Our Curriculum is based on the Illinois learning standards and Creative curriculum for infants, toddlers and twos. Daily we incorporate learning through play, circle time, small group time, learning centers, arts and craft projects, games, science projects, songs, finger plays, and stories. Your child will be learning colors, shapes, numbers, and the alphabet while having fun. We know that children learn best from play during play children increase their social competence and emotional maturity play is vital to children’s social development. Play is a major component of our program enough time, materials and space will be provided daily for children to actively explore the world around them. Every day we have both free play and structured play (limited items out at one time so that the child can gain the learning experience intended).
This is an example of our schedule this is to give you an idea and the order of the events throughout the day actual times may vary depending on the time of year, weather, and temperament of the children. Age appropriate activities are scheduled with flexibility allowed to respond to the needs of the individual child and day. I will offer times for outside play, stories, instruction, and naps appropriate to the child's ages, interests, and abilities. I will provide your child with tender loving care, understanding, patience and guidance in a happy family setting. For infants and toddlers who are too young to communicate with you about their day, a daily report sheet will be sent home. Free play is an important part of a child's early years. It is here that they learn social skills that will be needed the rest of their lives.
Example of activity schedule
7:00 Arrival. Welcome, Hand washing, breakfast, Teeth brushing, Centers (Children get to choose from various learning centers blocks, puzzles, housekeeping, music, art, transportation all centers open)
9:00 Circle time (Calendar, weather, helpers of the day assigned, counting, alphabet, story, sharing)
9:30 Music & movement, interactive songs like Ants go marching or hokey pokey, free-style dance to music
9:45 Morning snack, Hand washing and potty break/diaper changing
10:00 Table time/ group activity Age appropriate paperwork ( learn to write names, worksheets, patterns, scissor skills, math and counting, writing practice, etc)
10:15 Arts & Crafts, ( coloring, painting, planned projects)
10:30 Outdoor play- Neighborhood walk, park, trikes, slides, bubbles, sidewalk chalk, etc.
Wash hands, potty break
11:30 Centers: Blocks, puzzles, dramatic play, kitchen area, sensory table
12:00 Clean up & wash up, Lunch. Children participate in food prep, hand washing, setting table, serving and help clean up. Family style meals are a great way to expose children to social skills, math, and language skills.
12:30 Story, nap/quiet time
3:00 Snack potty clean up
3:15 Outdoor play. Group play like races/tags/jumprope/hopscotch/hide & seek or planned activity
4:00 In-side wind- down. Potty break, diaper changing, children play with materials in activity areas while teacher uses time to focus on one –to-one activities with each child or pairs in organized games like candy land/hi-ho cheerio. Floor puzzles, free art, and freeplay. Get ready for home
Again, this is just a sample of our day the schedule is customized to meet the needs of all the children
****During centers I pull small groups to work on age appropriate skills/milestones with them to further their learning experience) ****
I will plan activities and provide children with a variety of experiences some of the activities will include:
Large muscle skills-Balls, hula hoops, Bean bags, swinging, outdoor play.
Literacy skills-Listening center, writing center, Phonics reading program, Story time
Small muscle skills-arts/crafts, stringing beads, peg boards, blocks
Creative expression- dramatic play, puppets, music instruments
Self help skills-Dress self for outdoors, assist with meal preparation.
Indoor activities include but not limited to- Building toys, puzzles, transportation vehicles, dinosaurs, music instruments, Barbies, board games, balls, dolls, pretend play, play-dough etc
Toys are washed sanitized and rotated weekly so that the children do not get bored.
Outdoor activities include but not limited to-Various planned activities, jump rope, playing ball, sand and water table, ride on toys,
Infants and younger toddlers
(Children under two years of age) your infant will be carried hugged and loved throughout the day. Infants will have a flexible schedule which reflects the child’s individual needs. They will be given individual attention including lots of time for talking. The non-mobile infant will be changed and moved about throughout the day. We provide safe open spaces away from the other children for infants creeping and crawling. Infants and toddlers will be encouraged to play with a wide variety of toys. Throughout the day we practice rolling, sitting, grasping, crawling, standing, walking, climbing and throwing whatever developmental stages your child happens to be in.