Honeydew Drop provides daycare services for children 4 months to 5 years old. We provide meals, a structured curriculum and our facilities include outdoor play areas. We have full-time, part-time and 3-hour time slots. We have a child-centered approach that enriches the developmental stages of each child.
We structure our daycare curriculum around monthly themes where we explore a specific topic with the children. Throughout the month, we explore the theme by talking, singing, reading books and creating projects about it. For example, when we our theme was pets, we had intentional play where we encouraged the children to pretend they were cats or fishes, etc. We read a picture book about kittens. We made cat masks and dog puppets. This keeps our program focused and consistent and the children get to use their imaginations in learning about their world. The consistency and repetition helps them retain the knowledge and apply it to other times and places in their lives.
Once a month for a whole week we feature a specific culture or a tradition. We learn simple things about the culture: costumes, food, music, etc. For example, we celebrate Chinese New Year every February. We decorate Honeydew with dragons, Chinese characters and red flags. A Chinese friend visits us to read a story and talk about the Chinese food they will serve. In the summer, the children have a lot of fun during our Western Hoe-Down. They wear cowboy hats and vests they’ve made with paper bags. We have a BBQ picnic in the backyard and dance to country music.