School Age: High quality activities during out of school time and school breaks can help children improve their academics while having fun. ODN uses KidzLit and KidzMath produced by the Developmental Studies Center and based on national literacy and math standards. Kids play games and enjoy fun activities all while learning important math, reading, writing and social skills. You don't have to choose between fun or educational activities for your child. You can have both at ODN's Kidz Place.
Toddlers: At ODN we understand that toddlers need to feel as independent and important as possible. We encourage independence throughout the day. Often, a Toddler's view of his/her world can seem big and challenging. We help toddlers break down tasks into manageable bits and learn them step by step.
ODN starts to build a classroom family in our toddler rooms. Toddlers are learning to follow a consistent daily routine and be part of the class group. Our teachers support children as they learn to be part of this family, eating and sleeping at the same time as their friends. Social and emotional skills like sharing, taking turns, cooperative play and using language to convey needs and wants are supported throughout the day.
Communication with parents is key as Toddlers grow and mature. Weekly lesson plans and monthly newsletters will assist in reaching our goal of open, constant communication and we encourage you to read them. Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice a year to discuss the child's development, as monitored through observation, anecdotal notes and portfolios.
Preschool: As preschooler's improve coordination and begin to interact more with others, the world opens up in new ways. Children at this age learn by doing, and at ODN, your preschooler will stay busy. Our preschool classrooms are arranged with a variety of materials divided into learning areas so children can work/play in small groups. Teachers are trained to support children's learning throughout the day as they play and interact with others. Adult/Child interaction is a key component in our classrooms. Teachers are not passive observers of children's play but actively involved. As children play, our teachers observe how they use materials and what sparks their interests. We listen to find out what they are thinking. We ask questions to challenge them further and, with the information we gather, we plan lessons and set up developmentally appropriate activities that foster their cognitive and social growth.
The HighScope approach gives adults the tools they need to help children develop social abilities that contribute to their readiness for school and enable them to solve problems without resorting to aggression or retreating into avoidance. HighScope's six-step conflict resolution process is one group of teaching strategies that teachers find especially useful. Teachers use the six steps summarized below to help children settle disputes and conflicts. Children can often carry out this sequence on their own by program's end. Approach calmly, stopping any hurtful actions, Acknowledge children's feelings, Gather information, Restate the problem, Ask for solutions and choose one together, Be prepared to give follow-up support. Adults respect children's ideas for solving problems, even if the options they offer don't seem fair to adults. What's important is that children agree on the solution and see themselves as competent problem-solvers.
Communication with parents continues to be a key part of ODN. Weekly lesson plans are posted so that parents will know what their child is learning. Parent-Teacher conferences are held twice a year to discuss the child's development, as monitored through the Child Observation Record and portfolios.
Pre-Kindergarten: This is an important transition year as children and families prepare for school in public and private settings. HighScope's Key Developmental Indicators are correlated with the Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Learning Standards. Our Pre-K curriculum includes the Growing Early Readers Literacy Curriculum and the Numbers Plus Math Curriculum. The Growing Readers activities engage young children in four key areas of early literacy learning: comprehension, phonological awareness, alphabetic principle, and concepts about print. The program focuses on these four aspects of early literacy because of the strong evidence that young children's knowledge of these concepts is a solid predictor of their reading achievement in later years. In the Numbers Plus curriculum, children are actively engaging with materials and ideas. Numbers Plus is aligned with the standards of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The 120 activities in Numbers Plus are divided into five content areas: Number Sense and Operations, Geometry, Measurement, Algebra and Data Analysis.
At ODN we believe in helping children develop not just the cognitive skills needed for school but also the ability to be a learner. Children engage in both individual and social play, participate in small- and large- group activities, assist with cleanup, socialize during meals, and develop self-care skills to help them become better members of the school and class. The most important segment of the daily routine is the plan-do-review sequence, in which children make choices about what they will do, carry out their ideas, and reflect upon their activities with adults and other children. This process helps children learn to plan and complete activities on their own without the need for a teacher to constantly be monitoring their every move. We believe that the parent/guardians are the child's first teachers and work to partner with parents in the child's education. Weekly homework helps parents and children continue to learn and build on what was done during the school day. We provide regular communication with parents, and individual child assessments and parent-teacher conferences twice a year based on our assessments, the Child Observation Assessment and the Early Literacy Skills Assessment, as well as work samples collected in a portfolio. Our goal is to help you and your child be prepared for Kindergarten in a fun, educational and enriching environment!
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Orlando Day Nursery Association, Inc.
626 Lake Dot Circle Orlando, FL 32801
Monday - Friday 6:30am - 6:00pm