Child Care for Early Learners
Two and Three year olds are full of wonder and spend a lot of time watching, observing, and imitating. At this age, a child is perfecting their fine motor skills. In our Early Learners classroom the children will copy shapes and make simple ones on their own, write letters, drawl simple representations of people, and use scissors. The gross motor skill development of this age group are also becoming more evolved with children working on hopping, climbing, kicking, catching, and throwing a ball, and skipping. These activities are ones the child love to practice and are incorporated into everyday activities. One of the favorite words during this period is asking “why?” They want to know what causes the events around them. We incorporate cause and effect activities to enhance their curiosity.
All of our classrooms are designed with learning areas, which give children the opportunity to play by themselves or in groups. The classroom itself is a prepared environment designed to provide children with only positive experiences. The furniture is scaled to their size, and thoughtfully placed in the room to achieve a natural flow of movement. Everything in the room is arranged in predictable fashion, so that children are able to take charge of their own learning, and to discover on their own. With its sensible structure, the classroom itself replaces the teacher as the center of focus. The teacher becomes a facilitator in helping the children utilize their space to learn independently.
Our teachers skillfully plan engaging learning activities that build upon what your child can do and encouraging exploration along the way. Traditional subjects such as math, language skills and social studies are integrated into the learning areas and introduced in the context of play. The learning areas within a classroom offers social learning—playing together to develop healthy development and underlies children’s ability for later academic learning. Our teachers are especially attuned to the emotional quality of classroom interactions and help children identify emotions (their own and others’) and learn problem-solving strategies. We use Highscope curriculum in all of our classrooms.