Building Blocks, we take pride in our facilities and the
services we provide. All our students enjoy:
lessons each week
of manipulatives and learning materials
centers for children to explore, including: science,
math, reading, writing, sensory, blocks, and dramatic
playground for privacy and security
Friday - for $2.25 we provide pizza for lunch instead
of a packed lunch
use Creative Curriculum, supplemented with our own themes
and projects. Our classes are divided into two groups:
- Our Lions are pre-kindergarten students aged 4 - 5. Students
in this class develop kindergarten skills such as phonemic
awareness, quantifying, and problem solving. Lions work
with a variety of manipulatives and hands-on tools. They
are taught to recognize and write their names and letters.
the students focus on sticking to a daily routine. They have
classroom jobs to promote independence and responsibility,
and they are able to earn prizes for these jobs and other
helpful behaviors. Lions are encouraged to become independent
through tasks such as shoe tying, hand washing, getting dressed,
etc. They practice working alone, but also in small groups
and as a large group. Throughout the year, Lions are exposed
to meaningful experiences and participate in outdoor activities.
Turtles - Our Sea Turtles are young preschoolers
aged 2½-4, although they can move up to the Lions earlier
if they demonstrate that they are ready. Sea Turtles practice
recognizing letters and numbers, counting, recognizing and
tracing their names, identifying patterns, and much more.
They also are encouraged to stick to a daily routine. Some
of our younger Sea Turtles work on potty training, and our
staff helps with this using a variety of rewards and helpful
Turtles work on sharing and working together to accomplish
goals. Like the Lions, they have classroom jobs that demonstrate
the value of being part of a team. Sea Turtles can earn prizes
for completing their jobs and other helpful behaviors.
addition to our pre-kindergarten classes, we offer several
other programs to meet the needs of our families:
Care - Available for children up to 6 years old,
this program provides structure and routine during the time
between school years. Those attending our Summer Care program
practice and review what they have learned in kindergarten,
so that they are well-prepared for their upcoming fall classes.
this environment, children spend a lot of time exploring the
outdoors. They also conduct simple science experiments and
document their findings.
Night - Designed to relieve the everyday stress of
parenting, while also providing fun and structured play for
students and their siblings, these are special
nights on which you can drop your children off at our center
and enjoy an evening out on the town by yourselves!
nights are offered once a month on a Friday, and parents can check
the newsletter each month for upcoming days. Children are
provided with dinner, a movie, and fun activities.
cost for Date Night is $30 for one child, $40 for two
or three siblings, or $50 for four or more siblings.
Days - Available for former and current students,
Building Blocks is open on those days that Traverse City
Public Schools closes due to snow. On those days, students
can be dropped off beginning at 9am.