"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Infants (6 Weeks to 14 Months)
Children First begins enrollment for infants at six weeks of age. These little guys are growing so quickly. The rate of development at this age is astounding! Our teachers spend a great deal of time working their schedule to fit the needs of these children.
We take the necessary steps to ensure that each infant receives the individual attention, love, and responsive care that they need at this critical age of development. We use a flexible schedule and work with parents to make sure that we are following their wishes.
This is an important stage in development where a huge amount of learning is taking place in their tiny (but mighty) little brains. They need to be nurtured in an environment that allows their needs to be met in order to achieve optimum developmental goals.
Toddlers (15 Months-23 Months)
Toddlers love to climb and take things apart. They are starting to use words! They have new abilities, like stacking taller towers. Emotionally they are very possessive and have difficulty sharing. They play next to children more often than with them. A consistent approach at this age is a must. Children need to learn to expect and be able to depend on the same responses from their caregivers.
Teachers at this age must be patient and understanding of the child's development. They are becoming more self aware, and they begin to express new emotions like jealousy, affection, pride, and shame. Often their favorite word becomes "NO!". Children at this age have a harder time separating from their parents.
Our Toddler schedule is adapted for the children in our care and is adjusted as needed. Their attention span is short and teachers work to use their ever abundant curiosity of how the world works to keep them entertained. We work with them to develop language and begin to use names for things. Toddlers name familiar people and objects. They point to objects that they want. They name body parts and familiar pictures. They imitate animal sounds. They use pronouns (me and mine). They can hold a pencil and scribble. They combine two words to form a basic sentence. They begin to use objects for their intended purpose.
This is the age where the ever dreaded BITING begins to appear. When behaviors like this begin, we work with teachers and parents to implement strategies to move through the behavior as quickly as possible. At this age, it is often a short stage that is quickly remedied when schedules are adjusted, a snack or nap is offered earlier, or a teething ring is provided.
Two's (24 Months-35 Months)
Two Year Olds are independent children, looking to find their place in our world. They may be using words like "Mine" and "No" more often at this point. They are becoming more sure of their abilities and trying to discover their surroundings. Children at this age are very attached to their teachers. We work hard to make sure that the continuity of care they receive is excellent.
They are still very egocentric and learning how to share. Playing with others rather than beside them will be just a few milestones they will work on during this year. Our teachers integrate much imagination and play into the child's day. Children are learning through many different learning centers in which they are grasping self-help, fine motor, large motor, social, and other cognitive skills to begin their transition into a three year old. Their day is fast paced and centered around what each child needs as an individual as well as the class a whole.
Pre-School (3 & 4 Year Olds)
The pre-school years are full of fantasy and vivid imaginations. These children are beginning to have "best friends" and learning to cooperate with other children. They will begin to successfully come up with solutions to conflicts. Children at this age often become worried about "monsters" and have a hard time distinguishing between fantasy and reality.
Children will work on large motor skills like successfully kicking and throwing balls, hopping, and standing on one foot. Their fine motor muscles will continue to strengthen and you will see them be able to copy shapes more easily, use scissors, draw circles and possibly squares, and begin to write some letters. Their language will continue to develop and they may understand new concepts like "same" and "different". Their speech will become clearer and they will begin to tell stories! Cognitively, they will have begun to master some of their colors, counting, recall parts of stories, and follow longer directions.
Pre-Kindergarten (4 & 5 Year Olds)
As your child continues to mature their energy, drive, and sometimes "bossiness" does not fade! They are quite precocious at this age! There is a huge amount of imaginative ideas from their minds!
Their large motor will continue to develop. They will swing, climb, hop, and somersault better than ever. They will work on skipping and galloping. Their fine motor skills will flourish during this time. They will copy more and more shapes and letters, draw a more intricate person than ever before, and dress and undress themselves without anybodies help! Their language will be even more advanced; longer stories, longer sentences, and the use of future tense words will become apparent.
By the end these years they will count ten or more objects, master their colors, and have a little understanding of the concept of time. Their friendships will grow stronger, slowly they begin to show more empathy for others and are much more likely to want to follow rules and please others.
Our pre-kindergarten teachers works with these children individually and as a group to make sure they will be ready for their big step to Kindergarten.
School-Age (5 Years through 12 Years)
Our School Age program is designed as a relaxing environment after a long day at
school. Upon arrival the children are given snack and some time to relax before homework time begins. Our school district provides busing in the morning and evening.
In the Summer, we keep the children active all week! Once per week, children will go to the park, take weekly field trips, participate in a plethora of hands on activities, and challenging projects! Our goal is to keep them cognitively engaged all Summer!