The infants each have individual schedules determined by the children themselves. The Creative Curriculum in the infant room focused on sign language for the infants, moving the infants around to work on their core strength, and sensory activities including water play and painting. Each day they play, sing, jump, snuggle, crawl and toddle around. The infant room encourages support from all our parents to make infant adjustments to our school as smooth as possible for them.
The Wobbler Room is a major transition room with many exciting changes. Their language is constantly growing and the group will continue to foster effective communication throughout the year. They begin increasing group activities and introducing a more developed and regular circle time. Circle times and group activities will help to encourage positive social interactions and skill building. Along with group activities, the toddlers are also working on developing a more routine day, and learning skills needed to help them become Preschoolers next year. This includes outside play together twice a day, sitting at the table and using utensils for lunch, and napping together on our mats.
The primary developmental goal of the Toddler room is independence, and they encourage parent involvement as much as possible. They no longer use sippy cups. Milk will be served from pitchers (which they will learn to use themselves!) into small plastic cups with no lids, and the kids will begin to take a more active role in the clean-up process after meals. The children begin dressing themselves and start learning about many other self-help skills. This is also the potty training room! Everyone will be encouraged to use the potty when they are ready. Parents are strongly encouraged to work closely with the teachers regarding this.
Preschool is our Alphabet Room. They work strongly on learning, reading and writing their ABCs in this classroom through a variety of fun project, songs, games, lessons, and field trips. This is the room where they start to incorporate field trips as a strong part of their lessons plans. Field trips are planned throughout the year, and parents are strongly encouraged to come along.
The main developmental goal of the Preschool classroom is to fine tune their self-help skills. This includes table manners, and having the kids serve their own food at breakfast and lunch; using complete sentences and using “words’ instead of actions when you want something.
The Pre-K classroom focuses on peer learning and Kindergarten readiness. Kindergarten readiness is “the foundation for literacy, numeracy, science, social skills and the arts.” As always, they will accomplish this all through ‘play-based’ learning and by following the guidelines of the Creative Curriculum. All of our play will enhance letter and number recognition, math and writing skills. There is also created a Kindergarten resource book in the classroom that parents will have access to anytime.