At Balanced Family Academy, we use our Full Circle curriculum as the foundation for our teaching. Our curriculum is designed using learning themes that nurture each child’s curiosity. As the themes change monthly, the emphasis on vocabulary, shapes, colors, numbers, and letters remains consistent from week to week. This gives children the confidence to explore new ideas by activating prior knowledge. Hands-on activities are designed to give children the opportunity to work with others, while also allowing time for exploration on their own.
Learning to play, playing to learn
The positive interactions amongst the kids and teachers in the classroom provide the basis for learning experiences. With plenty of opportunity for play and collaboration with friends, learning is exciting and comes naturally.
A separate space just for play
We are proud to offer separate spaces for play both indoors and out. Children have the opportunity to visit our multipurpose room and outdoor play area on a daily basis to support large muscle development. The activities in the multipurpose room are designed to provide children with positive physical learning experiences.
Visitors make learning fun
We often invite guest presenters to come in and bring their own brand of adventure to the classroom. From music to gymnastics, or special reptile friends, the kids love these unique opportunities to explore and learn.
Learning beyond the classroom
Our preschoolers and kindergartners are offered several opportunities to explore beyond our centers with trips to the farm, nature preserves, fire stations and more.
Curriculum meets Ohio standards
We align our curriculum content to the Ohio Early Learning Standards. The five areas of learning we focus on are: Social Emotional Development, Approaches Towards Learning, Cognitive Development and General Knowledge, Language and Literacy Development, and Physical Well-being and Motor Development.
Preparing for Kindergarten
From sensory activities with shaving cream to a letter tracing activity on a dry erase board, children have the opportunity to explore within learning centers in their classroom. A huge initiative for us is Kindergarten readiness, and we work with local school districts to ensure children are successful learners while attending BFA and once they head to elementary school.
6 weeks to 18 months
Our low staff-to-child ratios ensure babies in the infant rooms get lots of TLC to help them reach the important milestones in their development. Each infant is appointed a primary caregiver; this caregiver will become an expert in your baby’s routines and preferences. Time is set aside for age-appropriate physical activity such as tummy time, sitting up, crawling, and eventually standing and walking. We connect and play with infants through sign language, picture books, and of course singing!
We provide all diapers and wipes, as well as homemade baby food made from fresh fruits and vegetables.
18 months to 3 years
At this stage, children are starting to interact more with their peers and the world around them. As children begin to expand their vocabulary, we introduce circle time where we encourage children to sing along to songs, make animal noises, and learn their first words! We also model how to use good manners and share with friends. Toddlers have the opportunity to explore new and exciting concepts through sensory activities, creative arts, games, and various group activities. The toddler room explores in multiple settings throughout the day including their classrooms, multipurpose room, and outdoor play areas.
We provide a morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack. Diapers and wipes are also provided, however, potty-training is a huge initiative in our toddler classrooms.
3 to 5 years
Our preschoolers are on a new learning adventure every single day! In our Full Circle Curriculum, we explore themes such as world travel, biomes & weather, and community heroes to spark each child's curiosity. A huge focus in these classrooms is building confidence and independence through successful learning experiences. Our small ratios allow for plenty of individualized attention to make sure all children have the guidance they need to be prepared for Kindergarten. In addition, preschoolers also have the opportunity to participate in extracurriculars such as Music, Gymnastics, and Spanish on a weekly basis.
A morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided.
5 to 6 years
In our full-day kindergarten, we believe in a literature-based approach which allows children to embrace learning with excitement and amazement. A literature-based approach means that we use books and stories to establish the foundation for each curriculum unit and use authentic texts to introduce children to different cultures, social structures, and ways of thinking.