Program Days Offered: Tuesday/Thursday or Monday/Wednesday/Friday.
Program Times Offered: 9:00am - 12:00pm or 1:00pm - 4:00pm
It is our goal to provide the best school experience possible for your young child so that they learn to love school and look forward to coming each day. Knowing this is often your child's first experience in a structured school setting, we make it a priority to give that extra attention and care needed for both parent and child to feel safe and secure. With our small class sizes, the children benefit from a great deal of one-on-one teacher time which enables the teachers to truly get to know your child and to individualize instruction to fit your child's needs.
Our sessions follow a routine in order for your child to feel secure and confident. We start our day with fun manipulative toys to get fingers busy! Music is a big part of the day and fun, up-beat songs are often used for transition times such as clean-up or snack, whereas a more classic or tranquil tune may be a cue for quiet time. Children at this age are filled with energy and enthusiasm and our program is designed to capture that enthusiasm by learning through music and movement. Circle time provides us with the opportunity to sing and dance, have conversations about our daily activities and play hands-on games using shapes, colors, numbers and letters. Examples of some of these games include "feeding the penguin a shape" or putting the first letter of a name into the "gumball machine"; the children are having fun and don't even realize how much they are learning! Circle time also offers us the opportunity to listen and pay attention to our teachers and friends as we share stories and express our feelings. Our Peace Builder program has become a part of our daily circle time, too as we recite our Peace Builder Pledge and talk about what it means to be a Peace Builder which encompasses qualities like being a good friend, having empathy, telling the truth and using kind words. Every month, we have a school-wide Peace Builder activity that the children participate in and we talk about how, even at a young age, each one of us can make a difference!
Running and playing outside is certainly a must for this age group and we are sure to get outside every day, weather permitting. Our playground is equipped to target gross motor activities such as climbing, sliding, crawling and more. We also make great use of our unique campus and outdoor environment by hiking our nature trails and having fun during "barn week" where we set up activities and projects in our barn for the children to learn and enjoy.
Learning centers are a big part of our day where children have the chance to role play and work in small groups. Some examples of centers include the kitchen area, at the easel, transportation, building with blocks, at the rice/water table, with dolls or dinosaurs, at the work bench or in our always changing dramatic play center. When playing in these centers we encourage children to use their problem-solving skills, their imagination and to socialize with friends. We also have teacher directed learning centers with an aim at working on math and literacy skills in a fun, non-intimidating way. We introduce our Handwriting Without Tears Program even with our young class as it is a good base to carry through the habits and simple cues that are used in writing such as left to right, top to bottom, etc.
In every part of our day, we make it our goal to help children of this age group work on the skills that are most important for them including, socialization, sharing, healthy habits, clean-up, self-help, and the development of gross and fine motor skills.
Potty training is not required to attend however, we patiently aid your child as they are learning and we praise all efforts at school and at home.
We pride ourselves on working as a team with our parents to make this a positive, happy and memorable experience that will be a solid foundation for the rest of your child’s school years.