The toddler class is your child's first experience with spending time with a group of children they do not know. It is the perfect setting for young children to learn to socialize, share toys, and spend time with someone other than Mommy or Daddy. Preschool is meant to be a fun learning experience for everyone; children, teachers, and parents. The extra curricular activity at the toddler level is a weekly music class. Children learn the words and motions to the songs quickly, and this turn out to be their favorite part of the week. Monthly calendars are sent home each month, letting you know what your child will be doing each day. We have a "color of the month" and our theme will be in line with that color. The main focus of the toddler class is to start the children off with a very happy and positive experience that will cause them to fall in love with going to school each day.
Our Twos program is a great way to introduce your two year old to time away from home. Children must be two years old to join the program. Children begin to learn simple routines and transitions. They participate in fun planned activities that include circle time, art projects, large motor play on our play ground or indoor recreation room, free play, story time, and daily devotions. Twos children do not need to be potty trained; each room is equipped with a changing table.
Parents may register their child for two to five days per week, and that schedule is theirs from September through May. Children in these groups develop friendships with staff and peers much the same way as the children in our Little Blessings Preschool program.
Three year olds are enthusiastic, inquisitive people. They have already developed a strong desire to do things for themselves, and this becomes an important part of the way they learn. At Peace Preschool, we foster this independence while still having fun learning. We provide an environment where children can initiate or be guided through stimulating, relevant, and meaningful learning experiences are utilized. Concepts are taught for socializing, understanding, multicultural awareness, and those directly relating to the weekly theme. We apply the concept of "teaching the whole child." This means providing children with opportunities to explore concepts through things like creative expression, motor skills, outdoor play, sensory activities, roll play, music, and reading. Our goal is simple, to meet each child's individual needs and help them become more self-sufficient, while creating an environment that will foster a love of learning!
Our four year old program is centered on empowering our students with the skills they'll need to successfully enter Kindergarten the following year; giving them both the educational and emotional strengths needed to do so. Kindergarten has a major focus on routine and following instructions, while working independently, as well as, with others. Your child will gain confidence as they learn these skills in a loving, nurturing environment.
Our daily routine will be implemented in the first few weeks of class. We'll be focusing each week on a particular theme for a total learning experience. Each day will begin with hands on training, working manipulatives; story, calendar and center times, outside play, as well as music,.
Simply put, Transitional Kindergarten is the bridge between preschool and kindergarten. It is not just another year of preschool but it is also not as academically intense as current kindergarten practices. In out TK program, we will focus on the whole child by implementing a modified kindergarten curriculum through developmentally appropriate lessons that cover all content areas. The end of year goal is to have out students enter kindergarten armed with a strong foundation in all areas of development (cognitive, social, emotional, language, motor, etc). The academic elements will be covered through a cross content approach. For example, a study of a particular poem could incorporate word study, phonics,oral language, science, math, and writing. These lessons will be covered n a very hands-on and playful way. Children have many years of intense academics ahead of them so it is a priority to make their year in TK a war and fun experience. In addition to the academic aspects, the children will work on their critical social and emotional development. They will learn to recognize an manage their emotions and gain tools to deal with conflict. A huge benefit of attending TK at Peace Preschool is our class size. At a maximum capacity of 10 students, the teacher will be able to give much needed individualized attention to each child and lessons will be differentiated to address the range of student abilities. This is the last opportunity for your child to be one of a few instead of one of many. Transitional Kindergarten graduates of Peace Preschool will have an amazingly fun and fantastic year and be more than ready to move on to a very successful kindergarten year and feel confident and prepared for seamless transition.