Nursery children nowadays are ready to explore everything. Their skills are becoming vastly refined and their abilities seem limitless. Skills such as turn-taking, playing make-believe, and kicking a ball are now milestones of every child’s development. Little Scholars has put together a curriculum to address each domain of development for an extensive potential of milestone achievements.
Each day children are exposed to audio recordings of songs and nursery rhymes, such as Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose Book and CD, to further strengthen their abilities to communicate and improve the use of language in everyday life. Children are given opportunities to play language games, recite simple nursery rhymes, and answer a variety of simple “why” questions before, throughout, and after story readings. This develops reasoning and word-building skills. Our faculty and staff are ready to answer each and every one of the children’s “why” and “how” questions.
Through music, movement, and dancing children acquire control over their gross motor skills. Through activities such as scribbling, drawing vertical and horizontal lines and variously sized circles, building a tower of 5 or more blocks, and stringing, picking, and manipulating beads each child strengthens their fine motor skills. Little Scholars classrooms are rich with puzzles, sensory tables, paints, and toys to promote every child’s development on individual as well as group levels.
Children develop a desire to be independent from a very early age. At Little Scholars our curriculum is based on creative learning, allowing each child to learn the independence they crave. By giving your child praise and allowing them time to follow one- and two-step commands our teachers instill that sense of independency and self-confidence in every child that enters our classrooms.
Children are starting to understand acceptable and unacceptable behavior from a very young age as well. By developing a sense of anticipation of consequences each child in a group learns rules that make them feel safe and secure both emotionally and socially. Teachers show and teach each child alternatives to acting out in an unconstructive manner, support children in their attempts to channel their energy in a positive way, and provide children with appropriate opportunity to make their own choices by being consistent in their instructions and keeping them simple.
Children’s abilities to think and reason are growing rapidly, and we are prepared to build on every idea and challenge every thought with constructive teaching and learning methods. Through matching and sorting pictures, colors, and shapes each child learns to understand the relationships between objects and the simpler representations of the concept of cause and effect. Children are given daily opportunities to solve puzzles, play pretend games, engage in sensory discovery, and understand concepts of recalling past events and better understanding the concept of future events. Each book used in our classrooms is carefully picked out by our staff to encourage the most critical thinking from our little explores and provide them the opportunity to not only listen to the story but also engage in an activity that is carefully crafted by their teacher. One example of such a book is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.