Class Programs & Curriculum

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Older Child Program

Age group: Children 4 years old by October 1st

Program days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Program overview:

Children work independently, in small groups and in a class setting. This structure helps children learn to follow a series of instructions as well as work independently within a classroom setting. The Older Program focuses on age appropriate themes, science, math, language, arts, sign language, Spanish, Handwriting Without Tears, music and arts & crafts. Their day is set within free and structural play, as well as snack time and lunch.


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Age group: Children 3 years old by October 1st

Program days: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Optional lunch: 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Program overview:

The Younger Program revolves around week long units that consist of colors, nursery rhymes, seasons, shapes, numbers, holidays, etc. Age appropriate academics are introduced. The children complete projects one-on-one or two-on-two with the teachers so that the teachers can help each child in specific academic, cognitive or fine motor areas that they need. Our younger children’s day is balanced between free play and structured instructional play, as well as snack time and the optional lunch program.


Terrific 2’s and 3’s

Age group: Children turning 2 years old by October 1st

Program days: Monday and/or Friday starting in January

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

Program overview:

Children in this age group are moving from parallel and independent play to interactive play, beginning to separate from their parents. We provide a caring, safe environment to gently guide children through this transition. This program emphasizes socialization and play – age appropriate academics, creative arts & crafts, music and story time.


Mommy and Me

Age group: Children turning 2 years old by October 1st

Program days: Monday starting in October

Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

*Program overview:

The program provides children with the opportunity to first experience school with their mom or dad or other caring adult. Within a flexible and gentle routine, a variety of experiences are available to each child: age appropriate academics, imaginary play, block building, crafts, circle time, music and movement, playground activities, and story time. Language development and socialization are also components of the experience. This program provides an excellent segue to the Terrific 2’s and 3’s class as the children now have confidence in themselves in a school environment.

Teacher to Children Ratios

  • Older Class: 2:18
  • Younger Class: 2:14
  • Terrific 2’s & 3’s: 2:12
  • Mommy & Me: 2:9

Curriculum

“I marvel at how much Paul has not only learned, but how much he has enjoyed learning and how much confidence he has gained.” – Dr. Laura Senator, alumni parent

Our Curriculum is developed by our teachers. They work and interact with the children on a daily basis. This daily interaction, along with their broad range of teaching experience makes them better positioned to design an appropriate curriculum for children in a particular class. The specialized and unique curriculum matches the needs of a broad variety of individual children – different in age, in developmental level and maturity.

The content of our curriculum is broken down into age appropriate “units”.

Examples of some of the units implemented are:

  • Manners – Feelings – Holidays
  • Outer Space – Castles – Dinosaurs
  • Hibernation – Seasons – Animals

Within these “units” children will learn their letters and numbers, the basics for math and science concepts, emerging reading skills, social studies, art & music. Our units are often supported through the use of books from our school library.

During Free Play, children move through centers that feature:

  • Arts & Crafts (ie: crayons, paper, scissors, glue)
  • Small Manipulatives (ie: LEGO, puzzles, BRIO, star links)
  • Large Blocks (ie: dinosaurs, farm animals, trucks & trains)
  • Books from their age appropriate library

During a more structured part of their day, children will learn together with their classmates in:

  • Circle Time
  • Calendar Activities
  • Show & Tell
  • Arts & Crafts

Music (singing & rhythm instruments)

The daily structure ad curriculum is designed to help children make two critical transitions in their young life:

  1. The Home to Pre-School transition
  2. The Pre-School to Kindergarten transition & preparedness

In-House Programs

Our classroom curriculum is complemented with a variety of in-house programs, field trips and outdoor play.

Below are some examples:

In-House Programs Field Trips

  • Local Fire Department – Local Pumpkin Patch
  • Local First Aid Squad – Local Book Store
  • Music with BIG JEFF
  • Local Holiday Festival
  • Halloween Parade – Planetarium
  • Thanksgiving Holiday Feast 
  • Farms (Sheep & Alpaca)
  • Visit from Santa – Grocery Store
  • Children & Parent Sing-Alongs