About Building Kidz of Palo Alto

Philosophy and Curriculum
Building Kidz philosophy and curriculum safety pillar


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Keeping our children safe is our top priority and we take it very seriously. Our schools are sanitized daily and comprehensive safety protocols have been implemented.

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Performing Arts

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Our proprietary performing arts curriculum fully integrates music, dance, and theater into our age appropriate development standards through classes and Broadway style productions.

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Learning Through Life Experiences

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Our proprietary learning through life experiences curriculum complements dedicated and focused play areas to accelerate cognitive, emotional, and social development.

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Nutritious Meals

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We prepare monthly meal plans and provide nutrient-dense choices daily.

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Our children are continuously nurtured by exceptional teachers and caregivers along with age appropriate educational materials for kinesthetic, audial, visual, and touch learners.

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Our children exceed the entry level academic expectations of elementary schools in the community so that they are well prepared for their transition into their next phase of learning.

Our School Programs
Building Kidz infant program

Infant and Toddler Program

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Children are born ready to learn and they all develop at different rates. The first few years of life are a phenomenal time for humans. At Building Kidz, we proactively evaluate and support the developing brains and bodies of our infants and toddlers in a nurturing environment to enable a strong foundation for success in school and in life. As early childhood educators and caregivers, we use developmental domains to support the different aspects of each child’s overall development. By grouping related behaviors and skills into domains, we easily assess each child’s growth. The four development domains used in our proprietary infant and toddler curriculum are:

Cognitive Development

Cognitive development involves how children think, how they see their world, and how they use what they learn. Cognitive Development relates to reasoning and learning through the development of problem-solving skills, expanded thought processes, and memory.

Perceptual Motor Development

Perceptual motor development for infants and toddlers are at work the entire time they are awake. Perception refers to the process of taking in, organizing, and interpreting sensory information. Perception is multimodal, with multiple sensory inputs contributing to motor responses; motor development refers to changes in children’s ability to control their body’s movements. These movements range from an infant’s first spontaneous waving and kicking movements to the adaptive control of moving, reaching, touching, and grabbing objects.

Speech and Language Development

Speech and language development for infants is less about our infants speaking and more about us speaking to them. Throughout the day, our infants could be listening to music, being read to, or being spoken to in an effort to accelerate the development of important synapses in the part of the brain that is responsible for language. The more words our infants hear, the stronger the connections get! Our toddlers are engaging with us in structured ways to enable enhanced communication capabilities which supports accelerated verbal communication.

Social Intelligence Emotional Development

Social intelligence emotional development represents the sophisticated understanding of people, things, and themselves. The social-emotional development in children as young as infants and toddlers is critical to their sense of well-being. Through our proprietary curriculum, we continuously support and evaluate this essential development.

Building Kidz preschool program

Preschool Program

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Children between the ages of 2 and 6 develop physical coordination, formulate and combine ideas, are able to learn more complex games, and begin the journey of learning about themselves and each other. Being playful while learning is the best way to help children to remember and later apply concepts they have learned. Play and performing arts are stitched throughout our daily activities. Foreign language is introduced and expanded upon throughout our preschool curriculum. Our teachers provide individual attention to support every child’s unique needs.

Our preschool curriculum allows our children to thrive and introduces language, math, science, and social skills in a way that encourages learning at every child’s own pace. Our children strengthen their cognitive and social skills with fun memory games and team activities which combine creative expression with a tactile experience in a group setting.

Math and science skills are developed with hands-on experiences and supported by elements of the performing arts. Language experiences are introduced with performing arts integration to support accelerated literacy and language development.

Two Year Olds

Two year olds want to, and need to, explore their environment. We show our two year olds how to explore safely and get them excited to learn. Our twos’ curriculum is designed to facilitate the need to explore while introducing our children to the Building Kidz academic curriculum in a developmentally appropriate manner.

Three Year Olds

Our curriculum for three year olds is leveled up from the twos’ curriculum. Children review prior concepts before they begin to learn new concepts. Beyond the benefit of retention, this approach is also helpful for children who are attending Building Kidz for the first time as a three year old. Our three year olds review the alphabet, numbers 1 through 10, and basic colors and shapes. As the year progresses, our children learn about creating tertiary colors from primary and secondary ones and learn about different shapes. Three year olds are more verbal than two year olds and participate in discussions throughout the year. They can also handle more responsibility so we ensure they play a more active role in their development.

Four Year Olds

Four year olds are exuberant about life and learning. Above all, they are full of energy. Despite this seemingly endless reserve of energy, four-year olds are much more able to focus on one activity or concept than three year olds. For this reason, the curriculum for our four year olds is significantly leveled up. Four-year olds use their journals throughout the week for literacy and math activities. Our teachers guide our children on how to use one page at a time and how to fill out pages. Even though four year olds have more motor control and more interest in writing, it is still important for them to learn academic concepts in a “hands-on” style. Our curriculum involves sensory materials and manipulatives which allow a spectrum of basic to advanced development. The integration of music and dance with science and math truly comes to life here.

Five Year Olds

Five is an incredible age. Children at this age have the curiosity and drive to learn and explore as they did when they were four, but they now have the added capabilities to focus and be still for longer amounts of time. The curriculum for five year olds is a synthesis of all the knowledge and learning they have gained during their time at Building Kidz. Writing words and eventually sentences becomes a very integral part of their development. Our five year olds write letters to each other. In the beginning of the year, children generally write one sentence and sign their name. By the end of the year, our children are writing a few sentences and some are writing questions to their peers. Our focus on math is also leveled up a significant notch from previous years. Our children count to 100, count by fives and tens, complete simple addition and subtraction, sequencing, and learn complex patterns. Five-year olds are very creative which is reflective in the art component of our curriculum. Having gained a solid foundation in learning the primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, our five year olds will learn about more advanced colors like saffron, fuschia, and terracotta. Our children make these colors with tempera paints.