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School readiness is a critical component of a young child's educational foundation because, let's face it; kindergarten isn't what is used to be. When entering school for the first time, kindergartners are expected to have already mastered counting to 30, naming shapes, demonstrating an understanding of addition and subtraction, printing upper and lower-case letters, stating the initial sound in CVC words, and countless other standards. Sound overwhelming? You're not alone!
At JLS, children are introduced to basic literacy and math skills at ages as young as 18 months. A variety of fun and interactive learning methods are utilized, including kinesthetic (hands-on), visual, social, and auditory. Whether building letters with Wikki Stix, singing to shape songs, or jumping outside to the beat of counting, the fun ensued hardly looks like learning! The ultimate goal? A jumpstart on basic educational skills and a genuine love for learning.
Did you know that children who participate in social/emotional learning in early childhood are twice as likely to graduate college? Yes, it's that important! At JLS, social skills are considered equally critical to child development as academic skills.
Structured play activities provide ample opportunities for children to develop age appropriate skills. The majority of our day includes activities designed for social and cognitive development including morning calendar routine, dramatic play, math and reading centers, game time, outdoor play, and more.
When encouraging social skill development, discipline is an integral component. Children in care are expected to follow rules and directions in this structured environment and may be subjected to a "break" if necessary. These are small growing minds, though, and only age appropriate breaks/time-outs will be served. One minute per year of age is a general rule of thumb at JLS.
In 2018, more than 74% of educators support technology use in the classroom. While technology devices should be closely monitored and limited, they serve as excellent and irreplaceable modern teaching tools. At JLS, tablets are utilized for their engaging educational apps. Children are limited to a maximum of 15 minutes per day of 1:1 time with a tablet, though these devices are typically used in a group setting instead. Educational and interactive videos are also frequently played on a T.V. In 2020, an interactive Smart Board was added to promote learning engagement and to prepare students for the same technology found in a typical elementary classroom.
JLS is licensed by KDHE, and parents can rest assured that their children here are cared for by the hands of a First Aid and CPR certified adult. Fire and tornado drills are practiced and logged regularly to ensure children are prepared for any emergency situation. Emergency shelter and evacuation plans can be viewed at any time by clicking on the "Policies" tab above.
Kids LOVE to eat, and healthy meals served at a young age can have a lasting impression on food choices as an adult. We are a participating partner in the USDA Children and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The goal is to serve food items that kids are likely to enjoy in the form of nutritionally balanced meals and snacks. Does this mean salads and Grandma's casseroles everyday? No way! Healthy finger foods that kids often are familiar with are served frequently. Chicken nuggets, quesadillas, and (whole grain) mac'n'cheese are just a few of the favorites around here!