Madison Country Day School Holds Grand OpeningSep 27th, 2011 | By Lynette | Category: Community News
By Lynette Norris
Greene Publishing, Inc.
To walk through the front door of the Madison Country Day School is to step into a small world where everything is scaled down to child size and colored by a child’s imagination. The front room is a field of giant construction paper flowers, on stalks that reach almost to the ceiling, where butterfly mobiles sail overhead and large butterfly decals show the children what different butterfly species such as monarchs and swallowtails look like. Near the top of the wall, birds made from paper plates fly among the giant blossoms. Another wall has a giant mural of an apple tree bearing apples the size of cantaloupes. On a dozen of the apples are the names of children who are currently enrolled in the Madison Country Day School – its “Perfect Little Apples.”
All of the rooms are named after colors: the front room is the “Purple Room;” to the left is the “Yellow Room” where some of the children take naps; to the right is the “Green Room” with a low green table and colorful bins of toys. On one wall, a bright, colorful board, with pictures of different colored animals and plants, helps the children learn their colors. Another equally colorful board on another wall helps them learn their shapes – triangle, pentagon, oval, circle, star….
In the “Blue Room” is the Art Center; off to the side is a small kitchen where meals are prepared, and a child gate keeps the children away from the stove. There is a “Red Room,” a “Pink Room” and an “Orange Room.” Another little room off the kitchen is also used for naps, and throughout are curtains printed with Kermit the Frog playing a banjo. Everywhere are neatly organized “centers” with different types of toys and games.
Lisa Macaluso, owner of the Madison Country Day School, bought the building, but not the business, from Miss Jean, who retired from Miss Jean’s Kindergarten and Day Care. Three of the children who used to stay with Miss Jean stayed on with Lisa’s Madison Country Day School. The others are children who have joined her school in the last month or so since she has been open for business, as word of mouth from satisfied customers spreads about “the new school where Miss Jean’s used to be.”
Macaluso is no stranger to childcare and early childhood education; her mother, Marianne, has a Master’s in childhood education and taught elementary school for many years. She has been helping her daughter set up and spread the word around town about the new Madison Country Day School.
The Madison Country Day School cares for children up to five years old during the day, and provides after-hours and weekend care for children up to age 12. It also provides overnight care.
There is an emphasis on education, especially for the older children. This week, said Macaluso, they have been learning their “C’s,” and creating art projects that start with C; caterpillar, cap and so forth. Sometimes they watch a children’s movie on the television or dance and sing with dance-along/sing-along DVDs. In the back is a fenced yard filled with whimsical playground equipment, including a jungle gym shaped like a dinosaur or giant lizard.
In this bright, colorful world, created especially for children, what more could a child want?