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Foundations Child Care & School Blog

Foundations School blog covers a range of topics relating to the care and education of young children, with special focus on development, brain research, and progressive education.

Searching For A Daycare: What Matters Most?

Searching for a daycare for your child can be an overwhelming  task for families. From knowing what “bells and whistles” you are looking for, to finding something within your budget or close to your home — how do you choose what matters most when the list of “requirements” is a mile long? Did you know that there are over 40 daycare centers in the Kennesaw area alone? That is 40 different centers you could potentially tour, interview & access for the needs of your child and family. The good news is that there are a few tried and true things parents should consider when selecting a daycare center. How long has the center been in business and what is their reputation? Looking for a center that has been around for several years might seem like a no-brainer, but when it comes to a “shiny & new” building, sometimes longevity takes a back seat. A recent study from USA Today revealed that only 20% of new businesses survive past their first year. Around half of all businesses no longer exist after

Growing Child Care Center In Kennesaw, GA

Since opening in 2004, Foundations For The Future School has maintained steady growth and expansion, in an industry that is often filled with numerous options for families. The teachers and administrative staff at Foundations work diligently to create a school environment where children feel comfortable and enjoy learning, parents feel confident in their child’s care and daily exploration, and where great teachers invest in their careers. Over the past 13 years, the staff and administration at Foundations has maintained the highest level of accreditation available to child development centers through NAEYC and Advanc-ed. Both accrediting agencies employ standards that are based on research of the development and education of young children. These standards were created with input from experts and educators from around the country and help to ensure the highest level of care available. Not only are the standards focused on the care of children enrolled, the standards also focus on a safe and healthful environment. These standards ensure that centers provide appropriate and well-maintained indoor and outdoor physical environments, as well as equipment and materials to facilitate child

Private Schools in Kennesaw GA

The Georgia Department of Education records show that there are 11 private schools in Kennesaw GA, and there are 34 private schools in Marietta GA.  For families looking for private schools in Cobb County, sorting through 45 options can be a daunting task.  The good news is that with so many options, you are sure to find one that is the perfect fit for your family. You can narrow your options down quickly if one or more of the following statements describes what you are looking for: a private school that is not affiliated with a religion (also called non-religious or secular) a private school that has a special emphasis a private school that carries a specific accreditation a private school that accepts Georgia Special Needs Scholarships a private school that provides early care and education for children in preschool Non-religious Schools: Only about 20% of private schools in Georgia do not have a religious affiliation, so if your family prefers religion to be taught at home, you can narrow down your school choices greatly.   Special Emphasis Schools: About

Meet Our Preschool (Kennesaw) Teachers

At Foundations for the Future Preschool (Kennesaw), we believe that our teachers are one of our greatest assets. We have an enthusiastic group of educators dedicated to the development and education of young children. These teachers use student interests to develop individualized project work that addresses learning in eight core curriculum areas: social/emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, mathematics, science & technology, and social studies. We would like to recognize the following three preschool teachers for their contribution to our preschool program: Ms. Tiarra (pictured left) has been working with children since 2006, and she obtained an Early Education Technical Certificate at Chattahoochee Technical College in 2013. She has been with Foundations Preschool (Kennesaw) since 2013. Ms. Tiarra knows that children learn best through play so her approach to teaching involves creative approaches, such as singing, to not only help students reach developmental milestones, but also to make them feel nurtured. Ms. Jameela (pictured middle) initially set out on a path to pursue Marine Science, but after two years she realized she really wanted to work with children, in particular those

Progressive Learning Environment at Foundations School

Foundations for the Future School prides itself on creating and providing a progressive learning environment for students. This environment is fostered by many things, but one collaborative learning tool is at the core of how we help our students think and learn. This tool is called a K-W-L chart. In June, the Washington Post featured a blog on why it is such an ingenious teaching tool, simple yet indispensable in a progressive learning environment. Foundations’ classrooms regularly use K-W-L charts to enhance learning, as early as in the preschool classes, and all the way through our Elementary School program. K-W-L charts are viewed as a comprehensive educational instrument that emphasize discovery as a means of learning. Because of this, Foundations uses the charts regularly when beginning a new project or discussing a new topic with students. The children are encouraged to list what they know (K), and then what they would like to know (W). After the project or discussion is complete, the children return to the chart for review and then list what they learned (L). The discussions that

Shreiner Academy Closing: Invitation to Families and Teachers

The Shreiner Academy closing is an unexpected loss during this holiday season for the 150 families and teachers that called the Shreiner Academy their home away from home. Foundations School in Kennesaw would like to warmly welcome the Shreiner Academy families and teachers to come visit Foundations, a school with a very similar teaching philosophy and community of families. Families that chose Shreiner Academy chose it for many of the same reasons that families choose Foundations School: emphasis on experiential learning, project work preschool for infants, toddlers, and three year olds Pre-K through 6th grade, multi-age classes open during the school breaks for camp days extended open hours of 6:30am-6:30pm Advanc-Ed SACS-CASI and NAEYC national accreditations curriculum is not religious based natural outdoor areas on campus for exploration acreage located 12 miles from Shreiner, in Kennesaw, near Barrett Parkway and Cobb Parkway no desks–classrooms have a comfortable learning environment emphasis on movement and exploration inside and outside; Foundations has an indoor multi-sport gymnasium that includes gymnastics and rock climbing technology integration with iPads limited homework for students, with majority of

Don’t Fix Feelings–Coach Them

The authors of the book, Social Emotional Tools for Life, Michelle Forrester and Kay Albrecht, do a wonderful job of concisely summarizing the theory and reasons behind emotion coaching, which is the approach Foundations uses for helping children through their emotions. They advise: “When children are upset, it’s natural to want to comfort them by making their big feelings go away. Emotions don’t need fixing…. Instead, focus on helping children name the way they are feeling and manage their intense emotions. Recognize and validate that the emotions are present and real to the child. Then, connect intense emotions to appropriate behaviors (such as taking deep breaths or sitting in a cozy corner) and teach children to use problem-solving skills, like calling for help from an adult or making a plan to get what they want. This helps children manage how they feel without dismissing their feelings.” Click here to learn more about Foundations for the Future’s Philosophy & Vision. Enjoy a few photos of some social-emotional highlights from this morning, including our school-age students who obliged me by demonstrating a

Spanish Class for Toddlers, Preschool, & Pre-K

Spanish with Mr. David (from Columbia!): Infants and Toddlers played with vehicles while listening to Mr. David narrate and converse in Spanish, getting that exposure to the sounds and words of the Spanish language. Preschool students played fun interactive games like Color Bingo all in Spanish. Pre-K Summer Camp students learned transportation vocabulary and then played a game naming the vehicles they had learned about.