- How many days is best for my child?
- Which program is available for my child?
- What's the difference between a mom’s day out program and this?
- What makes this curriculum different from other preschool programs?
- What can you do at home to help prepare your child for preschool?
- Who is the teacher for the program and what are her credentials?
- What is the student-to-teacher ratio for Edventure Kids Academy?
- Does my child have to be potty trained to enroll in the preschool?
- Will my child be napping while attending the preschool?
- Question we haven't covered here?
The Movin’ and More curriculum, which forms the basis for all we do in the Ed-Venture Kids Academy preschool program, is structured in a progressive, building block format:
Bronze Level addresses the minimum requirements for entering Kindergarten when enrolled for two years.
Silver Level is required to assure that we cover all the necessary material needed if your child has one year left before entering kindergarten.
Gold Level is our most comprehensive curriculum, addressing introduction of words, math and science subjects along with an intermediate level of gymnastics and physical fitness.
See samples of the skills we teach at each of the levels below, or more details can be found here on our curriculum page. Please click here for an information sheet with more details to help you decide how many days is best for your child.
Meets 2 days/week
- Recognizing the alphabet
- Learn numbers 1 – 10
- Learn the days of the week
- Learn the months of the year
- Learn the primary colors & shapes
Meets 3 days/week
- Practice writing the upper & lower case alphabet
- Learn numbers 1 – 10 in Spanish
- Learn primary colors in Spanish Begin using fine motor skills for cutting with scissors/gluing etc.
Meets 5 days/week
- Learn the Spanish alphabet
- Learn numbers 1 – 20 in Spanish
- Additional math readiness skills
- Additional gymnastics and physical fitness skills
- Learn about different continents and countries
All program levels are available for children ages 3, 4, or 5.
Edventure Kids Academy is not a babysitting service. From the time your child arrives until the end of each school day, they will be in a comprehensive educational environment that includes physical education and gymnastics.
The Movin’ and More lesson plan emphasizes physical education and the importance of gross motor skill learning through gymnastics, games and other activities. Because EKA is located in a gymnastic facility, there is room for students to explore and learn the importance of early childhood physical education.
Adjusting to preschool can be tough for any child, even one who's been in daycare for a while. You can help ease your child's transition to preschool with these ideas and activities.
The important thing is to keep any preparation time fun. At this age, learning should not be a chore. You don't want your child to feel like every activity is a lesson or every outing an educational field trip.
These ideas, from preschool teachers and the U.S. Department of Education's Learning Partners program, will help prepare your child to listen, follow directions, and get along in a group — three important goals of any preschool program.
Plan more social activities
All preschool children have to get along with other kids. If your child hasn't spent much time in a group with other children, then activities such as sharing, taking turns, and playing cooperatively can be very difficult.
Help your child get used to being part of a group by arranging playdates with one or two peers or enrolling him/her in a music or tumbling class.
Give him/her a sense of what to expect
It's the rare child who isn't at least a little anxious about starting preschool. Resist the temptation to say things like "It'll be the most fun you've ever had," or "There's nothing to be afraid of," and never belittle your child's fears or concerns. Instead, help calm his fears with information.
Talk to him/her about what to expect when he/she gets to school — where he/she'll be going, what he/she'll be doing, and who will be in class with him/her. Before school begins, visit the classroom together at least once, preferably when other children and his future teacher(s) are there. You can also read stories about starting school. Some good ones to try are Going to School, by Anne Civardi and Stephen Cartwright, Preschool Day Hooray! By Linda Leopold Strauss, and Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins.
Come up with a good-bye ritual
If this is the first time your child will be away from you, he/she may worry that you're not coming back, or that you'll get lost and won't be able to find your way back to the school to pick him/her up at the end of the day.
Invent a special parting ritual — such as a high-five, or saying something like, "I'll be back to get you soon, long before we see the moon" — that you do each time you drop him/her off.
During the first few days, allow extra time to get him/her ready and out the door in the morning, too. The more calm things are at home, the easier the separation will be.
And though you might be tempted to sneak out without so much as a wave when you drop him/her off, don't do it. He/she will only be more distressed when he/she realizes you're gone.
Instead, make a point of saying good-bye. Don't drag it out or let on that you might be upset, too. Just do it matter-of-factly and confidently and he/she'll learn to do the same.
Our teacher and director is Allison Johnson. Ally is originally from Lincoln, England. She began her career in early childhood education 20 years ago in military child development centers. She became a certified, licensed home day care provider to families of US troops. She also taught preschool for the United States Air Force child development centers. It is there that she received her Child Development Associate in Preschool. She went on to be a site director and Training Specialist for Camp Fire USA in Albuquerque, NM. After relocating to Texas in 2007 Ally became the employee trainer and then Assistant Director for Child Time Learning Center in Arlington. She joined Spirals in 2012 where, in addition to teaching her wonderful preschoolers, she is also the After School training and licensing administrator.
“Preschool is my passion. I am mostly rewarded when working directly with children. I love each child’s individuality and I enjoy figuring out what each child loves to do so I can better help foster their own passions.”
We maintain a student-to-teacher ratio of 12:1 in order to optimize the learning environment as well as ensure safety of every single student in our preschool program.
Yes, they need to be able to go to the restroom without assistance from an adult.
No. In order for us to complete our daily lesson plans napping will not be included.