Infants are offered many different experiences throughout each day.
Whether they are spinning in a saucer, being rocked, playing with
toys on a blanket or bouncing in a bouncy seat, our teachers will
constantly be watching for the subtle clues that tell us it's time
to change to the next activity. The infant room is bright and cheerful
with many colorful decorations. It offers a mixture of quiet and loud
toys, activities, and spaces. There are many soft places with soft
toys and animals as well as baskets of rattles, blocks, trucks, dolls
and books. All children, regardless of age, are read to each day. It
is never too early to establish a lifelong love of books.
Infants are taken outside at least once a day, weather permitting. Our
teachers support developmental milestones with each child as they
learn and grow through their first year. We create a unique and
stimulating environment of music, play, hands-on activities and
language repetition. Most importantly, we use teachable moments that
encourage learning and independence.
Wobblers are a unique mixture between baby and toddler. Their developmental
needs come from the transition that they are making as they grow each day. They
are mobile, curious and active. They want to experience everything they see in
the world around them. Although they are constantly interacting, most wobblers
lack the verbal skills to communicate all their needs. For this reason they need
teachers who know their individual style and body language as they continue to
master communication skills. Wobblers are not ready for group-oriented activities
such as circle time or organized games, instead they prefer to move through the
classroom discovering, exploring and testing each new toy. We provide these
wobblers with the materials, space, and supervision to be the free spirits that
their developmental nature demands.
The core developmental goals for toddlers are socialization and
interaction with their environment. Curious Kids offers toddlers
an environment rich in choice. Choice helps the quickly developing
toddler feel control over his or her life. Activities of all
different kinds are offered daily. Such activities might include:
using dramatic play toys, blocks or trucks, painting, coloring,
singing, or playing outdoors, at the water tables or with books.
Each day there is a gathering time where songs are sung and books
are read. This is a time most toddlers enjoy. However, if they would
rather play with blocks, they are given that option. A toddler's
attention span is limited to about 5 to 10 minutes. Therefore a wide
variety of toys and activities are offered at all times.
Young children excel and grow in an environment that is safe, nurturing
and caring. Providing such an environment is our first priority in the
PreSchool classroom. For many of our two and three year old's, this is
their first experience in a group setting. Our teachers strive to make
each child feel safe and secure.
This nurturing environment is further
enhanced by a strong developmentally-appropriate curriculum. When you visit
the room, look for a wide variety of exciting hands-on activities including
art exploration, music, manipulative, and quiet reading areas. We structure
our program in a way that provides each child with a range of activities to
explore and learn from each day. Children at this age love to explore and
learn new things. They enjoy participating in dramatic and sensory play,
using their imaginations and developing their motor skills as they grow more
independent each day.
The philosophy of Curious Kids encourages children to learn by playing. Our
hands-on age-appropriate curriculum offers math, science, art, and literature
activities that provide great experiences for our anxious learners as they
prepare for the adventures of kindergarten.
Centers of free play are
offered daily and give your child the opportunity to explore a variety of
different activities. Examples of centers include free art, water table, dolls,
puzzles, dress-up, blocks and literature. Although these centers are offered to
all of the children, Pre-K students take their exploration one or two steps
Our students are well prepared for all of the challenges
kindergarten has to offer. We continually work on listening skills, following
directions, and social interactions. We practice taking turns, sharing, and
being responsible for our actions and behavior. Teachers model how to problem-solve
and negotiate. Most importantly, we, as educators, support and nurture each
child as an individual, unique and special.
In our Kindergarten Prep classroom, fun and learning are
integrated daily with the children. We offer several centers where the children learn
through free play. These include: kitchen area, construction area, Lego table, table toys,
science/math area, writing area, computer, easel and sensory table.
We engage children with an
enriched curriculum to fully prepare them for Kindergarten. The curriculum
includes themes with topics we focus on throughout the year along with a workbook for
each child to help them to learn to write all of their letters.
The main focus in the
classroom is to prepare your child for Kindergarten while they have fun! We are confident
that when the children leave Kindergarten Prep, they will be ready for their
As the year comes to a close, the children get to show what they learned in class at graduation. Children are very proud of what they have
accomplished and feel pride in sharing this with all their friends and family in a formal ceremony!