School Age

Creative Explorers

Explore the day of a school-ager.

About the School Age Program at Kiddie Academy of Cranberry Township

Children spend most of their time juggling assignments, friendships and extracurricular activities. They crave the freedom to discover things that interest them most, and Kiddie Academy® gives them the structure to build essential skills for their future.

Whether it’s before and/or after-school care or our full-day program, Creative Explorers lets school-agers pursue their passions. We help them explore what fascinates them through a variety of special-interest groups that spark their imaginations. Our club format provides your child with exciting and challenging activities and projects to create, while continuing the learning begun in their schools.

The full-day school-age program for ages 5-12 combines learning through the Kiddie Academy proprietary Life Essentials® Curriculum with support and supervision from our teachers to ensure your child is meeting the digital-learning requirements of your school system.


Strict health and safety procedures will be followed

While your child is at our Academy, you'll have the peace of mind knowing that they're in a healthy and safe environment thanks to Health Essentials, our enhanced health and cleaning initiative based on CDC guidelines to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

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Life Essentials®

Preparing your child for success in school and life

Our Creative Explorers program is developed through our Life Essentials® curriculum to provide your school-age child with well-rounded learning experiences while receiving positive, nurturing care.

Full-Day School Age

Focus: Assuring your child meets the virtual-learning responsibilities of your school system in a supervised, safe and sanitized environment.

The program combines learning through the Kiddie Academy proprietary Life Essentials® Curriculum with support from our teachers to ensure your child is meeting the digital-learning requirements of your school system.

Activities

  • Children work on assignments from their school system, under supervision of Kiddie Academy Teachers.
  • Teachers ensure that children attend any required virtual meetings scheduled by their school.
  • When school assignments are complete, children participate in the club-based activities included in the Kiddie Academy Creative Explorers program.

Learning Through Life Essentials®

This full-day program is built around the Life Essentials philosophy that guides all we do at Kiddie Academy® Educational Child Care. It promotes the natural curiosity present in every child by focusing on character education, STEM-infused technology and health and fitness experiences.

Health Essentials

Focus: Keeping your child healthy and safe.

Health Essentials is a set of CDC-based standard operating procedures that can help mitigate the spread of potential infection throughout our Academy. Health Essentials is a key part of our overall COVID-19 response, expanding upon existing disinfection and health protocols that offer parents and staff peace of mind and demonstrates our commitment to creating a healthy and safe environment for learning and working.

Health Essentials guidelines are focused on four principles designed to cover various preventative, protective and corrective measures that address COVID-19:

1. Wellness Education

The solution starts with an understanding.

  • Children learn how following proper hygienic practices can keep them healthy
  • Academy staff receives training and must abide by enhanced health and safety practices outlined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2. Enhanced Hygiene

Soap and water is the best solution.

  • Soap and water offer the simplest solution to combat infection
  • Staff increase handwashing frequency
  • All children must wash their hands upon entering their room at the start of each day and all recommended times thereafter in addition to following standard Academy handwashing procedures

3. Healthy Environment

A clean facility keeps families safe.

Academies adhere to advanced cleaning procedures:

  • Nightly cleaning
  • Daily laundering of soft items and bedding
  • Limiting items brought into the Academy

4. Symptom Monitoring

Keeping a watchful eye

  • Temperature monitoring at the Academy entrance.
  • Track symptoms using AcademyLink®
  • Isolate symptomatic children from others immediately upon observation
  • Contact parents for pickup from the Academy
  • Daily health check is completed upon arrival

Engineering Club

Focus: Inspiring children to learn about how things work and are made.

The Engineering Club uses hands-on projects to develop problem-solving skills while introducing school-age children to different engineering disciplines (e.g., architecture, civil, mechanical, structural).

School Age Activities

  • Using graph paper, pencils and measuring tools to design a blueprint of their dream home.
  • Using LEGO bricks to create a model of a structure that inspires them.
  • Learning about the Seven Wonders of the World and building a model of their favorite.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Use graph paper, pencils and measuring tools to help your child design a blueprint for their dream home.
  • Use LEGO blocks to help your child create a model of a structure that inspires them.
  • Learn about the Seven Wonders of the World and build a model of their favorite.

Literacy & Creative Arts Clubs

Focus: Improving reading and comprehension skills and expanding imaginations through a variety of coordinated learning experiences.

School-age students can join the Reading, Poetry or Writing clubs to delve into stories and participate in fun activities. They can also flex their creative arts skills by joining the 3-D Art, Painting or Music clubs.

School Age Activities

  • Identifying components of different kinds of poems, like haikus, acrostics and limericks, then composing a poem of their own.
  • Reading books in the Book Club and participating in discussions about the characters and events in each book.
  • Learning what the “hook” of a book means and practicing writing hooks of their own.
  • Discussing how illustrations can help tell a story and practice drawing their own.
  • Studying different types of comedy, like improv and stand-up, and writing their own knock-knock jokes.
  • Learning about famous sculptors and making their own sculptures out of foil, play dough and pipe cleaners.
  • Learning to play songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on the xylophone.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Identify components of different kinds of poems, like haikus, acrostics and limericks, then compose a poem of their own.
  • Read books together, then discuss the actions of the characters in the stories.
  • Talk about their favorite stories then have them draw a picture to illustrate the story.
  • Work together to write knock-knock jokes.

Health & Fitness

Focus: Reinforcing healthy habits, including nutritious snacking and physical activity.

Before and/or after school, students can learn about nutrition and fitness, while enjoying healthy snacks and fun activities. The healthy choices children make now inform their healthy decisions later in life.

School Age Activities

  • Refining gross motor skills by playing a friendly game of H-O-R-S-E on the basketball court.
  • Participating in various track and field events, like racing and softball shot put.
  • Learning how to dribble a soccer ball while running.
  • Identifying healthy foods and discussing why certain foods provide more nutrition.
  • Playing a game of limbo to practice flexibility.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Play a friendly game of H-O-R-S-E on the basketball court.
  • Help your child learn how to dribble a soccer ball.
  • Identify healthy foods and discuss why certain foods provide more nutrition.
  • Play a game of Limbo to practice flexibility.

Character EssentialsSM

Focus: Our Character EssentialsSM is integrated throughout the Creative Explorers curriculum, fostering cooperation among the school-age students.

The small-group environment allows teachers to help children understand our society so they can develop into adults who respect others and get involved in their communities.

School Age Activities

  • Learning about dependability by participating in a group project in which everyone has specific tasks to complete.
  • Learning about respect by having family members talk to the class about traditions and celebrations, then compiling photos, recipes and other noteworthy information into a Cultures of our Classroom book.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Help your child learn about dependability by coming up with a family project in which everyone has a specific task to complete.
  • Have your child interview grandparents or other family members about traditions and celebrations they remember from growing up.

Science Club

Focus: Encouraging curiosity and investigation to find out how or why something happens.

Your child can pursue a passion for science by creating and participating in hands-on experiments in clubs devoted to Discovery, Environmental Science, Zoology and other subjects.

Activities

  • Using jars, gloves and shovels to take soil samples and comparing them.
  • Planning and creating a garden for the Academy.
  • Reading about then identifying the characteristics of insects using a magnifying glass and bug boxes.
  • Bird-watching with binoculars and a bird guide.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Use jars, gloves and shovels to take soil samples from your yard and compare them.
  • Plan and plant a family garden.
  • Read “The Insect Book” and identify the characteristics of insects using a magnifying glass and bug boxes.
  • Go bird-watching, using binoculars and a bird guide.

Technology Club

Focus: Building technology into the day as a natural extension of learning.

Children use tools such as interactive white boards, tablets and computers as they create projects in the Filmmakers Club, Photographers Club, Publisher’s Club and Web Designers Club.

Activities

  • Using templates to design a website.
  • Learning how to use a digital camera and then completing a scavenger hunt outside, taking pictures of each item needed to complete the checklist.
  • Using photos to create a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class.

Learn On®

Learning continues beyond the classroom. Here are some easy projects you can do to extend learning into your home.

  • Do a scavenger hunt with a digital camera, taking pictures of each item on the list.
  • Help your child create a PowerPoint presentation.

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How Life Essentials is different

Questions? Answers.

Explore some of the most frequently asked questions from parents of school-age children.

Q. What if my child gets sick?
A. We’ll call you or a designated adult from your Emergency Information Form so that your child can be picked up as soon as possible from the Academy. While waiting to be picked up, your child will rest quietly, away from other children.
Q. What policies are Academies required to have in place to address safety?
A. Our facilities and outdoor play areas are required to have secure entries and exits that are maintained by an electronic entry system. Only individuals authorized by you are allowed to pick up your child from the Academy. All employees are required to have undergone background checks prior to employment.
Q. Are meals provided?
A. If your child will be with us all day, we provide an assortment of healthy, age-appropriate meals and snacks. If your child will be with us for just before/and or after school care, we will provide healthy, age-appropriate snacks.
Q. What if my child has allergies?
A. Due to the high number of children with peanut allergies, we do not serve peanut products. If your child has a specific allergy, please list them on our dietary restriction letter so that we can make appropriate food substitutions.
Q. What are teacher qualifications?
A. All Kiddie Academy teachers must meet or exceed the state requirements for child care providers and are required to receive ongoing professional training annually. We also require background checks through local, county, state and/or federal agencies prior to employment.
Q. What is your discipline policy?
A. We do not use physical or verbal punishment under any circumstances. We use positive guidance and re-direction to acknowledge children’s feelings and emotions and provide them with social scripts, problem-solving techniques, self-calming activities and choices and activities geared toward their interests.
Q. What will my child be doing?
A. Our before-school students can use their time to play, read quietly, exercise or interact with friends. After school, students can participate in our club programs, where they can explore topics that interest them. Check with your Academy to find out which clubs they offer.
Q. Can I drop in to observe?
A. Yes. We endorse an open-door policy and encourage families to visit at any time.
Q. Do you have parent-teacher conferences?
A. Yes. We schedule family/teacher conferences each year to discuss your child’s progress, but you can request a conference with the Director at any time.
Q. Do you take the children outdoors?
A. Yes, weather permitting, we take children outside daily. Children should be dressed appropriately for playing on our playground or taking group walks.
Q. How do you use technology in learning?
A. Kiddie Academy teachers use technology as learning tools and a means of communication. We feel it’s important to teach children how to use devices they will encounter in school, so they are given opportunities to use them for educational play and research. The use of televisions or computers for passive viewing is not part of Kiddie Academy’s curriculum.
Q. What is Kiddie Academy doing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
A. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kiddie Academy already followed strict practices for health and cleaning that met or exceeded state and local standards. Since the coronavirus outbreak, we have implemented Health Essentials, a set of enhanced protocols based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for social distancing, disinfection, wellness education and symptom monitoring. The goal of Health Essentials is to uphold the highest level of health precautions and cleanliness for proper child care delivery.

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