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Little Munchkins Academy (LMA) is Hercules’ premier preschool-kindergarten readiness program. A Nationally Accredited school celebrating 29 years of fostering the leaders of tomorrow. LMA’s teaching approach is to look at the "whole child," including growth intellectually, socially, emotionally, physically, and creatively.
The focus is not only on academic learning, but teaching children to be good citizens, teaching basic manners, teaching children about respecting themselves and others. LMA teaches children Spanish and Sign Language, Yoga and prepares children for Kindergarten.
Our 2 year old daughter has been with Miss Sarah and Little Munchkins Academy for almost three months now. In that time, her language skills have exploded! She went from babbling in her own language to speaking clearly and in full sentences, singing songs, and counting within weeks. She loves going to school in the morning and speaks about her teachers all night when she gets home. We are so happy in the developments we are seeing in her and love that she is happy in this school. The curriculum is very structured, which we were somewhat nervous about for our wild child, but the structure appears to be working well for her and she certainly hasn't lost any of her wild spirit.
LMA is a fantastic place and has a high quality preschool program. Our 5yr old son started at 17 months and has been there about 5 years. In that time, he has thrived in the excellent care of the LMA teachers. We wanted a safe, clean and loving environment for our son and LMA has not only met those requirements but exceeded our expectations. Our 23 month old daughter started with LMA at 4 months old and she has also thrived at LMA and adores the teachers. Our third child also enrolled at 4 months. Our children have learned to share, to play well with others and to play independently. LMA provides a structure that our children need as active, growing youngsters. The 5yr old is articulate and very well mannered. He is now reading and writing. Since he loves Paw Patrol and anything Cars related, we check out Step Into Reading books from the library and he reads independently at Level 2! He sings, talks nonstop and his comprehension and understanding is above his age level. Our daughter loves saying ABCs, learning her colors, painting and playing. Her comprehension is most impressive. LMA promotes age appropriate exploration through activities like working on puzzles, looking at seashells and outdoor play. Our 5 yr is doing 750-piece puzzles and our daughter loves doing the peg puzzles! We also appreciate all the wonderful artwork the children bring home, especially all the different holiday themed art throughout the year. We hang up their artwork on a wall in our home with pride. Through LMA they both love to explore books – we read to them and they look at books independently frequently. It’s especially helpful when we have quiet time or during dinner prep they can sit together or independently reading and looking at books.
We believe LMA is providing the fundamentals for a child of strong character. We think one of the most important developments has been learning manners. Our 5 yr old and 23 month old say please and thank you without prompting. Their politeness brings lots of smiles at home and with their grandparents. At LMA all the children clean their hands before and after meals. This routine has transferred well into our home and our children are accustomed to this practice. LMA also provides a great system for working parents. Notes about activities and topics discussed at school are sent home every week. Any notable behaviors/events of that day are sent when appropriate. Whenever supplies are needed, a note is provided.
Based on our experience, we believe LMA teaches children to be strong, independent thinkers and good playmates. It is without reservation that we recommend Little Munchkins Academy as a solid educational facility with excellent results.
Archived Q&A and Reviews
This is a recommendation for the family relocating to Hercules that has a 2 year old & is looking for daycare or anyone else in Hercules. Little Munchkins is the name of the facility & it is a warm & nurturing place.My son(who will be 2 in February)loves it there & often cries when we leave,LOL.There are 2 boys who are just approaching 2(in a few weeks)& 2 sweet girls who are about 2.5.It is a nice group of kids, there are older ones too but most are in kindergarten most of the day. The teacher Sarah is calm,competent,gentle and professional and her helpers are very nice as well. Also, Sarah has 3 daughters that the kids all love, my son sure does.Sarah emphasizes respect for others & reading is is a big part of her program. There is circle time and songs.Her backyard is spacious and stimulating and she has great toys, inside and out.I had switched daycares after a bad experience & my son (at 15 months & not a lot of words yet)was saying thank you after 2 weeks in this daycare.She is going for Natl Accreditation & on the last inspection got a very near perfect score & they look at everything. Contact: Sarah, 510-245-0678
I feel SO lucky to have found Little Munchkins.All the warmth,fun,structure & learning that many places claim (but don't deliver,I've sadly learned @ my son's last daycare)is here in abundance.The owner Sarah is so pleasant & calm & this is transmitted to the students.Sarah has 3 school age daughters of her own who are all great with the children and her helpers are terrific college kids that have lots of energy and patience as well.Manners and respect for others is stressed, really.It is SO clean, there are fantastic toys (not just the usual stuff)hundreds of books & the outside play area is HUGE with more great toys!My 16mo son has blossomed in the 5 weeks he's been there. He uses Thank You in context(almost overnight)& is pleasant in the evenings now, not cranky.E-mail me if you want any more details about my son's actual experiences or just call Sarah to check it out. Contact: Sarah, 510-245-0678