Look no further you have found a quality preschool for your 3 year old! Please visit our webpage @ Kidologypreschool.com. We are a project oriented Reggio Inspired Preschool expected to open this fall (9/2008). Our location is in the South Fulton area off Stonewall Tell Rd. in College Park GA. We are in the process of planning an open house for parents and the community to join us in our quest to bring understanding in this approach to edcation. Please feel free to email me @ Thekidologypreschool@gmail.com for more information.
This correspondence is being written in response to the service being provided by Kidiology Preschool located in South Fulton County. When we first visited the institution we were excited about the Reggio Emilia approach for our son. We were also ecstatic that the environment was small, intimate and soothing. Yet, now after careful consideration, the school, at best, does a great job of baby-sitting for a fee. I say this because as a parent, I have not seen any information come home depicting my childâ€™s day. Furthermore, I have not received any sample work that my son has completed nor have I seen a daily or weekly progress-monitoring sheet. In essence, I am at the mercy of what these people tell my wife and I because my child cannot communicate effectively due to his age.
Next, after doing more research I have to question the effectiveness of Kidiology and how they interpret and deliver the Reggio Emilia approach. According to Loris Malaguzzi founder of this approach, she deems that the 'Reggio' approach was developed for municipal child-care and education programs serving children below six. The approach requires children to be seen as competent, resourceful, curious, imaginative, inventive and possess a desire to interact and communicate with others. My reservation comes from not having anything concrete to gage if this is being done or not. On many occasions I did not receive a daily report and when I did the grammatical errors took away from the delivered message. This is also a â€œRed Flagâ€ namely, how can this person be an instructor or have any position in the organization when they cannot spell the word â€œsugar!â€ In addition, I am all for free exploration with the development of this particular age group. But it seems as if they just let the children roam freely with limited supervision and care. For example, in a 24-hour period my sonâ€™s brand new hat and brand new spare clothing items came up missing. The ownerâ€™s response was for parents to label the childâ€™s clothing. Yet the classroom is so small and intimate that with only five children how could anything come up missing? Her response was, â€œThe children grab things out of others cubbies and they get lost or missing, sorry.â€ As a highly qualified educator under the guidelines of No Child Left Behind this raises a â€œRED FLAG.â€ This could only mean that there is limited structure and supervision, if any, in the classroom, the teacher has a poor rapport with the children or the children are able to freely roam due to non-interest in what is being taught.
Furthermore, the Reggio Emilia Approach calls for children to use multiple symbolic languages in which to describe or present their works. We have not seen a recital, parent night or virtually any extension towards parents to see their childâ€™s progress. Kidiology does not have a formal/informal assessment nor do they offer any â€œrealâ€ documentation of the childâ€™s learning. Furthermore, the pictures and dialogue for parents to view are months old and not up to date, just check out the website, Kidiologypreschool.com. They still have information from 2008. As well, neither my spouse nor I have any knowledge of a long -term project. Thus, if parents do not know what is going on in the school, how are they to support the teacher or institution? This is why I have to question Kidiologyâ€™s delivery of the Reggio Approach.
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Two new schools - Legacy Academy and Angels Academy - in the Sandtown Crossing
Kids R Kids - Cascade and Union City
Little Linguists Preschool (Language Immersion) & The Kidology Preschool (Reggio Approach)- opening soon, third school - name tbd @Welcome All Rd - Opening December
Atlanta Montessori Academy (College Park) & Discovery Montessori Academy (East Point) - Montessori approach
The Learning Acacademy of College Park.
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You may want to check out this link to Pre K Smarties.
It is a nationwide directory of preschools. That may give you some information to start on.