Ready, Set, Go

About our Preschool in Elkhorn, NE

At Kiddie Academy®, we know that your 4-year-old is ready for the next challenge. We provide the motivation and guidance to build on their momentum and prepare them for school.

Our Ready, Set, Go program enables learning experiences where your 4-year-old’s creativity can thrive in an environment that encourages curiosity and exploration.

Day in the Life of Preschoolers at Kiddie Academy

Find out what a day at Kiddie Academy looks like for your preschooler.

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Language Arts & Literacy

Focus: Helping your child become a confident communicator.

We make learning fun and engaging with books, poems, songs and stories – helping your child make connections between letters and words, words and sentences.


  • Reading aloud and discussing rhyming words.
  • Learning animal sounds by playing animal-sound bingo.
  • Learning weather words like “sunny” and “rainy” in English and Spanish.
  • Using a pencil to write out the name of a favorite zoo animal and drawing a picture of it.

Learn On®

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

  • Read “The Cat in the Hat” and talk about rhyming words.
  • Play Animal-Sound Bingo to learn about the sounds different animals make.
  • Have your child write the name of a favorite animal then draw a picture of it.


Focus: Recognizing relationships among numbers, numerals and quantities.

We help your 4-year-old see how things relate to one another by helping them identify and describe attributes and patterns in objects. They start to understand the concept of addition as putting together or adding to, and subtraction as taking apart or taking away.


  • Playing interactive games on the Smart Table to identify number sequences.
  • Cutting numbers out of magazines, gluing them on poster paper to make a collage, then asking the children to talk about the numbers they found.
  • Spinning a spinner and saying the number it stops on, then counting out coins and blocks to create a set of that number.

Learn On®

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

  • Help your child cut numbers out of a magazine, then make a collage and talk about the numbers they found.
  • Pick a number for your child, then have them count out coins or blocks to create a set of that number.


Focus: Investigating and learning concepts about living things and the environment.

With their teacher’s encouragement, your child will lead the way in learning about people, animals, plants, the Earth and outer space. Teachers also instruct your 4-year-old how to use the appropriate tools and technology in their investigations.


  • Using standard measuring tools to make slime from scratch.
  • Reading to learn about properties of liquids and solids, then having fun melting ice in various ways.
  • Experimenting to see what objects are magnetic and non-magnetic.

Learn On®

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

  • Help your child make homemade slime, using standard measuring tools.
  • Read “Sid the Kid: Why Did My Ice Pop Melt?” to learn about properties of liquids and solids.
  • Read “What Makes a Magnet?” then experiment to see what objects are magnetic and non-magnetic.

Social & Emotional Development

Focus: Discovering what’s unique about themselves and others.

We empower your 4-year-old to begin forming friendships and identifying feelings.


  • Working with classmates to put on a puppet show in the Dramatic Play center.
  • Reading and talking about how friendships are made.

Learn On®

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

  • Read “Will It Be a Baby Brother?” to learn about the arrival of a baby.
  • Work with your child to put on a puppet show for family and friends.
  • Read “The Rainbow Fish” and discuss how friendships are made.

Gross & Fine Motor Development

Focus: Gaining strength, control and coordination as your child’s muscles grow and develop.

We provide your 4-year-old with fun ways to build muscle control, with indoor activities designed to increase fine motor development and outdoor activities focused on movement and balance.


  • Practicing balance, control and coordination while playing with a giant parachute as a class.
  • Performing fine motor tasks
  • Playing shadow tag and ring toss on the playground.

Learn On®

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

  • Play with a flashlight, turning it on and off and taking it apart to see how the parts work together.
  • Play Ring Toss to help develop coordination.
  • Play outside so that your child can run, jump and climb.

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How Life Essentials is different

Questions? Answers.

Explore some of the most frequently asked questions from parents of 4-year-olds.

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. Do I need to pack a lunch?
A. No. Kiddie Academy’s family-style dining program is an integral part of our curriculum and learning. We provide an assortment of healthy, age-appropriate foods and snacks for the children to eat each day. Menus will be posted so that you can see what is being served.
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. At this age, your child is eager to learn new things and make new friends. Our teachers will encourage your 4-year-old to work at their own pace, taking advantage of opportunities to discover in our learning centers. The child will continue to work on social/emotional development, gross and fine motor development, language arts and literacy, mathematics and science.
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 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.
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