The focus of the two-year-old program is to help the child learn the appropriate social skills that will carry them through the preschool program, as well as, their life. They learn to get along with their peers and teachers through outside play, circle time, story/music and teacher supervised meaningful free play. They learn basics academics, such as, colors, shapes and simple counting. They learn to use their small and large motor skills through art activities and music and movement. Following directions, learning the school routine, and toilet-training are a large part of the two-year-old program. All of this is accomplished with a 6:1 teacher ratio. The two-year-old classes meet 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week from 9:30-12:30.
The three-year-old program builds on the concepts and skills already learned. They continue to learn to follow directions, articulate needs in an appropriate manner, display self-control and participate in larger group activities. Through games and activities in smaller groups they are exposed to early literacy and basic math and science concepts. Their small motor skills are expanded upon by the use of scissors and tracing. We maintain an average of 6:1 teacher ratio in the threes, which is well below the state standard. The threes offer either a 2, 3, 4 or 5 days a week program which meets 9:30-12:30.
School Readiness is the main objective of the four-year-old class. This involves both social and academic development. The children learn to be responsible for their own belongings, follow directions and listen to the teacher in a larger group setting and exhibit good self control. Academically, they begin early reading skills, such as, phonemic awareness, recalling details of a story, and sequencing events. Beginning math skills include, recognizing numerals 1-10, matching numerals and quantities, making patterns, graphing, creating sets and putting objects in small to large order. The children are taught these readiness skills though games and activities in their circle rooms, through movement activities, and arts and crafts. We also have a very small teacher/child ratio of 8:1 in the four-year-old class. We have two programs for this age group. The first meets from 9:30-12:30 4 or 5 days a week. The second program meets from 9:30-2:00 4 or 5 days a week. These children eat lunch and have extended preschool activities during the last hour and a half of this preschool day.