Our Spring Pre-K Noodles Program Is Now In Session.

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Tiny Tot Noodles Is Oodles Of Fun.

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BLPA & Merritt Lab School, an amazing

Collaboration.

     Boulevard Little People Academy has had the privilege of collaborating with Merritt College Preschool Lab in an effort to further educate our students since 2008. This relationship began while our head director, Deltrina Johnson was attending the college for additional training. After visiting the Lab School, she immediately wanted to find a way for her students to benefit from the exceptional education they were offering.

     Merritt College Preschool Lab is dedicated to creating a child-centered environment where children are actively involved in their own learning process. The program is based on the learning theories of Vygotsky, Piaget, and current best practices in the field of Early Childhood Education. They focus on the whole child through activities that nurture cognitive, language, social-emotional, creative and physical domains. Children engage in these "learning" activities in a variety of centers: cooking, dramatic play, library, art, table toys, blocks, and science - sand & water. The student to teacher ratio is typically 1:4 to 1:2. This creates a supportive interpersonal environment where trusting relationships between teachers and students are built. 

     While the philosophy of the Lab School is similar to ours, we believe this is a teaching time not only for our students, but our staff as well. That's what makes this collaboration so amazing. With that in mind, Deltrina spoke with the administrators of the Lab School, the parents and staff at Boulevard Little People Academy, and within a few months she was able to caravan her students there twice a week.

     We are entering our 10th year of collaboration with Merritt College Preschool Lab. Three of our teachers are alumni of the program so you can be sure we are modeling their best practices. We plan to continue this amazing relationship as long as it is possible.

Building Better Futures Together.

     Though we spend a good portion of the day with our students, the parents spend the majority the time with them. With that in mind we believe our students success greatly depends on the relationship between our academy and the parents. There is an old African proverb that states, "it takes a village to raise a child". Our academy truly embraces having the various parts of that "academic" village in good communication with each other; student, parent, teacher, and academy directors. Throughout the year we observe each child in an effort to know how we can assist them better in their academic/social emotional development. We hold bi-annual Parent/Teacher Conferences where we share our observational notes with the parents and come up with action plans for their child's continued success. In addition to these conferences, we host many events where the families of each student are invited. This creates an opportunity for each of our families to engage with our staff as well as other parents. It's truly exciting collaborating with each child's "academic" village in an effort to navigate them towards a more promising future.

"Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.”

 

- Fred Rogers