What sets this program apart from all the rest?
Other than having 36 years of child care experience, our teachers offer the tender, love, and care your child deserves. This program is for children who are between the ages of 4 years-old to 5 years-old (if your birthday falls between Aug.1st. -Dec.1st). Students in this class will learn to play with friends, get set in school routines, and of course, enjoy lots of crafts and outdoor playtime! In addition, they will learn kindergarten readiness skills; such as spelling their name, identify numbers past 20 and all shapes, using common tools like scissors & gluesticks, and most importantly reading readiness!
A Ratio 1:8 Teacher/Student ratio
Individualized attention remains an essential part of a child’s first school experience! Our 1:8 ratio allows the teachers to continue to provide the children with comfort during separation anxiety, assistance with bathroom needs, frequent examples and reminders of appropriate behavior, and involved classroom activities. Our maximum class size of twenty four students per day is just right for our four year program! It is a group that is small enough to allow the children to get to know each other and stress the importance of each child being a valuable participant and contributor to the class. We make the class slightly larger than the three year old group to serve as a transition to the class size they will experience in Kindergarten.
Developmentally Appropriate Lessons
We will challenge and nurture your child in a setting that first meets the important emotional needs of safety and belonging, and then provides ample, developmentally appropriate academic and social experiences. This program is neither a watered down elementary level program, nor a chaotic daycare. We strive to cater to the unique, individual needs of all of our students, that is a calm and productive environment. Our lessons concentrate on all 7 of the developmental learning styles; tactile, kinetic, visual, verbal, audio, and plenty of opportunities for social and solitary time! In addition we offer daily lessons in fine and gross motor skills!
Three Rotating Teachers
In order for a child to succeed in a classroom setting they need to feel they are in a safe, calm, and fun atmosphere. Having 3 rotating teachers in our classroom allows for these student needs to be met. This also allows our students get more 1 on 1 time with teachers for academic, social or hygiene needs. In addition, exposing the children to a variety of teaching styles, making the the transition to kindergarten that much easier. Finally, having three rotating teachers means your child is experiencing free choice play time, outdoor recess, Language Arts, Math, and Science concepts everyday they attend!
- All teachers maintain full CPR and Bloodborne Pathogens Certification .
- All teachers maintain the required 16 hours of annual clock hour changing, and an additional 8 hours for partners at the Great Start to Quality making 24 hours total per year!
- All teachers maintain perfect records with the Central Registry and are background checked by ICHAT!
Our Classroom Activities
Small Group Instruction
Our Small Group setting is one in which the children are broke into groups of 5-8 children. These children work with a teacher on a concept (language arts, mathematics, science, etc.). This small group setting allows for a calm and controlled activity time in which students can ask questions and get help when needed. We find that children thrive when they are not competing with too many other children for attention. This also allows for your child to get a more in depth discovery. Individual attention can be paid to children who need extra assistance at this time too!
Large Group Instruction
Our Large Group setting focuses on important social emotional growth. In this setting the students focus on appropriate carpet behaviors, learning to talk in front of a group, listening to others share stories, participate in movements and songs, and raising their hand to share their stories. Most of this is done during our calendar routine, introduction to science topics, Show ‘N’ Tell and our 5th Grade word of the month practice. This is a great opportunity for your child to practice Kindergarten exceptions.
We will introduce your child to a variety of different fruits and veggies! We follow the CACFP’s menu guidelines for snack. (Link below) We provide fresh fruits and veggies, yogurt, bagels and much more for your little ones plate! We try to expose your child to as many different new foods and educate their palate too! *We work with all diets and allergies. ( https://www.fns.usda.gov/cacfp/meals-and-snacks )