Want to know a secret? Teaching children their colors, shapes, letters, letter sounds, numbers and how to count – that’s the easy stuff! It takes time and some repetition – but they’ll learn it all. They will even learn to read and write along the way. The real question is…will they learn how to think for themselves?
Will they learn how to make smart decisions and form their own opinions? Will they learn how to plan and problem solve and manage their emotions? Will they learn how to make friends, actively listen and ask questions? This is our focus. So don’t worry, we’ll make sure your kids learn their ABC’s and 123’s…but we’ll also teach them how to think!
So how do we do it? We give kids choice. We offer kids variety. We expose kids to a wide array of activities throughout the day. We also talk to kids. We ask meaningful questions and have real conversations. And this can start with your infant! Research proves that experiences wire the brain, and the more experiences the better. We’re building the foundation for a thinking brain…and we love it!
Kids need to know the rules. They need to know what to expect. Whether a daily schedule is open and free or detailed and planned, great classrooms make their expectations clear to everyone.
Kids are in school to learn…and the best way to learn is through play! Every classroom learning center or teacher delivered lesson must be interesting to grab a child’s attention. In preschool, attention spans can be short so a rich variety of activities is essential.
A teacher’s job is to assess where a child is developmentally – and guide them to the next step in the learning path. Open-ended, meaningful questions help children think about their actions in a meaningful way and help them gain knowledge. The conversations we have with children are as important as the activities they participate in.
Teachers are responsible for the physical, social and emotional well-being of their kids. Children may need hugs when they’re sad, food for a hungry belly, a suggestion to help solve a problem or assistance in the bathroom. A teacher’s job is to be there and respond when needed.
O2B Kids is the operating partner for The CHILD Center for Early Learning – an early childhood model demonstration center located in Gainesville, FL.
In collaboration with the University of Florida’s Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, O2B Kids serves as the day-to-day operating partner. In addition to providing high quality early learning for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old, the center operates as a model demonstration center for teachers, researchers and policymakers to study and learn best practices in early childhood care and education. Operating as an independent non-profit entity, additional partners include the Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG), the School Board of Alachua County, Head Start, the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County and Alachua County’s Children’s Services Advisory Board.Learn More