Our school age program and staff provide a caring, learning environment in which school age children are nurtured and motivated to develop their skills. They are respected as a unique group, taking into account their experiences at school and their age.
Our teachers facilitate cognitive language development through exposure to literature, drawing and speaking in front of a group. Various mediums include books, tapes, magazines, newspapers and songs. Children are encouraged to use spoken and written language. The use of sign language is also encouraged. Activities and/or learning centers be provided as opportunities for hands-on learning. Centers may include Reading, Writing, Listening, Science, Social Studies, Arts/Crafts and Math. Activities are developed to enrich and augment what the children are learning at school. Children are provided with time and space, as well as assistance to do their homework.
Through daily interaction with teachers and peers, children continue to learn how to adapt socially to the world around them. Teachers encourage cooperative, group play but also provide opportunities for independent play. Teachers show an interest in and respect for all children. By modeling and encouraging appropriate behavior, teachers help children master language as a means of solving problems, resolving conflicts and expressing emotions.
The development of a sense of cultural awareness and appreciation for diversity be facilitated and taught through mediums such as books, magazines, music, newspapers, etc.
Classroom themes provide opportunities for children learn about different customs and holidays. Teachers encourage the children to develop a sense of cultural awareness and their role in their community and world.
Daily social interaction provides opportunities for children to develop their language and social skills. Each child’s individual rate of growth and learning are respected, and children be given opportunities to experience success. Teachers model appropriate responses and outlets for various emotions, while teaching that all emotions are “okay.”
Opportunities are provided for active indoor and outdoor play, using safe, age-appropriate equipment to develop large motor skills and coordination. Safety is taught and emphasized by teachers to be learned by all children.