Casa Kidz focuses on developmentally appropriate activities throughout the day. Owner Adriana is an avid traveler and believes a multicultural approach provides an enriching experience especially for young children.
Activities at Casa Kidz include:
Reading Corner/Circle Time - We read books and encourage talking by asking open-ended questions about the stories we read, the weather, family, friends, their neighborhood, show and tell sharing and more.
Spanish and Italian Lessons – Adriana was born in Costa Rica and is a credentialed, trilingual teacher with over thirteen years experience. Spanish and Italian are taught in a fun, interactive manner.
Active play, sensory play, block play - Rainbow School Parachutes encourage noncompetitive cooperative play. Sensory shapes, Kinetic Sand, Theraputty help develop tactile sense. Block play allows children to practice problem solving, develop perception skills and explore basic math and science.
Singing and Dancing to Rhymes and Music from different parts of the world. Singing songs and dancing is intrinsically enjoyable to children and educators alike.
Role Play - Children role play using kitchen sets, dolls, stuffed toys, dress-up clothes, pretend food etc. We also put on a theatrical performance with the kids taking various parts. Through these activities they learn to share and develop their social skills. This also enhances their cognitive development.
LakeShore Learning Material - Casa Kidz has purchased brand new, top-of-the-line Lakeshore Learning preschool furniture, games, materials and toys.
Arts and Crafts – Casa Kidz is unique in that we have a dedicated, brand new art studio where children can draw directly on the walls with child appropriate liquid chalk. Children also create collages, use a variety of paint material, draw with Crayons and enjoy sticking tearing, gluing and working with Playdough. These activities develop fine motor skills and help the children express their feelings.
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) - Young children are natural learners and scientists. As educators, we have a deep love of learning and encourage exploring the natural world with our children. LakeShore STEM science stations, problem solving kits and design/build engineering centers are part of our science corner. Charts are used which help children learn and develop mathematical concepts. We play counting and classification games to encourage logical thinking, number and alphabet recognition and more. Our volunteer biologist Lia leads these fun, exploratory sessions.
Outdoor Activities/Casa Kidz Village - We’ve built Casa Kidz Village - playhouses and farm stands sized for children. We encourage make believe and the kids love to pretend shop and cook. Children play on slides, a climbing gym, trucks and tricycles. This helps them stretch their muscles and develop motor skills. We own a large commercial grade bouncy and inflate this during nice weather. And yoga is practiced in our meditation garden.
Daily Written Communication with Parents – we provide a customized, written summary of each child’s day at Casa Kidz including activities, any snacks provided, social interactions and how their day went.