Our long experience in teaching English to Italian kids has shown us that kids are capable of learning early academics. We're committed to offer early education programs to kids 2-5 years old, after school programs to kids 6-12 years old, and summer programs for kids 2-12 years old. All kids will be exposed to Italian language and culture while doing selected activities and in specific moments throughout the day.
We are committed to offer a family like environment where kids can learn and grow while exposed to several activities in English and in Italian.
We’ve been teaching English to Italian kids for more than 10 years and we’ve proven that children learn fast and effectively when they are naturally exposed to another language. Children don’t need translations to learn vocabulary and how to speak a language.
Just speaking Italian to them and inviting them to repeat simple sentences in a real and everyday life context helps little kids learn without any effort.
We also promote a love for learning through hands-on experiences, self-esteem, and mutual respect for others.
Having been raised in Italy, we’ve experienced the Montessori method first hand. Therefore, we’ve implemented the Montessori method in our early childhood programs. In our daycare children work together in mixed-age groupings so that the younger children can learn from the older ones, and older children reinforce their own learning by helping with concepts they’ve already mastered while developing leadership skills.
In our space children are free to move around and choose the activities that interest them the most. We set up learning centers for children to explore at their own pace and with lots of hands-on exploration.
We also have a morning circle routine when we come together as a community, we greet each other, we review concepts such as calendar, time, weather, we sing and dance.
Our lessons and activities follow a weekly theme.
Story time, arts and crafts, music, fine and gross motor skills, manipulative activities, outdoor games are structured to help children explore their creativity, grow independent and familiarize themselves with the Italian language.
Kids are also involved when possible in the preparation of meals and they always help in setting and clearing the table.
Our programs: an overview
We follow the early childhood programs to help kids grasp basics like math, art, handwriting, as well as basic physical skills like balance, coordination, fine and gross motor skills. Our programs also teach children how to adjust to new situations, and help them try new activities. Moreover, they teach children develop kindness, courtesy and self-discipline.
Our Daily Schedule
7:00-8:00 am = arrival and centers time
8:00-8:45 am = bathroom - washing hands - breakfast
8:45-9:00 am = circle time
9:00-9:15 am = music - interactive songs
9:15-9:45 am = art/craft time
9:45-10:15 am = bathroom - washing hands - snack
10:15-10:30 am = story time
10:30-10:45 am = coloring, play dough
10:45-11:00 am = learning time/activity table
11:00-11:30 am = outside play
11:30-12:00 pm = bathroom - washing hands - getting ready for lunch
12:00-12:45 pm = lunch
12:45-1:00pm = clean up, getting ready for nap
1:00-3:00 pm = nap time
3:00-3:15 pm = story time
3:15-3:30 pm= coloring, play dough
3:30-4:00 pm = bathroom - washing hands - snack
4:00-4:30 pm = structured play (puzzles, learning toys, etc...)
4:30-5:00 pm = outside play
5:00-5:15 pm = bathroom - washing up
5:15-5:30 pm = dramatic play/puppet theatre/music
5:30-6:00 pm = free play and pick-ups