Beacon Center for Children, in operation for 30+ years, prides itself on developing the whole child. Using a value centered approach, at Beacon Center, a child’s intelligence and creativity are fostered along with good communication skills. A child’s individuality is celebrated and includes his/her unique learning style, interests, and culture, building strong confidence, independence, and a love for learning. Curiosity is strongly encouraged! Discussion of the importance of good values and excellent communication skills is part of daily life at Beacon Center. Children are encouraged to be considerate of their friends, honest and kind, flexible and assertive, appreciative and welcoming. Children walk away with the tools needed for success!
Beacon Center is a friendly, joyful place where “children can be children” while engaging in their first “school” experience. Children “learn by doing”, through a thematic approach using manipulatives, games, song, dramatic play, movement and more. There is a balance of developmentally appropriate and always fun indoor and outdoor activities, both teacher directed and child selected, and quiet and active periods. Beacon Center’s goal is for children to have the most fun they can have while developing the tools they need for their next steps.
Children are divided into small groups; thus the program focuses on their individual needs and interests. The program consists of age appropriate amounts of:
- Indoor and outdoor free play
- Reading and Math Readiness Activities
- Music Appreciation & Creation
- Imaginary Play
- Dance/Creative Movement
- Experimentation/Nature Exploration
- Arts and Crafts
Children bring their own lunches. Healthy morning and afternoon snacks are provided. There are three classes, grouped according to age:
- Toddlers: 2-3 years
- Middle Class: 3-4 years
- Pre-K: 4-5 years
There is some overlap in the age groups. As children get older and their skills get stronger, the group activities will reflect these changes creating an atmosphere that challenges and excites them. The small group size is what allows for children to stay with a group for a year or more.
Free play is incorporated throughout the day creating a balance of structure and free choices.