Building Blocks
Child Development and Family Support Center
6180 Atlanta Hwy, Alpharetta 30004  

  (770) 475-7196


Our Learning Experience

    All they know is that they are having fun playing! 
That's what childhood and learning is about. 
     Children naturally "know how to learn".  
They see, they touch, and they pull it apart.
They question and they want to do it on their own.  

They want everything, they do it without hesitation, and they do it again.
They start out naturally having 
self-motivation, self-confidence, and self discipline. 
      These personal traits are critical to making things happen! 

       These attitudes and persperctive can only be developed 
when our environment supports us in 
 feeling good about who we are and what we can do!
   Then our world opens up with possibilities and choices, 
    and obstacles and problems are dealt with as learning opportunities.

                                                                        It starts with the  loving

The cuddles, kisses, and hugs assure them they are always loved. 
                 And even though it's all new and they have no idea how this all works -  our smiles assure them it'll be okay.  
                       Because they will trust us to take care of them and help them understand.

Then there is the constant doing 

Exploring and discovering EVERYTHING 
Doing it differently -- putting the block back up after it falls 
Experiencing the new -- finger painting with yogurt
Singing and reading - over and over again 

                                                                   Always there is the talking 

                      "I looove you"     'Yay!"      " You did it!!"    " Where did the ball go?"   " You're ok"

And we're just starting . . .

                    What works is offering choices for them to exercise 
                           positive and appropriate choice-making. 
             Guidance with behavior modification helps them to  
      self-regulate their emotions as they learn to use their words. 
            Learning Centers in the classroom include the Library,       
                      Dramatic Play, Construction, Manipulatives,
                                 Science/Math, Music and Art.           
   Their weekly lesson plans provide activities that involve their 
        social/emotional, intellectual, language, and gross/fine                                                    motor development.

          As they play they develop self motivation and confidence.
        As they explore and discover they develop thinking skills.
        And yes (!) fits can be turned into productive interactions.                    
When we let them do it themselves, patiently support their messes and mistakes, and encouragingly guide them through the "I can't" and "don't wanna", they are learning all kinds of life-skills!

 And they are starting to understand their world 
and what they can do with it!

With their new found independence - it's all about what they can do themselves!
They make sure you know their opinions!

   The toddler stage is all about them and their world. 
   They are just starting to be aware of themselves, their needs, and their emotions. 
  and the other people in their world.


Additional centers include Writing Center, and Computer Center

They have developed memory and can build on learning experiences. 
They think in more abstract and conceptual terms 
and are now more creative and resourceful. 
Beyond trial and error they are now developing 
critical thinking and deductive reasoning. 

They now understand personal relationships better 
and they are now more empathetic and responsive.
Their world is quickly and continuously growing in size and depth.
That's why their days (and ours) are full of  
Why? How come? What happened? Why not?

Our interaction, engagement, and reponsiveness is key to them understanding and believing in themselves. 

Effort needs to be applauded over accuracy.
What is learned during the process goes further 
than delivering the product.
Validation of them being able to and wanting to, cultivates a life time self confidence and self motivation

"WOW!! I can do all that - I can do more!"


The High Scope curriculum involves a "Plan-Do-Review" active learning process. 

It starts with the "Plan" where children tap into their natural curiosity and desire to learn. 
They are encouraged to freely express their emotions and thoughts.
This allows them to develop self-worth and self-motivation.

During the "Do" phase, the child's direct and risk-free interaction with his environment
allows them to make things happen and that their thoughts and actions.
This allows them to take initiative and be self-confident. 

Finally, the "Review" portion allows them to discuss and evaluate the outcomes 
related to their choices and actions.
This fosters deductive reasoning and critical thinking skills.
Failure is but an opportunity to learn how to succeed.
Time to be self-disciplined and do it again.
Try it again - but differently!

School readiness also requires 
self-regulation of their emotions and the development of social skills.
Beyond their academic capabilities, a succesful school experinece also involves 
the ability to focus, follow directions, and work with others. 
The Pre-K program helps develop a healthy attitude towards learning 
for the many more years of education to come.

Kindergarten here we come!!


Supporting our "BIG KIDS"!

After a full day of tiring challenges at school and work, 
we understand the support our families need!

They refresh with a healthy light meal (choices of sandwiches, pasta, fruit, cereal etc.) 
They relax first with fun activities which nurture choices and involvement.
Then it's help with homework time.

As they mature it's important to realize they still need from us to develop 
healthy attitudes about themselves, and what to do with their world.
We need to cultivate healthy attitudes, appropriate perspectives, and productive habits
for them to achieve what they want in school and in life.

It's break time!
But at Building Blocks the learning continues while we're having fun!    

Fun with friends involve playing games, making music, writing stories/plays,
doing science experiments, creating new inventions, 
putting on shows, gardening, and cooking healthy, 

Interesting and fun field trips include 
nature's diversity in 42 kinds of seafood and 7 kinds of lettuce 
at the Farmer's Market,
puppet shows at the Roswell Cultural Art Center,
life in the 1800's at the home of Teddy Roosevelt's mother,
and yes the playing at the Spray Pad, Monkey Joe's, &The Main Event!

​Various problem solving, teamwork, and creative activities will let them practice the basic skills of thinking through challenges, fixing problems and creating their own choices. As they have fun with friends, they will learn to manage their emotions, interact with others, and figure out how to make things work!

Developing self-motivation 
As they understand themselves and believe in  possibilities.
Building self-confidence 
As they celebrate their individuality and  their capabilities.
Cultivating self-discipline 
As they realize that time + effort + perseverance = success  

At the end of the summer, they will not only have gained new friends and memories,
they will have a new understanding of 
themselves, their world, and what to do with it!

 Building Blocks allows you a flexible program to accomodate your summer needs. 

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