Research shows that everyone learns in different ways.
That’s why we believe in a balanced approach to learning that encompasses the many different ways in which children learn: through play, child-directed activities, hands-on learning, and also by using traditional educational methods. Our balanced approach is designed to meet each child’s social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development needs. Our teachers take time to create interesting, diverse, child-centered environments that encourage children to explore and engage.
We provide infants with the warm and responsive care that is essential for healthy development. Gifted & Talented Academy teachers work to build relationships with families that are built on trust, kindness, and caring for the unique needs of each infant. Our environments are safe and inviting, encouraging infants to explore and experiment using the five senses.
Our teachers work together with parents to set individualized and developmentally appropriate goals for each infant in our care. Your baby will love the warm and nurturing atmosphere, soft toys, books, music, nursery rhymes and finger plays that are integrated into our infant rooms.
Toddlers (Ages 1-2)
Gifted & Talented Academy Toddler rooms are open to children who are less than 30 months, and are able to walk consistently unassisted. Toddlers are meant to be busy. They learn by exploring their environments and safely testing boundaries.
Our teachers develop lesson plans that are geared toward meeting the needs of a curious toddler, while striving to instill a feeling of autonomy and positive self-concept in each child. Children enrolled in our toddler program will be encouraged to grow in skills such as eating on their own, playing socially and independently, exploring new experiences, and communicating with their friends and teachers.
Our toddler teachers also prepare hands-on learning activities while integrating the A Beka curriculum, to help advance your toddler’s intellectual, social, physical, and emotional growth. Some concepts introduced at this age include color words, shapes, animals, health, safety, science, and manners, as well as simple counting and basic number concepts.
Pre-School (3 Year Olds)
Gifted & Talented Academy Preschool teachers know that three year olds are opening up their world and developing special friendships. They are learning new words and forming new ideas every day! Our teachers use developmentally appropriate activities to help preschoolers develop intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally. They integrate the A Beka curriculum with fun, creative, hands-on activities that emphasize pre-math skills and language development. Some of these skills include counting, number recognition, letter recognition through sound and pictures, and further development of color words, shapes, animals, transportation, countries, community helpers, health, safety, manners, and science. Children in the preschool room also explore the arts through music, painting, poetry, and other creative play.
Pre-Kindergarten (4-5 Year Olds)
Pre-Kindergarteners are eager to explore and learn more about their world. Gifted & Talented Academy teachers will help stretch your pre-k child’s imagination and discover new concepts with confidence. Our teachers creatively integrate the A Beka curriculum with other developmentally appropriate techniques, such as learning through play, Reggio Emilia, and other long-standing early education approaches. All of these techniques help your Pre-Kindergartener develop emergent reading, writing and math skills. Our engaging programs and activities will help promote social, emotional, physical, cognitive, creative, and character development in your child.
Kindergarten (5-6 Year Olds)
Navigating through the world takes on new complexities in kindergarten. Children at this age are even more eager to explore and investigate their expanding world. At Gifted & Talented Academy, our teachers are there to help guide and support kindergarteners as they gradually establish independence.
The Gifted & Talented Academy Kindergarten Room is a private kindergarten program with no birthday cutoff. Our teachers help prepare kindergarteners to be successful elementary school students who have a joy for learning. They continue to use fun and creative hands-on techniques which keep children engaged and eager to learn more. Gifted & Talented Academy teachers balance the Indiana State academic standards with the A Beka curriculum, play-based learning, Reggio/High Scope, and other developmentally appropriate education techniques. Learning at this age will continue to support each child’s intellectual, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development.
School Agers (6-12 Year Olds)
Gifted & Talented Academy offer a Full Day Summer Camp and Before and After School Care for children until their 13th birthday. When children are not in school, they want to have fun! We offer a comprehensive private summer day camp for school aged children that will keep them actively engaged during the summer. Our teachers develop a special summer curriculum that is fun and educational, without children feeling like they are in school. Some of the activities planned for the upcoming summer include, but are not limited to: swimming lessons at the IUPUI Natatorium, golf lessons, tennis lessons, Indianapolis Indians game, Peace Learning Center, the Indianapolis Zoo, local parks and splash pads, etc. Please inquire about our Summer and Before and After Care programs for up to the minute details on other upcoming school aged offerings.