Toddler & Preschool Programs

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  • Toddler Program

    18 Months to 2½ Years
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    Linking Letters®

    Building the foundation for your child's early literacy success

    Our Toddler program promotes the child’s social skills, empowering him/her to speak up and problem solve for themselves, to build friendships and a sense of belonging. The daily schedule is set to ensure a respect for order and a sense of responsibility for one’s self and one’s place in the group.

  • Curriculum Goals

    Our goal is to have every class prepare the child to be the most successful that he/she can be in the following class. Our Toddler Program is a modified version of our Preschool Program (please refer to our Preschool Program link) focusing on developmental charts and assessments to ensure that milestones are being met and that Innate Intelligences identified are utilized as a tool to help children learn information in a way that is useful to them; thus ensuring retention. This style of emergent programming is designed in such a way that progress can be tracked to ensure that all of our children are thriving in these listed developmental domains: Social-Emotional, Receptive/Expressive Language, Cognitive, Science and Sensory, Fine and Gross Motor, Creative and Dramatic.

    Curriculum Carpet Experiences

    Songs and books are an important part of our Toddler Curriculum Program as these strengthen such skills as comprehension, retention and critical thinking; thereby increasing attention spans and building receptive and expressive language abilities. Children will also have opportunities to participate in group cognitive games were they will learn such skills as matching, sorting, seriating and turn-taking.

    Social and Emotional Goals

    Toddlers, especially, strive for a sense of independence and long for the pride of, “I can do it!” Because of this our Toddler room is particularly focused on teaching these children how to take care of themselves and provide them with opportunities to realize just how capable they are. Simple things that we take for granted like putting our shoes on, taking our coats on and off, making choices and learning social cues are all tackled one at a time to help foster feelings of pride and competency. We believe that when children feel capable they are more inclined to adapt to social cues, have the courage needed to try new things and develop feelings of mutual respect.

  • Our Toddler and Preschool programs have been developed to ensure positive early experiences with school in order to create positive attitudes towards learning.
  • Preschool

    2½ Years to 4 Years
    What is Linking Letters?

    Linking Letters combines current literacy research and social-cognitive theories to create an emergent curriculum that embraces individual talents and learning potentials. This program was created by our Curriculum Coordinator, Catherine Ciardulli RECE, who also works as a Course Director for Mothercraft College in addition to being an educator here in our classrooms. The Linking Letters program believes that information should be taught to the children in a specific order to promote full comprehension and retention: This makes learning holistic and progressive. Through the use of checklists and assessments we are able to individualize group program plans and create group and individual learning goals. Our emergent theme-based programming is modified accordingly to ensure that learning is organized, objectives are focused, and that information is taught in a way that makes sense to each child. All of our preschool classes follow The Linking Letters program to ensure that all children are being held to the same standards.

    The Preschool Program
    Teaching Style

    Our goal is for each child to acquire their full learning potential! We are able to do this by making children active within their learning, always building upon previous learnt knowledge, and individualizing our group program plans through the use of checklists and assessments.

    Curriculum Style

    Our curriculum focuses on addressing the question, “How are you smart?” opposed to asking, “Are you smart?” Because not all children learn the same way, it is important to us to determine how your child learns about the world around them. Once we know how your child learns, we can then utilize that strength and natural ability to foster lesser developed domains.

    Behavior Management

    When a child does not feel their 4C’s they are so busy trying to retain them that it interferes with the learning that a child may be capable of. Therefore, a child who has acquired his 4C’s is a child ready to focus, learn and contribute productively in a class. Because of this, the social-emotional well-being of a child is always our top priority.
    By incorporating the above techniques we are then able to really be Adlerian and help children acquire their 4 C’s. This is because this program teaches children to realize how competent and important they really are: Which is why the children in our classes have thrived so much social-emotionally and academically! Making children active within their learning teaches children how to speak up and share ideas in a way that’s informative and purposeful; this is how we build a sense of connection and foster feelings of importance (count). By teaching children in a way that makes sense to them, we our helping them realize just how capable they are. All of this facilitates an environment that shows children that this is a safe place to learn, grow, laugh and make mistakes; thus promoting feelings of courage.

    Literacy Goals

    Current literacy research links exposure and experiences with these early literacy skills in preschool to be strongly correlated with later literacy success:

    • The Full Function of Letters and Print
    • Understand the Purpose of Letters and Print
    • Enhancing Expressive/Receptive Language Skills and Building Vocabulary
    • Increasing Comprehension, Retention and Critical Thinking Skills
  • The Linking Letters program incorporates all these experiences within our preschool classes.
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