Little Children's School, LLC
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About Us

DEVELOPMENTAL STAGES AND CURRICULUM GOALS for Ages 2 1/2 - 5 year-old classes

Social and Emotional Growth

 

 

 

*To help children value each person and the importance of each in the School community

 

*To help each child experience, articulate their feelings and ideas, and to listen to those of others

 

*To encourage considerate behavior towards others - taking turns, listening, cooperating, sharing (including during games and play)

 

*To support children's need for autonomy and individuality

 

*To develop social skills, such as helping, cooperating, negotiating and talking to the person involved to solve interpersonal problems

 

 

 

 

Perceptual, Cognitive and Physical Development

 

*To help children experience and master a wide range of eye-hand coordination tasks, such as:

 

             holding a pencil, cutting, printing, stenciling, recognizing and reproducing shapes,                        painting, weaving, sewing, beading, etc.

 

*To help memory skills—auditory, visual, tactile, and sequential—by using:

 

            word games, musical patterns, drawing, poetry, storytelling, movement, picture bingo, puppet shows, following directions, etc.

 

*To help children use and extend their imaginative, questioning, problem solving and other creative abilities and to explore areas of their own individual interest.

 

*To help children extend their span of attention and to focus on tasks until they are completed.

 

*To provide experiences that increase strength, stamina, flexibility, coordination through activities such as:

 

 *Running, jumping, throwing, catching, balancing, yoga, kicking, stretching, dancing, climbing, etc.

 

*To develop large muscle skills through outdoor activity: learning to ride a bike!

 

 

 

Language Arts

 

*To help children learn to communicate by relating personal experiences:

 

            verbalizing thoughts, needs, ideas, solving conflicts with words, rhyming, playing word games..

 

*To encourage children to represent their ideas and actions for others by speaking in                                  complete sentences, writing, translating literature into drama           

 

*To develop children's receptive language, listening skills, and questioning abilities

 

*To activate the integration of language skills by providing many opportunities to link listening, reading, writing, and speaking, in this way to increase children’s appreciation and reliance on language as a basic tool in learning

 

*To experience and use a wide range of spoken and written language, thus helping the                   children grow in their understanding of language:

 

            Experiences include problem solving, decision-making, recalling, bookmaking, journals, labeling, language experience charts, polls, puppets...

 

*To represent and create experiences through drawing, painting, dictating words, inventing spelling, telling stories, using words to solve problems and express feelings, reading and being read to, etc.

 

 

 

As children are developmentally ready AND interested, we will help them learn to do such things as:

 

learn to follow directions, work from left to right, understand about beginnings, middles and endings, know the name and sound of each letter of the alphabet, print upper and lower case letters, dictate words and copy them, write own name, recognize some other words by sight and some word-ending families.

 

 

 

Math & Science

 

To help children observe, investigate and record the world about them, and to see themselves as parts of it through exposure to changes, patterns and growth in nature; field trips and experiments; work with water, light force, motion, sound, color, heat, logic, nutrition, weather, use of senses; experiences leading to the concepts of conservation.

 

 

 

*To use hands-on approach to mathematics. 

 

*Emphasize exploration discovery and experimentation with various materials—Unifix cubes, rods, buttons, geoboards, water, sand, etc.

 

*To develop an understanding and insight into the patterns of mathematics through the use of concrete materials.

 

Skill work: as children are developmentally ready AND interested, we will help them learn to:

 

count objects, one-to-one correspondence, recognize and draw geometric shapes and patterns, read and write numerals, add and subtract, compare, classify, predict, fit together and take apart, measure, experiment with length, numbers, weight, area, volume, and time, estimate outcomes and learn game rules

 

 

 

The children will learn through active involvement how to:

 

Pattern, sort and classify and compare.

 

 

 

Art, Music, Dance & Creative Movement

 

 

 

*To give children the opportunities to explore the arts and to express themselves aesthetically and physically through feelings and ideas.

 

*To help integrate new experiences and curriculum topics and projects by using the arts, sensory awareness and new techniques.

 

Art:

 

By working with different materials and techniques—painting, drawing, collage, printing, sculpting and constructing the elements of design (color, line, shape, and pattern) are integral parts of learning and creating.

 

 

 

Dance and Movement:

 

Working alone, in pairs, and in groups we will explore obstacle courses, go on hikes, build and explore mazes and other spatial relationships, practice new ways of expressively moving, Yoga!

 

 

 

Music:

 

Through music we will learn new songs, matching pitch, repeating melodies and rhythms, hearing patterns, inventing new songs.

 

 

 

 

 

Health and Safety:

 

*To help children learn personalized facts about health and safety (nutrition, dental health, hand washing, etc.).

 

*To integrate health and safety into daily habits.



THE LITTLE CHILDREN’S SCHOOL POLICIES

 


Admission, Discharge, and Withdrawal of a Child

A child is admitted by invitation from The Little Children’s School.  Before admission, The Little Children’s School requires that at least one parent and the child visit the School and meet with the teachers and Director. Admission is complete when enrollment, health, field trip permission and all other required forms are completed and returned to the School, along with the payment of the non-refundable deposit.

 

Families attend at the pleasure of The Little Children’s School and the School reserves the right and has the power to immediately expel a family from the School. 

 

Parents wishing to withdraw their child from the School are required to give two weeks written notice and are responsible for full tuition payment for the entire month in which the withdrawal is effective.  The non-refundable deposit will be used to cover expenses incurred due to the child’s withdrawal.

Annual and Daily Schedule 

School Year/Calendar.  A school year calendar will be provided to parents.  The School’s vacation and in-service days are indicated on the School calendar.  The School follows the Santa Fe Public Schools’ decisions on delayed openings and snow days.

Daily.  The school day begins at 8:00 a.m.  Please bring your child by 9:00 as our classes are in full swing by then. Children must be brought into the classroom by their parents rather than dropped off in the parking lot or at the front door. 

 

Pickup time is at 2:00 pm Monday-Friday.  There is a “late pick up” option for 3:00 pm and an “extended day” pick up at 5:00 pm Monday-Friday.  (Pay scales vary and your preference must be indicated on your enrollment sheet).  It is critical that children are picked up promptly at their release time.

 

Parents must supervise siblings at drop off and pick up times.

           

Snow Days.  We follow the Santa Fe Public Schools’ decision to either delay or cancel School.  The School will begin at 10:00 am any day that the Santa Fe Public School is operating on a delay.  Listen to local AM radio channels and television stations for announcements.  Canceling School due to other emergencies will be at the discretion of the School staff.  A telephone tree will be activated to inform each family only in the event of such a cancellation.

 

Aftercare.  A carefully planned aftercare program is offered on Monday through Friday from the end of the school day at 2:00 pm until 5:00 p.m.  Refer to the Tuition sheet for costs. Our Aftercare program is available to a limited number of children on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Please let the Director know if you plan to use this service on a regular basis.

 

                Meals.  The Little Children’s School strongly believes in good nutrition, a basic building block of your child’s well-being.  Please note the following regarding meals and snacks on school days:

Breakfast – Your child should eat breakfast before arriving at School.  Hungry children are often cranky and unable to get involved in School activities.

Snacks – A nutritious snack provided by the assigned family is served mid-morning each day.

Lunch – Each child should bring a well-balanced lunch with a cold pack, if necessary. We also provide a refrigerator and oven.

Candy & Gum - Please do NOT let your child bring candy or gum to School.


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