In order for children to grow and prosper both socially and intellectually they need the support of a warm, friendly environment where they feel secure and appreciated. Young children construct their knowledge by building on experiences from their surroundings. Children learn best through active, hands-on, discovery methods through topics that are valued and meaningful to them. We want to foster their natural inclination to grow and learn by drawing from current, innovative early childhood approaches that are based on research and recent trends in our field. Each of our classrooms follow the same general curriculum guidelines; however, each classrooms structure for implementing curriculum varies depending on the children's ages. We have constructed formats for planning activities and learning for each classroom according to those children's developmental abilities and needs. We have developed a cohesive system that provides developmentally appropriate ways of teaching young children.
Infant Classrooms (2 weeks- 1 year old and walking)
For the infant classroom we have a very individualized curriculum. Our teachers collaborate on one small group activity for each day such as painting or a nature walk. Your child's lead teacher also writes one goal/objective for each child. Throughout the week all teachers will then work on that specific goal with the child. All planning is done on a weekly basis and is posted in the classroom on an Activity Plan.
Toddler Classrooms (1 year old and walking-3 years)
For the toddler classrooms continue to focus on individualized goals while also implementing more group work by planning one group activity for each day. For the toddlers the group activity is usually one that allows the children to sit down together and work on something like reading a book, singing a song with actions, or doing a sensory based activity. Throughout the week the students work on their goals in a variety of different settings and activities. All of this planning is done on a weekly basis and is posted in the classroom on one Activity Plan.
Preschool Classroom (2.5 years-5 years)
For the preschool and Pre-k classrooms, we continue to focus on individualized goals while implementing additional group work in the afternoon. The lead teacher plans multiple group activities throughout the day that focus on collaboration between peers, social play skills, fine/gross motor development, early language and literacy, and sensory exploration. Throughout the week the students work on their goals in a variety of different settings and activities. All of this planning is done on a weekly basis and is posted in the classroom on one Activity Plan.