Junior Preschool Program
Junior Preschool (Jr. Pre) is a time for full discovery. Language is evolving, simple instructions can be followed. The birth of imagination comes to play. The preschool mind is like a sponge ready for information. Questions come to life as we learn about the world we live in and how we fit into it! The feeling of belonging and acceptance becomes strong at this age. The importance of love, guidance and understanding are keys to figuring out how to ignite the genius within each child. Children learn to make safe choices and can select from a number of stations for learning – math, science, art, literacy, music, housekeeping, sensory-rich activities and also learn about personal space. Learning how to make and keep friends is also a focus in this classroom. Peace education and bilingual teaching in both Spanish and English are also an important part of the preschool program.
Our vision is providing our children with a prepared environment that provides the opportunity for physical, emotional, and intellectual growth. Our aim is to stimulate the child’s development in:
- A more positive self-image
- Expressing himself / herself creatively
- Responsibility and learning to make safe choices
- Sharing and compatibility
All of our play equipment and work material is carefully selected for its value in attaining these goals. Our program is flexible, allowing children a wide choice of activities. A good balance of quiet and active play, both in and outdoors, is encouraged.Children are always around equipment and toys that are safe and practical for their age.
Our philosophy is to give quality care and guidance to young children by supplementing the home environment and providing children with an atmosphere that is rich in meaningful learning experiences during the early, formative years. All children will be treated with respect and at no time will be subject to physically or verbally demeaning punishment. We will provide a creative and warm environment which will include: arts, crafts, music, sensory activities, academics, stories, emotional regulation and manners, indoor/ outdoor play, quiet times, and nap times.
Our excellent curriculum allows our students to learn different forms of communications such as Spanish and English.
We use guided imagery to make bedtime and Naptime Fun! Through guided imagery, we let the Dream Fairy transport your children on a whimsical journey to gently fall asleep – feeling loved, safe, and protected. Great for naptime at preschool or home! Scientific studies reveal that up to 30 percent of children have trouble with sleep.
• Other research demonstrates how Guided Imagery can help children to relax and settle down for rest and relaxation.
• Piloted program showed that Sleepy Time Dreams increases rest and relaxation during nap time and helps teachers because children fall asleep more easily. We also offer "Stress Buster" for teachers and parents for their own relaxation. By Investing in these restful programs produced by a Certified Guided Imagery Practitioner, our teachers are more relaxed focused and centered. Happy teachers make for happy children.
We provide yoga lessons to children ages 2 – 5. In these classes, they gain the ability to focus, develop self-control, better flexibility, improved coordination and higher self-esteem. Our toddler classes (2-3 years of age) last 15 minutes, and our 4-5 year old classes for yoga are 30 minutes.
FUN BUS is the premiere gross motor skill development program for preschools, daycares, and childcare centers. Fitted with safe, age appropriate fitness equipment, our refurbished big green buses park outside your center and never move with children aboard. Whether its weekly, biweekly, or monthly sessions, FUN BUS offers hundreds of developmentally appropriate theme based lesson plans that target required gross motor skills, providing your school that competitive advantage of addressing childhood health concerns.
Young Rembrandt -The Power of Drawing
Drawing is the fundamental skill of the visual arts that can - and should - be learned by all children.
Young Rembrandts teaches the drawing skills children need while developing learning skills that give children an academic advantage in the classroom.
Our curriculum is based on an acclaimed, step-by-step drawing method that works hand-in-hand with our original, innovative curriculum developed by a team of artists and educators. Our singular approach is designed to tap into the three modalities children use to learn: visual, auditory and tactile/kinesthetic. Our step-by-step curriculum and tiered lesson plans for a sequential, ordered teaching process.
Ages 3 1/2 to 5 years, Young Rembrandts provides a strong educational foundation for young learners. In addition to expanding young students' image vocabularies, our curriculum helps develop fine motor skills and learning skills that are essential to future classroom success.
Of course, above all Young Rembrandts is FUN! We intentionally offer child friendly and relevant subject matter to spark children's interest and increase knowledge retention, never losing sight that children learn best when they are engaged and entertained.