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Lion Cub 2's & Tiger Cub 3's Program options


The Lion Cubs 2'S & The Tiger Cubs 3’s programs are designed to help very young children take their first steps down the path of life long learning.  The first step for many of our children is learning how to deal with short-term separation from their parents.  Our primary focus is on providing a caring, secure and social environment where young children feel comfortable enough to begin exploring the world around them.  They soon begin to initiate new relationships with their classmates and the teachers.  This is when the early social and emotional skills begin to more fully develop and we learn together how to express our feelings and how to help each other.  These programs are all about enhancing self-esteem, communication and cooperation.  These skills begin to set the foundation for successful life long learning. 

Communication between our parents and teachers is a very important to insure your child’s smooth transition into the school routine.  Be sure to read newsletters and information posted near the classroom.  Take time to talk to the teachers after dismissal or call to ask questions or express concerns, or update us on any changes at home that may effect your child’s day.  Consider joining us for field trips, helping with parties, sharing a special talent with the class, or coming in to read a favorite story.  It’s a great opportunity to share new learning experiences with your children.  Throughout the year we also to come together as families for fun activities like our Thanksgiving feast.

To register for the Lion Cubs 2's program your child must turn 2 by December 1st of the school year for which they are enrolling and they must be able to potty independently when given the opportunity.

The 2's class is held on Tuesday and Thursday for 
hours in the morning
 - please contact the office for specific class start time.

To register for the Tigers Cubs 3’s program your child must turn 3 before December 1st of the school year for which they are enrolling and they must be independently potty trained. 

The 3’s class is held Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 2 ½ hours 
in the morning or afternoon
 – please contact the office for class start time. 

Curriculum
Our teachers use a theme-based approach to curriculum that is designed to assist in the development of strong social/emotional skills and facilitate the introduction of new concepts to the students.  In addition to our classroom activities there may be field trips and visitors to our school that help to enhance the presentation of certain topics.  


A TYPICAL DAY’S SCHEDULE



Arrival
Manipulative Exploration
Circle time - Story time
Clean-up & Snack
Creative Play
Gym or Outdoor Play
Closing activities
Dismissal

Arrival
At Arrival help your child put their coat and other personal belongings in their cubby. Visit the bathroom if necessary. Come into the classroom with your child and help them find their name and place it on the attendance board.  Next select a manipulative activity to work on.  Assist them for a minute or two, this helps them transition into the day. Before you leave be sure to say good-bye and/or I’ll be back soon.

Manipulative Exploration
Manipulatives & Creative Play is a special time when the children can explore the various activity centers.  Centers include Block Building, Dramatic Play, Science, Expressive Art, Cognitive/Manipulative Play, and Reading Area. (See Centers- for details on each area.)  Included in these areas of exploration are the Water & Sand tables and the Open Art Easel.  Special art projects are introduced to allow us to work on pasting, drawing, cutting, painting and a variety of other fine motor skills.  Some projects are freeform such as collage and others are a little more directed so we can work on following directions and understanding processes.  About mid-year we introduce the Computer to the class to assist with letter and number recognition.  It also helps develop hand eye coordination and encourages creative reasoning and problem solving skills.

Clean-up & Snack

Clean up & Snack Time in order to get ready for snack time we work together to put away our toys and get our room ready for circle time.  We then all go together to wash our hands and get ready for snack.  Snack time is not only to give us a short break and a nutritious snack, it is the time when we learn about good food, socialize with our friends and practice our manners.  We also work on learning to set the table, pour our own drinks and sometimes-even help to prepare the days snack.

Creative Play

Special Project Approach Days we will explore topics in-depth utilizing a technique call The Project Approach.  This would not be a typical classroom day, it would instead be driven by our student’s interests in a particular subject, we may do experiments and other extended hands-on activities that allow us concentrate on certain skill areas.  -    Investigation (what, why, how, when?) -    Classification (same, different, similar?)
-    Problem solving (what’s the next step?)

Gym or Outdoor Play
Gym or Outdoor Play will center on large motor growth.  Large motor activities are important to the development of every young child.  Using a wide variety of equipment we work on catching, throwing, hopping, skipping, balance, hand-eye coordination and other skills.  In addition to our outdoor play space we are fortunate to have an indoor gym equipped with climbers, mats, bikes and assorted equipment for year round fun and excercise.

Circle time - Story time

Circle Time/Story Time & Closing Activity is a teacher directed activity time when all the children come together as a group.  After gym/outdoor play we all return to our room, learn new songs and finger plays or read a story.  We talk about our day or what we’ll do on our next class day. This is when we focus on good listening,  and strengthen our verbal expression.  Together we are also learning how to be considerate of each other by taking turns and listening to each other’s ideas.

Dismissal
Dismissal we wait for you to arrive and the teacher to call our name.  Each child will take their name off the attendance board and put it away until tomorrow.  Together you will collect all the important notes and artwork from your child’s cubby.  This is a great time to ask about their day!
LEARNING CENTERS
Block Building teaches children a variety of skills including math, creativity, problem solving and social skills. Our center includes a variety of block types and props that the children use to create their structures. Initially children will play near each other building their own structures, as the year progresses they will begin to work together.

In the Dramatic Play Area, children will explore real world situations. Our Dramatic play area is not limited to only a kitchen and dress up closet, it may be transformed into a grocery store, restaurant, hospital, fire station, or pet shop. The options are endless. Social development and awareness are a major part of dramatic play.

The Science Area is where we will explore our senses, and learn how the world around us works. We can perform simple experiments. We encourage the children to work individually and in-groups.

Expressive Art is a place where children are offered a variety of materials to use in any way their imagination can come up with.  Art here is for self-expression and gives children and outlet for unrestrained creativity.  There’s no wrong way here!

The Reading Area is a quiet place where children can look at picture and storybooks, listen to pre-taped stories, or see the books that we have created together as a class with pictures of our activities.  Language development is a crucial component of our program.

Cognitive Play is a area where your child will be exposed to a variety of materials designed to introduce various concepts such as; sorting, math, investigation, classification, memory, problem solving, number & letter recognition, and fine motor skills.  These items will change every few weeks.  Some will be related to themes and others are used to focus on specific areas of skill development.  Items used here include games, puzzles, lacing cards, peg boards, matching sets, sequencing beads and many other types of manipulatives.


CHILD OBSERVATIONS AND CONFERENCES


Throughout the year our teachers are observing the children to determine how their skills are progressing.  These individual observations are compiled to create each child’s Developmental Goals Assessment.  This is a rating scale that we use to monitor their progress against the standards for their age group.  There are many factors to look at during these assessments.  It is important to remember that chronological age does not automatically determine social-emotional age or physical development.  Every child develops at a different rate in each skill area.  It is not uncommon for the same child to be advanced in some skill areas, while other skills are delayed, and the majority of skills are age appropriate.

We generally meet with parents twice during the year to talk about our observations with you and to give you an opportunity to share your observations with us.  Together we can work on plans to assist children in areas where there might be delays.  We try to hold our second conference in late May.  At this conference we will give you some ideas for projects that you and your child can share together over the summer that will reinforce the skills they learned throughout the year.

In addition to our scheduled conferences you may request a conference with the teacher at any time during the school year.  If you have any concerns or are looking for information about additional or supplemental activities that you can do we will be happy to assist. 

Parents & Teachers make 
a Great Team!


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