2 & 2.5-year old Program
Our goal for your 2 or 2.5-year-old is to have a positive first experience in school. We provide an atmosphere of love, acceptance, and security where children are encouraged to explore and discover the world around them. In the 2/2.5-year-old program, children will have the opportunity of learning how to share and cooperate with others. At this age, language development is growing by leaps and bounds and much time is spent helping them express their thoughts, ideas, and feelings. There is also a great deal of time engaging the children in sensory development. The children are busy with dramatic play, brushing colors on easel paper, squeezing play dough, stacking blocks, putting puzzles together, digging in the sand and water tables, singing songs, and listening to stories.
*Children must be 2 or 2.5 years old by Sept. 30th
3-year old Program
Our 3-year-old program is designed for the students to expand their problem solving abilities, grasp of language, and memory/listening skills in a wide variety of group and individual activities. There is an emphasis on building social skills which helps create lasting relationships with classmates and teachers. This is a year full of activity centers that help the children strengthen the small muscles needed for writing, understand and follow directions, learn to recognize and count objects, and grow in their ability to focus during group times. Circle time stories and finger plays, center time “hands-on” learning experiences, and creative movement are all part of the 3-year-old preschool experience.
*Children must be 3 years old by Sept. 30 and fully potty-trained
4-year old Program
Our 4-year-old program follows the Virginia Standards of Learning for Pre-K. The Foundation Blocks include literacy, mathematics, science, history, and physical/motor development. Each Foundation Block box is organized and aligned to build towards the Virginia Kindergarten Standards of Learning. A wide variety of multi-sensory tasks designed to stimulate and strengthen early math development, pre-reading, and pre-writing skills are offered through classroom centers. The student’s activities include connecting sounds with letters and begin to identify the beginning sound of a word; recognizing and writing their own name; forming numbers and letters with downwards strokes; rhyming and putting their ideas into words. Students work with numbers 1-20 and recognize and create patterns. Units of study are introduced each month with story time, imaginative play, games, art and “hands-on” activities to support the topics.
*Children must be 4 years old by Sept. 30