2 year-old class
When our terrific little 2 year-olds enter the preschool program, they soon find out that it is a special place where someone other than mom and dad will love them and take good care of them. Because we understand that children develop by leaps and bounds during the age of 2, we split our 2 year-olds into a Younger 2's class and an Older 2's class. This allows our youngest students to interact with peers who are most closely aligned socially, physically, and verbally. Cutoff for the Older 2's class is February 1 of the upcoming school year, and the cutoff for the Younger 2's class is September 1 of the upcoming school year.
The 2's attend class two or three mornings a week. The 2 year-old curriculum is designed to emphasize a toddler's developing skills, including touching, manipulating, moving and expressing oneself verbally and physically. The 2 year-olds enjoy art, sensory activities, music and movement, story time and outdoor play, as well as a daily snack. The 2's attend Chapel with the 3 and 4 year-olds every Wednesday.
3 year-old class
When children attend our 3 year-old class, by playing and socializing with children their own age, they find that each member of the class is a special child of God, but not the center of the universe! We help them find their own place as we build on the foundations established in the 2 year-old program.
The 3's attend class five mornings a week. The 3 year-old curriculum provides a variety of fun, age-appropriate activities that teach the children about colors, shapes, letters and numbers, as well as various holiday-themed lessons. Art projects, which primarily involve coloring and painting, help to develop dexterity and promote creativity. In addition, the 3 year-olds enjoy structured play, circle time, music and movement, snack time and play each school day. The children are given special responsibilities to promote self-confidence on their "Leader" days, including show-and-tell. The 3's also attend Chapel every Wednesday and walk to the public library for a special story time once a month.
It is very important for children to feel a sense of trust and comfort from their teachers, especially at the preschool level. Our enthusiastic teachers genuinely care about children, and they understand each child's individual developmental needs and learning styles. Our teachers strive to develop in children a sense of confidence in their educational capabilities, as well as an enjoyment for school and learning in general. They take the time to help each child discover, in his or her own way, the fascinating and fun world of school.