There are 2000 days between birth and the first day of Kindergarten. The first 2000 days of a child's life have a profound and lifelong impact on physical and emotional well-being, readiness to learn and succeed, and ability to become a productive citizen.
Chickadee Classroom (6 weeks to 12 months)
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. Each day, young infants experience tummy time and social interaction between early childhood professionals and other infants 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. The infants are given more free time to develop large and small motor skills. They will also start becoming accustomed to a schedule that includes circle time activities, creative art time, music, and movement.
Bluebird & Dove Classrooms (1-2 year olds)
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 motor skills by climbing on our foam slide and under the bridge, practicing stretching, and playing ball with the residents of the Friendship Home. Two rooms are used for Bluebirds and Doves so children can be age appropriately placed. Potty training will also be done in the Dove classroom as your child is ready for this big step!
Robin Classroom (3 years - Preschool)
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 children to develop gross motor skills. To develop fine motor skills children will use manipulatives and a variety of art supplies. Visiting the residents at the Friendship Home gives children the opportunity to appropriately interact with both familiar and unfamiliar people. They will also learn boundaries in regards to personal space, how to dress, and countless attitudes and actions. Potty training continues in the Robin classroom.