“Education is teaching our children to desire the right things.” – Plato
6 weeks - 16 months old
The first 16 months of a child’s life are crucial to their success. During this time, children learn and explore the world through touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound. Through our infant program, our teacher engages with each child in a responsive environment that reinforces the warmth, security and love they are used to receiving at home. We also promote gentle play – encouraging the babies to explore their surroundings with their voice, hands, feet and toes.
16 months - 2 years old
The LadyBug Academy Toddler program is designed for the growing energy and curiosity of 2 years old. During this stage of life, your child is beginning to define and develop their individuality and unique personality. At LadyBug Academy, we look for resourceful ways to help children learn and discover. In particular, we design activities that spur children’s imagination, vocabulary and learning process.
~3 years old~
Through a wide variety of children-focused activities, our Pre-schoolers are encouraged to explore their curiosity and discover new ways of learning. Whether they are cutting, pasting, painting, singing, stacking blocks in our blocks center, climbing, sliding, or putting together puzzles – we ensure our Mini Pre-schoolers are loved, nurtured, and supported.
LadyBug Academy Merrifield
LadyBug Academy Merrifield
Pre K Learners
4 - 5 years old
Between the age of 3 and 5, children explore and learn how to express emotions and abstract thought through gestures, noises, painting, building and creating things. At this stage, peer interaction and group play is critical to healthy emotional and social development.
In the first 5 years of life children go through dynamic and visible changes. Our warm, dedicated and attentive caregivers ensure each child within our care is nurtured and supported as they grow. We promote healthy development and work with the family to establish a trusting relationship between each child and our caregivers.
Each week, our caregivers design an individualized activity plan for each child. This plan considers the child’s temperament and disposition, and is adaptive to each child’s needs. Through the use of colorful pictures, puppets, stories, and engaging songs and fun games, our activity plans encourage the physical, intellectual, cognitive and emotional growth of each child.
We believe that “It takes a village” to raise a healthy and happy child and work hard to build productive relationships between our caregivers, our parents, and our community. We work closely with parents to ensure their infant develops a healthy sense of trust, is stimulated by his / her activities, and is surrounded by a sense of security and love. To ensure effective communication with parents, a Bright wheel report with information about the child’s activities, naps, diaper changes and overall well-being is sent to parents daily via email. We also host parent conferences twice a year; and maintain an open door policy that encourages parents to visit and discuss their child’s progress when needed.
Furnishings are thoughtfully organized throughout each classroom, creating a home-like environment. Softly upholstered gliders provide a place for teachers to cuddle an infant or read a favorite storybook. Specialized equipment and materials are situated at the infant’s level.