Children in this classroom should be potty-trained or ready to move forward with learning that skill. As with all skills, we help them every step of the way, following the family’s lead and/or offering guidance, if requested. In this classroom children are exposed to learning in small groups as well as larger groups. They are taught, among other things, many self-help skills such as dressing and family style eating. Through talking, reading, games, play & hands on activities children are taught concepts of letter & number recognition, basic science and math principles, art and music enjoyment and social skills.
This classroom nurtures a child’s growing need for social interaction and their need to organize their social and academic world. By the end of their time in this classroom, children have a good grasp of beginning letter sounds and can recognize most letters and numbers. They have a good understanding of 1-to-1 correspondence and have begun to learn addition and subtraction. They have the ability to ask questions about things they are curious about. They can explore their world both physically and intellectually as they gain control of their muscles and their own creativity. They have a vocabulary that enables them to express their feelings and speak to what they see in the world around them, create with their own hands and think with their active imaginations.
Children in this classroom are part of the Colorado Preschool Program through the public schools. We provide a class which allows for children that would otherwise have to go on a waiting list for public preschool. This ia combination class where children learn at their own level. The three year olds are preparing to go into a preK class and the four year olds are preparing to enter Kindergarten. This class builds community as well as social skills, life skills and academic skills. The children are able to express themselves through art, dramatic play, writing, stories & physical play. They take pride in their growth and accomplishments on a daily basis.
Children leave this classroom prepared with the academic and social skills necessary to enter Kindergarten the following fall. This classroom prepares children in pre-reading and writing skills, early math and number correspondence skills, and the confidence needed to ask questions and find answers to all their questions. They work with letters and numbers on a daily basis and infuse skills into each of their learning centers and projects. They use field trips to explore their community and their minds to explore themselves. Children leaving this classroom have a good sense of their world and how they fit into it as well as a developed sense of the importance and joys of learning.
Our after school program teaches skills and builds relationships with kids in a space that is all about playing and having fun. We believe strongly that age-appropriate play is one of the best ways of learning new things. In addition, we know that children’s brains need exposure to play, new experiences and active fun in order to develop to their full potential.
Similar to how young children learn through play, school age children learn from new experiences and interactions. We know that these children need connection. Just one additional positive adult in their lives can make a difference in their ability to problem solve, make decisions and be generally resilient to life circumstances.
Your child will learn and grow socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually through the many activities and situations presented to him/her – dramatic play, books, manipulatives, block play, cognitive learning games, large muscle exercise, creative art, craft projects, science experiments & displays, field trips, group time discussions, baking projects, social interactions, eating experiences, etc. These various experiences will enable your child to become an independent and positive person ready to succeed in the life-long learning process.