"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
We understand that daily schedules vary for infants, therefore, our program sets its pace around the needs and differences of each child. Staff will do their best to follow a schedule that is provided by parents. Care during the day will not only consist of eating, diapering, and adequate rest, caregivers will enhance interactions and activities based on the appropriate developmental level.
Every moment of every day offers opportunities for learning. Caregivers will help each baby establish trust, work on a motor task, understand the power of language, and begin to understand his/her surroundings. Opportunities will be given for motor skill work, outdoor play, interaction with other children, communication, and self-discovery. Caregivers understand that nurture is key at this stage.
Infant staff uses Tadpoles, an ineractive app to allow parents to see get informoation about their child's day. When a child approaches one year of age, Tiny Thinkers will begin to transition him/her to the toddler schedule.
Caregivers understand that toddlers learn more by doing something than by being told what to do. Toddlers discover their world on a physical level, so the expectation is for them to want to move around a lot. Caregivers will set limits, but also provide opportunities for toddlers to make good choices. When good choices are not met, caregivers will redirect the child to help guide him/her toward appropriate behaviors. The teacher uses praise and positive behaviors when working with children. Caregivers model how they want the children to act.
Toddlers will be introduced to and work on developing vocabulary and learning self-help skills (pottying, handwashing, getting dressed, etc.). Toddlers will be introduced to days, weeks, seasons, letters, and numbers. They will continue to develop their fine and gross motor skills. Play is valuable, so staff will use playtime to interact with children and facilitate learning. Children will have time for imaginative play, art experiences, manipulative play, building blocks, music, and books. Caregivers will create and adapt activities to meet the children’s changing needs from day to day, nurturing the children throughout the day.
Toddler staff members will complete Tadpoles throughout the day so that parents can see a breakdown of the child’s experiences each day.
Preschoolers will continue to further their learning through play and hands-on activities. Staff will encourage children to solve problems, verbalize needs and wants, and extend their thinking. Preschoolers will learn letter, sound, and number recognition. They will continue to develop their self-help skills, becoming more independent as they get older. Daily activities, lessons, and weekly units will be designed (and adjusted) based on the children’s needs and interests. The learning activities include communication, science, math, social studies, music, art, large/small motor skills, and extension work. Dramatic play opportunities reinforce learning or life experiences. All plans will meet the PA Academic Standards for Pre-k and help prepare your child for Kindergarten.