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The Nurtured Mind Preschool

Your average preschool teaches ABC’s and 123’s, colors, shapes, and do fun crafts, and that is okay. . . if you like average.

On the other hand, how would you like for your preschooler to be able to:

  • Read full sentences long before they are ready to enter kindergarten?
  • Learn broadening “art processes” instead of simply put together pre-made “cookie cutter”crafts?
  • Quickly recognize a number symbol, it’s value, and how many it takes to add or subtract to make ten, at a glance, as well as put together geometric patterns that many adults struggle with.

All this, and have a BLAST doing it! This is how my program works:
We play in a home environment. Yep, that’s right! They do not even know they are getting an education, because I make it fun. Aside from getting a superior education, they will be relaxed in my home, with a small group of friends to learn with. In the beginning, before we learn letters and phonics, we play oodles of phonemic awareness games that help them decode the individual sounds in words, so they can turn the sounds later into reading! Studies show there is a huge relationship between phonemic awareness and reading that lasts long into adulthood. According to the National Reading Panel, children with strong phonemic awareness BEFORE instructing phonics, would predict the accuracy of reading and spelling, independent from IQ.

So we start there. In the beginning half of the day, we focus on reading. We play many short (attention appropriate) games that teach a concept such as letter recognition, sounds, sight words, etc. Because of the repetition, they quickly begin to catch on! They are simply loving the attention, interaction, and excitement! The games last only 3 minutes or so, because their attention is not kept for long, and then we move on to an activity. Activities last a little longer (or a lot longer, depending on how engaged they are), and are geared towards their lesson such as, popping balloons with words or letters, scavenger hunts, alligator feeding, smashing letter pop-its, painting with letters, playdoh words, slime hunting for words or letters, unraveling word balls, letter chase, Simon says the letter sound, etc. Also, we read and read!  I help them read labels and titles to things we are doing and point out that words mean something to us every day in print, and when they make a picture, I encourage them to tell me what it is, and we label it. This gives them the understanding that art is a form of expression, and words can be printed to express thoughts and ideas.

Then we will clean up any mess from our games and Ill give them time for free play or move onto centers, such as bins with colored sand, legos, water beads, playdoh, aqua sand, etc., or let them watch a few short reading or math videos. I also have tablets for the children with reading and math apps that they can take turns playing while I get the next project ready. I give them plenty of time to play on their own with other children to be creative and act out in dramatic play that teach them how to interact in the world with others.

Depending on what we have planned for each day, we will do art process activities during the morning or afternoon. Although we do many art projects that reinforce letters or numbers, such as sun catcher numbers, homemade pretzel letters, sculptures, etc., I give extra special time to explore art. For example, we will paint with finger paint, and salt. They get to feel the gritty-ness of the salt and see how it affects the paint. We love to paint with bubbles and chalk in water, and paint with oil, print with cardboard ridges or anything we can find… I believe it is imperative to the mind of a child to get to
explore all types of art and be given freedom to create without obstruction. This is what you call “Process Art”.

The second half of the day, is geared towards math. My math program helps them to “see” the numbers over time in their minds using dice, ten frames, fingers, dominoes, etc. that give them the ability to understand numerical values up to ten by using repetition . . . again. . . through playing games. If they have a solid foundation of ten, they can more easily build upon that throughout the school years. With geometric patterns, we start off slow such as building a circle out of two half circles. It takes time at first to figure out which way they go, but then once they got it, they can move to the next lesson, that builds and builds until they are able to put together intricate pictures strengthening their spatial and deductive reasoning skills. Because young children have a hard time sitting for very long, we play many active games. Studies have proven that children learn faster and it “sticks” better by engaging the whole body during learning processes. So we move around a lot! We also have music and movement time, where we dance, or Ill play songs on the guitar or piano and get them involved in singing, dancing, or “playing” (toy) instruments. We have dance parties at least three or four times per week, and in the winter, usually more because they are not able to go outside as often and need that movement.

If you are wanting your child to soar through elementary, high school, and college, give them the gift of a totally enriching foundation now!

TUITION:

$100 Per week for full time

$3.50 per hour for drop in care but availability is limited and only on a first come first serve basis, so its best to call the day before if possible, to make sure that I will have room.

I do not have ONGOING part-time available at this time.

I accept children that are age newborn on up.

I am CPR and First Aid certified.