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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.

Childcare Facilities: How Daycare Facility Design Affects Your Child

Have you ever walked into a building or room and felt different? At first, you aren’t sure why. Sometimes you notice right away. Other times it takes a while. All you know is when you entered the building, or room, something about your mood changed. There is a science behind these changes–how the environment affects humans emotionally and physically.  There are different areas of study, including color psychology, study of room design and layout, and the use of water in design to name a few.  Businesses have long used these findings to improve sales and employee performance.  Now some educators are finally incorporating these methodologies to improve student performance and the general well-being of your child. The Use Of Nature In Child Care Facilities The use of nature in rooms and design is probably one of the most positively correlated relationships. There is a fancy word for the use of nature in design: Biophilia. It refers to the positive benefits of including elements of nature in building and room layout. Details such as color, lighting, textures, patterns, and water all

Comparing Creekstone, Ivy Hall, Kids R Kids, & Foundations

Comparing Creekstone Academy, Ivy Hall Day School, Kids R Kids West Cobb, and Foundations Child Care & School When looking for daycare in the West Cobb area, there are many centers to choose from. Creekstone Academy, Ivy Hall Day School, Kids R Kids West Cobb, and Foundations Child Care & School are all within about three miles of each other. They mostly provide the same basic services, with similar days and hours of operation, and age groups served. There are differences in the details, but how can you tell which details will impact your child’s experience the most positively? Qualified Teachers What makes a great teacher? Years of experience in the early education field have led me to believe that it is a combination of the right personality type paired with experience and education. When you compare Creekstone Academy, Ivy Hall Day School, Kids R Kids West Cobb, and Foundations Child Care & School, look closely at the teachers. At Foundations, every family that tours is provided a handout with information about each teacher’s education and experience, and how long

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

More Than Montessori: An Eclectic Approach to Education at Foundations School

Montessori is term for a teaching style, originally created by Maria Montessori, that is defined by several key tenets.  In contrast to this, at Foundations Creative Child Care and School in Kennesaw, the teaching methods are compiled from a variety of resources, including Montessori, so that the best elements from each method can be utilized to provide a classroom setting uniquely suited to the creative exploration and learning of children. Here are some of the types of educational philosophies for young children: Academic/Traditional:  activities are presented by the teacher with little input from students (teacher-directed); reinforcement through frequent repetition (recitation, tracing dittos, etc). Montessori: classrooms set up primarily with specialized educational materials developed by Maria Montessori; three hour blocks of independent work time; mixed- age classrooms of children 2.5 yrs old to 6 years old in one classroom Play-Based: classrooms set up with a variety of activity centers to promote engagement; children play throughout the day, with teacher supervision Reggio-Emilia: heavy art emphasis, with dedicated art rooms and art teachers; child-initiated projects as the primary topics; children’s work displayed and

Comparing Primrose, Goddard, and Foundations School

Comparing Primrose, Goddard, and Foundations School Have you noticed that the information on most childcare center websites sound very similar?  Here are some things you will find on the Primrose, Goddard, and yes, even our website: child-initiated curriculum accreditations whole child development and the list goes on! Yet there are large differences between Primrose, Goddard, and Foundations School, so how do you actually compare them?  Let’s look at these in more detail: Child-Initiated Learning Though Primrose and Goddard express the philosophy of following children’s interests through child-initiated curriculum, they have a corporately planned and set curriculum, which severely limits any learning outside of the pre-selected theme.  Come tour Foundations and look closely  at our classrooms.  Even ones that are the same age group have completely different projects and activities happening.  This is because the teachers really do follow the children’s interests, working in the Goals and Objectives.  At the end of the year, each classroom has met their Goals and Objectives in a way that unique and engaging to that particular group of children.   Accreditations Not all accreditation

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