The Butterfly classroom goal is to have the young child feel welcome, secure and loved; a place they joyfully want to be each day. This class fosters the development of the whole child with guidance as they learn to play cooperatively and communicate with one another. Problem solving skills are developed, such as special issues "how much area do I need to operate?" and "what are the consequences of me participating in someone's space or them in mine?" We direct appropriate responses and model love, care and respect for one another's property.
The Butterfly classroom curriculum is based on touching upon an expanse of themes. The foundation of higher learning is integrated into all experiences. The alphabet, numbers and name recognition, math, science are all presented at a relevant age-appropriate level.
Ages 3 to 4 years old.
Children in the Bear class are matured and gently supported to ensure emotional, social, and literacy development to produce a smooth transition into kindergarten. These students are able to sit attentively while engaging in circle-time activities such as storytelling, music and movement, science experiments, letter recognition and accompanying phonetic sounds, basic pre-reading and math skills, and much more. The Bear classroom's goal is to graduate a happy, prepared , well-adjusted, self-sufficient, eager-to-learn student.
Ages 4 to 5 years old.
Children 3 to 4 years are in the Beavers room. This class concentrates on the social=emotional aspects of the young child. This involves helping children solve their own problems using words and thinking through the situation- "What could you do next time that might work better?" "We have a problem, how can we solve this problem?" As a theme-based curriculum the units work with puzzles, songs, manipulates, tactile experiences and science experiments. The Beaver classroom is a hands-on learning experiences that expands the mind, the imagination and builds self-confidence.
Ages 3 to 4 years old.
In the Bunny classroom the young 2 1/2 to 3 year old child needs the stimulation, learning models, and learning opportunities presented by interacting with several peers in order for optimum overall development to take place. These vehicles for the young child are observation, imitation, repetition, inquiry, and exploration. To provide good teacher/child contact, the Bunny class has a total of 10-12 children on a daily basis. This number is large enough to be stimulating, yet small enough for quality interaction for the 2 1/2 to 3 year old. Children are exposed to experimental learning through play, thus learning to interact with others, develop language skills, recognize and solve problems and discover their human potential. There is strong emphasis on play in the Bunny classroom. There is a link between play and healthy cognitive growth. Play lays the foundation for later academic success in reading and writing and play helps children develop abstract, scientific and mathematical concepts and is critical for the development of imagination and creative problem solving skills. Play is related to increases in cooperation, empathy and impulse control, reduced aggression and better overall emotional and social health.
Ages 2 1/2-3 years old.
Ages 2-2 1/2 years old.
The Bumble Bee classroom is for children 2 years to 2 1/2 years old who may attend 2, 3 or 5 days a week. The hours for this morning program are the same as the other classrooms, 8:50 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and the ratio is never more than 4 to 1 with one teacher and one assistant. The Bumble Bee classroom is a program with activities that encourage language, cooperation, listening skills, and creativity. The children do not need to be toilet trained, but the teachers will work on that skill during the school year.