If you have ever seen the look of pure delight on a child’s face when they have mastered a new task, then you have an idea why we value our work.
More accurately defined, instead of ‘teaching’ young children, we provide many opportunities for them to learn valuable lessons and skills when they are ready.
Our goals for young children are related to the important business of becoming independent, responsible and self-sufficient. Children love to be in charge and in control; we help them satisfy this need by allowing and expecting responsible and respectful behavior. Many of the skills we practice during our day help children obtain these goals. As we recognize Kid Works as a child’s work place, we are proud to offer a program that provides the many opportunities for growth and the desire to learn.
We are strong believers of engaging the hand, the heart and the body to engage the brain. We encourage true, deep play. For example, giving them a true sensory experience if they play in the mud or finger paint with their entire body. Going home in different clothes than they arrived in is common having been given the opportunity to play in the rain and watch the watercolors merge in the puddle or dig a trench and jump in the mud.
Our developmentally appropriate program helps to prepare children for future academic learning through hands-on experience.
Our developmentally appropriate program helps to prepare children for future academic learning through hands-on experience, including: creative art, music and creative movement, science through discovery, language arts, literature, pre-math and true life skills for social development. Mindfulness and Yoga teachings are a part of our curriculum once a week for each class giving children the gift of awareness, being in the present, compassion, breathing, well-being and much much more. Cary Saltsgaver is a certified Yoga and Mindfulness instructor who provides the children meaningful lessons for life!
Our environment is designed and furnished with a wide variety of materials and settings to encourage experimenting, exploring, discovery, and involvement. Our qualified staff is dedicated to the idea that children develop and learn best in an atmosphere that is warm, safe, encouraging, understanding, stimulating, motivating, and fun! In the structure of our daily routine, and through the guidance of our experienced staff, your child will find many opportunities to make friends, interact with a group, engage in quiet reflection, learn how to resolve conflict, cope with frustration, learn to deal with emotions and practice age-appropriate responsibilities.
We are located in the beautiful neighborhood of Belmont Heights in Long Beach with a great community to support us.
From our Parents and Students
To Everything There is a Season
This blog was going to be all about the fantastic garden we have at Kid Works. The garden is always in various stages of presentability, never being picture-perfect because the plants are doing their own thing at their own time. Here at the end of August some of it is looking pretty raggedy, while other parts are bursting with flavorful…
Why We Go Outside, No Matter the Weather,and What Parents Must Do
“Seems it never rains in southern California…”. So the old ’70’s song goes. Because our state has been in a drought cycle for so long, have we become alienated from rain in our lives? Is it a severe weather condition? We are accustomed to living in a climate with mild year-round weather. Has it turned us into rainy-day wimps? We’ve…
I’m Not Going to Change My Mind
This statement is used effectively by one of our teachers https://www.kidworkschildrenscenter.com/team/lisa-escobar/ and has caught on with the others. Maybe it will with you too! It is concise because it pierces like a laser to stop negotiations and frustration between adult and child. When do teachers say it? Why is it effective? Scene 3-year-old Suzy is changing into dry clothes after messy,…
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