CURRICULUM

Lake Dow Children's Academy is proud of the curriculum used in our school of quality learning. We meet and exceed the curriculum standards of groups such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Knowing that children learn best through play, our curriculum provides each classroom with materials that promote hands-on learning.

For the youngest learners at Lake Dow Children's Academy, the Active Learning Series is implemented. This well-known curriculum for infants, ones and twos has proven to be a successful learning tool. All activities are age appropriate and assist in achieving developmental milestones. Activities are carefully chosen to meet the needs of each child. In order for parents to extend learning in the home, daily activities are posted in the classroom for review. Sign language is introduced at this level to help children communicate their needs as they work toward developing their verbal skills. In our clean and child centered environment, each child is loved unconditionally, thus promoting ultimate mental and physical growth.

For our preschoolers, ages 3-5, Lake Dow Children's Academy offers a core curriculum comprised of weekly units that support and extend monthly themes. Each unit is filled with activities designed to meet the needs of all types of learners. Daily group times and enrichments are designed to expand a child's vocabulary and knowledge of the world around them. Multiple activities support the theme and learning center additions which are included in each unit. Lake Dow Children's Academy also enriches its curriculum through computers, foreign language, music, song and dance. In addition to the core units, supplemental units are provided on a quarterly basis. Monthly lesson plans are posted to keep parents informed about their child's learning experience at Lake Dow Children's Academy.

Children attending kindergarten through sixth grade benefit from a variety of curriculum materials written especially for after school hours, holiday breaks and summer camp. Each month, idea calendars, with relevant daily activities, are provided. These calendars encourage children to initiate activities with the support of their teacher. They are designed to be open-ended to inspire children to use their creativity while exploring the topic. During school breaks, weeklong theme-based units are supplied. These include group time topics, art activities and suggestions to enrich classroom zones. Time spent in the Music, Blocks, Arts & Crafts, Reading, Science and Housekeeping zones provide children with the opportunity to explore themes in a wide variety of ways. Each summer, campers participate in an eight-week super summer adventure. Children involved in the Lake Dow Children's Academy summer program have the opportunity to take a virtual vacation to many fascinating places while learning fun facts and interesting information about our country and the world.

By providing an educational environment, Lake Dow Children's Academy is able to implement learning objectives supported by national teacher organizations. By creating a warm, loving atmosphere, Lake Dow Chidren's Academy is able to support learning in a safe setting, inspiring children to become life-long learners.

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