are now in our 33rd year of providing safe, reliable and loving
care for children ages 6 weeks to 11 years!
Skies was voted "2012 BEST OF THE BEST" by the Royal
Oak Tribune. We are extremely proud
of this very special accomplishment and pleased that our hard
work and dedication has been recognized.
in 1979, Sunny Skies Child Care, Inc. was established
by Rebecca L. (Lamont) Henzie as a one-room facility in a
closed elementary school in Clawson, MI.
that time our simple mission was to strive
for the safety and well-being of every child in our care,
to make learning fun, and to encourage, encourage, encourage. Over
the past 31 years we have grown to four locations and
cared for thousands of children.
all that time and for all those children, our mission has
LEARNING and FUN
ROLLED into ONE!
At Sunny Skies we believe the opportunities for children
of ANY age to learn and grow is rooted in a positive environment
that teaches exploration, self-awareness, individual and group
success, pride, and fun. Our programs are designed
to be effective regardless of the age of the child and we
believe the children in our care can achieve personal and
educational levels far beyond what anyone might expect.
Research has proven that the first three years of a child's
life is critical for brain development. Infants, toddlers
and preschoolers who are exposed to active learning, and are
given choices, are more successful in school than children
who are not given opportunities to explore. We know the key
to learning begins with communication, and we actively pursue
every chance to bring awareness and understanding to the children.
But it is a give and take; we teach them, but we also watch
and learn from them. Because communication is so important,
we teach many of our children - from infants to Pre-K - the
elements of sign language, with surprising results! A young
toddler who cannot yet form words finds a way to let us know
he wants "MORE" or "ALL DONE". It is a
wonderful and rewarding experience.
All children at Sunny Skies experience age-appropriate activities
that promote active learning. They are encouraged to make
choices that impact their day.
Infants and toddlers are encouraged to use all five senses.
Children are given the opportunity to distinguish between
sounds that are loud and soft, to experience textures, colors,
shapes and sizes. Children are exposed to objects in the center
that may be cold or hot. They learn about animals, plants,
and are given the opportunity to tell about the appearance
or how it feels.
Preschoolers are exposed to DISCOVERY SCIENCE and participate
in experiments that encourage their thoughts of prediction.
They learn about cause and effect, explore gravity, sound,
and density. They practice measuring and, importantly, discuss
their observations. Preschoolers gain a positive and healthy
attitude about their environment when DISCOVERY SCIENCE is
part of their day.
Sunny Skies promotes the "Process instead of the Product"
when children are engaged in creative arts. Children are encouraged
to use (safety) scissors, glue, paint, clay, play dough or
pencils to produce their projects. When children participate
in creative arts they interact with others, show control of
using art tools, identify colors, explore different textures
and express creativity. Children are encouraged to talk about
their work. When completed, they are proud of their accomplishment
- because they did it all by themselves!
Sunny Skies provides age-appropriate math concepts to our
infants, toddlers and preschoolers. Infants and toddlers learn
how to ask for more, use words that indicate a portion such
as some, few or a couple. They learn to identify the shorter
or taller of two objects, construct blocks that are at least
four blocks high. Children attempt to count by saying numbers
and touching the objects.
Preschoolers identify shapes, recognize basic patterns, match
objects, duplicate and extend patterns. Preschoolers recognize
and recite numerals and understand the concept of what the
number ( one, two, etc.) represents.
Infants, toddlers and preschoolers learn basic sign language.
Research has proven that infants and toddlers who may lack
language and learn basic sign language words such as "more,
all done, water" experience less of the possible frustration
that can produce behavior issues. As children move through
infancy into preschool they are taught to sign full sentences.
Sunny Skies provides language development activities that
fosters children to imitate conversations, speak in full sentences,
recognize where a story begins and ends, to use "what"
and "why" questions to learn new words and concepts.
Preschoolers are encouraged to ask questions and make comments
about a story, retell a story, and use prediction for the
outcome of a story. All children are encouraged to use recall
to tell parents about the events of their day.
Music and Movement:
Children at Sunny Skies experience daily music activities.
Children are taught to recognize and enjoy repetition of familiar
tunes, dance, clap, use different types of musical instruments
from other countries, dramatize a song or rhyme, do motions
while singing, and coordinate arms and legs while singing.
Sunny Skies promotes life skills that children would do at
home. Simple tasks such as sweeping, wiping tables, pouring
milk from a pitcher, serving food, choosing where to sit for
lunch, eating with a fork, and even washing babies, are acts
of helping their teachers and interacting with their friends.
This helps to develop a strong, positive self image.
We would love to have a chance to tell you more. Please click
on the center of your interest or stop by and see us!
To Sunny Skies
Caring is What We're All About....
* Infant Program Not Currently Available
at Crooks Rd Location