Whole Child Enrichment Programs

Whole Child Enrichment Programs

Each day will be a stimulating, busy, warm and positive experience for your child. The curriculum is child centered and developed to use your child’s interest and curiosity as the bridge to learning. Our curriculum fosters development in self-expression, creativity, independence, decision making, imagination, and self-esteem with learning as fun and positive peer interaction, a natural occurrence. A multi-sensory and challenging approach is used at Crayon Campus to promote learning.

First and foremost; is that your child is safe, cared for, with sincere kindness, warmth, hugs and smiles each day so they can not wait to come to Crayon and do not want to leave!

Crayon Campus’ program differentiators where you will not find at other centers are:

  • Whole Child Enrichment across 9 Key Development Areas in each program
  • 52 week objective based curriculum, using themed sessions
  • Each child has an Individual Enrichment Path
  • Using the best of learning through focused play as well as literacy and mathematical tools for early education
  • A focus on fun and engagement everyday. Children do not even realize they are in a learning environment

Each Program; Infant, Toddler, PreSchool, PreK, Kindergarten Enhancement, School-Age wrap will have nine (9) Key Development Areas (KDAs) listed below:

  • Self Expression through all mediums, including painting, drawing, sculpting, cooking, movement, puppets, music, drama, dance, and art.
  • Self-Development and Awareness through interactions with others and how a child recognizes themselves as an individual – how they dress themselves, use the potty, play in groups, possession, etc.
  • Speech and Language through hearing and understanding, games, songs, babbling to talking, saying words, stringing words together.
  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills through dance, yoga, outdoor play, competitive sports, fine motor games, puzzles and manipulative materials.
  • Cognitive Awareness through individual and multiple sensory activities, spatial relationship play, and artistic endeavors.
  • Social & Emotional through spontaneous, guided and dramatic play, games, small and large group activities and cooperative learning centers.
  • Writing and Reading Readiness through a proprietary curriculum, Inspire to Write, children leverage fine motor skills to the basics and advancement of writing and reading.
  • Math Readiness through measuring, counting, sorting, sequencing, manipulative games.
  • Scientific Awareness through plants, small animals, nature, sand and water play, and classroom experiments.

This multi-layer approach is a true differentiator and a unique way your child will learn and develop at Crayon Campus. Unlike most childcare/daycare providers which offer just babysitting to some with early education, Crayon Campus takes a highly dynamic approach in a 52 week curriculum that is themed-based and covers these nine KDAs. This is accomplished through many activities that keep your child highly engaged through play, games, and simply fun activities with purpose. Our Teachers who all have degreed backgrounds, including Masters and Bachelors, focus on your child as an individual.

Each child has an Individual Enrichment Path (IEP) created in concert with Parents to ensure that they have individual focus on areas that are important both to their development as well as parents desire. These IEPs are referenced daily to ensure your child’s development. The curriculum is objective-based curriculum, that span across all 9 Key Development Areas. We use themes throughout the year to further engage our children.

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Whole Child Enrichment

Hover over one of the 9 Key Development Areas to the left to see the curriculum objectives for that age range.

Self-Exploration: School-Age

  • Accountability for ones actions
  • Develops limits
  • Able to control emotions
  • Expression feelings
  • Active listening

Self-Awareness & Development: School-Age

  • Awareness of gender
  • Shows concern & empathy for others
  • Problem-solving (socially)
  • Can tell what is real/make-believe

Cognitive: School-Age

  • Eagerness to learn
  • Pay attention for up to 20 min.
  • Retelling of stories
  • Sequence events
  • How and why questions

Fine & Gross Motor: School-Age

  • Holding pencils & crayons correctly
  • Sequence of movements
  • Can cut straight and wavy lines
  • Stacking and coloring objects neatly and accurately.

Physical & Arts: School-Age

  • Hops and skips
  • Balance on one foot
  • Somersaults
  • Tumbling
  • Draws people with body parts, copies shapes by looking or memory
  • Tracing

Social & Emotional: School-Age

  • Wants to please friends
  • Wants to be like friends
  • Aids in figuring out what they like and instilling confidence in those choices.

Math & Science: School-Age

  • Recognition of numbers 1-100
  • Grouping numbers, counting by 5’s, 10’s, 20
  • Understanding of presenting problems and trying to find solutions

Speech & Language: School-Age

  • Recognition of letters & sounds
  • Grouping syllables
  • Phonics of vowels & consonants
  • Confidence in attempting to put letters together making words.

Literacy – Read & Write: School-Age

  • Writing & reading both upper & lower case
  • Formation of full thoughts in sentences
  • Punctuation
  • Expressing thoughts
  • Retelling a story in proper sequence

Self-Exploration: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Starts to take accountability for actions
  • Beginning to control emotions
  • Calms self down after outburst

Self-Awareness & Development: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Can be in control of feelings
  • Begins to show empathy for others
  • Self-help skills (tying shoes)
  • Growing independence

Cognitive: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Problem-solving (how something works)
  • Representational thought (symbols: stop sign means stop)
  • Cause & Effect

Fine & Gross Motor: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Balance (on one foot)
  • Use writing/drawing tools & scissors with control
  • Cutting on lines with little mistakes

Physical & Arts: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Process Art (collage, printmaking, sculptures)
  • Listens and creates music
  • Shows steady and keep rhythm
  • Can independently color, cut & paste items

Social & Emotional: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Engages in social interaction positively
  • Expresses emotions
  • Can transition, engages in cooperative pretend play
  • Sharing

Math & Science: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Number sense & counting
  • Identify & draw shapes
  • Sorting & patterning
  • Experiments (predict, & record results)

Speech & Language: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Expressive & receptive vocabulary>
  • Listening & speaking
  • Telling and retelling a story in logical sequence
  • Animated while speaking
  • Responds to open ended questions
  • Speaks in clear sentences

Literacy – Read & Write: Kindergarten-Enhance

  • Print concepts
  • Knowledge of books & print
  • Name recognition (visual)
  • Writing skills (name)
  • Sequence of events
  • Writing the alphabet (upper case)
  • Emerging letter (upper & lower case)

Self-Exploration: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Starts to take accountability for actions
  • Beginning to control emotions
  • Calms self down after outburst

Self-Awareness & Development: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Can be in control of feelings
  • Begins to show empathy for others
  • Self-help skills (tying shoes)
  • Growing independence

Cognitive: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Problem-solving (how something works)
  • Representational thought (symbols: stop sign means stop)
  • Cause & Effect

Fine & Gross Motor: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Balance (on one foot)
  • Use writing/drawing tools & scissors with control
  • Cutting on lines with little mistakes

Physical & Arts: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Process Art (collage, printmaking, sculptures)
  • Listens and creates music
  • Shows steady and keep rhythm
  • Can independently color, cut & paste items

Social & Emotional: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Engages in social interaction positively
  • Expresses emotions
  • Can transition, engages in cooperative pretend play
  • Sharing

Math & Science: Pre-Kindergarten

  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Number sense & counting
  • Identify & draw shapes
  • Sorting & patterning
  • Experiments (predict, & record results)

Speech & Language: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Expressive & receptive vocabulary>
  • Listening & speaking
  • Telling and retelling a story in logical sequence
  • Animated while speaking
  • Responds to open ended questions
  • Speaks in clear sentences

Literacy – Read & Write: Pre-Kindergarten

  • Print concepts
  • Knowledge of books & print
  • Name recognition (visual)
  • Writing skills (name)
  • Sequence of events
  • Writing the alphabet (upper case)
  • Emerging letter (upper & lower case)

Self-Exploration: Pre-School

  • Beginning stages of understanding accountability for actions
  • Talks about emotions
  • Trying new things that may be different

Self-Awareness & Development: Pre-School

  • Intermediate stages of self control (frustration)
  • Self-help skills (dressing)
  • Interacts with peers in positive ways
  • Displays manners (please, thank you, excuse me)

Cognitive: Pre-School

  • Problem-solving (how to make something work)
  • Representational thought (A is for apple)
  • Cause & Effect (what happens when I do this?)

Fine & Gross Motor: Pre-School

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Beginning tripod grip (pencil, crayon)
  • Skipping
  • Galloping
  • Geginner puzzles
  • Learning correct hold of scissors
  • Practice cutting lines

Physical & Arts: Pre-School

  • Process Art (clay, collages)
  • Using paint brushes, crayons, & markers
  • Beginning steady beat and keeping rhythm
  • Can begin to independently color, cut & paste items

Social & Emotional: Pre-School

  • Engages in social interactions
  • Expresses emotions (all)
  • Engages in pretend play (along or with others)
  • Begins to understand transitions and how to cope

Math & Science: Pre-School

  • One-to-one correspondence
  • Number sense & counting
  • Identify & draw shapes
  • Sorting
  • Patterning
  • Experiments (will this rock sink or float?)

Speech & Language: Pre-School

  • Expressive & receptive vocabulary
  • Listening & speaking
  • Beginning stages of telling and retelling a story
  • Use of animation while speaking
  • Responds to open ended questions

Literacy – Read & Write: Pre-School

  • Print concepts
  • Knowledge of books & print
  • Name recognition (visual)
  • Pre-writing skills (lines & curves)
  • Sequence of events

Self-Exploration: Toddler

  • Identify body parts (ears, knees, belly)
  • Further exploration of surroundings
  • Trying new things (foods)

Self-Awareness & Development: Toddler

  • Beginning stages of self control (frustration)
  • Self-help skills (potty training)
  • Begins to play with friends

Cognitive: Toddler

  • Problem-solving (how something works)
  • Sorting
  • Begins to understand and follow simple directions (sit in chair)

Fine & Gross Motor: Toddler

  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Hand strength & grasp
  • Running
  • Climbing and jumping
  • Beginning to move with balance

Physical & Arts: Toddler

  • Creativity-process art, scribbling, color recognition
  • Creative movement
  • Tries to keep steady beat
  • Enjoys fingers painting and messy activities

Social & Emotional: Toddler

  • Begins to identify feelings
  • Interacts with adults & peers
  • Engages in pretend play
  • Parallel play
  • Use of manners

Math & Science: Toddler

  • Use senses to explore
  • Identifying body parts
  • Shape & color recognition
  • Number sense (more/less, empty/full)

Speech & Language: Toddler

  • Intermediate stage of social communication (I want)
  • Repetition of words
  • Tone recognition (positive vs. negative)
  • Book knowledge and enjoyment of story

Literacy – Read & Write: Toddler

  • Beginning stages of comprehension & listening skills
  • Uses scribbling as writing
  • Looks at books and turns pages

Self-Exploration: Infant

  • Basic body awareness
  • Curiosity
  • Trying new things
  • Exploring surroundings

Self-Awareness & Development: Infant

  • Self-soothing skills
  • Independence
  • Self-recognition (recognize self in mirror)

Cognitive: Infant

  • Problem solving (navigation of space)
  • Object permanence (peek-a-boo)
  • Cause and effect

Fine & Gross Motor: Infant

  • Holding head up
  • Sitting
  • Crawling
  • Standing
  • Walking
  • Finger manipulation
  • Grasping
  • Balance

Physical & Arts: Infant

  • 5 Senses explore materials related to them (smell: lemon)
  • Moves and wiggles to music
  • Enjoys making music
  • Dramatic movements (hello/goodbye)

Social & Emotional: Infant

  • Develops attachment
  • Trust and security
  • Expresses emotion to get needs met
  • Begins to recognize family in pictures

Math & Science: Infant

  • Uses senses to explore nature (touch: grass)
  • Sensory play
  • Collections and patterns (big & small)
  • Spatial relationships

Speech & Language: Infant

  • Beginning stages of social communication
  • Imitation of sounds
  • Basic sign language
  • Simple directions
  • Enjoyment of stories
  • Understands simple directions (no, sit in chair)

Literacy – Read & Write: Infant

  • Sound imitation
  • Enjoyment of stories
  • Starts to say one or more words
  • Begins to use words to make theirs

Infants

Your infant’s distinct personality and inquisitive nature will thrive under the nurturing, sensitive care of our infant teachers. The staff intentionally blends independence with teacher-influenced experiences to encourage growth in all developmental areas. Your infant will experience many opportunities to learn through exploration, imitation, repetition, trial and error and natural curiosity.

Interaction

The teachers will constantly surround your child with expressive and receptive language stimulation during cuddling, feeding, diapering and play time. Their motor development will be promoted through teacher interaction and time spent using one of our many pieces of infant equipment and interactive toys. We believe that your infant’s social emotional maturity is essential for the emergence of all other developmental areas and consider its development a primary responsibility of ours. To stimulate development our teachers balance two key roles; interacting and observing.

Schedules

Your infant will determine their own specific eating, sleeping, diapering and play schedule. Changes and adaptations will also be decided by them. We attempt to follow home schedules as closely as possible. Eventually their sleeping, meals, and bottles will resemble more mature habits. They will decide when and we will encourage their blossoming.

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Teachers

Our teachers will offer your infant a variety of sensory motor activities each day involving music, movement, language and exploration as an integral part of their day. We believe that infants need and prosper from both novel experiences and repeated exposure to familiar persons, toys and situations. We incorporate a blend of stimulating new events within the security of a daily routine to achieve this. Your infant will be given an abundance of opportunities for socialization, physical interaction, encouragement and movement in a safe, clean predictable environment.

Program

The teachers follow a brain based curriculum. Since childrens’ brains work best within a context of healthy relationships our warm, consistent, responsive care fosters brain growth and development to emerge as nature planned. The teachers devote time connecting with each infant individually to learn to read their cues, observe their interests and abilities and to engage verbally and most importantly physically cuddle.

Spaces

We have designed 3 different classroom spaces in the Infant area to more adequately focus on their ever-changing, dynamic cognitive, social, language, motor needs and development. Our unique, separate sleeping area will enable your infant to rest more peacefully. Our teachers establish and facilitate daily communication with parents and consistently integrate their input and requests. It’s our Parent and Teacher Partnership that makes our Infant Program uniquely superior to others.

Communication

Your infant’s teacher will share developmental information in a variety of ways. This now includes e-daily sheets that collect a great deal of information throughout the day from feedings, to naps to changings and more.  This means that you will be constantly informed throughout the day, keeping you involved in your child’s activities.

Toddlers

Your toddler will explore the sights, sounds, smells and textures of their ever-changing world within our classrooms. We recognize the value of capitalizing on their inquisitive, fearless nature and design our curriculum to enhance their curiosities and promote their independence.

Let's Explore

We perceive your child’s strong sense of self, perpetual motion and constant search for new and interesting experiences to be a foundation for future learning and accomplishments. Your child’s quest to determine who’s really in charge is merely their means of understanding how they fit into the world around them. Our teachers appreciate that quest. Recognizing the insatiable toddler pursuit of novelty we establish a reliable classroom routine that intermingles familiar and predictable with fresh and intriguing.

We believe that our warm, safe, opportunity-rich toddler classroom will engender the sense of security that your child needs to try new things; take “healthy” risks and build the connections essential for social relationships.

Our teachers realize that your child thrives on exploration, questioning and discovery within the confines of utilizing all of their senses at once. Their unrelenting determination to construct meaning is at the basis of every mission. Your child’s imagination and curiosity furnish unbridled energy and creative potential, which we view as an asset.

preschool2Our creative approach to art, music, movement, constructive building and imaginative play will encourage your toddler to benefit from the process of creating their own ideas and solving their own problems. Our teachers always emphasize and reinforce your child’s effort and process which will promote their confidence.

Teachers Get Involved

tot-with-teachOur teachers are trained to elicit each toddler’s initial expressions of empathy and mutual respect. Through patience and positive modeling, the teachers will consistently use sensitive verbal and non-verbal communication to encourage the emergence of appropriate language and reactions.

Your child will develop individually according to their own pace, as characterized by their particular leaps, plateaus and seemingly overnight changes and accomplishments. Our teachers will guide and inspire your child by ensuring a safe and emotionally supportive environment. Teachers consistently designing a broad array of stimulating experiences, within a reliable framework of structure and routine, are the essential elements contributing to the quality of our Toddler Program. Our teachers believe that strong listening skills and respect for different perspectives create effective communication with parents and a positive environment for toddlers.

Preschool

Your Preschool child is an explorer, inventor, scientist, performer, artist, negotiator, wizard and best friend; sometimes every day. Our Preschool teachers understand the importance of stretching your child’s mind beyond the present while continuing to build upon the security of familiarity.

We view your child as a unique person with an individual learning style, attributes, needs, inclinations and growth patterns. A recognition and appreciation for individual talent, preferences and differences are central to our education philosophy and success in promoting growth in all areas for our children.

Enhanced Individual Learning

Our Preschool classrooms are designed to enhance individual learning characteristics through curriculum, teaching strategies and environmental planning. Our curriculum offers many learning centers and opportunities for in-depth exploration and examination within a thematic approach. We believe that choice is essential for your child to grow. Self expression and creativity blended with your child’s natural curiosity and desire to make sense of their world will be their prime motivators for blossoming in all developmental areas. In our Preschool class your child will learn through a variety of individual and cooperative group experiences. We will captivate and cultivate their natural curiosities. Daily activities will foster independence, self expression, social skills, confidence, problem-solving skills, effective communication, physical maturity and intellectual development.

A confident child will aspire more readily in challenging situations. Our teachers will promote their confidence and positive self image above all else.

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Your child’s learning and creative play will continue daily on our exceptionally unique playground space. Our equipment of Danish design and construction generates a spirit of play that encompasses both physical and imaginative freedom of expression. Our Special Activity Area is intended for indoor physical activities and games when weather prevents outdoor time. Our made-for-children stage provides an ideal setting for music, dance, drama, performing, imagination and original productions.

Our Art Room is the home of our extensive array of art materials, mediums, supplies and tools. Your child will devote time, effort and creative juices to projects created with friends in our Art Room. The teachers will always encourage and applaud their effort and commitment over final product. We believe freedom of their artistic expression will manifest itself in confident future academic and personal endeavors. A confident child will aspire more readily in challenging situations. Our teachers will promote their confidence and positive self image above all else.

Pre-Kindergarten

writingCritical to success in Kindergarten is having a strong literacy and mathematics foundation. Our Pre-Kindergarten (Pre-K) program is focused on developing handwriting through our proprietary Inspire! to Write program, Reading readiness and mathematical basics. Crayon Campus has annual meetings with the Pittsford Central School District leadership about overall programs, Curriculum and Learning, to ensure that we work in close concert to ensure our education meets the ever evolving Kindergarten requirements.

Our Pre-K course works closely with both Preschool as well as with school administrators within the school district. Throughout the year our Pre-K teachers attend School District Kindergarten teacher meetings and conferences to stay up on the requirements and needs of the school district.  Though having an academic focus, Crayon instills a fun and highly engaging classroom.

Kindergarten Enhancement (morning and afternoon)

For children attending a public school Kindergarten Program we have created a program to enhance their school experience and expectations. Your child will be offered a host of developmentally appropriate activities aimed at improving their social, language, physical and academic skills and competencies. Their learning will continue here.

Your Kindergarten child will engage in learning centers generally oriented toward an interdisciplinary approach within a thematic framework. The childrens’ interests will be a critical part of the curriculum design along with ongoing consideration of individual self-pacing. Our teachers believe that learning is best accomplished when the children partake in hands-on, relevant activities where the goals are established, yet the outcome remains flexible. Your child will participate in cooperative group and independent projects with “choice” being an essential element.

Kids-RunningAcademic endeavors intermingled with music, art, dance and drama spark the individual interests of each child. Physical activities outdoor and indoor include opportunities to expend energy, follow the rules of organized games and begin to understand the concept of competition. Your child will be exposed to critical social concepts regarding communication, resolution and friendship. They will be applauded for their effort and completion of tasks initiated. Our teachers will always focus on their personal process over their end product.

Our educational philosophy upholds the tenant that respecting and reinforcing the whole child instigates growth across all critical developmental areas. Your child will blossom in our Kindergarten Program.

School Age

Our School Age Program is a perfect blend of a home-like setting with an ever changing abundance of activities, projects, discussions and opportunities. Individuality and creative expression are at the core of our program. Before the school bus arrives we will offer your child a calm place to socialize, a healthy morning snack, a quiet array of activities and finally the ideal send off necessary to insure a great day at school.

Our teachers will personally greet your child off the bus, inquire about their day at school, provide them with a hearty snack and encourage them to select the activities that suit them best. We believe that the interests and needs of your child are always evolving, so our program allows daily for individual choice and preference. A group “meeting” sets the stage for what’s planned and is the open arena for suggestions.

Imagination and Discovery

Our imaginations have no boundaries as displayed by the artwork showcased throughout. Experiments and inventions are alive in the science center while building and sculpting formations flow from our creative notions. Your child will play a variety organized games and sports, always following their inclinations.

Our games are athletically and theatrically based.

As the oldest children, the School Age Program brings the community into Crayon Campus from bake sales with proceeds toward adopting an animal from the farm sanctuary to clothing collections for local families in need. Our “Buddy Club” promotes interaction between the older and younger children. Your child may read to a 4 year old, work on a puzzle with a 3 year old or sing to a toddler. We advocate a simple sense of social awareness and friendship building. Our annual talent show, complete with keepsake DVD, provides the forum for your child to perform on our special stage while entertaining the rest of the center.

If your child has homework to complete our teachers provide a quiet environment and guidance as needed. We believe that it’s essential that following a challenging school day every child needs to receive and do what’s satisfying to them. Our structure is flexible and exceptionally broad and personalized.

A full day vacation program with thematically planned activities across a wide spectrum is offered when school is closed due to holidays or inclement weather conditions.

Our teachers appreciate the dynamic growth and diversity of individual children and will promote your child’s development within an environment that seizes every opportunity for creativity, social awareness, independence and success.

Adventure Camp

After a long school year, your child is looking for something different, fun and exciting. As a parent you want your child to enjoy the free spirit of summer but in a safe and secure setting. Crayon Campus being aware of this, designs its summer adventure camp to satisfy both of these needs. The theme based camp program at Crayon Campus recognizes that older children have different interest and are eager to explore new areas of learning and exploration.

Next Stop – Fun!

adventureYou and your child can select and choose one or more of the sessions, based upon interests and family vacation schedules. Our camp enrollment is kept small to ensure lots of personal attention and one-to-one interaction with camp leaders. During camp we respect the maturing nature of each child and allow a great amount individual choice in the selection of daily activities. Often children, with guidance, design and choose what they consider to be fun and exciting within the over-all theme of the session. During each session regardless of the theme, children will get plenty of out of door play time, enhanced with swimming and favorite sporting games. In the past children have found the following sessions to be especially fun and exciting.

Session One: June 26 - June 30

ANIMAL PLANET

  • Welcome to Camp Journey 2017!
  • Animal learning & exploration!
  • Field trip to the Seneca Park Zoo
  • Swimming

Session Two: July 10- July 21

CREATIVE CAMPERS

  • Calling all Artists.. Let’s see your creativity! Can you think outside the box?
  • Put on a performance– show off at our Talent Show!
  • Field trip to RAPA Family Theatre to see Rumpelstiltskin!
  • Park Hopping– Finding art in the real world!
  • Swimming

Session Three: July 24 - Aug 4

AROUND THE WORLD

  • Explore different modes of transportation, including space travel and flight!
  • Field trip to the Rochester International Airport
  • Field trip to the Strasenburgh Planetarium
  • Swimming

Session Four: Aug 7 - Aug 18

SPORTS MADNESS

  • Let’s get athletic! Learn about sports and fitness!
  • Field trip to Total Sports Experience
  • Field trip to Sky Zone
  • Swimming

Session Five: Aug 21- Sept 1

STEM

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics!!
  • Reveal our time capsules created throughout summer camp as we take a trip back in time. 
  • Field trip to Rochester Museum and Science Center
  • Field trip to Seabreeze
  • End of Summer Family Picnic!