SmartStart Nature Academy: The SMARTER Choice for Your Child
The name, SmartStart, reflects our cherished belief that inner city children deserve a smarter start to life than their surroundings often allow.
At SmartStart Nature Academy we develop the whole child. Our nature-based curriculum is dynamic and learner driven; it stimulates the curiosity and creativity in young minds.
Our goal is to equip your child for school readiness; while giving him/her a smart foundation for a successful future. Thanks for making SmartStart your choice.
We exist to provide a childcare environment that teases out the unique genius in inner city children and gives them a smarter start for maximizing their life chances.
Each child is a Genius waiting to happen!
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Friends and families, are you looking for a great cultural experience this holiday season? There is an amazing attraction called Hello Panda Festival that promises a sensory experience and greater cultural appreciation. You and your child, or even other family members, can enjoy a variety of lantern exhibits, shop from an extensive souvenir market, eat … Read More
On Wednesday December 18,2019 Our 3K and PreK classes were invited to witness the art and magic of the holidays in a production of The Lion King at Hyde Leadership Elementary Charter School.
We’re getting festive! The staff and students at MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy have been busy preparing holiday decorations to display in our centers. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s in store!
The focus area for the week of Dec 3rd to Dec 6th was Sight. The class read the book “The Eye Book” by Dr Seuss. Tuesday morning’s question was, “What part of your body do you use to see?” After discussing the question, the scholars were given mirrors to look at themselves and share what … Read More
We hope you read the two previous articles: “What Are You Thankful for This Year?” and “Who Are You Thankful for This Year?.” Today we’re asking if you’re still thankful for last year’s things—the things you said you were thankful for.
Previously, we asked “What Are You Thankful for This Year?” Today we want you to think about who you’re thankful for. We all live and interact with people, or are influenced by people, or know people. There’s a popular song that says, “People Make the World Go Round,” and those people impact us all.
People all across the world shift into a seasonal awareness in November where they focus on what they’re thankful for. Thanksgiving Day is when “thankfulness” reaches its peak. This way of thinking persists into the New Year and then wanes shortly after. You don’t have to stop being thankful, though. You can be thankful every … Read More
The children and staff at our Blake Avenue location enjoyed some festive time when they gathered for the annual Smart Start Family Potluck on November 21, 2019. We are extremely thankful to everyone who helped make this possible by decorating, cooking, donating, organizing, and contributing gifts of support. We couldn’t have done it without you!
Our young scholars made Thanksgiving turkeys to commemorate this season of giving thanks. They used glue, construction paper, googly eyes, feathers, and a healthy dose of creativity and imagination to end up with refrigerator-magnet-worthy artwork. Look at the photos below!
Dear Families and Friends of our young scholars, We invite you to join us for our yearly SmartStart Family Potluck on Thursday, November 21st at 11:30AM at our Blake Avenue location. All of our classrooms will unite as one and share in this special moment honoring the tradition of sharing during this joyous season.
Making play dough is a hands-on activity which engages the children in tactile learning. Mixing, rolling, and cutting up play dough helps with hand coordination and fine motor skills, which is an important pre-writing skill.
At MOHDC SmartStart we love when our parents contribute to the classroom’s success. One happy parent contributed in a wonderful way to our Family Week and here are her words of support:
The time has come for creative fun with a book or two and a different BOO! Wednesday, October 30th will be MOHDC SmartStart Nature Academy’s Character Day at our Blake Avenue location*!
Our 3K class concentrated on our bodies for the weekly focus. They learned about the different parts of their bodies and what those parts are for. The students sang songs about their body parts like “Dry Bones” and “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” and made images of their body. Each student learned about their physical characteristics … Read More
Our children spend a lot of time with their academics, social skills, and recreational activities. These are essential for well-rounded growth in today’s children. We also teach our children etiquette, including table manners through Family Style Eating.
My son really loves learning Sign Language! He’ll continue taking lessons even after Pre-K!
My daughter doesn’t want to leave school! I thought it was because of a toy but I’m happy to know it’s because she’s excited about learning!
My son comes home excited every day with something new to tell me.Carolyn F.
You are the best. Thanks for never giving up on our son. We are very thankful for that. We know you have worked tirelessly with him, however you always got my baby to the next step. And for that we thank you!!!Rasheena H.
I LOVE the time and effort all the staff put into the kids. My daughter never wants to go home. The staff has become her family.Tanasia F.
Everyone is great here! I feel safe leaving my child there knowing that he will learn and be loved!Tia T.
My son loves the center, the teachers take good care of him and I feel satisfied with all their good and quality effort they put to their job as teachers always watching the kids protectively.Arlene P.