Playroom Academy

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Playroom Academy is a half-day and full-day childhood developmental program (Nursery, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten  groups). It is a full English immersion program, facilitated by caring and well-trained professionals who love working with kids while encouraging their independence and creativity. Our program focuses on small-group learning so kids can learn age-appropriate concepts in keeping with their developmental level.

At Playroom, we strive to create a welcoming environment for all kids – those learning English as a second language and native English speakers. Interaction between kids with different cultural backgrounds enriches their understanding of the world around them. For kids who are just starting to learn English and need assistance adjusting to language immersion, there is support available in Ukrainian from our teachers.

Детский сад с английским языкомIn Playroom Academy, groups consist of ten kids. With this class size, we ensure that each child receives individual attention and as well learns to work together with peers. Our classes are structured in such a way to make learning and exploring both fun and engaging.

The Playroom space is bright, colorful and kid-oriented, consisting of two small classrooms, a library, and a large multi-purpose room.  As well, we have our own safe outdoor area for both educational classes and free play. As the weather permits, classes like Fitness Fun, Sing and Play and Science are taught on the Playroom lawn.

GUIDING PRINCIPLES OF THE ABC ACADEMY

Детский сад с английским языкомThe base of our educational approach is The Creative Curriculum, but we also use the elements of the responsive classroom and the early childhood program standards implemented in the USA. A successful child is a happy child. Children need to succeed – their key to success is not being afraid to make mistakes. When they make a
mistake it is a chance for them to learn. We make sure there is always a dialogue between teacher and student, they are connected.

The concept at PLAYROOM kids club addresses the fact that children learn best through play, creativity, active exploration of their environment, and thoughtfully planned activities. Creativity is how children approach the world in order to learn about it and to learn about themselves. It is how they express the way they are feeling and how they share themselves with the world around them.

The learning process and the learning environment are created in a way that:

  • are interesting, meaningful, and stimulating;
  • support play and exploration (books, blocks, puzzles, manipulative materials, dress-up clothes, etc.);
  • nurture the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of childhood;
  • provide time for child-initiated learning;
  • promote children’s knowledge and skills

WHAT WE TEACH

Learning Basic Skills:

А21English Language - It is all around us, and nothing supports a child’s language skills like early experiences with speaking and listening. By engaging children in conversations; exposing them to new words; singing songs; discussing symbols and their meaning; and encouraging expression of thoughts, feelings, and opinions through words, you lay the foundation for a child’s later reading success.

French – French traditions are well-known all over the world. Here, at Playroom, French is taught by the teachers from France. The classes are conducting in interesting and informative atmosphere – kids learn traditional children’s songs and rhymes, play national games and take part in competitions, cook real French pastries and, of course, eat their croissants with a cup of cocoa.

Literacy and writing - We support young children’s emerging literacy skills by planning activities that involve sounds, identifying print, recognizing letters, developing a love of books, writing, and appreciation of the rhythm of language. Our classes include (phonemic and phonological awareness, print awareness and vocabulary, beginning reading, comprehension, writing).

Mathematics - We present it in a fun and creative way. Our teachers provide children with the opportunity to develop abstract reasoning skills, learn complex math concepts and create solutions to a real- life problems. We learn numbers, shape concepts and patterning is our essential part of the academic process.

Social studies – We help children become caring, confident and competent individuals. We learn how to take care of ourselves and the world around us. We nurture children’s social emotional development by giving them a strong sense of self, fostering their independence, encouraging them to make friends, and teaching them to share.

World Around Us – We study our world and how it works. Children learn culture and history of different peoples, get interesting information about continents, countries, oceans, volcanoes, etc.

Science – Children are natural scientists and their curiosity leads them to seek answers to questions and make connections. By experimenting, making predictions, exploring, testing observations and investigating, children learn about the world they live in.

Being Active:

Детский сад с английским языкомPhysical education – We promote children’s physical health and development by planning activities that involve fine and gross motor development. This class is taught through a variety of instructor led activities and games.

Fitness fun, Zumba Fitness, Gymnastics – Fitness classes are the great way for children not only to be physically active, but to learn functional, social and confidence building skills in a safe environment. Children participate in a various skill building activities through movement while learning about different cultures, and why it is important to be active. Children are encouraged to be creative and work together as they make their way to a healthy life. And most importantly, the children are having lots of fun.

Expressing Myself:

Детский сад с английским языкомCreative arts –This class supports all areas of development and allows the child to foster creativity and imagination. We do various installations developing the understanding of conceptual modern art. (Kids tend to explore modern art better than adults as their imagination is not stereotyped yet) – lots of activities with water and paints (finger painting) – it gets messy but it is fun.

 

Music and movement – All kids are extremely fond of music, rhymes, movements and dancing. Opportunities to make music are all around us as we explore the world around us. Kids learn a variety of American and English songs and nursery rhymes while moving.

Drama Class – Dramatic Play is central to children’s healthy development and learning during the preschool years. Children pretend to be someone or something different from themselves and make up the situations and actions that go along with the role they choose. When children engage in dramatic play they deepen their understanding of the world and develop skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

Детский сад с английским языкомCooking Class – Kids get messy with food and it sometimes frustrates parents. As a matter of fact experimenting with the food, learning its texture is an essential part of discovering the world around for the kids. And besides teaching kids actively participate in the food cooking process encourages them to develop healthy eating habits and teaches them skills for independent life.

Eco Green – Playroom promotes and strongly supports the importance of preserving the environment and encouraging a recycling culture in our everyday life. How do we do that with our little members of the club? We create great projects out of the recycled materials. We turn the carton boxes, plastic bottles and cups into castles, airplanes, aquarium, water cycle presentation or rocket ship.

Field trips and excursions

Except our own playground we also go to play in the park, other playgrounds that are nearby and organize excursions to the museums, planetarium, puppets theatre and other interesting for kids places.

Ukrainian-language program of child overall development & preparing for school “SMART KID”

00Age groups3-4 years and 5-6 years.

Ukrainian-language program “Smart Kid ” – is a complex class that aimed at the overall development of little students. We offer an integrated learning system, so each class lasting 50-55 min. include the tasks of mathematics , reading, thinking, speech, memory, attention , writing and exploring the environment. Small groups (up to 5 people ) allow our teacher to pay maximum attention to each student and at the same time promote the acquisition of skills of social interaction between children.

A necessary condition for a comfortable and productive learning is the group formation considering not only the same age but also the development of children. That is why we offer to begin training with the first test mini- class ( test class) , after which the teacher can recommend / suggest appropriate group and parents will have an opportunity to become familiar with the methods of teaching and get detailed information about the course.

Individual tutoring is also possible.

TEACHING DIFFERENT AGE GROUPS

2-3 Y.O. age group

– Kids are introduced to colors, language development and self-expression, knowledge of numbers and letters, initial problem solving.

– Kids are encouraged to explore music, songs, sounds, art, cooking in a friendly play-based environment.

– Kids develop fine and gross motor skill, coordination, balance while remaining in the English-speaking environment.

– Optionally kids are introduced to the Ukrainian early childhood program.

3-4 Y.O. age group

– Kids learn letters, words. Learn how to form sentences.

– Kids start basics in learning the sounds, how they form the word.

– Kids start learning to write letters.

– Learn how to count, recognize shapes, patterns.

– Story times are essential part of the routine related to the theme.

– More time is devoted to experiments, coloring and drawing and movement activities.

– Optionally kids are introduced to the Ukrainian early childhood program.

4-5 Y.O. age group

– Reading out loud (story times) and discussing the topics raised in the books.

– Every week there is a certain topic appropriate for this age group which extends their social, cultural or geographical knowledge

– Writing the letters (learning the Upper case and Lower case letters)

– Basic math, patterning skills

– Learning songs and rhymes

– Role playing in a dramatic play that helps them to express themselves

– Kids at this age like to experiment and enjoy the things they produce on their own, so more time is devoted to Art, Cooking and Science.

– Optionally kids are introduced to the Ukrainian developmental program.


Nursery 2-3 years old 

Days option: 5 days per week, 3 days per week
Time: 8.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – half-day option; 8.30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – full day option

8:30 – 9:00 Arrival & Academic choice
9:00 – 9:15 Breakfast
9:15-10:00 Circle Time
10:00-10:10 Snack
10:10-10:50 English / Gymnastics / French
11.00-11:40 Games outside
12:00-12:45 Smart Kid & Music Classes
12:45-13:15 Lunch
Extended day
13:30-15:30 Rest (nap-time)
15:30-16:00 Afternoon snack
16:00-16:45 French / Being Active (sports, fitness) / Art (cooking, science, world around us)
16:50-17:30 Free play
17:30-18:00 Dinner
18:00-19:00 Free play

Playroom Academy

Preschool group 3-4 years old, Pre-K group 4-5, Kindergarten group 5-6 years old

Days option: 5 days per week, 3 days per week

Time:  8.30a.m. – 1 p.m.  – half-day option; 8.30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – full-day option

8:30 – 9:00 Arrival & Academic choice
9:00 – 9:15 Breakfast
9:15-10:00 English
10:00-10:10 Snack
10:15-11:00 Being Active (sports, fitness) / Music / Art (cooking, world aroud us, science)
11:15-12:00 Free Play (outside)
12:15-13:00 French (Art) / English
12:30 Lunch
Extended day
13:15-15:30 French (Cooking) / World aroud us / Rest (nap-time)
15:30-16:00 Afternoon snack
16:15-17:00 Sport / Science
17:00-17:30 Free play
17:30-18:00 Dinner
18:00-19:00 Free play

 ASSESSMENT APPROACH

Teachers track individual progress of every child – making scrapbooks which reflect art projects, picture of kids, their first writings and achievements. Our primary criteria for children’s success in the ABC Academy are positive engagement in learning and healthy social interactions with peers and teachers. Every child is unique and special. While meeting educational milestones is important, for young learners, we believe that nurturing and supporting children’s love of learning and exploration will not only provide a foundation for future learning, but will also help meet those milestones. Teachers carefully observe and support children through the learning process, thereby gaining insight into individual strengths and areas where more support is needed.

OUR TEACHERS

12207621_1074905415853134_2094583454_nPlayroom team includes native-speaker teachers from the USA, Great Britain, France and Switzerland, as well as Ukrainian specialists with a good command of English.

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Meals

We provide children with meals 5 times per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner and 2 snacks.) We ensure that children’s meals are balanced, healthy and tasty.

HOW TO ENROLL THE CHILD:

To enroll your child in ABC Academy you need to provide the following documents:

  • ABC Academy register form (you will complete it at the Playroom),
  • Copy of child birth certificate, copies of parents’ passports and medical certificate,
  • To pay the registration fee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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