“Terrible Twos”—Don’t Believe the Hype
Your two year old is bursting with curiosity. He busily explores his world and is learning to communicate his thoughts and feelings. As he begins to exert his independence, he is also gaining a better understanding of what it means to play with others. Our Early Learners program will keep his small hands busy and his mind engaged through countless activities focusing on both educational fundamentals and social skill development including:
Why, What and How: A child’s blossoming language skills prompt many “why,” “what,” and “how” questions. We will insure that your child’s play and daily activities are filled with new discoveries and experiences that encourage him to explore his environment, increase his curiosity and enhance his knowledge of the world around him. Our skilled teachers will be there to guide, encourage and support him, filling him with confidence, self-esteem and a love of learning.
Whole Child Education: Our curriculum consists of 12 monthly units. Through small and large group instruction and a thoughtfully developed classroom environment, your child will benefit from activities related to cognitive, language, social and physical development. Your child’s classroom is designed with a children in mind—shelves are low and open, supplies and toys are easy to reach, toy, material boxes, and tubs are colorfully labeled with both a photograph and written word, and tables are low so that your child is able to help himself to materials and put them back when they are done.
Love of Literacy: Children who learn to love books from an early age are more likely to become successful learners and lifelong readers. That knowledge guides us to fill our classrooms with a vast assortment of good books so your child can access and enjoy them throughout the day. Because our teachers make reading together a top priority, your youngster will benefit from many rich and varied conversations surrounding these stories and books. Pre-literacy skills are also embedded in many of the activities we offer your child, laying the groundwork for future reading and writing success.
Learning Spanish and French: Being bilingual is no longer an option. It’s a necessity. There are multitude of advantages and benefits to learning a second and third language at an early age, many of which continue long into adulthood. To assist children with this most important skill, we proudly offer Spanish and French as a component of our curriculum beginning in our Early Learners program. Research has shown that when young children are introduced to a second language, they develop a life-long love of communicating with others and a richer understanding of the grammar and pronunciation of Spanish and French words and phrases. Our fun introduction to Spanish and French will be integrated into both daily school and home activities. At this level, your child will exposed to stories and activities as well as individual vocabulary words in a most fun and playful manner.
Preparing for Potty Training: Although children potty-train at their own pace, you and your child’s teacher will work together to provide the best environment for successfully reaching this milestone.
Growing Up Fit: The world of your busy two year old is a physical one. Movement is a major way that he learns and interacts with that world. We want all children to appreciate the fun that comes with fitness while we educate their minds to make healthy choices. By starting exercise and health education at a young age we are instilling a lifelong commitment to choosing to live a healthy lifestyle.