Programs Objectives for Children at our Child Care Centre in Virginia
2 Years Old
Toddlers begin to assert some independence but are still very reliant on the comfort and security offered by those in charge. At this age they are exploring cause and effect, self-help skills, and learning effective communication and social skills. Some of these learning objectives include Cognitive Development, Personal Development, and Social Development etc.
Language and Literacy: Our Early Learners in Early Steps will learn to express, communicate, and comprehend the Spanish language through verbalizing needs/ wants, storytelling, rhymes, songs and learning the Spanish alphabet.
Cognitive Development: When exploring their cognitive capacities, the Early Learners differentiate between similarities and differences between objects, classification, and objects in a series.
Social/Emotional Development: Moods swings are a hallmark of a two-year-old’s emotional life. One minute, a child is happy and playful; the next, he/she is angry and sulking. The goal is for children to feel loved, valuable, competent, and learn to trust others. It is important for them to develop positive feeling about him/her, begin to make friends, recognize and accept one’s feelings and express those feelings in appropriate ways, Develop self- help skills and independence. They will be introduced to the concept of taking turns and sharing although at this age it is a challenging concept for them to understand.
Science and Mathematics: The children will learn counting, shapes and colors. Learning numbers, shapes, and colors helps develop critical thinking and communication skills. The children will do many art projects based on mathematics. The children will explore nature with a hands-on approach and focus on their five senses: touching, seeing, hearing, tasting, and smelling.
Fine Motor Skills: To help the development of fine motor skills, the children will work in with manipulatives that will stimulate their fine motor control such as stringing beads, painting, puzzle manipulations, and more.
Gross Motor Skills: Toddlers seems to be on the go. As children move through this stage, they will learn to control their larger movements (his/her entire body) such as jumping, running, walk down stairs alone etc.. This development brings with it some ability for a child to attend to some basic self-care task.
2.5 Years Old
Our Center of integral Development chooses for the concept of Cycles of Learning. The first cycle includes the period 2.5 to 3 years old, our center of integral Development offers an individualized attention, besides satisfying his/her basic needs, developing affective stable and permanent links taking part in a sure and predictable environment, but simultaneously diversely and richly in experiences of learning.
3 Years Old
The instruction for the 3 year olds is active following the instructions of pedagogy and didactic with any given task. We are keeping in mind all areas of development for each task. For example, the development of social, cognitive, and motor will be some of the areas that will be the focus.
We will emphasize the development of all the areas described above by incorporating play, songs, and narrative stories into the instruction.
The entire curriculum is based on the bilingual teaching..
4 & 5 Years Old
The instruction for the 4 and 5 year olds is more active and dynamic. Keeping in mind the child’s age, to select the areas of pedagogy and didactic. For example, area of social and cognitive development.
We are following all the steps that didactic indicates to obtain the best results in all areas of development.
For the 4 and 5 year olds, we will also prepare them to enter kindergarten completely ready. The last month of august, we will simulate the cafeteria in kindergarten and teach them how they need to accommodate to the lunch period. We will have them choose their own food from the cafeteria, open containers sent from home, and use their lunch time wisely.
Also, we have beginners reading and writing workshops.
Typical Daily Schedule
Your Child’s daily activities are balanced, to include ample time for rigorous play, eating, and resting.
In our daily schedules on our different classes, you will see that our schedules are very flexible. The well-being of our children is our first concern at all times. If children are tired or upset, teachers vary their plans. Individual children are given the opportunity to rest if they do not want to participate in an activity. In working with young children, it is always important to plan a program that will interest and stimulate them. It is equally important to be ready to vary that program in accordance with the needs and moods of the children.
Food for the Twos: The Key is Flexibility
During the breakfast, lunch, and snacks provided, we will have the children drink milk, water, or juice from a cup. We will communicate each day with you to make sure your two-year-old is eating sufficient amount and variety of foods, and we want our toddlers to extend their acceptance of different kinds of foods. We are aware that they need time to feel comfortable with changes in their menus.
Learning for Two’s
Two-year-olds are learning language at a rapid pace. Teachers encourage them by speaking slowly and talking about what children are doing. Teachers also name familiar objects, sing songs, read, and tell stories.
Two-year-old are learning to do things for themselves, such as eating, dressing, washing their hands and faces, picking up toys, and using the toilet
Two-year-old are learning to get along with others, using gentle touches and words, and learning to share.
As children come into this program, they may still be following their own individual schedules. Allowing for those extra or longer naps and extra snacks may be necessary for the child’s well-being. We believe that schedules should be designed to preserve the children and should not interfere with their enjoyment and comfort. And we want to emphasize that it is a very flexible guide only, to give some structure to the day.