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Our Programs

Throughout all programs, caregivers and parents will work as partners to share important aspects of each child. By sharing observations and growth, and developmental milestones, this partnership will ensure each child is learning to his or her highest potential.

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SEEDLINGS [Infants]

The infant program at Theodore’s Academy is exceptional in the fact that it goes beyond regular daycare practice. Our caregivers strive to create every possible opportunity to bond and develop trust with not only these special little ones, but families as well. Our infant room was created to make our infants feel safe and happy while they cannot be at home. Our caregivers will guide development by creating a nurturing environment, providing stimulating and educational toys to explore, and age appropriate activities to help the little ones stay curious in their learning journey.

In our infant program, we have chosen to be influenced by play-based curriculum, as well as, Milestones. Each day provides children with developmentally appropriate experiences. Learning happens throughout the day during each portion of the classroom routine. Caregivers take each moment and turn it into a teachable moment. Planned learning takes place with individual children, as well as within small group settings.  Research shows that children learn best through play, and within a routine, so children are given the day to learn through hands-on exploration of toys and materials.  Both indoor and outdoor learning experiences are designed to meet children’s needs and interests.


SPROUTS [Toddlers]

As these curious little ones are growing, Theodore’s Academy strives to focus their energy into learning moments that are guided by positive encouragement and guidance towards developing milestones and physical skills. These youngsters are given ample room to move and given many opportunities to explore both indoors and outdoors. Within this classroom, caregivers provide a stimulating environment, immersive learning experiences, many educational and stimulating toys, and activities throughout the daily routine to help the children learn through play. Caregivers use every opportunity to incorporate music, songs, dramatic play, imaginative play, cooperative play, encouraging creativity, speaking, as well as basic sign language, teaching independence skills, social skills and problem-solving skills, all while setting challenging, yet achievable goals for each individual child.

Similar to our infant program, for toddlers we have chosen to be influenced by play-based curriculum, as well as, Milestones. Each day provides children with developmentally appropriate experiences. Learning happens throughout the day during each portion of the classroom routine. Caregivers take each moment and turn it into a teachable moment. Planned learning takes place with individual children, as well as within small group settings.  Research shows that children learn best through play, and within a routine, so children are given the day to learn through hands-on exploration of toys and materials.  Both indoor and outdoor learning experiences are designed to meet children’s needs and interests.

We should also mention that we will begin toilet training, based on each individual child and family’s needs. This will continue into the Early Preschool classroom as well, if need be! We understand each child goes into this potty journey at a different time, and with a different perspective!


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BLOSSOMS [Early Preschool]

Preparing for preschool is an exciting time for little learners and families.  Before entering our preschool at Theodore’s Academy, children will be in our “Early Preschool” classroom.  It is in this room that our caregivers provide ample opportunities and activities to promote the readiness skills children will need in the preschool classroom. These opportunities include promoting independence, learning how to self-regulate, how to follow simple directions, following built routines, and collaborating with others to solve problems. Caregivers use every opportunity to incorporate music, songs, dramatic play, imaginative play, cooperative play, encouraging creativity, speaking, as well as basic sign language, teaching independence skills, social skills and problem-solving skills, all while setting challenging, yet achievable goals for each individual child.

It is in this room that we continue the influence of play-based curriculum, as well as beginning a theme-based curriculum. Each day provides children with developmentally appropriate experiences. Learning happens throughout the day during each portion of the classroom routine. Caregivers take each moment and turn it into a teachable moment. Planned learning takes place with individual children, as well as within small group settings.  Research shows that children learn best through play, and within a routine, so children are given the day to learn through hands-on exploration of toys and materials.  Both indoor and outdoor learning experiences are designed to meet children’s needs and interests. A theme-based curriculum means that each educational skill area is connected to a topic. This topic is usually chosen by the students’ interests. This could last one week, one month, or even for an entire season. Research shows that learning is an integrated process and using the theme-based education can be very beneficial for children of the preschool age. By teaching children that we can learn about different aspects of a specific topic throughout the day and through all different subject areas, and show them how to make these important connections, they will in turn start making their own connections from one experience to another, both in school, and in everyday life. This will help early preschool children develop creative thinking skills. This curriculum also gives the teacher the flexibility to follow student interests and extend or shorten the time spent on a theme based on the level of student interest. Our caregiver has the flexibility to build themes based on the interests of the group of students in the classroom, while teaching age appropriate skills, and setting challenging, yet achievable goals.

If needed, toilet training will continue in this classroom. We should mention that before entering our preschool program, all children must be toilet trained.


LITTLE GARDENERS [Preschool]

Preschool is a crucial checkpoint on the path for academic success. Preschool helps build the tools children will use in kindergarten. Our goal is to provide hands-on learning experiences that will build the important school readiness skills.

Our preschool program is influenced by the Theme-based curriculum. A theme-based curriculum means that each educational skill area is connected to a topic. This topic is usually chosen by the students’ interests. This could last one week, one month, or even for an entire season. Research shows that learning is an integrated process and using the theme-based education can be very beneficial for children of the preschool age. By teaching children that we can learn about different aspects of a specific topic throughout the day and through all different subject areas, and show them how to make these important connections, they will in turn start making their own connections from one experience to another, both in school, and in everyday life. This will help preschool children develop creative thinking skills. Like the Pre-Preschool program, this curriculum also gives the teacher the flexibility to follow student interests and extend or shorten the time spent on a theme based on the level of student interest. Our teacher has the flexibility to build themes based on the interests of the group of students in the preschool classroom, while teaching age appropriate skills, and setting challenging, yet achievable goals. Our preschool program will address all areas of early learning: language and literacy, science, social skills, math, and physical skills. Students will be exposed to learning in a variety of ways: problem solving, art, music, movement, writing, drawing, listening, storytelling, and most importantly, play!


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Theodore's Academy
Preschool & Childcare
Sioux City, IA 51106

Phone: 712.389.2180
Email: theodoresacademy@gmail.com