Our team of one part-time and two full-time Educators work together to create a challenging and enjoyable environment in which your child can grow and learn through play. Through play the children develop social and cognitive skills, they mature emotionally and gain the self-confidence needed to engage in new experiences and environments.
In our program we begin to introduce the children to some more structured activities to ensure that they are ready for their next step of moving to our Mothercraft Kinder Program or moving on to new adventures in the school system.
We introduce the children to the concept of the “school year”. From September to June our goal is to construct a curriculum which fosters cognitive growth based on the children’s own interests and ideas. July and August are full of fun outdoor summer activities as we enjoy a “summer holiday” atmosphere.
A nutritional lunch is served buffet style. The children build their independence by serving themselves and practicing portion control under our watchful eyes. They practice turn taking and also help define their own likes and dislikes. The children are encouraged to taste everything but are not required to eat it. Lunch time is very social and we have some awesome conversations about what happened in the morning and what the children are doing at home, etc.
The seniors are a busy, active group and need a rest time to refresh and recharge. The need for rest and sleep varies greatly at different ages and even among children of the same age; however, rest is an important part of the day for all children. The children are divided into their two groups (Jellybeans & Lolly Pops) and enjoy a relaxing time of music, stories and quiet activities on their cots. After a short rest time, the children who are awake will participate in the Wakers’ Program where they can engage in fun, quiet activities. If the children fall asleep they will enjoy their sleep until they wake on their own or until 2:30pm at the latest.
We have three basic rules in this program: safe bodies, safe feelings, and safe equipment. By providing a play-space with fewer restrictions and rules, we believe that the children are more in control of their environment. It is a place that truly belongs to them. This in turn creates a room full of happy children, happy families and happy Educators.
A white board is posted outside the classroom to help us share with parents the activities of the day, special events and important notices. Our snack and lunch menu for the week is posted here as well as a daily chart indicating how well your child has eaten and how long they slept.
We also encourage you to share any adventures your child may have had over the weekend, anything you notice that they may enjoy sharing with their friends at day care, any new developments or special talents that you would like to share with our program. This helps us to provide responsive programming that is meaningful to the children.
||Opening activities ~ all areas are set up to encourage and challenge skill development
Monday: learning activities guided by the children’s interests.
Tuesday: Physical activities.
Wednesday: Learning Centers (designed to promote specific skills such as listening and following directions).
Thursday: Writing skills.
Friday: Game Day
||Calendar time (Learning the days, months, year, holidays, etc.)
||Clean up and bathroom time
||Sleep & rest time
||Table top activities ie puzzles, blocks, toy play, etc.
||Afternoon Circle (Songs and storytelling)
||Outside or inside activities (weather dependent)
We ask that parents please provide the following items to ensure that your child is well prepared and comfortable each day.
- A knapsack or bag
- In the bag should be: at least 1 complete set of clothes(top, pants, underwear & socks)
- 1 pair of indoor shoes
- 1 pair of outdoor shoes
- Seasonal hat
- Seasonal outdoor clothing, as we go outside
- Sunscreen (summer)
- Refillable Water bottle
- Blanket for sleep (we will send home on Friday to be washed)