Programs

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Infants

6 wks. – 1 yr.

You can be confident when you select The Peanut Gallery to care for your precious baby. We are committed to making this first transition away from home natural and easy for both you and your child.

In our calm and secure environment, our teachers will spend ample amounts of time rocking, cuddling and talking to your baby. Through thoughtful efforts, they will turn ordinary care-giving routines into teachable moments, basing what they do for and with your infant on your baby’s individual needs and developmental level. Our high quality programs will for far beyond that.

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Partnership With Parents: We will work with you to develop a daily schedule for your infant that will include ample playtime, cozy naptimes, and secure feeding times. We will utilize this schedule as our guide to introduce activities that will stimulate both the brain and body and will focus on skills linked to cognitive, social, language, large and fine-motor development.

Keeping You Informed: We understand the critical importance of keeping you up to date regarding all aspects of your baby’s day. Regular communication with your child’s caregivers is the hallmark of our infant programs. Daily you will receive a detailed written report of your baby’s feeding, sleeping, diapering and learning activities. Our teachers will also capture and document many of your baby’s special moments by snapping candid photos throughout the day. You can choose to receive these photographs via email or at day’s end. Additionally, you will always be welcome to call the infant nursery to chat with the caregivers during the day or—should your schedule allow—drop in to visit and spend time with your little one.

Stimulating Environments: Matter Our infant nursery is designed so that all children can learn and flourish. Our play areas are designed with plenty of room for exploration and movement and are filled with carefully selected toys and books designed to positively affect all areas of your baby’s development. To insure that your baby has ample opportunities for movement and exploration which will enhance his burgeoning motor skills, your baby will be provided with ample opportunities to stretch, move and motor about the classroom

Safety First and Foremost: As babies begin to develop their motor skills, their early attempts at sitting up, creeping, crawling and walking are often very unsteady. For that reason, our infant nursery is designed with your baby’s safety in mind. We comply with the strictest state and federal regulations as well as those imposed by toy and equipment manufacturers but our efforts don’t stop there. Our trained and observant caregivers recognize how important a safe environment is and this understanding guides all of their decisions and interactions.

Responsive Caregivers: Because babies develop an understanding of themselves through interactions with other people, our caregivers will be consistently responsive to the needs of your little one. Our warm and caring staff will support your baby’s emotional needs and will always be a careful observer of him.

Learning Times: We know that babies have a tremendous capacity for learning. Our caring teachers will make reading to, talking to and singing with your baby a priority in order to encourage language development. Using a balance of planned and spontaneous activities based on your baby’s developmental needs and interests, your little one will be helped to grow at his or her own pace.

Helping Babies Communicate: We proudly introduce all infants to Baby Signs®, the original sign language program for hearing babies. This research-proven and very fun program is a natural sign language that will allow your baby to use simple signs to communicate important things—like being hungry, tired, hot or cold– often long before he can speak. This program has many dramatic benefits including decreased frustration for baby, parent and caregiver and many emotional development boosts.

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Toddlers

1 – 2 yrs.

Your child’s world is entirely new now that he is walking and we are excited to show him all its many wonders! In this period of rapid development, your active toddler is manipulating, moving and touching. He is becoming more independent and capable of doing things for himself. In our challenging and fun toddler program, your child’s confidence will grow every day as he participates in a variety of experiences: art and sensory activities, joyful music and movement adventures and lots of active outdoor play.

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Discovery Time: Your child’s budding imagination will bloom in an environment containing equipment, materials and props that encourage play, language and discovery. Your toddler can select materials and activities that interest him, so whether building with blocks, putting a puzzle together or experiencing creative art, your toddler will grow in confidence and knowledge.

Early Learning: Your child’s budding enthusiasm for learning will be nurtured through our theme-based curriculum which will provide a multitude of fun, age-appropriate experiences with language, colors, shapes and critical thinking skills.

Talk, Talk, Talk: Your toddler’s language is exploding as he uses both meaningful words and gestures to communicate his feelings and ideas to you, his teachers and to other toddlers. Language experiences in the first two years of life lay the foundation for cognitive though and reading skills so our thoughtful teachers will not only always encourage your toddler’s efforts to communicate but will also make communicating with them a regular and very important part of each and every experience.

More Words Please: Even though your toddler is speaking some words now, there are often times when he is unable to express himself to his satisfaction or is unable to articulate his emotions or feelings. Our Baby Signs ® program, a natural sign language program for hearing children will help to make all of his communication easier and more effective and give him a safe outlet for emotional expression. You are certain to notice that it will be easier for you to communicate with your youngster—strengthening the bond you have with him.

Socialization: As your toddler learns more about himself and his abilities, he also becomes aware of others. We will provide daily opportunities for group experiences where songs, fingerplay, movement activities and stories are introduced. We will be there to nurture and guide him as his first friendships develop.

Growing Independence: Your toddler’s eagerness to be independent will make practicing self-help skills like hand washing, picking up and putting away toys, putting on a coat and sharing with others exciting and fun. Your youngster will be so proud of himself as he learns to master many of these important milestones under the careful guidance of our skilled teachers.

Preparing for Potty Training: Although children potty-train at their own pace, you and your child’s teacher work together to provide the best environment for success.

Learning from Movement: For your active toddler, movement is more than just a way of getting from one place to another; it’s actually a way of learning. Toddlers who are able to use their bodies to accomplish tasks and influence their environment feel a great sense of pride. Our Fun With Fitness program will challenge your youngster with a myriad of physical activities and will surely aid in his motor development. Your entire family will be included in the fun and learning, too: we’ll send home additional activities and healthy recipes for the entire family to try.

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Early Learners

2 – 3 yrs.

Your two year old is bursting with curiosity. He busily explores his world and is learning to communicate his thoughts and feelings. As he begins to exert his independence, he is also gaining a better understanding of what it means to play with others. Our Early Learners program will keep his small hands busy and his mind engaged through countless activities focusing on both educational fundamentals and social skill development. read more…

Why, What and How: A child’s blossoming language skills prompt many “why,” “what,” and “how” questions. We will insure that your child’s play and daily activities are filled with new discoveries and experiences that encourage him to explore his environment, increase his curiosity and enhance his knowledge of the world around him. Our skilled teachers will be there to guide, encourage and support him, filling him with confidence, self-esteem and a love of learning.

Whole Child Education: Our curriculum consists of 12 monthly units. Through small- and large-group instruction and a thoughtfully developed classroom environment, your child will benefit from activities related to cognitive, language, social and physical development. Your child’s classroom is designed with a children in mind—shelves are low and open, supplies and toys are easy to reach, toy and material boxes and tubs are colorfully labeled with both a photograph and written word, and tables are low so that your child is able to help himself to materials and put them back when they are done.

Love of Literacy: Children who learn to love books from an early age are more likely to become successful learners and lifelong readers. That knowledge guides us to fill our classrooms with a vast assortment of good books so your child can access and enjoy them throughout the day. Because our teachers make reading together a top priority, your youngster will benefit from many rich and varied conversations surrounding these stories and books. Pre-literacy skills are also embedded in many of the activities we offer your child, laying the groundwork for future reading and writing success.

Learning Spanish: Being bilingual is no longer an option—it’s a necessity. There are multitude of advantages and benefits to learning a second language at an early age, many of which continue long into adulthood. To assist children with this most important skill, we proudly offer Spanish as a component of our curriculum beginning in our Early Learners program. Research has shown that when young children are introduced to a second language, they develop a life-long love of communicating with others and a richer understanding of the grammar and pronunciation of Spanish words and phrases. Our fun introduction to Spanish will be integrated into both daily school and home activities. At this level, your child will exposed to stories and activities as well as individual vocabulary words in a most fun and playful manner.

Preparing for Potty Training: Although children potty-train at their own pace, you and your child’s teacher will work together to provide the best environment for successfully reaching this milestone.

Growing Up Fit: The world of your busy two year old is a physical one. Movement is a major way that he learns and interacts with that world. We want all children to appreciate the fun that comes with fitness while we educate their minds to make healthy choices. By starting exercise and health education at a young age we are instilling a lifelong commitment to choosing to live a healthy lifestyle.

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Preschool

3 – 4 yrs.

Your child will thrive in our preschool learning program! Children learn best by doing which is why our program combines planned learning experiences and structured play in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. We are honored to partner with you to provide the first introduction to your child’s lifetime of learning. read more…

Building a Strong Foundation: Your preschooler’s cognitive skills will be enriched through a variety of challenging math, science, social studies and literacy activities that will take place within our program’s predictable yet flexible daily schedule. He will fine tune his social skills through dramatic play, group times and independent interactions with other children. His proficiency in language arts will be increased through reading and being read to, storytelling, puppet play and ample opportunities for fine motor development.

Making Decisions, Fostering Confidence: Your child is naturally curious about the world around him and ready to learn all that he can about it. Our program has been designed to specifically meet the diverse interests and needs of preschool children. Your child can choose to play and work in seven different learning centers, each one equipped with developmentally appropriate materials designed to entice and challenge him. He’ll be able to explore numbers, colors and shapes through a myriad of projects and activities. He’ll solve problems and engage in many planned and spontaneous learning experiences. With our teachers there to guide and support him, he’ll make decisions about what materials to use and when to use them, helping to dramatically strengthen his decision-making skill and greatly increase his self-confidence.

Speaking and Listening: Throughout your youngster’s preschool experience, we will provide a variety of opportunities and activities designed to increase his vocabulary and improve his listening skills. His teachers will engage him in rich and interesting conversations all through the day and ask thoughtful questions that will stimulate his thinking. Ample opportunities for dramatic play experiences will help him further develop his speaking and listening skills which are the very foundations for learning to read and write.

Love of Literacy: Our literacy enriched environments will provide your preschooler with many valuable language and print experiences, helping him to develop all of the skills he will need for a life-long love of reading and writing. Stories and books will also be introduced as part of the art, math, cooking, science and gross motor skills components of your child’s curriculum. Incorporating stories that he already knows and loves will give him many opportunities for hands-on experiences based upon them.

Learning Spanish: The importance of learning a second language cannot be underestimated. Your preschooler will be exposed to the sounds of the Spanish language through a variety of enjoyable listening and speaking activities. Our teachers will weave Spanish words into your child’s favorite activities, songs, stories, games and pretend play throughout the day. Fun-filled lessons will introduce greetings, numbers, food, clothing, animals and weather vocabulary. In order to ensure consistent awareness and repetition, Spanish will also be blended into our other educational programs as well.

Growing Up Fit: Our unique health and fitness program was created with today’s hectic and hurried lifestyle in mind. In this stimulating and fun educational daily program, your child will not only learn the importance of keeping physically active and but also about good nutrition and making healthy food choices. In addition to a myriad of daily fun and challenging physical activities and games, your child will be able to try healthy, new recipes that he’s helped to prepare as a part of classroom cooking projects.

Computers and Other Technology: Using computers is an everyday component of our preschool program, allowing your child to practice and develop new skills through a variety of language, literacy, math and science lessons. In select The Peanut Gallery schools, children will also experience the excitement of building their cognitive and fine motor skills on a Smart Board–an interactive tool that combines the simplicity of a white board with the power of a computer.

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Pre-Kindergarten

4 – 5 yrs

Your child is approaching an exciting milestone and the adventure of a lifetime! Our fun and challenging Pre-Kindergarten program is designed specifically to promote his readiness for learning, assurance in social situations and a mastery of many fine and gross motor skills; all of which will benefit him when he moves into the school arena. Our skilled and nurturing teachers will offer a variety of both independent and cooperative learning opportunities as well as provide for generous outdoor playtime to ensure his future academic success.

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Mastering Skills: Your Pre-Kindergartner cognitive skills will be enriched through a variety of challenging math, science, social studies and literacy activities that will take place within our program’s predictable yet flexible daily schedule. Because school readiness means more than a basic knowledge of language, letters and numbers, your child will participate in activities and lessons that will enrich all developmental areas: physical, cognitive, social and emotional competence.

Enthusiastic and Confident Learner: Being an enthusiastic learner is one of the greatest predictors of academic success. Our Pre-Kindergarten program has been designed to specifically so that your child can investigate, explore, ask questions and take initiative for learning about the world. Our warm and educationally focused classrooms will allow him to persist in hands-on math, science and social studies activities that interest him and arouse his natural curiosity. His self-confidence will soar as he is given ample opportunities to make decisions about what materials to use and when to use them. Our teachers will be there to guide, support and challenge him, answer his questions and nurture his love for learning.

Oral-Language Skill Development: Research has shown that future reading success is directly tied to a well developed oral-vocabulary. Throughout the Pre-Kindergarten year, we will provide a multitude of opportunities and activities designed to not only increase your child’s vocabulary and improve his listening skills but also to present him with wide background knowledge about our world. His teachers will engage him in rich and interesting conversations all through the day and ask thoughtful questions that will stimulate his thinking.

Literacy Promotes Reading Success: Our literacy enriched environments will provide your Pre-Kindergartner with a multitude of print experiences designed to assist him in moving easily into reading. Activities designed to increase his phonological and print awareness, narrative skills and letter knowledge are regular components of your Pre-Kindergartner’s day, while the Pre-K Word Wall in his classroom will introduce sight worlds and expand his writing skills in a fun and interactive way.

Learning Spanish: The importance of learning a second language cannot be underestimated. Your Pre-Kindergarten will be exposed to the sounds of the Spanish language through a variety of enjoyable listening and speaking activities. Our teachers will weave Spanish words into your child’s favorite activities, songs, stories, games and pretend play throughout the day. Fun-filled lessons will reinforce greetings, numbers, food, clothing, animals and weather vocabulary. In order to ensure consistent awareness and repetition, Spanish will also be merged into our other educational programs as well.

Growing Up Fit: Our unique health and fitness program was created with today’s hectic and hurried lifestyle in mind. In this stimulating and fun educational daily program, your child will not only learn the importance of keeping physically active and but also about good nutrition and making healthy food choices. In addition to a myriad of daily fun and challenging physical activities and games, your child will be able to try healthy, new recipes that he’s helped to prepare as a part of classroom cooking projects.

Computers and Other Technology: Using computers is an everyday component of our preschool program, allowing your child to practice and develop new skills through a variety of language, literacy, math and science lessons. In select The Peanut Gallery schools, children will also experience the excitement of building their cognitive and fine motor skills on a Smart Board–an interactive tool that combines the simplicity of a white board with the power of a computer.

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Before & After Care

Kindergarten – 12 yrs.

Your child will love participating in our high-quality school-age program, whether your need for care is before and after school hours, elementary school holidays or early dismissal days. Based on the premise that learning happens every day, all day, our program has been designed to meet the growing educational needs of children. Not only will your student get to spend time with friends, enjoying activities that are relevant to school-age interests, he’ll also be provided with homework help and skills enhancement. read more…

The Peanut Gallery provides daily private transportation to and from many neighborhood schools, including after school transportation and programs throughout Texas—from Dallas to Temple, TX, to serve your before and after school care needs.

Everyone’s Different, Everyone’s Unique: Your child is seeking to develop of sense of himself—what he can do, who he is, how others see him, and how he fits into the world. Our programs take into account the differing needs of children ranging in age from five to twelve years of age to ensure that they successfully find their place. Our schools carefully plan lessons and activities to support the interest of each child, whether it is technology, sports, art, quiet reading, drama, organized games, cooking or science.

Designed With You In Mind: To assist you and your family with your busy schedule, many of our center’s provide transportation to and from neighborhood schools. Our fun-filled and educational programs are aligned with school calendars and are available during holidays, teacher in-service days and other school breaks.

Outdoor Adventures and Activities: To balance out the academic portion of your school-age child’s day, our programs build in plenty of time for outdoor recreation and fun.

Help With Homework: In a relaxed and encouraging environment, your school-age student will be provided with homework assistance by our caring and trained teachers.

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Summer Camp

Kindergarten – 12 yrs.

Summer isn’t Summer Without The Peanut Gallery Summer Camp!

School is out and everyone is ready for the excitement of summer! Our school-age campers will embark on various adventures as they celebrate summer. Campers will have a blast as they participate in action-packed days that are sure to create a summer of great moments, memories and friends.

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Special events, field trips and swimming round out an incredible couple of months. You can relax, knowing that your children are busy, safe and most of all, having fun!

Why The Peanut Gallery Summer Camp:

  • Extended & Flexible Hours to match your busy schedule
  • Meals & Snacks included at most locations, see School Director for details
  • Fully licensed setting with low teacher to camper ratio

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