Our program concentrates on fostering initiative, creativity, and thinking skills through activities that will enhance the children's abilities to communicate, solve problems, practice interpersonal social skills, and imagine experiences for themselves with self-confidence.
The children are introduced to a balanced program in which both teacher-directed and student-directed learning is done. Our daily routine consists of learning centers, movement, outdoor play, reading, story time, and creative dramatization. The program prepares children to utilize their creative and intellectual abilities through learning to listen and express their inquisitive nature while observing their surroundings. Included in our tuition is also a four cycle menu that is approved by the New York State CACFP. It consists of a home cooked breakfast, lunch, two snacks, water, milk, and juice.
Infants (6 weeks-18 months): The focus of our infant program is to provide the children with a safe, loving, and nurturing environment based on their unique and ever changing needs.
As the infants grow, a selected primary caregiver will grow along with them. This will provide the infants and their families with the consistency and trust necessary to help form and foster the emotional bonds crucial for their early development.
A day in the life of our infants consists of a safely designed classroom where infants enjoy an array of stimulating, age appropriate toys, and classroom equipment. The infants and their caregivers play, read, sing, and have fun together, while following individualized varying schedules that include bottle feeding, eating, diaper changing, and naptime. Breast feeding is also welcome, if needed.
At pick-up time, parents/guardians will receive a "Daily Gram", which allows caregivers to provide families with daily communication of their child's day. In the gram, the parent/guardian will know how the infant's eating and sleeping patterns were, what he/she enjoyed throughout the day, and any other pertinent information relating to his/her day. All of our classrooms have an "Open Door Policy" and we encourage families to call and or visit your child's classroom at any time.
Toddlers (18 months-2.9 years): As the children grow into toddlers, they continue to quickly develop, change, and grow into their own individuals. In the toddler program, the children are encouraged to express and share these unique personalities.
Weekly lesson plans are created by the toddler teachers to expose and guide the toddlers into learning the skills essential for healthy emotional, physical, and intellectual development. Through exploratory play and creative dramatization toddlers will be practice their manners and interpersonal skills, learn conflict resolution, learn to express their emotions, and begin using their verbal skills. The fun and curious learning continues with sensory hands-on activities to help with the fine motor skills, music with instruments, dancing, singing, yoga, outside playground time for gross motor development and strengthening, story time, and circle time.
At this time the toddler teachers also begin to foster the independence of the toddlers. The children now begin to feed and drink on their own, with the assistance of their teacher and classroom assistant. The toddlers also begin the process of potty training, at which time the teachers and assistants work very closely with the families to make this developmental transition as successful and effective for both the toddlers and their families.
At pick-up time, parents/guardians will receive a "Daily Gram", which allows the toddler teacher to provide families with daily communication of their toddler's day. In the gram the parent/guardian will know how the toddler ate, slept, pottied, what he/she enjoyed throughout the day, what type of mood he/she was in, and any other pertinent information relating to his/her day. All of our classrooms have an "Open Door Policy" and we encourage families to call and or visit your child's classroom at any time.
Preschool (2.9-3 years): Our preschoolers are introduced to a balanced program in which both teacher and student directed learning is done. Our center based classroom layout allows for the preschoolers to explore, be creative, and develop critical thinking skills through the engagement of individualized centers.
Integrated into the weekly thematic lesson plans and daily projects are the following subject areas of math, social studies, science, literacy/English Language Arts, art, blocks/cars, dramatic play, and sensory tables, along with sign language. All lesson plans and instruction are modified to meet the various needs of the preschoolers. These needs are met by the preschool teachers differentiating their teaching accordingly.
As some of the preschoolers are taking home "Visiting Ollie", who is a cabbage patch doll that helps encourage and foster cognitive recognition, independence, and routine, other students are sharing a "Book in a Bag" with their peers and families to learn and enhance recall, comprehension, and sequencing. As a collective group, our beginning readers are introduced weekly to various CORE skills by having fun with The Big World, a thematic scholastic magazine. Throughout the day active learning is ongoing in our preschool, fulfilling the social, emotional, and academic needs and learning of the students.
At pick-up time, parents/guardians will receive a "Daily Gram", which allows the preschool teacher to provide families with daily communication of their preschooler's day. In the gram the parent/guardian will know what they ate, enjoyed and learned throughout the day, and any pertinent information relating to their day. All our classrooms have an "Open Door Policy" and we encourage families to call and or visit your child's classroom at any time.
Pre-K (4-5 years): The pre-kindergarten program is geared towards fully preparing the students socially and academically to enter the fascinating world of kindergarten.
Students will move beyond the basic ABC's and 123's. Aligned with the NYS Common CORE standards our curriculum includes a concentration in literacy, speaking/listening, language acquisition and expansion, science, social studies, and math. The lead teacher continues to differentiate the needs of the students, while teaching them the social and academic skills essential for kindergarten.
The pre-kindergarteners will maintain a daily routine, working both independently and in groups, while respecting their friends, practicing their manners and patience. Students will continue expanding their literacy skills and vocabulary through thematic, weekly scholastic magazines, Let's Find Out and Science Spin where language arts, social studies, science concepts and experiments are explored. Math skills are also taught through an array of fun games and activities. These concepts are all integrated throughout their day, all through age appropriate guided instruction and exciting and fun learning hands-on lessons and activities.
As their year progresses, students will be assessed formally and informally. The lead teacher will provide remedial and or enhancement on a one on one basis, as needed. The pre-kindergartners will end their school year with an original graduation performance culminating their accomplishments of the year.
At pick-up time, parents/guardians will receive a "Daily Gram", which allows the teacher to provide families with daily communication of their child's day. In the gram the parent/guardian will know what he/she ate, enjoyed and learned throughout the day, and any pertinent information relating to his/her day. All our classrooms have an "Open Door Policy" and we encourage families to call and or visit your child's classroom at any time.
Before/After School: Our before and after school program allows for a structured yet flexible environment where homework help is provided, arts and crafts are enjoyed, and outdoor/indoor fun is encouraged.
During school half days and school holiday closings, our before/after school program includes additional center time, hands-on projects and activities, quiet time, lunch and snacks.
Summer Camp: School Aged children are welcome to come enjoy, have fun, and rejuvenate at our summer camp. More information to follow.
Songs By Susan: Songs by Susan is a program that infuses music and yoga. Our infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and pre-kindergarteners dance, play instruments, and sing along with our music teacher Ms. Susan.