Six weeks to Twelve-Sixteen months
Very young children have a strong need to feel “comfortable” in their surroundings. Things such as routines, consistent physical surroundings and objects give the child a needed sense of security. Being an intensely developmental period, quality attention and stimulation will be provided, as well as fulfilling the child’s routine needs.
Infants will be separated from older children for their safety and security. They will be taken outside, weather permitting. Totally flexible programs within a general schedule will encourage motor development, speech development and social exploration. Feeding and nap schedules, along with necessary supplies (diapers, formula, etc.) will be provided by the parents. Communication between parents and staff on a daily basis is critical within the infant program. Therefore, please allow a few extra minutes when dropping off and picking up your child.
Twelve Months- Twenty- Four Months
Activities are designed to enhance the child’s self-care abilities and stress the importance of getting along with others. Self-help skills, such as feeding, dressing and toilet training will be taught. Creating a desire to learn will be fostered through fun and lively activities targeted at learning a specific subject, e.g., number concepts, color concepts, and recognition of objects.
Since “children will be children,” the schedule under this program will be flexible and light. Regulation and instruction will be appropriate to the ages of these children. To further socialize the child, much time will be given to free play and group playing. Again, we recommend communication between staff and parents, as the personalities and needs of children in this age group change rapidly. **Toilet training will begin when the parents and center feel the child is ready and BOTH PARTIES will support the child fully. Please ask the office for our general information sheet prior to your child beginning potty training with us.
Twenty-Four Months- Three years
Using the Pinnacle Curriculum, this program allows time for circle time,
arts and crafts, music and movement, story time, and recreational
playtime. Academically, children continue to master their ABCs,
counting, and recognizing basic colors and shapes, and we also teach
some basic Sign Language and Spanish.
Children work on self-help skills such as using a cup without a lid, and
feeding themselves with a spoon. They also develop their gross motor
skills of running and jumping. Through social experiences children
continue to work on their interaction skills, such as learning to take
turns with their peers and sharing.
Potty training is another main objective of of our Junior Preschool
Program. Children are introduced to potty training at home, and then
teachers continue to promote potty training at school. Consistency at
home and at school is key for your child’s success. Our team has
developed general information for your family to help support the
beginning of potty training.
Three & Four Year Olds
he Pre-School group is designed to serve children between the ages of 2-4 and 4-5. These groups will generally be divided according to age but not entirely, as children develop at different rates and are ready for certain activities at various stages. Group play and the development of fine motor skills and perceptual abilities will be emphasized. Learning will be facilitated by free activity in learning centers (language, blocks, art, sand and water play, etc.) and through teacher planned learning activities. Self-help skills, e.g., dressing, basic hygiene, and table etiquette are taught.
Our 3, 4 and 5 year old children will be introduced to additional programs, such as computer, swimming, gymnastics, creative dance, etc. There will be an additional charge for these optional activities and in some cases permission slips will be required.
Four & Five Year Olds
The Saxon Early Learning Curriculum is taught in the Junior Kindergarten
Program. The program provides a comprehensive curriculum of
instructionally sound, yet highly motivating activities. On a daily
basis, children observe, question, discuss, and participate. They learn
about manners and working with others, and they become attuned to
classroom routines and expectations. The program builds a strong
foundation for early literacy skills with activities that build phonemic
awareness and introduce children to the relationship between written
letters and sounds. Children thrive through a combination of predictable
routines, a safe, nurturing environment, and high expectations. Exposure
to many interesting concepts, along with a strong emphasis on oral
language development and classroom discussion, enhance children’s
vocabulary acquisition, boost their self-esteem and self-confidence, and
prepare them for later school success.
Beyond the Saxon Early Learning Curriculum, this class also emphasizes
learning components including personal information, identifying body
parts, gross-motor skills, fine-motor skills, color recognition, visual
motor skills, and a positive body image which are all vital to their
success in the transition to Kindergarten.
Five-Thirteen Year Olds
Before and after school care is provided for children through the age of 13. Children will be allowed to have free play in the morning and physical activity in our gymnasium. Transportation to the designated schools will then be provided. Parents are urged to inform the center in the morning or call the center prior to 2:00 p.m. if their child will not be returning to the center after school. After school children can be picked up by the center from designated schools or be dropped off by a county school bus at our center. An afternoon snack will be provided every day. Field trips will be arranged and periodically children’s movies and other activities may be provided for their enjoyment. A Quiet area will be provided for children to do their homework. Weather permitting, children will be allowed to play outside until they are picked up in the evening.
Five-Thirteen Year Olds
Ages 5 – 13 years Important factors – Organized Play, Arts & Crafts, Physical Fitness and Team Building Children may participate in various types of field trips and outings that will add fun and enjoyment to their summer days. Each month a newsletter especially for summer campers will be provided to the parents outlining the various activities and events for the coming month. At the beginning of each month, an activity fee will be charged which will cover all the activities that month with the exception of optional programs, such as swimming, gymnastics, computer and creative dance.