“Freshman” program, otherwise known as our infant and early
toddler program, cherishes and enjoys each child as an
individual. We look at each infant's specific needs and tailor
a day completely around them; we make no attempt to impose a
formal center schedule or routine to your infant in our Freshman
I room. Our biggest goal at Bonaventure Academy
is to create an environment of security, which allows your child
to begin the exploration process with freedom. We nurture,
interact, and play with your infant in developmentally
appropriate ways to stimulate cognitive, physical, and
psychosocial growth. We meet regularly with each parent to
discuss the needs and concerns of each child, fill out an
individual schedule, and update it whenever necessary. The
parent can expect to receive a written "Baby Times" at the end
of each day, giving you, the parent, crucial information
regarding feeding, diapering, and other relevant information of
the day. Our Freshman II program is designed for those infants
who have become mobile and are looking for new rooms to explore.
This is where we begin to “try” to introduce a bit of
routine and scheduling so that we can introduce more content.
We sing, we dance, and we play- a busy day for our
The Sophomore I and II program are designed for children who
have developmentally moved on from our Freshman program and are
looking for more challenges.
We move children by developmental milestones and personal
goals rather than chronological age. Children's days are
slightly more structured than the Freshman rooms. Children are
introduced to 'group' activities during circle time (singing
songs, learning body parts, playing hand games, etc.).
They are introduced to more art projects, manipulatives
and specific activities regarding our theme of the week. We
continue to create activities and utilize play items to allow
children to explore, create, and invent. We encourage their
innate desire to be independent, and desire to communicate and
structure our activities around them. We focus on socialization
and how to "be a good friend". We potty train when your child
and you are ready, and in the manner that you select, acting as
a compliment to your efforts.
In our Sophomore program, children have the benefit of
being a part of a smaller, more intimate group to build skills
that are perfect for their age group, and then group together to
gain the benefits of multiage gatherings.
Children are able to snuggle with a good book and a comfy pillow
under a tree or use their imagination to soar like a fairy in
the dress-up area. While learning is more structured, free play
encourages the child to explore and imagine of far-off places.
Our Preschool Program is designed to provide our "Three's" an
environment in which to continue to grow and learn. We thrive
from the enthusiasm the children bring each day- they want to
grow, learn and explore, and all own their own terms.
is fundamental to this age, and nurtured positively, will give
your child the tools they need to be successful and happy
adults. We begin to implement more structure, and curriculum
additions are designed to encourage individual growth. We
introduce daily calendar activities, giving a bare bones
introduction to time, calendar and what the theme/content area
of the week is. This program is designed for each child to
interact, focusing on self esteem and verbal expression. This
opportunity gives children the opportunity to present and create
in front of their peers, encouraging a strong sense of self. We
further our focus on socialization and give the children the
words to communicate effectively with one another. We utilize a
formal curriculum entitled
Creative Curriculum which introduces language, reading
readiness (letter recognition, awareness of print and its
purpose), math through manipulative, science, and music while
always encouraging positive social interaction and building
strong self confidence. Children participate in circle time,
large and small group functions, one-on-one teacher-guided
activities and self-directed activities. Our preschool room is
divided into learning centers including an art area, library (or
book nook); dramatic play area, blocks, manipulative and games
area, sensory table, computers, and a discovery science center.
Our Senior program expands all the ideas and concepts of our
Junior Room. Our large group activities continue to motivate
children to participate in a large group setting and develop the
self assurance necessary to be successful in our classroom and
when they are in kindergarten and beyond. Our teachers nurture
each individual child and their specific needs and interests.
We begin to explore "studies" and allow our students to take a
lead role in their education by expressing interest in specific
themes. Our classroom is designed with the same learning
centers as our three year old room, but they are broadened to
challenge our children's curiosity and imagination. By creating
the areas of the classroom to coincide with "real-life"
activities, children begin to make a connection that we use the
concepts taught in our classroom as they start to experiment
with the outside world. Our functional learning time and
directed learning activities increase as well, to prepare our
children for their first steps into kindergarten. We encourage
children to experiment with relationships and "real-life" with
pretend play. Socialization is again a major focus, enabling
our children to be empathetic and sensitive for one another. .