Junior Preschool (18 months to 2 years)
Little ones at this age are naturally curious and learn best by investigating their world. We embrace multisensory learning and play-based experiences that are provided in a positive and safe early learning environment. Our toddlers are exposed to foundational early literacy skills, oral language skills, foundational math concepts, science, and music all while reinforcing self-help skills and positive social interactions. Your toddler will learn the names and sounds of letters, colors and shapes, counting during our fun toddler circle times, and basic Spanish vocabulary. During circle time your child’s teacher will introduce their lesson for the day and incorporate stories that foster language development and that reinforce social and self-regulation skills. Our teachers also provide multiple fun music and movement activities throughout the day during which we incorporate music from around the world. Our teachers are trained to individualize instruction based on your child’s developmental needs. Our play-based learning experiences are designed to strengthen both fine and gross motor skills all while providing aspects necessary for cognitive development so that we may best prepare your toddler for future academic success. We provide a positive, safe, and loving early learning environment which allows your child to become independent and caring and a motivated problem solver with a life-long love for learning.
Child Development In Jr. Preschool
We use the Learn Every Day for Toddlers and Twos curricula by Kaplan and supplement this with The Letter People curricula by Abrams and Company. Each of these curricula are evidence-based and developed by professionals and researchers in the field of early childhood development. Our curriculum and curriculum additions expose the children to letter names and sounds, important early math concepts, and science and nature. We also provide a basic introduction to music and movement, active listening and talking, activities to promote social and emotional development, outdoor lesson plans that incorporate science and nature lessons, and activities to promote creativity, exploration, and physical development, and to Spanish vocabulary. Each child is assessed three times during the year to record progress toward developmental milestones, and to note individual goals and objectives, including: Health and Safety, Social and Emotional Development, Physical Development, Math and Literacy. Teachers share the results with the child’s parents, and suggest ways to reinforce the learning at home. A portfolio of pictures and crafts from your child’s time in our Toddler program will serve as cherished memorabilia of your child’s development and continue with your child during their time at The Village Academy.