Rainbow Chimes Child Care

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RCInnerPage7Rainbow Chimes implements a highly regarded, developmentally appropriate curriculum called High Scope, based upon the fundamental premise that children are Active Learners who learn best from activities that they plan and carry out themselves. This approach promotes extended and enhanced thinking skills and responsible behavior, building self-esteem and self-worth. Early leadership abilities become evident when such cognitive development, boosted by confidence, emerges.

Based on the clinical and laboratory work of child psychologist Jean Piaget, the High Scope Educational Approach maintains that the best early childhood learning activities are child-initiated, developmentally appropriate and open-ended. High Scope embraces an environment in which the child develops through active learning aided by Key Experiences and supported by teachers who invite their curiosity and encourage their participation.

The Perry Preschool Study, an ongoing clinical study of 123 youths, provides evidence showing the lasting effects of receiving exposure to the High Scope Educational Approach at ages 3 through 11. The study documents altered performance by a factor of nearly two on four major variables at age 19. The results of The Perry Preschool Study are further documented by three decades of several other child outcome studies. The evidence for the effectiveness and widespread use of the High Scope curriculum is compelling. Participants achieve better school performance, socio-economic success and social responsibility, and do better intellectually. No other educational curriculum for children has demonstrated such a variety of important effects.

The High Scope Educational Research Foundation in Ypsilanti, Michigan has trained and endorsed the Rainbow Chimes’ Executive Director to train teachers in the High Scope curriculum.

The High Scope Classroom

RCInnerPage13The layout and design of the High Scope classroom facilitate the implementation of the curriculum. The room is divided into specialized areas each intended to develop a specific behavior. Likewise, the areas of the room are adapted for the differences between the various ages and developmental stages of children in the room.

These rooms are arranged with best quality commercially-available materials to allow the children easy access and visual accessibility. The basic areas are:

Art – This area contains all types of art material to initiate creative play, including: paint, paper, glue, fat crayons, play-dough, etc. This area has a tiled floor to facilitate clean-up.

Block – This area is stocked with many types of blocks of rudimentary shape and form providing basic material for design and building, including: wooden blocks, brightly colored plastic blocks, cardboard brick blocks, soft foam blocks, larger nesting cubes, cars, animals and people for props. This area has a low napped rug to decrease the noise level.

House/Social – This area contains replicas and real examples of household goods including: cups, bowls, cans, pots and pans, puppets and dolls, etc. This area is situated next to the block area to encourage reciprocal and role play, and to bring imaginative effects to fruition.

Quiet – This area helps to create a cozy, secure, insulated area where children can participate in quiet activities such as reading, writing, or relaxing alone or in small groups. An assortment of books and story-telling props are available. Thought-provoking games and manipulative toys are included in the area for the development of cognitive skills. This area has a low napped rug to help create the intended atmosphere.

The classrooms also contain certain enriched areas and mobile “exhibits” to provide enhanced stimulation in disciplines, including:

Music and Movement – This area enables large group interaction designed for active large muscle development including: song, dance, performing arts, and games.

Construction/Woodworking – This exhibit, equipped with real carpentry tools, initiates creativity and dexterity.

Sand and Water – This exhibit, equipped with a basin or specialized proportioned table and small filling and dumping toys, allow children to feel, touch and manipulate materials of varied texture.

Science/Math/Nature – These flexible and changing exhibits introduce the children to various aspects of the physical world in an interesting entertaining manner that invites an interactive response.

Language, Literacy, and Communication – All of the classrooms are immersed in an environment rich in books and meaningful language experiences that promote the children’s development in both receptive and expressive language skills. Babies and toddlers are read to daily and are encouraged to express themselves using their own words while the teachers model appropriate language and write down words and stories dictated by the children as they grow. As the children advance in our program they are provided opportunities for growth in language skills through investigative and meaningful learning experiences in preschool reading, writing, phonological awareness, alphabetic principle, speaking and listening, and book knowledge and general concepts about print.

All areas and materials are labeled in various ways, including: written, pictorial and photographic, or with actual pieces of the object affixed in the appropriate place. This labeling facilitates clean-up and keeps toys and other material organized in their proper order in the appropriate area. It also assists in pre-reading skills such as one-to-one correspondence, de-coding and symbolic recognition.

 

“Before he wasn’t in a daycare that really followed through or anything. It was more of a place that he was just there. At Rainbow Chimes I noticed that his behavior changed. And I noticed that that at Rainbow Chimes it’s more structured. He knows it’s time to play, it’s time to eat, it’s time to study, it’s time to read. He already got that down there and I know that that’s a lot to do with the curriculum that they have in school.” – Suelem Artzt

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I take my kids to Rainbow Chimes because as a working parent it is important for me to feel that my kids are in a safe place, where they can have fun, learn and I do not worry.

I take my kids to Rainbow Chimes because as a working parent it is important for me to feel that my kids are in a safe place, where they can have fun, learn and I do not worry. Both my kids have been going there since they were three months old. They started as infants, and now they’re going to be 13 and 10. As a working mom, especially in the city, both my husband and I are not close by. The fact that we’ve been using it for 13 years must say something. We never have had an issue. I felt comfortable that they would care for my infant, especially my first; it was a very hard thing to do to leave your three-month-old with a daycare center. They put them on a schedule; they kept them clean. I thought it was outstanding. They provided us with detailed reports on what our kids were doing each day so you felt that even though you weren’t there with your children you were able to know how their day went and whether they said a couple of words, or at school age did other things. We love Jay. The kids are picky eaters, and even if they didn’t like the meal, there’s was always a healthy alternative. One of the main reasons why we chose Rainbow Chimes was both my husband and I work in the city and we would leave early and get home late. Rainbow Chimes provided hours starting at six o’clock. If we were running late they worked with us. It helped with the stress of working full-time. Looking at Rainbow Chimes compared to other day care options, we found that the services Rainbow Chimes offered our kid was way above everything else. From the time they were infants, the care that they gave to them, the schedule they provided them, the lunches, the breakfast, the snacks, all we found to be exceptional, nutritional.
Robyn Drucker

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Rainbow Chimes is a place that I know my son is safe, he loves it there and the food is great

Compared to the other daycares, it’s not really more expensive for the quality of food, and the structure, cleanness and the safety. One of the things that I loved there is the playground’s very safe. my son never got hurt in there. Jay the cook, he’s amazing. I was there at lunch time, I just want sit down at the place myself. The food always just smells delicious and it looks really good. My son always eats a lot, it’s really nutritious food. It just looked like he really cooks for a restaurant. Before he wasn’t in a daycare that really followed through or anything. It was more of a place that he was just there. At Rainbow Chimes I noticed that his behavior changed. And I noticed that that at Rainbow Chimes it’s more structured. He knows it’s time to play, it’s time to eat, it’s time to study, it’s time to read. He already got that down there and I know that that’s a lot to do with the curriculum that they have in school. I noticed that my son, even though he’s just two and a half, every word he sees he’s spelling it, he’s saying the alphabet, he’s singing the alphabet song. He’s eager to show every time. He sees something, he’s pointing, he’s telling us. He has confidence.Everybody’s just amazing. Everybody knows everybody. The people from maintenance, they know your name, they say good morning to you when they see you in the morning. Even though I’m not there, I really know everything that happened not only because they tell me, they write in the papers. So I know what he ate, what he didn’t eat, how much he ate, what he played, what books they’ve read. And at the end of the day, she always tells me this happened, that happened. They talk to the kids in their level, but it’s not baby talk or anything like that. It’s in a way that they understand what the message is, but it’s still being delivered to a child. My son was a little behind with his speech. They really work with him and I noticed a lot of progress. I recommend Rainbow Chimes because it’s a place where you’re going to leave your kid, your most precious gift, and you’re not going to have to worry about it. You know that he’s safe, he’s happy, he’s playing, and you’re just going to have a peace of mind that your son is being well taken care of.
Suelem Artzt

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