Whole Child Enrichment Programs

Each day will be a stimulating, busy, warm and positive experience for your child. The curriculum is child centered and developed to use your child’s interest and curiosity as the bridge to learning. Our curriculum fosters development in self-expression, creativity, independence, decision making, imagination, and self-esteem with learning as fun and positive peer interaction, a natural occurrence. A multi-sensory and challenging approach is used at Inspire! to promote learning.

 

Whole Child Enrichment Programs

First and foremost is that your child is safe, cared for, with sincere kindness, warmth, hugs, and smiles each day so they can not wait to come to Inspire! and do not want to leave!

Inspire’s program differentiators where you will not find at other centers are:

  • Whole Child Enrichment across 9 Key Development Areas in each program
  • 52 week objective based curriculum, using themed sessions
  • Each child has an Individual Enrichment Path
  • Using the best of learning through focused play as well as literacy and mathematical tools for early education
  • A focus on fun and engagement every day. Children do not even realize they are in a learning environment

Each program whether it be Infant, Toddler, PreSchool, PreK, Kindergarten Enhancement, School-Age wrap, or Camp Journey, will have nine (9) Key Development Areas (KDAs) listed below:

  • Self Expression through all mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpting, cooking, movement, puppets, music, drama, dance, and art.
  • Self-Development and Awareness through interactions with others and how a child recognizes themselves as an individual – how they dress themselves, use the potty, play in groups, possession, etc.
  • Speech and Language through hearing and understanding, games, songs, babbling to talking, saying words, stringing words together.
  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills through dance, yoga, outdoor play, competitive sports, fine motor games, puzzles and manipulative materials.
  • Cognitive Awareness through individual and multiple sensory activities, spatial relationship play, and artistic endeavors.
  • Social & Emotional through spontaneous, guided and dramatic play, games, small and large group activities and cooperative learning centers.
  • Writing and Reading Readiness through a proprietary curriculum, Inspire to Write, children leverage fine motor skills to the basics and advancement of writing and reading.
  • STEM through measuring, counting, sorting, sequencing, manipulative games and observation of plants, small animals, nature, sand and water play, and classroom experiments.
  • Wellness through physical education, health awareness and positive behaviors that promote healthy living

This multi-layer approach is a true differentiator and a unique way your child will learn and develop at Inspire!. Unlike most childcare/daycare providers which offer just babysitting to some with early education, Inspire! takes a highly dynamic approach in a 52 week curriculum that is themed-based and covers these nine KDAs. This is accomplished through many activities that keep your child highly engaged through play, games, and simply fun activities with purpose. Our Teachers who all have degree backgrounds, including Masters and Bachelors, focus on your child as an individual.

Each child has an Individual Enrichment Path (IEP) created in concert with Parents to ensure that they have individual focus on areas that are important both to their development as well as parents desire. These IEPs are referenced daily to ensure your child’s development. The curriculum is objective-based curriculum, that span across all 9 Key Development Areas. We use themes throughout the year to further engage our children.

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Whole Child Enrichment

Hover over one of the 9 Key Development Areas to the left to see the curriculum objectives for that age range.

Self-Exploration: School-Age

  • Accountability for ones actions
  • Develops limits
  • Able to control emotions
  • Expression feelings
  • Active listening

Self-Awareness & Development: School-Age

  • Awareness of gender
  • Shows concern & empathy for others
  • Problem-solving (socially)
  • Can tell what is real/make-believe

Cognitive: School-Age

  • Eagerness to learn
  • Pay attention for up to 20 min.
  • Retelling of stories
  • Sequence events
  • How and why questions

Fine & Gross Motor: School-Age

  • Holding pencils & crayons correctly
  • Sequence of movements
  • Can cut straight and wavy lines
  • Stacking and coloring objects neatly and accurately.

Physical & Arts: School-Age

  • Hops and skips
  • Balance on one foot
  • Somersaults
  • Tumbling
  • Draws people with body parts, copies shapes by looking or memory
  • Tracing

Social & Emotional: School-Age

  • Wants to please friends
  • Wants to be like friends
  • Aids in figuring out what they like and instilling confidence in those choices.

Math & Science: School-Age

  • Recognition of numbers 1-100
  • Grouping numbers, counting by 5’s, 10’s, 20
  • Understanding of presenting problems and trying to find solutions

Speech & Language: School-Age

  • Recognition of letters & sounds
  • Grouping syllables
  • Phonics of vowels & consonants
  • Confidence in attempting to put letters together making words.

Literacy – Read & Write: School-Age

  • Writing & reading both upper & lower case
  • Formation of full thoughts in sentences
  • Punctuation
  • Expressing thoughts
  • Retelling a story in proper sequence

Self-Exploration: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Starts to take accountability for actions
  • Beginning to control emotions
  • Calms self down after outburst

Self-Awareness & Development: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Can be in control of feelings
  • Begins to show empathy for others
  • Self-help skills (tying shoes)
  • Growing independence

Cognitive: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Problem-solving (how something works)
  • Representational thought (symbols: stop sign means stop)
  • Cause & Effect

Fine & Gross Motor: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Balance (on one foot)
  • Use writing/drawing tools & scissors with control
  • Cutting on lines with little mistakes

Physical & Arts: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Process Art (collage, printmaking, sculptures)
  • Listens and creates music
  • Shows steady and keep rhythm
  • Can independently color, cut & paste items

Social & Emotional: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Engages in social interaction positively
  • Expresses emotions
  • Can transition, engages in cooperative pretend play
  • Sharing

Math & Science: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Number sense & counting
  • Identify & draw shapes
  • Sorting & patterning
  • Experiments (predict, & record results)

Speech & Language: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Expressive & receptive vocabulary>
  • Listening & speaking
  • Telling and retelling a story in logical sequence
  • Animated while speaking
  • Responds to open ended questions
  • Speaks in clear sentences

Literacy – Read & Write: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Print concepts
  • Knowledge of books & print
  • Name recognition (visual)
  • Writing skills (name)
  • Sequence of events
  • Writing the alphabet (upper case)
  • Emerging letter (upper & lower case)

Self-Exploration: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Starts to take accountability for actions
  • Beginning to control emotions
  • Calms self down after outburst

Self-Awareness & Development: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Can be in control of feelings
  • Begins to show empathy for others
  • Self-help skills (tying shoes)
  • Growing independence

Cognitive: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Problem-solving (how something works)
  • Representational thought (symbols: stop sign means stop)
  • Cause & Effect

Fine & Gross Motor: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Balance (on one foot)
  • Use writing/drawing tools & scissors with control
  • Cutting on lines with little mistakes

Physical & Arts: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Process Art (collage, printmaking, sculptures)
  • Listens and creates music
  • Shows steady and keep rhythm
  • Can independently color, cut & paste items

Social & Emotional: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Engages in social interaction positively
  • Expresses emotions
  • Can transition, engages in cooperative pretend play
  • Sharing

Math & Science: Pre-Kindergarten

  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Number sense & counting
  • Identify & draw shapes
  • Sorting & patterning
  • Experiments (predict, & record results)

Speech & Language: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Expressive & receptive vocabulary>
  • Listening & speaking
  • Telling and retelling a story in logical sequence
  • Animated while speaking
  • Responds to open ended questions
  • Speaks in clear sentences

Literacy – Read & Write: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Print concepts
  • Knowledge of books & print
  • Name recognition (visual)
  • Writing skills (name)
  • Sequence of events
  • Writing the alphabet (upper case)
  • Emerging letter (upper & lower case)

Self-Exploration: Pre-School

  • Beginning stages of understanding accountability for actions
  • Talks about emotions
  • Trying new things that may be different

Self-Awareness & Development: Pre-School

  • Intermediate stages of self control (frustration)
  • Self-help skills (dressing)
  • Interacts with peers in positive ways
  • Displays manners (please, thank you, excuse me)

Cognitive: Pre-School

  • Problem-solving (how to make something work)
  • Representational thought (A is for apple)
  • Cause & Effect (what happens when I do this?)

Fine & Gross Motor: Pre-School

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Beginning tripod grip (pencil, crayon)
  • Skipping
  • Galloping
  • Geginner puzzles
  • Learning correct hold of scissors
  • Practice cutting lines

Physical & Arts: Pre-School

  • Process Art (clay, collages)
  • Using paint brushes, crayons, & markers
  • Beginning steady beat and keeping rhythm
  • Can begin to independently color, cut & paste items

Social & Emotional: Pre-School

  • Engages in social interactions
  • Expresses emotions (all)
  • Engages in pretend play (along or with others)
  • Begins to understand transitions and how to cope

Math & Science: Pre-School

  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Number sense & counting
  • Identify & draw shapes
  • Sorting
  • Patterning
  • Experiments (will this rock sink or float?)

Speech & Language: Pre-School

  • Expressive & receptive vocabulary
  • Listening & speaking
  • Beginning stages of telling and retelling a story
  • Use of animation while speaking
  • Responds to open ended questions

Literacy – Read & Write: Pre-School

  • Print concepts
  • Knowledge of books & print
  • Name recognition (visual)
  • Pre-writing skills (lines & curves)
  • Sequence of events

Self-Exploration: Toddler

  • Identify body parts (ears, knees, belly)
  • Further exploration of surroundings
  • Trying new things (foods)

Self-Awareness & Development: Toddler

  • Beginning stages of self control (frustration)
  • Self-help skills (potty training)
  • Begins to play with friends

Cognitive: Toddler

  • Problem-solving (how something works)
  • Sorting
  • Begins to understand and follow simple directions (sit in chair)

Fine & Gross Motor: Toddler

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Hand strength & grasp
  • Running
  • Climbing and jumping
  • Beginning to move with balance

Physical & Arts: Toddler

  • Creativity-process art, scribbling, color recognition
  • Creative movement
  • Tries to keep steady beat
  • Enjoys fingers painting and messy activities

Social & Emotional: Toddler

  • Begins to identify feelings
  • Interacts with adults & peers
  • Engages in pretend play
  • Parallel play
  • Use of manners

Math & Science: Toddler

  • Use senses to explore
  • Identifying body parts
  • Shape & color recognition
  • Number sense (more/less, empty/full)

Speech & Language: Toddler

  • Intermediate stage of social communication (I want)
  • Repetition of words
  • Tone recognition (positive vs. negative)
  • Book knowledge and enjoyment of story

Literacy – Read & Write: Toddler

  • Beginning stages of comprehension & listening skills
  • Uses scribbling as writing
  • Looks at books and turns pages

Self-Exploration: Infant

  • Basic body awareness
  • Curiosity
  • Trying new things
  • Exploring surroundings

Self-Awareness & Development: Infant

  • Self-soothing skills
  • Independence
  • Self-recognition (recognize self in mirror)

Cognitive: Infant

  • Problem solving (navigation of space)
  • Object permanence (peek-a-boo)
  • Cause and effect

Fine & Gross Motor: Infant

  • Holding head up
  • Sitting
  • Crawling
  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Finger manipulation
  • Grasping
  • Balance

Physical & Arts: Infant

  • 5 Senses explore materials related to them (smell: lemon)
  • Moves and wiggles to music
  • Enjoys making music
  • Dramatic movements (hello/goodbye)

Social & Emotional: Infant

  • Develops attachment
  • Trust and security
  • Expresses emotion to get needs met
  • Begins to recognize family in pictures

Math & Science: Infant

  • Uses senses to explore nature (touch: grass)
  • Sensory play
  • Collections and patterns (big & small)
  • Spatial relationships

Speech & Language: Infant

  • Beginning stages of social communication
  • Imitation of sounds
  • Basic sign language
  • Simple directions
  • Enjoyment of stories
  • Understands simple directions (no, sit in chair)

Literacy – Read & Write: Infant

  • Sound imitation
  • Enjoyment of stories
  • Starts to say one or more words
  • Begins to use words to make theirs

Infants

Our teachers are trained to elicit each toddler’s initial expressions of empathy and mutual respect. Through patience and positive modeling, the teachers will consistently use sensitive verbal and non-verbal communication to encourage the emergence of appropriate language and reactions.

Your child will develop individually according to their own pace, as characterized by their particular leaps, plateaus and seemingly overnight changes and accomplishments. Our teachers will guide and inspire your child by ensuring a safe and emotionally supportive environment. Teachers consistently designing a broad array of stimulating experiences, within a reliable framework of structure and routine, are the essential elements contributing to the quality of our Toddler Program. Our teachers believe that strong listening skills and respect for different perspectives create effective communication with parents and a positive environment for toddlers.

Interaction

The teachers will constantly surround your child with expressive and receptive language stimulation during cuddling, feeding, diapering and play time. Their motor development will be promoted through teacher interaction and time spent using one of our many pieces of infant equipment and interactive toys. We believe that your infant’s social emotional maturity is essential for the emergence of all other developmental areas and consider its development a primary responsibility of ours. To stimulate development our teachers balance two key roles; interacting and observing.

Schedules

Your infant will determine their own specific eating, sleeping, diapering and play schedule. Changes and adaptations will also be decided by them. We attempt to follow home schedules as closely as possible. Eventually their sleeping, meals, and bottles will resemble more mature habits. They will decide when and we will encourage their blossoming.

Teachers

Our teachers will offer your infant a variety of sensory motor activities each day involving music, movement, language and exploration as an integral part of their day. We believe that infants need and prosper from both novel experiences and repeated exposure to familiar persons, toys and situations. We incorporate a blend of stimulating new events within the security of a daily routine to achieve this. Your infant will be given an abundance of opportunities for socialization, physical interaction, encouragement and movement in a safe, clean predictable environment.

Program

The teachers follow a brain based curriculum. Since childrens’ brains work best within a context of healthy relationships our warm, consistent, responsive care fosters brain growth and development to emerge as nature planned. The teachers devote time connecting with each infant individually to learn to read their cues, observe their interests and abilities and to engage verbally and most importantly physically cuddle.

Spaces

We have designed 3 different classroom spaces in the Infant area to more adequately focus on their ever-changing, dynamic cognitive, social, language, motor needs and development. Our unique, separate sleeping area will enable your infant to rest more peacefully. Our teachers establish and facilitate daily communication with parents and consistently integrate their input and requests. It’s our Parent and Teacher Partnership that makes our Infant Program uniquely superior to others.

Communication

Your infant’s teacher will share developmental information in a variety of ways. This now includes e-daily sheets that collect a great deal of information throughout the day from feedings, to naps to changings and more.  This means that you will be constantly informed throughout the day, keeping you involved in your child’s activities.

Toddlers

Your toddler will explore the sights, sounds, smells and textures of their ever-changing world within our classrooms. We recognize the value of capitalizing on their inquisitive, fearless nature and design our curriculum to enhance their curiosities and promote their independence.

Let's Explore

Our teachers are trained to elicit each toddler’s initial expressions of empathy and mutual respect. Through patience and positive modeling, the teachers will consistently use sensitive verbal and non-verbal communication to encourage the emergence of appropriate language and reactions.

Your child will develop individually according to their own pace, as characterized by their particular leaps, plateaus and seemingly overnight changes and accomplishments. Our teachers will guide and inspire your child by ensuring a safe and emotionally supportive environment. Teachers consistently designing a broad array of stimulating experiences, within a reliable framework of structure and routine, are the essential elements contributing to the quality of our Toddler Program. Our teachers believe that strong listening skills and respect for different perspectives create effective communication with parents and a positive environment for toddlers.

Teachers Get Involved

Our teachers are trained to elicit each toddler’s initial expressions of empathy and mutual respect. Through patience and positive modeling, the teachers will consistently use sensitive verbal and non-verbal communication to encourage the emergence of appropriate language and reactions.

Your child will develop individually according to their own pace, as characterized by their particular leaps, plateaus and seemingly overnight changes and accomplishments. Our teachers will guide and inspire your child by ensuring a safe and emotionally supportive environment. Teachers consistently designing a broad array of stimulating experiences, within a reliable framework of structure and routine, are the essential elements contributing to the quality of our Toddler Program. Our teachers believe that strong listening skills and respect for different perspectives create effective communication with parents and a positive environment for toddlers.

Preschool

Your Preschool child is an explorer, inventor, scientist, performer, artist, negotiator, wizard and best friend; sometimes every day. Our Preschool teachers understand the importance of stretching your child’s mind beyond the present while continuing to build upon the security of familiarity.

We view your child as a unique person with an individual learning style, attributes, needs, inclinations and growth patterns. A recognition and appreciation for individual talent, preferences and differences are central to our education philosophy and success in promoting growth in all areas for our children.

Enhanced Individual Learning

Our teachers are trained to elicit each toddler’s initial expressions of empathy and mutual respect. Through patience and positive modeling, the teachers will consistently use sensitive verbal and non-verbal communication to encourage the emergence of appropriate language and reactions.

Your child will develop individually according to their own pace, as characterized by their particular leaps, plateaus and seemingly overnight changes and accomplishments. Our teachers will guide and inspire your child by ensuring a safe and emotionally supportive environment. Teachers consistently designing a broad array of stimulating experiences, within a reliable framework of structure and routine, are the essential elements contributing to the quality of our Toddler Program. Our teachers believe that strong listening skills and respect for different perspectives create effective communication with parents and a positive environment for toddlers.

Pre-Kindergarten

Our teachers are trained to elicit each toddler’s initial expressions of empathy and mutual respect. Through patience and positive modeling, the teachers will consistently use sensitive verbal and non-verbal communication to encourage the emergence of appropriate language and reactions.

Your child will develop individually according to their own pace, as characterized by their particular leaps, plateaus and seemingly overnight changes and accomplishments. Our teachers will guide and inspire your child by ensuring a safe and emotionally supportive environment. Teachers consistently designing a broad array of stimulating experiences, within a reliable framework of structure and routine, are the essential elements contributing to the quality of our Toddler Program. Our teachers believe that strong listening skills and respect for different perspectives create effective communication with parents and a positive environment for toddlers.

 

School Age

Our teachers are trained to elicit each toddler’s initial expressions of empathy and mutual respect. Through patience and positive modeling, the teachers will consistently use sensitive verbal and non-verbal communication to encourage the emergence of appropriate language and reactions.

Your child will develop individually according to their own pace, as characterized by their particular leaps, plateaus and seemingly overnight changes and accomplishments. Our teachers will guide and inspire your child by ensuring a safe and emotionally supportive environment. Teachers consistently designing a broad array of stimulating experiences, within a reliable framework of structure and routine, are the essential elements contributing to the quality of our Toddler Program. Our teachers believe that strong listening skills and respect for different perspectives create effective communication with parents and a positive environment for toddlers.

CAMP JOURNEY

Our teachers are trained to elicit each toddler’s initial expressions of empathy and mutual respect. Through patience and positive modeling, the teachers will consistently use sensitive verbal and non-verbal communication to encourage the emergence of appropriate language and reactions.

Your child will develop individually according to their own pace, as characterized by their particular leaps, plateaus and seemingly overnight changes and accomplishments. Our teachers will guide and inspire your child by ensuring a safe and emotionally supportive environment. Teachers consistently designing a broad array of stimulating experiences, within a reliable framework of structure and routine, are the essential elements contributing to the quality of our Toddler Program. Our teachers believe that strong listening skills and respect for different perspectives create effective communication with parents and a positive environment for toddlers.

Session One: June 25 - July 6

PIONEER DAYS

  • Welcome to Camp Journey 2018!
  • Nature learning & exploration
  • Field trip to Genesee Country Village and Museum
  • Field Trip to Mendon Ponds and The Chick-a-dee Trails
  • Start our time capsules!

Session Two: July 9- July 20

CALLING ALL WARRIORS!

  • Calling all Warriors! Let’s see your energy!
  • Time to focus on exercise, staying active and being healthy.
  • Field trip to The Warrior Factory
  • Trampoline Park (Sky Zone or Altitude)
  • Time Capsule Creations

Session Three: July 23 - Aug 3

WET AND WILD

  • Let’s enjoy the best part of the summer—the water!
  • Field trip to the Beach
  • Field trip to Roseland Water Park
  • Time Capsule Creations

Session Four: Aug 6 - Aug 17

EXPLORING COMMUNITY

  • Let’s stay local! We’ll visit our parks, eat picnic lunches and talk about our neighborhoods.
  • Field trip to Seneca Park Zoo
  • Field trip to The Strong Museum of Play
  • Time Capsule Creations

Session Five: Aug 20 - Aug 31

BIRDS AND BATS

  • We want to explore some more moments with nature and get active before we go back to school.
  • Reveal our time capsules created throughout summer camp as we take a trip back in time. 
  • Field trip to The Conservatory
  • Field trip to Total Sports Experience
  • End of Summer Family Picnic!