from playing alone to playing actively in groups. Sharing, taking turns, respecting, and listening to others are actions that become more meaningful. Classrooms become environments filled with discovery using a variety of tools such as droppers and funnels in the water table, brushes, masking tape and scissors in the mini atelier (art studio), x-rays and picture films in the light, table among others.
Three’s (36-48 months)
From ages 3 to 4, children are constantly questioning. They create with the intention to obtain a final product. They are given opportunities to trace over light tables, over images projected on classroom walls, with wire, clay, and string, among many other materials. The written language becomes interesting and children experience mailboxes to exchange letters, drawings and gifts.
From 4 to 5, children approach the world with curiosity and become complex thinkers. They use envelopes, stickers, index cards, stencils, letters, stamps and different-colored writing tools to express themselves.
The word Atelier is French for art studio or workshop. It is a welcoming and inspiring place where a wide variety of natural and man-made materials are available to explore. Here children of all age’s come and experience a treasure box of endless possibilities. These experiences progressively support all the languages of expression that children have. Our “Atelierista” collaborates with teachers to support projects with the children in and outside of the classrooms.
A Wonder of Nature
We believe that playing and interacting with nature on a daily basis allows children to appreciate nature’s beauty and gifts. Our playground is inspired by the natural world around us and includes endless opportunities for sensory exploration. We have created a place where the children freely indulge their imagination and curiosity.
Our natural oasis is filled with tree stumps, tree trunks, boulders, sand pits and water. Our gardens include tall grasses, vegetables, and music. We have slides built directly into a hill, a path to ride bicycles, an art wall, a reading area and a picnic patch.
Being aware of these gifts allows children to develop a lifetime of stewardship toward nature. We encourage a sustainable way of life through recycling, reusing and composting. Engaging and exposing the children to nature’s treasures, we create a lifetime of wonder and respect for the natural world.
Our goal is for our children to investigate how thinking and imagination can move the world. We believe that developing lifelong respect, positive and proactive attitudes towards protecting our environment, caring for all living creatures and creating a sustainable environment starts by developing a sense of wonder and love for our natural world. Children have an intrinsic joy when exploring the world and we work very hard to keep that joy alive.
Building a Community
Our documentation is made available to parents to assist them in staying informed about their child’s activities.
Parents are our partners, collaborators, and supporters and we encourage their participation in the workshops and informational nights.
Lending Library for Parents
To support our parents, we have a library of books that are available for their use.
Supporting Emergent Literacy
We support child literacy and our books are available to the families to check out and enjoy with their children. To expand our library, we encourage the parents to gift a book on their child’s birthday. For more information about the importance of literacy for children, click here.
In our efforts to nourish our relationships and build a community within a community we sponsor special events at the school. Check our calendar and come visit.
Research has shown that there are many benefits of learning a “second” language at an early age. Children’s brains are like sponges. For more information on young children and bilingualism you can look at the work of Barbara Zurer.
As a family-oriented program, we know the need for childcare before and after school hours. We provide early drop off where children are invited to come to school before the regular day begins to make your lives more manageable. This offer is also available after school, in addition to our location-specific classes like ballet, karate, zumba and soccer.
While summer time is a chance for children to relax, KLA Schools strives to maintain our standard of excellence through meaningful adventures and inspiring surroundings. Each year our programs change to represent the interests of our children. There is more to our KLA Schools Summer Program than just games. Students will be introduced to diverse activities that will enhance their social skills and knowledge. Our staff is ready to start this summer with a fun-filled program.
Learn more at www.klaschoolssummercamp.com