Building a Bridge from the Toddler to the Preschool Programs
Toddler-to-preschooler transition is a time when children are beginning to focus for longer periods of time on tasks while also demonstrating their will and determination. Self expression through greater use of language, social play, creativity and role playing are emerging.
Children develop greater mastery in self-help skills such as toileting, hand washing, dressing, serving themselves, eating independently and cleaning up after play. By preschool age, children have become more independent, expressing themselves verbally, telling stories and interacting with peers with increasing competence.
Our transition program recognizes that this is an age of wonder, exploration, determination and skill attainment. Our curriculum of developmentally appropriate activities supports children's optimal growth and learning. Arrival: Greeting children and parents; free-choice time for individualized activities including blocks, puzzles, art, manipulatives, socialization, music and book browsing.
Group Meeting or Circle Time: Enjoying books, poetry, stories, fingerplays, puppets and singing to develop language, phonemic awareness and a greater understanding of the world.
Learning Centers: Participating in language/literacy, sensory and science exploration, block and dramatic play, sorting, sequencing and counting, drawing, art and other activities that promote all aspects of development.
Small Group Activities: Participating in unusual activities such as cooking, science experimentation, and specialized art projects. These activities are enhanced by the support of the teacher in a small group setting.
Music and Movement: Exposing children to a variety of songs and musical forms through listening, singing, dancing, creative movement and playing simple instruments. This helps children develop creative expression, spatial awareness, language, math and patterning skills.
Outdoor Play: Learning an appreciation for nature and the outdoors as a natural extension of the classroom. Engaging in running, jumping, ball playing, climbing, sliding, tricycle riding, sand and water play, to improve and develop large motor and other skills.
Meal Times: Enjoying nutritious and tasty meals while developing life-long healthy eating habits. Our wide variety of quality meals are all made on-site.
Rest Time: Napping and other quiet activities, table toys, puzzles and books.
Personal Care: Learning to clean up after themselves and take care of personal needs such as hand washing, toileting, and other forms of hygiene.
Guidance and Discipline: Helping children to communicate their needs and desires appropriately. Redirecting children into constructive play, helping them to succeed and build self-esteem. Creating an optimal environment for learning to interact positively with others.