2, 3 and 4 year olds are very independent and will enjoy many fun and educational scheduled activities, including circle time, music and movement, creative arts, and free play several times throughout the day, while promoting optimal learning and development. Children in this classroom will learn about colors, shapes, counting, and following directions. Hopping, jumping, and skipping are great for these children to develop gross motor skills while also building fine motor skills while using manipulatives and a variety of art supplies. Children will learn how to show respect, how to interact with people they know well and those we have just met through weekly visits to the residents at the Friendship Home, how to regard time and personal space, how to dress, an countless attitudes and actions. Potty training will also be done in this classroom as your child is ready for this big step!
1 and 2 year olds are just becoming stable in walking, running, jumping and learning to use their bodies. Fine and gross motor development at this age is crucial. These children will advance their fine motor skills by manipulating art supplies, solving wood puzzles and using silverware. They will develop and stabilize gross more skills by climbing on our foam slide and under the bridge, practicing stretching and playing ball with the residents of the Friendship Home and teachers when we visit. Two rooms are used for Bluebirds and Doves so children can be age appropriately placed.
The young infant schedule is created to feed on-demand, while setting a feeding schedule as they get older, and adding infant cereal and baby foods as each individual child is ready. It also includes tummy time and social interaction between early childhood professionals, other infants , every day, as we begin teaching them to play well with others. Younger infants will nap 2-4 times throughout the day, from 1-3 hours at a time.
Older infants have more of a nap time routine as they age. They are given more free time to develop large and small motor skills, plus a schedule that includes circle time activities, creative art time, and music and movement. Children in this classroom will be learning how their bodies work, e.i. walking, running,and jumping. Outdoor discovery time is their favorite!
2 years -Preschool
1-2 years old
4 weeks - 12 months