We understand that deciding where your child will attend daycare and preschool is a big decision. This takes time and careful consideration because you want to know that your children are in the best hands possible. Many parents may even wonder what kind of values and curriculum these facilities are teaching their children.
There are many pre-made curricula and programs available that childcare facilities use, but they essentially fall into two categories: play-based and academic.
At Cornerstone Academy (CSA) in Kenosha, we operate a little differently. We have our own curriculum that combines academic and play-based learning, whereas other centers use pre-made programs. Read on to learn more about how CSA’s curriculum differs from that of other childcare facilities.
How CSA Is Different From the Rest
We are proud to offer a curriculum that is designed to help your little ones get the most out of their daycare experience. With a variety of activities and educational opportunities, our curriculum is designed to help children safely learn, grow, and have fun.
We believe that every child should be given the opportunity to explore their interests, and we do this with the 4 Cs in mind: compassion, confidence, carefulness, and commitment.
- Compassion: We are sympathetic to ALL children and understand that each one has individual needs. Our teachers and staff deeply care for each child which is evident in our ability to foster a child’s growth.
- Confidence: It is important to us to provide a creative and inclusive space that fosters security for your children. We want families to feel confident in who their children are being left with.
- Carefulness: It is our duty to provide a safe environment for all children in our care. We take the necessary steps to communicate with parents about any concerns or incidents. We prepare and train our staff for the safety of your children.
- Commitment: Our dedication to each one of our families is evident in our commitment. Not only do we provide a learning and nurturing environment, but we are also here to listen and discuss anything parents bring to our attention. This relationship goes beyond daycare to make sure our families are a high priority for us and our staff.
CSA Curriculum Breakdown
Keeping your kiddos active and engaged revolves around letting their creative juices flow through movement! Movement is an important element of any child’s development.
Through physical activities, children can develop motor skills and learn social skills such as communication, cooperation, and teamwork. Your kids can enjoy group games, music, and playground activities. CSA offers two hours of outdoor play from April through October and one hour of outdoor play from November through March.
Helping to guide children in their social development is such a crucial part of growing up. At CSA, they can begin to form friendships, become aware of their emotions and other children’s emotions, and contribute to classroom routines.
These activities help children to develop relationships, build empathy, and understand their roles in a group setting. Social development also helps to build self-confidence and self-esteem, which are important for a child’s success in the classroom and beyond.
We teach our kiddos new vocabulary and engage them in constant activities that require understanding directions. We also expose children to all the letters and numbers while they listen to fun stories and even get to retell them on their own to practice language development.
Through activities designed to promote language skills, children can develop their ability to express themselves and to understand others. This helps to build communication skills, which are essential in building relationships and fostering a sense of understanding. By teaching children to use language effectively, the CSA curriculum provides them with a foundation for life-long learning.
Children get to explore various interests in the classroom by learning through play. Many subjects of imaginative play help children and their peers practice their storytelling skills, develop empathy, and learn to think outside the box.
CSA gives 1.5 hours of directed choice play to explore imagination.
We help our children explore the world beyond academics through various senses, art materials, colors, shapes, and textures. Children can learn to express themselves in many different art projects we have, as they provide children with an opportunity to explore their creative side and gain an understanding of the world around them.
Art also helps to foster communication and collaboration, as it encourages children to work together to create something meaningful and to express their ideas.
As much as we love to help out our little ones, it is very important that we help teach them skills of self-sufficiency, such as washing their hands, toilet training, self-feeding, undressing/redressing, and putting items away.
Through activities designed to foster independence and autonomy, children can learn to take control of their own actions and make small decisions.
Voted Best Daycare in Kenosha
We’re proud to say we’re at the top of the list here in Kenosha for positive online reviews on Google and Yelp! One of our goals is to be one of the best daycare centers, not only for our facility but also for our dedicated staff and curriculum.
It’s not so we get awarded for being one of the best, but it’s important to us to know the families of our children trust us and can rely on us.
Come Visit Us
Parents should feel more than secure about where they are sending their children. Sometimes this involves actually touring multiple places before committing, and we totally agree with this. If Cornerstone Academy has piqued your interest and you would like to see us in action teaching our kiddos, come stop in for a tour!
We promise to make ourselves available anytime to provide you with a complete tour of our daycare. Simply stop in and check out our facility, or if you’d rather schedule a tour, feel free to give us a call at 262-552-5368.
- What is your approach to discipline?
- For ages under 2, we redirect the child or take them out of the room for a walk. If the child is 2 and older, we implement time out for 2 or 3 minutes when needed, we redirect or we may remove the child from the room to cool down.
- How do you get notified if your child is sick?
- In order to keep our children, staff, and families as healthy as possible, we require children with a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, or contagious disease to be sent home. We call and/or email parents to pick up children if we see signs/symptoms of sickness while in care.
- Are snacks and meals provided?
- Cornerstone provides a 9AM snack and 2:30PM snack and a 5:30PM Snack. Parents provide lunch. Lunch can be cold or warmups. Please refrain from bringing easy mac. We ask that those items be prepared ahead of time so we can just warm them up. Please notify us of any allergies.
- What if someone other than my partner or I have to pick up my child?
- In order to protect your child, we require that you provide the names of any individual who has permission to pick up your child. We require advance notice from you when someone other than those listed on the pickup list will be picking up your child. We will check identification to assure the name you give us matches the name on the ID. If we have any questions or concerns, we ask that you are available via cell phone to provide confirmation.