Firefly Academy operates Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 2:30pm. Children age 2.5 to 6 may attend up to 4 hours per day. Early drop off and extended pickup are available by request, interest permitting. Please see our daily routine below for advised drop off and pick up times as we take frequent outings between 10:00am to 1:00pm. Please provide a nutritious sack lunch everyday.
Enrollment options are:
2 days: $275/mo
3 days: $400/mo
4 days: $525/mo
5 days: $600/mo
Drop-ins are also welcome, space permitting. The fee for a drop-in is $10/hr . Pre-paid discount punch cards are available for drop-ins and for additional days or hours. Space is not guaranteed for drop in participants.
Our Day at Firefly:
Loose Routine: Events occur according to a set order, or “routine,” not necessarily in accordance with the clock on the wall. The routine provides structure to our day while allowing for flexibility between activities.
8:30 Early Drop Off available to accommodate attendance at area fitness classes.
9:00 Arrival, Free Work/ Play, and Daily Journal: Children will quietly enter Firefly each morning, place their belongings in their cubbies, hang their coats, and, if they choose, remove their shoes. As the child enters and settles in, we will personally check in with each child to see if they have work/play to continue from the day before or, if they are going to choose new work, what might they like to do. We will place some activities on the tables as guided choices and also offer to help each child complete their daily journal during this time. Some children may spend a good part of this time exploring their environment and socializing with peers.
10:00 Snack: Snack will always be available and accessible to the children on an as-needed basis, but we will sit together at this time to socialize, practice manners, and read aloud.
10:20 Group Time: Discussion of the day’s activities, the weather, short stories or poems, and songs. This is also the time that we have guided music, French language exposure, and movement on varying days of the week.
10:45-11:45 Outdoor Play/Walk: Group excursion to local community playgrounds. This is the heart of our Community Based Learning component and may be extended on good weather days.
12:00 Lunch: We gather to eat lunch together at this time. Though we have a set meal time, children are able to eat throughout the day according to when their bodies are hungry.
12:20 Free Choice Work/ Play: Children are able to continue their morning work and have access to art supplies, manipulatives, books on tape, dress-up, etc… This is also the time that we have a choice of a guided art or craft project.
12:45 Community Time: Community Time is the part of the day where we come back together and review the high points of our time together, talk about what we will do the next time we are together, read a story, and share.
1:00-2:30 Flexible Pick Up: Because Firefly offers Flexible Drop Off, 8:30-10:00 am and Flexible Pick Up Times between 1pm and 2:30pm, we will have a variety of educational choice activities during those periods. Group activities, field trips, and focused work times will occur between 10-1. (Although children can be dropped off and picked up at other times, we have selected windows where it will help with the flow.) Children 2.5-4 may attend for up to 4 hours. 5 year olds may attend more than 4 hours. Punchcard rates apply for additional hours.