Classrooms are divided into the following groups: Infants (Sweetpeas), Pre-Toddlers (Daisies), Toddlers (Sunflowers), Preschool 1 (Lilacs), and Preschool 2 (Snapdragons). Our curriculum design begins with a universal theme as a basis for the monthly, weekly and daily offerings. A universal theme lends itself to a common language between classrooms and families. The teachers develop the curriculum offerings in each classroom not only with developmental appropriateness in mind but to reflect the individual children and their families.
Multicultural exploration and celebrating is important in our center. We study a different country each month and children learn about an architectural structure, an animal, and an artist from that country. They learn to say hello and good-bye in the corresponding country's language and also help prepare or taste different foods.
Each classroom environment is crafted weekly by the teaching staff to support the center theme and the needs of the children within the classroom. The prepared environment is developed by the staff in each room. Each learning center is organized and inviting, welcoming children to explore at their own discretion and speed. Teachers balance each day with group / individual time, teacher directed time, free choice time and outdoor play periods. Lesson plans are posted weekly outside each classroom. Daily routines are also posted and maintained to provide a secure and consistent environment for each child.
Goals for the children include:
Parents are the first and most important teachers of every child. The center’s goal is to support parents by creating close communication between home and the center. Parent involvement is necessary to provide the best possible care for each child. Parents are involved in the center through daily communication, helping with special events and projects, field trips, fundraising, and volunteering as members of the board.
The center separates children by age and stage of development and provides appropriate learning environments accordingly. Each child is respected as a unique individual. Children learn through play, and are encouraged to explore, create, and manipulate objects in a relaxed, unhurried environment. Children are encouraged to learn and exhibit self-control and are empowered to manage their own behavior.
We encourage and lead by example the importance of love, empathy, and caring. We teach and celebrate differences and the value in embracing each person's uniqueness.
In the midst of a pandemic, it is a beautiful thing to see a toddler friendship be forged with love and understanding.