Adventures in Early Learning Center
Adventures in Early Learning Center (AELC) provides quality early care and education for the children of employees of the following participating Topeka corporations: Capital Federal Savings, and Hill's Pet Nutrition.
The center features the highest quality of care standards and provides optimal care and early education of the children and allows the center to be utilized as a "lab" or "model" school for training child care providers.
AELC is a participating member of QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System) which focuses on quality improvement in early care and education.
817 SW Harrison (785) 234-2273
In the Day of the Life of A Child
In the Infant classroom, our lessons are planned around meeting each child's individual needs. Every month each child receives a goal sheet outlining where they should be developmentally. Our days consist of activities to promote individual goals as well as the group as a whole. Some of these activities might include artwork such as finger and foot painting; sensory play using things like water, different texture fabrics and more; gross motor skill development through playing in the ball bit, maneuvering soft block obstacle courses and much, much more!.
We also have outside time every day, weather permitting. We take walks around the Capitol building and the downtown area, as well as play in the grass on the Capitol grounds. This summer we are starting water play outside as well. On Wednesdays, the children enjoy going to the farmer's market and looking at the fresh produce and flowers.
Most importantly we believe that every child needs a safe and nurturing place to learn and grow while enjoying age appropriate activities. We make sure the children in the Infant classroom we get all the TLC they need while they play and learn in a fun and stimulating environment. It is a constant pleasure to watch each child develop and learn every day!
Welcome to the Older Infant classroom where all our friends are greeted with love and open arms! We use a combination of teaching methods and learning is FUN! In our group, we work on sign language, social, emotional and motor skills. Sensory play has become the number one activity in our classroom. Everyone loves it! Our friends love to get messy whether it's with paints or foods. Every child is encouraged to participate in all projects. Children come into our room with beginnings of self help and communication skills. Six months later, they know how to communicate basic needs and doing things themselves.
In the Toddler classroom there is always plenty of hands-on learning where the children are able to participate in many age appropriate activities. Some of their favorites are: table toys, reading area, block area, and the dress up/house area. The children have opportunities to engage in a variety of art activities such as easel painting, finger painting, drawing, gluing and cutting. We are lucky to have a wonderful two-level play loft for the children to use for all types of imaginative play. We encourage the children to practice self-help skills like washing their own hands and picking up their dishes. Toddlers are very helpful, so we ensure they have lots of opportunities to practice those skills. They love to mimic "grown-up tasks" and one of their favorites is helping sweep the floor or passing out plates and cups at meal times. Outdoor time is another activity that Toddlers can't get enough of! We enjoy frequent play times on our wonderful playground each day. We also take special trips to places like the zoo and farmers market. Your child's day will be filled with fun!!!
Welcome to the Preschool class room at Adventures in Early Learning, where children feel loved and are encouraged to explore. The classroom itself is set up in centers that promote hands-on and child directed learning opportunities. Your child will learn social and self-help skills, early literacy and cognitive skills, and engage in creative movement and art.
In the Pre-K classroom, a combination of music, movement, small and gross motor, social, emotional, and cognitive skills, language and literacy, sensory, visual, perception, and playing is used to teach children. Your child will gain the confidence to write using the Handwriting without Tears program. While using Second Steps, your child will learn skills that promote empathy and understanding for all. Through the Healthy Hops, Animal Trackers, and SPARKS programs he or she will learn the importance of balancing exercise and healthy eating habits. The Animated Literacy curriculum focuses on language and literacy development in the areas of oral language, print awareness, letter knowledge, phonemic aware and concepts about books. All of these areas are important in the growth and development of each child. The ultimate goal of the Pre-K classroom is to help children enter kindergarten fully prepared, while keeping the fun in learning!