This class has a 1:7 ratio with two teachers and is designed with open-ended play areas that promote social, physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development. Predictable routines, language-building group times, and learning centers that encourage experimentation promote confidence and positive self-esteem. Toddlers enjoy story time, play dough, art projects, and other fun activities just like the big kids do! Toddlers thrive in the loving and warm atmosphere of this class.
Three Year Old Program
The three to four-year-old child blossoms and grows in our open-ended, experience oriented class. This class promotes the development of oral language, self-help skills, and turn-taking. Each day provides time for the joy of creative expression with hands-on art using many different mediums. Gross and fine motor skills which lead to emergent writing, are emphasized. This literacy-rich program builds alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness. It is designed to provide children with multiple opportunities for success as they make discoveries about their world. The three-year-old program has a ratio of 1:8 with two teachers.
These language-rich classes promote Kindergarten readiness. Our four to five year olds flourish with our hands-on, play based curriculum set up to emphasize emergent literacy and writing, alphabet recognition and phonemic awareness. Each day provides time for the joy of creative expression using art activities which utilize many different media and jointly encourages the growth of gross and fine motor muscles. Children experiment with basic math concepts such as sorting, graphing, quantifying, patterning, and predicting. With an atmosphere that encourages experimenting and problem-solving, this class allows children to explore and discover their world. They develop self-help and socialization skills, decision making abilities and become confident learners. There is a 1:12 ratio with two teachers.
Emergent Kindergarten Program
This class is designed for the older pre-schooler who just misses the cut off date to enter kindergarten, and who is developmentally ready to experience more structure than is found in our three-day-a-week pre-kindergarten program. This class also emphasizes emergent literacy, writing, alphabet recognition, and phonemic awareness through activities that involve the whole child. Basic math concepts and number recognition are taught with a hands-on approach. Children have many opportunities to experiment, predict, and problem solve. The open-ended approach, in addition to teacher direction at this age level, stimulates creativity in many ways, especially through art and science. Children are teacher recommended for Pre-K Plus. This class has a 1:12 ratio with a lead teacher and one assistant. These students will begin to be integrated with the students at Foothill Elementary School
, by taking part in some of the activities on the 2nd semester calendar.