Legacy Academy - Chapel Hill, North Carolina
With the choice of the name, Legacy Academy for Children ®, we laid the groundwork for the mission and philosophy of our organization. Your children are your legacy, hence our motto "the perfect beginning for your legacy". From the beginning, quality early care and education has been our focus. Our name and trade identity are synonymous with the highest end of the spectrum of educational facilities for children. We focus on those aspects which leave parents with a feeling of confidence and pride in the choice they make to enroll their children. Legacy Academy, Inc. monitors and assists each individual franchisee so that a consistent look and feel of a positive, nurturing, environment is felt and recognized when parents visit any or all of our schools. WE require all of our new franchisees to submit for accreditation with NAEYC by their third anniversary. NAEYC stands for the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is an independent body based in Washington, DC which is widely recognized as the foremost authority in early childhood care in the country. All schools are given help and guidance with this process along with encouragement to keep achieving the best possible environment for children.
Legacy Academy, Inc. has its own copyrighted curriculum, Framework for their Future ®. A team of early care and education experts created the curriculum specifically for Legacy Academy, Inc. and it is used in all of our schools. Each franchise is required to employ a curriculum coordinator who is on site at their school every day. The curriculum coordinator is there to monitor, instruct, and ensure that Framework for their Future ® is properly implemented and used in all classrooms. Monthly curriculum meetings are held at the corporate office to review all issues with curriculum.
In closing, choosing Legacy means choosing to make a positive difference in the lives of children.
Framework For Their Future®
The Legacy Academy uniquely designed curriculum, Framework For Their Future ® provides a developmentally appropriate program that is challenging, stimulating and meets the needs of infants through school-age children. Interesting themes, combined with learning objectives called Key Experiences, help our teachers plan learning experiences in art, music, language, fine and gross motor, emergent math and literacy, movement and drama. Our curriculum has a strong literature component. We believe that children become readers by being read to and that children become writers by having many opportunities to express their thoughts and feelings through print. Visit our classrooms and you will see charts, posters, sentence strips, writing centers, and the children’s own language displayed to support our goal of a print-rich environment. Books, teacher-made and child-created, are available throughout Legacy classrooms.
Framework For Their Future ® is also based on the premise that children learn through active learning-direct interaction with materials and interaction with the adults who facilitate children’s learning. Manipulatives, puzzles, games and art materials stimulate "hands-on" learning and concrete learning experiences. We also know that children do not learn skills in isolation. Shapes, colors, numbers, letters and phonemic awareness are woven throughout the day, every day, to give children a strong readiness foundation. When we learn colors, we learn fuchsia and vermillion-children love different and interesting words. When we learn shapes, we go past the circle and square and look for octagons, hexagons and pentagons within the school environment. We are always looking for fun and interesting ways to stimulate children’s learning.
At Legacy Academy we feel we can make a difference in the lives of children and their teachers, and that we are responsible for the "whole" child. Our curriculum includes experiences with real works of art and classical music. We encourage our children to learn about Renoir and Picasso, and to hear and move to the works of the great musical masters. Among those masters, we make sure that Mother Goose has a special place. The imagery, language, and the rhythm and rhyme of nursery rhymes are perfect reading readiness skill builders. A Character Building focus rounds out each monthly plan. Our children are never too young to learn about honesty, patience, or friendship.
Brain Power activities are also incorporated within the daily routine to help all our children, especially infants, make those brain building connections. Activities that Challenge and Activities that Strengthen are designed to individualize our program so that all our children can grow and develop at their own unique learning rates.