Programs & Services
Young children strive for independence. Our educational classroom environment supports this natural drive, enabling children to become competent and confident individuals. Each classroom is warm and inviting, offering beauty and order. Materials are arranged on low, open shelves, separated according to the subject matter, and sequenced from simple to complex. The materials are specifically designed to capture interest, focus attention and touch the imagination. Children work individually, in pairs, or within small groups. The basis for all classroom rules is respect for oneself, others, and the environment.
Teachers act as guides. They encourage each child's curiosity, carefully observing development, recording progress, and introducing new materials, as a child is ready. Our ultimate goal is the development of independent, confident, caring citizens and life-long learners.
During the work period, the children are free to work at their own pace with the materials they have chosen. They may work with the vast assortment of didactic materials alone or with others. Throughout this time, the teachers are either presenting lessons on an individual or small group basis or keenly observing how the children are making use of the environment in order to evaluate their development and academic needs.
Art and music are included in the daily curriculum of each classroom. The children are introduced to a variety of art media, which they may explore freely. Also, weekly craft projects relating to themes of study are among the various activities from which the children may choose. In addition to the daily music and movement activities, which take place during the group circle times, there are weekly music classes with Mr. Clifford included in the program.
We offer part day, school day and full day programs in our Beginner/Mixed Age, 3-4 and Pre-K classes.
Our classroom is composed of specific areas of curriculum; these include Practical Life, Sensorial Discrimination, Mathematics, Language Arts, Cultural, and Science.
The purpose of the Practical Life curriculum is not only to teach the child necessary skills for everyday living but to help him gain a sense of order and task completion, as well as to strengthen his fine motor skills. Some group time activities will focus on grace and courtesy.
The Sensorial area focuses on the refinement of the senses, which is acquired through the knowledge of colors, shapes, sizes, and the qualities of various objects. Both the Practical Life and Sensorial materials indirectly prepare the child for future academic work.
The Mathematics area is divided into three strands: Linear Counting, Base 10 (decimal system) and memorization (number operations). Pattern recognition, fractions and problem-solving are some other math concepts included in our curriculum.
Our Language Arts curriculum includes reading, writing, penmanship and vocabulary development. Our reading program is phonics-based, although we do integrate whole language activities throughout the curriculum areas. The children will be introduced to a variety of literature in order to enhance creativity and reading comprehension.
Finally, the children will not only be exposed to Geography, but they will gain an understanding and respect for other cultures. The Sciences include Astronomy, Botany, Zoology, Anatomy, and Geology. The children will gain an overall knowledge of the world, as well as develop a deep respect for the environment and those around them.
In addition to our program, we have the following extra-curricular programs available for children to participate in.
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