KIDS EXPRESS LEARNING CENTER'S
INFANT & TODDLERS
We offer full day and part-time programs for children beginning at the age of six weeks. Children are never too young to begin learning, and our teachers work with parents and KELC's Developmental Standards to create individual plans for each child. Plans are designed to respond to the daily physical needs of each child, and to promote each child's social, cognitive, and emotional development.
CORGIVILLE FAIR NURSERY
Corgiville Fair Nursery is located in the lower level of The Dahlhouse and nurtures the youngest learners at Kids Express Learning Center. Up to eight children, six weeks to a year old, attend the nursery each day. Two teachers are devoted to the children's care, with a third teacher sharing time between the nursery and the adjoining toddler room.
The children enjoy daily stroller rides around the eight-acre campus, time on the Infant/Toddler playground, and plenty of floor time and cuddle time with their teachers. When weather restricts outdoor activities, the children enjoy a change of venue in Little Engine That Could; our smaller of two gyms, where the children have extra space for playing with large toys. Twice weekly, the children enjoy attending our Bucky Beats percussion music class.
Parents and teachers work together to develop individual sleeping, eating, and playtime plans for each baby, and teachers inform parents of the child's daily experiences, including nap, feeding, and diapering details. The nursery environment is rich with milestone moments, abundant enthusiasm, and genuine affection.
MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS
Make Way for Ducklings classroom is home to eight infant/toddlers. This bright, cheery, well-lit room is located in Building #3, The Dahlhouse.
A peak into this classroom may reveal the 'ducklings' (toddlers)feeding themselves, crawling up the climber, sliding down the slide, or sitting in a group, enjoying flannel board stories. Watching the 'ducklings' toddle along the garden-lined pathways to the playground, nature bus or gardens is a pleasantly "grounding" experience.
Degreed teachers are mindful of developmental milestones as they create daily activity plans for these young explorers. Specialists in Physical Education, Science/Nature, seasonal Gardening and Bucky Beats percussion music enrich the lives of children each week.
THE VELVETEEN RABBIT
The Velveteen Rabbit classroom opened in August 2009 as an Early Childhood Classroom for children approaching their second birthdays. Students in this KELC classroom have the advantage of gazing out into Prairie View Farm's Children's Garden from the spacious windows that line two sides of the classroom. Easy access to the Toddler Gym (Little Engine That Could) and the main KELC gym make this room a special delight to children, teachers, and families!
Specials, or Enrichment classes, are offered to the ‘rabbits’ (children) enrolled in this classroom. Science/Nature, Bucky Beats percussion music, Physical Education and seasonal Gardening classes are offered during year. Gardening classes start in early spring and run through the fall, each year.
TEDDY BEARS' PICNIC
Children 2-years-old or approaching their second birthday are welcomed into this pleasant, classroom which is located in Building #3. The two-story maple loft captures the attention of children entering the classroom for the first time. Each day, teachers plan activities designed to meet the broadening skills of the children who walk through the doors. Developmentally appropriate activities in language arts, emerging literacy, math/science, music and art are woven into the weekly lesson plans to encourage school readiness.
Cooperation, empathy and self-control, so important to success in the early years of school are modeled and practiced in all classrooms at KELC. Individual, as well as small and large group activities are planned to meet the developmental needs of children. Science/Nature, Physical Education, Bucky Beats percussion music, Gardening and other enriching activities round out the rich general curriculum offered by KELC teachers.
We offer full day and part-time programs for our two-year-olds. Children are never too young to begin learning, and our teachers work with parents and KELC's Developmental Standards to create individual plans for each child. Plans are designed to respond to the daily physical needs of each child, and to promote each child's social, cognitive, and emotional development.
TIME OF WONDER
Time of Wonder classroom, located just off the large wooden deck of The Dahlhouse is home-base to young 2-year-olds. It is a classroom filled with interesting nooks and crannies from floor to ceiling. Unique, movable fans whisper breezes downward during the school day while a large wooden airplane, suspended from the classroom's rafters, adds a sense of wonder to the environment.
Teachers in Time of Wonder plan activities to help their young charges develop confidence, independence, curiosity, and motivation. Cooperation, empathy and self-control are skills teachers encourage daily. Indoor and outdoor activities round out each school day's experience. Activities designed to encourage early literacy, language skills, math/science and music are woven into each day’s work in Time of Wonder. Science/Nature, Physical Education, Bucky Beats percussion music and seasonal Gardening classes enrich the children's learning environment.
OVER IN THE MEADOW
Over in the Meadow is located on the southwest corner of The Dahlhouse, Building #1. Children 3 years of age enjoy rich indoor and outdoor activities when they make this classroom at Kids Express Learning Center their home-away-from-home. Staffed by college-degreed teachers, the classroom provides developmentally appropriate, child-centered activities to promote growth in all areas of child development.
A cozy loft furnished with comfy chairs invites children to crawl up the steps, grab a book, and spend quiet time alone or with a friend or two. The block center, dramatic play and sensory table are popular with this age group. However, all seven areas of the preschool curriculum form the backbone of each day's activities. Specialists in Science/Nature, Physical Education, seasonal Gardening, Culinary, Spanish, Bucky Beats percussion music join classroom teachers to promote learning throughout the school week.
We have provided exceptional Preschool programming to area children for more than twenty years. Our mission to provide 'Quality Education in a Rural Setting' is realized through dedicated professional teachers, sound curriculum, and outstanding enrichment programs conducted on our beautiful ten-acre campus.
WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Wind in the Willows classroom is located at the southeast end of the Dahlhouse in Building #1 on the KELC campus. Children welcomed into Wind in the Willows enjoy the attention of teachers who hold university degrees in early childhood education. This beautiful, bright, spacious classroom overlooks KELC’s Children’s Gardens and pastures which provides a calming atmosphere for nature lovers of all ages. An inviting book nook beckons young "readers" to share favorite books with a friend or a teacher as they move up the skill ladder inching toward literacy achievements.
Older 2-year olds and young 3-year-olds are building a knowledge base from which to interpret their world. They have an innate drive to explore their environment, and to find answers to their many questions. Wind in the Willows teachers excel at guiding young learners' exploration and self-expression. Science/Nature, Physical Education, Spanish, Culinary, and Bucky Beats percussion music classes enrich the children's experiences.
THE GIVING TREE
Preschoolers who are 3 call The Giving Tree their homeroom. This classroom was formerly the kitchen-dining area of Will and Sandra Dahl's home. Large banks of windows on the east side of this beautiful classroom allow children to enjoy a view of the gardens, play areas, the paddock and nature center.
Teachers plan goal based lessons to promote children's growth in literacy, math, science, social/emotional, fine arts and more. Theme based activities help children learn to communicate, cooperate, empathize and gain confidence in their abilities. Special classes in Science/Nature, Physical Education, Spanish, Culinary and Bucky Beats percussion music opportunities round out the home room teachers lesson plans.
Paddington Station welcomes children who are three at the beginning of a term and turning 4 during the school term. This beautiful classroom overlooks KELC's nature center, Farmer Will’s Nature Bus, playgrounds, and our pond. Teachers plan activities designed to meet the broadening skills of these young learners. Here, language arts, author studies, math, science, social studies, music, and art are woven into fun and engaging weekly lesson activities to encourage school readiness, student confidence, problem solving and enthusiasm for learning.
As in all KELC classrooms, teachers help children develop the skills necessary to get along with others while communicating their own wants and needs. Individual, small group, and large group activities meet the developmental needs and interests of the children. Science/Nature, Physical Education, Spanish, Culinary, seasonal Gardening, and Bucky Beats percussion music activities round out the rich curriculum offered by homeroom teachers at KELC.
We have provided exceptional four and five-year-old Kindergarten and Preschool programming to area children for more than twenty years. Our mission to provide 'Quality Education in a Rural Setting' is realized through dedicated professional teachers, sound curriculum, and outstanding enrichment programs conducted on our beautiful ten-acre campus.
Four-year-olds are welcomed into this charming 4K classroom which is located in the lower level in Building #3. The classroom offers a wide variety of teacher created activities designed to meet the broadening skills of the children who walk through the doors. KELC's expansive curriculum, aided by professional teacher-developed lesson plans, makes for developmentally appropriate and engaging activities in all areas of the language arts, science, math, art, music and more.
Large group, small group, and individual education provide a variety of learning opportunities that nurture different learning needs. Life-long skills are modeled and practiced during Morning Meeting, a large group activity designed to encourage children to express themselves through greeting one another, sharing, collaborating on problem-solving and academic skill building. The Secret Garden, like other KELC classrooms, prepares children well for their first years of school and for a lifetime of learning.
HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE
Hey Diddle Diddle is a 4K classroom welcoming children who are or will be five during the school year. Lessons reflect the children's interests and explore all areas of KELC's curriculum. Teachers design individual as well as small and large group activities to ensure individual progress in all curricular areas, and to foster curiosity, self-esteem, effective communication and more. Emergent reading skills determine the nature and content of guided reading activities in all 4K/5K classrooms on our campus.
Large group, small group, and individual education provide a variety of learning opportunities that nurture different learning needs. Life-long skills are modeled and practiced during Morning Meeting, a large group activity designed to encourage children to express themselves through greeting one another, sharing, collaborating on problem solving and academic skill building.
We are excited to announce the commencement of our Elementary School program with the introduction of a full-day Kindergarten program this September. After gathering feedback from focus group sessions and surveys, and subsequently completing our due diligence, we are eager to launch our Elementary School program in the fall of 2019. In the fall of 2020, we will offer a 1st-grade program. In the fall of 2021, we will offer a 2nd-grade program, with the intention to add a grade each year through 8th-grade.
BIG RED BARN
Lessons planned for our Kindergarten reflect the children's interests and explore all areas of KELC's curriculum. Teachers design individual as well as small and large group activities to ensure individual progress in all curricular areas, and to foster curiosity, self-esteem, effective communication and more. Emergent reading skills determine the nature and content of guided reading activities in all classrooms on our campus.
Specialists in Science/Nature, Physical Education, Spanish, Culinary, seasonal Gardening, and Bucky Beats percussion music round out the experiences children have in their homeroom throughout the year.