Edu-Care is a private center that serves children ages 6 weeks-5 years old whose parents are employed by Carmel Clay Schools. Edu-Care offers top-notch quality care for each child along with giving them excellent education such as, Handwriting Without Tears, Talking Drawing Writing, Literacy Express, and more. Meeting the needs of the child as a whole through each developmental area, such as social, emotional, physical, health and wellness, language, literacy, math, science, etc. is important to helping them reach their full potential. At Edu-Care, each of these milestones are imprinted in our students from the very beginning. Our curriculum starts as early as the infant and toddler rooms. Edu-Care is a firm believer that children learn best when they are engaged in their learning process. Children should be able to have the opportunity to explore, discover, experience, and learn about the world around them. We believe it is vital that educators of early childhood education implement and support a strong curriculum that fosters learning and growth in every aspect of development through hands-on learning.
The infants are cared for in a loving, warm environment. The teachers strive to build a relationship with each infant that makes the child feel safe and secure. Sensory activities, age appropriate toys, music and other activities are provided to help encourage their development and stimulate their curiosity.
The toddlers learn through playing, observing and experimenting. They learn to make independent choices through their daily activities. Language development is an integral part of their year. Through musical and sensory activities, songs, conversations, and books, students develop their vocabulary. Students also learn many basic concepts as they are engaged in different activities throughout the day.
At two, children’s learning is driven by their curiosity as well as their desire to become more independent. Students are given opportunities to develop their language as they begin learning about letters, numbers, colors and shapes. Students participate in many musical and sensory activities as they learn basic concepts. Throughout the year, children are encouraged to further develop their self-help skills such as potty training. At Edu-Care, we offer hands on curriculum through sensory experiences, circle time adventures, and interactive play.
The three’s classroom is designed for students to learn through exploration. Our curriculum provides students with hands-on experiences and actively engages them in their learning based on the Foundations to the Indiana Standards and the Continuum to Literacy Learning. Academic skills, such as print knowledge, phonemic awareness, number concepts, and basic concepts are mixed with music, art, drama and movement in our Literacy Express Curriculum. Students also use Handwriting Without Tears materials to practice correct letter formation consistently. Students begin their journey as future writers by learning to tell stories, draw their stories, and attempt to write their stories using Talking, Drawing, Writing.
The pre-Kindergarten program develops readiness skills that will help children find success in elementary school. Students are engaged in a developmentally appropriate curriculum that is supported by the Foundations to the Indiana Standards and the Continuum of Literacy Learning. Children are provided opportunities to explore, manipulate, problem solve, and learn at their own rate through reading, writing, math, and phonemic awareness activities. Everyday Math is used to provide a realistic approach to problem solving everyday math situations. Students are engaged in frequent practice of basic skills through routines and games. Students also use Handwriting Without Tears materials to practice correct letter formation consistently. The classroom provides all the necessary tools for children to learn to read, write, create, and explore.