Diverse Learning Environments
Our infant program focuses on two core elements. The first element is that of attachment. It is very important for infants to build trusting relationships with parents as well as caregivers. The second element is that of adult responsiveness and stimulation. Responding to the infants expressions of curiosity with eye contact and appropriate language fosters cognitive and language growth in the child from the earliest contact.
Early Learning Toddlers 15mths +
Toddlers need a fully balanced day, a caring atmosphere, reassuring routine and stimulating activities with a sense of security. They learn through a balance of play, teacher facilitated activities and repetition.
Through our early learning program and curriculum, children will enjoy stories, toys, music, games, building blocks and more, all designed to develop language, growth and provide opportunities for development of fine and gross motor skills.
This room encourages the development of preschool skills, with an emphasis on fun. Each child will exercise fine and gross motor skills throughout the day. The children follow a daily schedule that includes circle time, small group activities, projects related to a monthly theme including letters, shapes, numbers, and colors. Children are offered time to be creative and use their imaginations through dramatic play.
Preschool is an exciting new chapter in your child’s life, and our teachers are prepared to nurture children’s cognitive, social-emotional, physical and creative development. Children build confidence through fun, engaging activities while our teachers partner with you to build your child’s desire to learn and explore. Our preschoolers will begin to experience the joy of self-expression in the areas of music, arts & crafts, movement, story hour, and games in our supervised play areas. Dramatic play, outside play, music & movement, blocks and science are a big part of their day.
Children of the four’s are interested in finding out how everything works. At this stage your child will develop greater self-control and independence and enjoy trying new experiences. Since their vocabulary and pronunciation increases they begin communicating in more complex and compound sentences.
Because they feel confident to express themselves verbally, they frequently exchange ideas and suggestions.
By the end of this year many children understand that letters represent the sounds in spoken words and may associate some letters with their sounds.
Most children also write some legible letters, including their name and know that writing goes from left-to-right and top to bottom.
Four-year-olds are very curious and use their imaginations to help understand the world around them. They become complex thinkers through predictions, and our teachers provide supportive information and opportunities for trial and error observations. Our teachers value and respect these abilities and offer opportunities to explore while providing the appropriate tools and materials that will further their research.
Pre-K Transition to Kindergarten
At this age your child becomes more engaged when planning, discussing and analyzing theories from different points of views as well as their observations.
Throughout their year in Pre K your child will find opportunities to hypothesize ideas, follow through with their theories, reflect and analyze their work, as well as share their findings.
They use their knowledge of letter sounds and the symbols they correspond with to write sentences and short stories as they communicate their memories, ideas, and learned information. Their writing is constructed of both uppercase and lowercase letters while their verbal expressions begin to sound more sophisticated with the appropriate use of prepositions and interrogatives.
As their reading skills emerge, The children learn to recognize and produce rhyming words. Children develop the ability to isolate beginning, middle and ending sounds as well as segment syllables in words enabling them to blend these parts and read their first words. They recognize growing amounts of sight words that, along with an increased phonological awareness, provide them the skills to work through their first stories.
Some children are even able to read simple stories by the end of the year with support from their teachers.
Numbers and science are present in each child’s learning process and go hand in hand with their growing academic capabilities and lead to a meaningful year in preparation for Kindergarten/elementary school.