Three and four year-olds crave the company of other children. Little Learners believes that children have much to learn from each other as well as from our teachers. The social skills that children learn at Little Learners will benefit them as they move into their formal education. Teachers model and encourage the children to share, take turns, and treating others with respect.
The classroom is organized in centers of activity, which include: writing, art, computer, block, dramatic play, library, and manipulatives. Group times for music, story reading, and active play are planned with the interests and attention span of three and four year olds in mind. The Little Learners Educational Center curriculum is based on themed units. Developmentally appropriate language, writing, math, science, art, music, and movement activities are included in these units. Song sheets that complement the themed units will be sent home at the start of the unit.
Children will be given many opportunities to write and draw to express themselves. As your child shows an interest in letters, they will begin an individualized reading program that begins with the letters in the child’s name. Parents will be a crucial part of literacy development, as they are kept up to date on how they can assist in their child’s progress through games and songs.
Parent-school communication is an integral part of Little Learners Curriculum. Conferences may be scheduled at any time. Teachers will collect samples of your child’s drawing and writing as well as pictures to document your child’s learning which will be collected in a portfolio. This portfolio will begin on your child’s first day and ends when your child leaves Little Learners to begin his or her formal education. Newsletters that include the plans for the following month are sent home weekly. Parents are always welcome and should feel free to provide input at Little Learners.
Learning to read is one of the most important skills a child will develop. Little Learners Educational Center is dedicated to providing an excellent education for your child through our individualized reading program. Preprimary children develop the skills necessary for reading at different ages. Our Reading Development Teacher will work one on one 3 days a week with children who attend full time. When a child enters the Preprimary classroom an individualized program will be planned and introduced to the child.
We are using a handwriting program using a sequence to encourage the children to write the letters correctly. We begin with the letters that start with a long straight line, move to short lines, small curved lines, large curved lines and finish with the letters that do not fall into the categories. The children will move through the sequence at their own pace. Evaluations are available for each class in order to keep track of where the children are. Correct posture is very important at this stage of writing as the children are developing habits that will hinder or assist their writing for years
Little Learners math curriculum is taught through math games and hands-on activities. The math skills taught in the Preprimary classroom include shapes, numerals, amounts, patterns, and writing. The weekly curriculum themes are often brought into the math activities.
A majority of the weekly curriculum themes has a science related component and introduces specific information. Experiments, manipulatives, art, sensory table activities are planned. During open play children can go to the science center to work on and or explore, at there own pace, what they learned about the items during curriculum time.
The children participate in songs , large motor movements and books to introduce the Spanish language. The focus is on the Spanish alphabet, numbers, vocabulary and commonly used phrases.
Children need time to be creative and imaginative. The art center in the classroom has activities available that are related to the theme they are learning about. The center also has various supplies for self guided creativity. There is also a dramatic play area in the classroom that changes with each theme. One week the children Astronauts The benefits of dramatic play include language, social and emotional development.
7:00am to 9:00 Open Play – Children go to the activity area of their choice: Dramatic play, blocks, art, table activities and active toys. Breakfast is served at 7:30am.
9:00am-9:30 Group Time - Children are read books , sing songs and discussions related to the current curriculum themes.
9:30am-9:45 Snack - A healthy morning snack will be served.
9:45am - 11:00 Curriculum Time - Small groups are formed and a focus is placed on reading, handwriting, math and science.
11:00am - 11:40 Outdoor Play/Large Motor - Children either spend time on the playground or participate in planned activities to promote large motor development in the classroom.
11:40am-12:30pm Lunch - A nutritious meal is prepared at Little Learners and the children eat family style.
12:30pm-2:30 Nap time - Children sleep on cots and fall asleep listening to relaxing music.
2:30pm - 3:00 Spanish - The children will participate in group songs and books in Spanish to introduce vocabulary, colors and numbers.
3:00pm-3:15 Snack Time - A nutritious snack is served.
3:15pm-3:30 Show and Tell - Children present to the class an item brought from home that relates to the weekly theme.
3:30pm-4:00 Open Play - The children go to the activity of their choice: dramatic play area, block area, art area, table toys, and active toys.
4:00pm to 4:30 Outdoor Play - Children spend time on the playground.
4:30pm - 5:30 Open Play - The children go to the activity of their choice: dramatic play area, block area, art area, table toys, and active toys.
5:30pm - 6:00 Center Group Time - songs and stories
Please contact us to visit our center and meet the teachers.