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The Butterfly and Caterpillar Classes
Caterpillar Schedule: Tues. & Thurs., 9:15am - 12:30pm
Butterfly Schedule: Mon., Wed. & Fri. 9:15am - 12:30pm
The Twos Program emphasizes helping our youngest students develop the positive social relationships and classroom skills for successful experiences in school. Teachers strive to instill a love of learning in a warm and nurturing environment and work with parents to facilitate each child's unique learning needs and development. We support children as they develop their ability to take turns, listen at circle time, follow directions, work together, and show empathy for others. In the Twos classes, children experience being part of a small group that works and plays collaboratively, shares ideas and cares for one another.
Creative activities such as art, music, movement and finger-play enhance small and large motor development, while group circle and story time develop communication and language skills. The learning activities are designed to be “hands on,” and reflect the children’s interests and ideas. Art and sensory experiences are open-ended and focus on the “process, not the product.”
The teachers in our Twos Program develop warm relationships with the children and create an environment that fosters creativity, curiosity, self-confidence and collaboration.
The Sea and Sky Classes
3, 4, or 5 Days/Week Schedules: 9:15am - 1:00pm
The Threes Program is guided by the natural curiosity of each child and their desire to understand the world around them. Together children and teachers choose topics to study, explore questions, build on discoveries, and interpret their findings. Children are encouraged to make connections between their own experiences outside of school and the topics that are being explored within the classroom. Project work is purposeful and gives children the opportunity to practice their cognitive, literacy, math, science, and social skills.
In addition to topic and project study, children have time to play together, explore provocations and participate in structured and unstructured activities in the classroom and outdoors. Teachers facilitate each child’s growth and skill development using the Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CTELDS) and daily routines and activities are planned to help children learn self-help skills and gain confidence and independence.
Daily circle time and small group activities encourage a love of literacy, language, phonemic awareness and print recognition and provide opportunities to share ideas and plan projects to work collaboratively.
The Moon and Sun Classes
4 or 5 Day/Week Schedules: 9:15am - 1:00pm
The Fours Program builds on the learning experiences of the Threes Program and focuses on encouraging young learners to further their skills as researchers, critical thinkers, and problem solvers. Children are given opportunities to pursue their interests through exploration and inquiry, and to express their ideas through creative arts. Daily routines and teacher-led activities include literacy, math, science, creative expression and collaborative projects based on the children's interests.
Each day the children are provided with opportunities to engage both child-directed and teacher-led activities that build and enhance verbal, social, and cognitive connections. Learning experiences are designed to provide opportunities for exploration, skill development and practice, creative expression and the development of critical thinking. Daily outdoor time promotes gross motor skill development through free play and teacher-led activities and games. Teachers serve as facilitators who provide provocations and activities that highlight learning concepts, further explorations and experimentation, and guide children toward higher order thinking. Children learn problem-solving skills and build self-esteem through project work which often includes the creation of a collaborative display or culminating activity.
Children are supported in their development of letter recognition, phonemic awareness, and writing skills through daily sign-in tasks, creative writing activities in journals and exposure to literacy through books and project work. Math skills are introduced through a diverse range of games and activities that focus on concepts such as number recognition, counting, geometry, sorting, patterning and sequencing.
Learning goals are set and assessed for each child based upon the Connecticut Early Learning and Developmental Standards (CTELDS). The teachers carefully observe children and document their emerging skill development and growth toward goals. Both small and large group activities are designed to accommodate different styles of learning and developmental areas. The dynamic and nurturing environment in our Fours Program provides a wonderful foundation for future school experiences.
The Star Class
Star Class 5 Days/Week Schedule: 9:15am - 1:00pm
The Fives Program provides a wonderful bridge between preschool and kindergarten. Our teachers harness the energy and curiosity of this special age and channel it in creative ways to teach literacy, math, scientific inquiry, and problem-solving skills. Within the smaller class size of the 5's Program, social relationships can flourish and children learn to act as “peace-makers” to mediate and problem-solve any conflicts that arise between peers.
The school day includes both independent and collaborative experiences in various learning centers and activities available throughout the classrooms. Provocations and activities are designed to provide opportunities for exploration, practicing skills, creative expression and the development of higher order thinking. Children are also exposed to the more formal learning environment encountered in kindergarten through circle time activities and interactions with the Smartboard. Daily outdoor time promotes gross motor skill development through free play and teacher-led activities and games. The children are provided with opportunities, not answers, and are guided toward acquiring new knowledge to better understand the world around them.
Through various project investigations...
•Children develop phonemic awareness and gain exposure to literacy through books and poetry, as well as creative writing activities in journals.
•Math skills are introduced through a diverse range of games and activities, including sorting, patterning and sequencing.
•Children participate in the inquiry process and learn how to pursue their topics of interest through experiments, conducting research, collecting data, consulting with experts, and sharing of ideas.
•Children work together to represent their ideas and learning through individual and collaborative displays and artistic creations.
Academic skills are woven into an emergent curriculum developed collaboratively among teachers and students. The children’s common interests become catalysts for teacher planning inspired by a unique combination of Reggio Emilia-inspired learning with a project approach.
Small Blessings is a weekly caregiver & me playgroup with Mrs. Murray for children 17 months to 4 years with circle time, snack and fun!
Program is held in the Church Nursery.
Please call the office for availability (203) 226-4616.