“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
We offer a curriculum that supports a child’s individual development. We create an environment for children that will help to build their self-esteem, give them the confidence to try new things, and is a comfortable and happy home away from home. Each classroom is filled with developmentally appropriate toys, games, and books that the children can explore. We offer a wide variety of enrichment programs that will strengthen motor skills and promote creativity and teamwork. At Pennington Children’s Academy, your child can explore the world around them and express themselves while they learn, laugh and play.
We are sure you will be pleased with our program and look forward to working with you and your children as they grow and learn.
The Montessori Curriculum helps develop a child’s innate ability to learn. It is designed to support the holistic development of children in their physical, intellectual, linguistic, emotional, social, and spiritual capabilities. The curriculum is organized around several component areas (e.g., language and motor development), which all impact each other. In the Montessori philosophy, the environment, along with the teacher and the child, create a triangle of learning and all are essential for the students to grow and learn.
6 weeks – 18 months
Our infant program is for children from six weeks to eighteen months of age. Your baby is kept comfortable and content throughout the day. The environment is soothing and comforting, with soft music and smiling faces. We communicate with the babies constantly by talking, singing, reading, and simply playing with them. Our teachers work with each child as they grow, giving them every opportunity to develop at their own pace. We tailor feedings, diaper changes, and naps according to each child’s individual needs and keep careful record of their daily activities.
- Social and Emotional: Our teachers plan activities that allow the infants to interact with each other, other students in the school, and other teachers so that they can become more aware of feelings, facial expressions, and their surroundings.
- Physical: There a number of tools and toys in the room which give our infants the opportunity to develop their fine motor and gross motor abilities.
- Language: Our teachers spend the day reading, singing, and talking to the infants helping them to connect their daily routine with the spoken words
- Cognitive: Using activities that stimulate all of the senses, we encourage our infants to explore their environment.
Stay Connected With Your Baby
Lifecubby: From activities, free play and nap time, parents will have a view of their child’s journey. Lifecubby is an online application that teachers upload daily information, pictures, videos to parents to access on their phone or computer throughout the day.
Daily Sheets: Daily Sheets are another way that we keep our parents informed. Each day the teacher documents bottle feeding, diaper changes, and nap times. Also, teachers can share activities that they did with the child throughout the day.
Newsletter: Each month teachers send out a newsletter that keeps parents informed on the curriculum, activities and special events that happen the previous month!
18 months – 3 years
The teachers in our Toddler Program are committed to providing quality care for the well being of children ages eighteen months to three years. With a general introduction to the Montessori philosophy we have provided the tools to help the toddlers explore and discover, as they are at a very curious age. The teachers develop a daily lesson plan that allow opportunities for independent play, social growth and language building. We help the children adapt to a daily routine while still focusing on their individual needs.
Our toddler curriculum is focused on fostering curiosity through discovery. Toddlers learn about the world around them by exploring and playing. The program is equipped to foster essential growth, instruction that meets the needs of all learners, engaging activities and a warm environment where students enjoy learning.
Mixed Age Preschool
3 years – 6 years
Our Mixed Age Preschool program is for children ages three to six years old. Our teachers develop lesson plans based on Montessori principles which will help the students to become more independent, confident learners. We offer the tools necessary to build fine motor skills, promote cognitive thinking, and allow the students to learn through exploring the world around them. The classroom is broken into different learning centers; each developed to offer up new challenges for the students. The teachers plan opportunities for both self-directed and teacher-guided activities which will allow the students to develop at their own pace. We focus on self-reliance, math, writing, and building literacy skills to help each child build the skills they will need as they enter into kindergarten.
We work with the students individually and in small groups based on their growing abilities. When working together the class has an opportunity to help each other develop through interaction. A variety of enrichment programs are offered to nurture social skills and develop self-esteem. Our teachers stay connected with parents by sending weekly sheets of all the fun activities done in the classroom. We try to include photos and special events so parents can see all the exciting things done at school.
HighScope Preschool Curriculum
The HighScope Curriculum uses a carefully designed process called “active participatory learning” to achieve powerful, positive outcomes. The curriculum helps young children excel in language and cognitive learning and also promotes independence, curiosity, decision-making, cooperation, persistence, creativity, and problem solving; the fundamental skills that help determine success in adult life.