The Primary Classrooms serve children age three through the kindergarten year. The five-day-a-week program provides the consistency essential to a child’s overall development. The guidelines, schedule and expectations remain constant, allowing a child’s level of comfort, confidence, and enthusiasm to grow daily.
The program is carefully crafted to meet each child’s individual needs rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Children progress at their own pace in a non-competitive environment. They are challenged daily by lessons and materials designed to meet their needs. They develop standards of conduct, courtesy, cooperation, self-control and respect for the rights and opinions of others while developing their own individual abilities, talents and interests.
Classrooms are large, open spaces, framed by open shelves that display a wide variety of carefully sequenced, hands-on learning activities that encourage thought, exploration and creativity. Classes are mixed-age, family like environments where the 3 year old learns from observing older students and the 5 year olds benefit from the chance to be leaders and mentors to their younger peers.
Toddlers are just discovering that they are a separate person from their parent(s). The role of the teacher is to assist the child as they fulfill the basic tasks of developing trust, independence, and self-control. They are there to observe, guide, listen, and foster the natural growth of the child’s personality.
Activities are designed to enhance the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of each individual child.
Activities in the toddler classroom focus on the following:
- Language and literacy
- Handwriting skills
- Natural sciences
- Sensory training
- The arts (music, drama, art)
- Knowledge & understanding of our world
- Creative development
- Personal & social development
- Self motivation & personal responsibility
- Physical development