Infant/Yearling Room 6 week-18 month
The beginning of wonderful pre-school memories starts in our infant room!
Our babies and young toddlers are cared for by friendly, enthusiastic, and responsive caregivers in a calm, soothing, happy environment.
Their daily needs are addressed with smiles and frequent eye contact. Loving interaction between baby and caregiver is given during diaper changes, feedings, rest time, and playtime.
Babies and young toddlers are talked to about what they are seeing and experiencing thus encouraging their vocabulary development. Learning about feelings is an important developmental aspect of all children. Our infants focus on listening and responding to sounds, voices, words, sensations, and facial expressions as well as communicating with movements, gestures, facial expressions, sounds, and words. Songs are frequently sung and soothing music is played during naps.
There is plenty of cuddle time and babies are given plenty of individualized attention. Parents are kept up to date with a daily sheet that reports feeding times/amounts, diaper changes, nap times, and activities that occurred each day through our online app.
The staff is responsive to each parent’s concerns and suggestions and baby’s achievements are joyfully shared.
Our room resembles a relaxing home atmosphere with cribs, age-appropriate toys, bouncers, high chairs and a comfy rocking chair. Each child has their own cubby for personal items. There is adequate space for the staff to sit on the floor with baby during play.
This nurturing environment provides the structure that allows the students to grow and learn while feeling safe and comfortable. Students are given daily opportunities to explore and learn through age-appropriate toys and projects.
Toddler Room 18-36 months
Children in the Toddler Classroom are encouraged to try to use their words to express their needs and wants. The activities in the Toddler Classroom are developed to create learning experiences and social experiences through play, projects, and activities. They focus on solving problems encountered in exploration and play. Learning about thinking skills is a valuable aspect of our toddler rooms. Each child will gain an understanding of basic concepts and relationships. They will be able to apply knowledge to new situations. They will also be able to develop strategies for solving problems.
Our toddlers will learn by moving and doing. They will develop gross motor skills as well as fine motor skills. They will learn to coordinate their eye and hand movements as well as develop self-help skills.
A daily sheet is filled out on our online app to let parents know when the child was changed throughout the day, what they ate, and how long they slept.
PRESCHOOL 3 & 4 CLASSROOM:
A child’s feeling of independence and social interaction with others is what the Preschool 3 classroom is all about. Our program revolves around the children learning to help themselves and getting along with others.
During the course of the day, children are encouraged to make choices for themselves, cooperate with others as well as listen and follow directions. During the course of the program the classroom teachers lead the children in small and large group activities, such as movement, read-a-loud stories, circle time and art activities. We also start the method of Fundation’s by Wilson in our Literacy groups. This allows our students to start the preparation of learning to write. The children are encouraged to make friends, share and communicate with their classmates. The children are also prompted to use the bathroom on their own, although assistance is given if necessary.
In preparation for the Preschool 4 classroom, the Preschool 3 class works on their hand writing skills, colors, shapes and numbers each day through whole group lessons as well as individual mini lessons. This gives each teacher the opportunity to work one-on-one with each student.
PRESCHOOL 5 CLASSROOM: (PRE-K)
(Children who missed Sept 1st age cut off/Kindergarten Curriculum)
What makes our Pre-school 5 Classroom so much fun? What makes a child want to learn? It’s a wonderful learning classroom like ours!
Our safe and enriching program focuses on all aspects of creative learning. Hands on activities encompass exciting weekly themes which include nutrition, 5 senses, Weather, dinosaurs and Eric Carle, to name just a few.
Preschoolers rotate to a variety of learning centers which offer items to help stimulate young imaginative minds. Fundation’s by Wilson is used for Literacy injunction with creative writing and circle time readings. Calendar time introduces them to the days of the week and the months of the year. Patterns, graphing, simple math and science activities are included in the weekly program. Music, movement, and playground times are a favorite part of each day.
The children’s art is proudly displayed around the room and displayed on our online app for our parents to see. Fine motor skills are used daily as they participate in themed take home projects. Their individuality is appreciated and their achievements are applauded.
Positive discipline methods are used so the children do not feel singled out or embarrassed. Preparing these young minds for kindergarten is a primary goal of the teachers as they encourage verbal skills, teach self-help skills and promote self-assurance.