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  • Appropriate Health and Safety Practices

  • Staff Well Trained in Early Childhood Development

  • Age Appropriate Environment

  • Small Groups

  • Lots of Love!

Our infants are a new addition to our childcare and we have taken their every need into consideration. A baby develops trust as their primary caregiver learns to respond appropriately to their unique temperament, needs and interests by being the one who almost always diapers, feeds , puts them to sleep, and communicates with the family. 


Grasshopper Room 1year - 18mos

Firefly Room

18 months - Young Twos

Yellow Bee Room

2 - 2.5 years

Orange Cricket Room

2.5 - 3 years


The Firefly, Bee , and Cricket Classes are very special programs. We believe children learn best through play and hands on experiences, so we sing, read, play games, make believe, color, paint, and glue. Through every activity we are learning as we follow our theme based curriculum. We want our children to love coming to school, to feel comfortable separating from their parents, to develop good listening skills, to be self confident, independent, and able to get along with others. We want them to love learning. Through everything we do we are on our way to reaching these goals.

Our young preschoolers enjoy using their senses and motor skills to explore the world and are highly curious about objects and things happening around them. Their language skills are growing rapidly and this is an important time in the development of the pre-reading and writing skills.  


We realize that our youngest classrooms are unique from the other programs here at Franklin Academy.  These young learners have different needs and can be a bit more complex, therefore the staff has different expectations.  Please know that each child is treated as an individual and will be nurtured to develop at their speed and level.  We know that for many of them, this is their first experience away from a parent or family member.  We want the school experience to be positive and joyful.  We want to be delicate and caring as we ease them into things like transitions, social activities with other children, balancing active and quiet time and activities, and eating lunch as a part of a group.

Classroom Anchor



  • Curriculum activities deliberately designed to help your child develop his/her attention system

  • Activities focused on observation and facilitating the interest and discovery of the child


  • Curriculum activities  designed to help your child bond and develop a sense of safety and security

  • Supportive care giving to enable the child's development of self-worth and meet individualized needs


  • Language incorporated into all learning activities to encourage children’s vocabulary development

  • Responsive care and observation to adapt the learning environment to the interest of the child

  • Literature used on a daily basis to open the child’s mind and imagination and develop vocabulary


Green Caterpillar Room

3 - 4 years


The curriculum in the classroom is play based, but there is a lot of learning going on. The activities provided are all developmentally appropriate for the children, as well as unit based. Each unit follows a specific theme.


These themes are used to emphasize letters, numbers, shapes, colors, sorting, classifying, motor skills, and social skills. We want to provide the children with the opportunity to learn to love school, to feel safe and secure, and to just be happy while they are here.



The "Academics" curriculum focuses on the following concepts:



  • Vocabulary

  • Comprehension

  • Phonemic Awareness

  • Concepts of Print

  • Phonics

  • Emergent Writing



  • Counting & Number Skills

  • Geometry

  • Sorting/Classifying

  • Measurements

  • Patterning


The "Behavior" curriculum focuses on the following concepts:


Character Development

  • Pro Social Behavior

  • Taking Turns

  • Sharing

  • Empathy

  • Respect


Everyday Living

  • Personal Safety

  • Self-Help Skills

Blue Butterfly Room

4 - 5 years

The Blue Butterfly class is a four year old class with the focus on learning through play. Lessons are theme related and changed bi-weekly. We keep our routine the same each day so the children will feel comfortable with what is "familiar" to them.


Helping children feel good about themselves is a strong focus in the Butterfly Room. We teach them to be independent, kind, and responsible. These are all good lessons for children as well as adults!

(We try to keep the children between six and eight months of the same age in classrooms, but it may vary from year to year based on enrollment.)


Ladybug  and Dragonfly Classrooms

4/5 years 


Our Young Fives program is based on the kindergarten curriculum of McGraw Hill with a focus on math and literacy instruction, and the development of social and motor skills.

The classroom instruction is designed to provide the students an opportunity to learn hands-on, in an interactive envirom=nment that will support their development while maintining the standards of kindergarten.



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Social Skills

  • Work and play cooperatively with others

  • Participate in individual, small-group, and large group classroom activities.

  • Ask for help when needed

  • Follow classroom rules and directions

  • Take responsibility for personal belongings

  • Attend to self-care (bathroom, hand-washing and dressing)


Motor Skills

  • Strengthen hand muscles through cutting, coloring, drawing, and painting

  • Develop hand-eye coordination

  • Show control in jumping, hopping, catching, running, and balancing.

  •  Grip writing utensils correctly



  • Count aloud to 20

  • Count to tell the number of objects

  • Recognize the number of items in sets of 5 or 6

  • Identify numbers from 0-10 Write some numbers between 0-10

  • Compare sets of objects using the terms more, less, same and equal

  • Add and subtract small quantities using concrete objects

  • Copy and create simple repeating patterns

  • Compare and sort objects by color, shape, size and other attributes and be able to count the objects

  •  Recognize and name shapes

  • Compare and compose shapes

  • Put shapes together to make designs, pictures, and larger shapes

  • Understand addition as putting together and adding to, and understand subtraction as taking apart and taking from.

  • Representing and comparing whole numbers, initially with sets of objects.

  • Count to answer “How Many?”



  • Share and listen for information

  • Answer questions about stories

  • Hear rhymes

  • Identify all uppercase and lowercase letters

  •  Identify all letter sounds

  • Express self in dramatic play

  • Write using pictures and symbols

  •  Increase vocabulary

  • Recognize first name in print

  • Print first name with a capital letter at the beginning, followed by lower case letter(s)

  • Understand concepts of print (front of book, back of book, read left to right)

  • Introduced to and recognize some site words

  • Read common high- frequency words by sight like the , of, to , you, she, my, is, are, do

  • Actively engage in group reading activities

  • With support, identify characters, settings, and major events in stories.

  • Print many upper and lower case letters

  • Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs

  • Distinguish between letters and other signs or symbols

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