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Program Objectives for Children at Early Steps

Cognitive Development:

When exploring their cognitive capacities, these Early Learners differentiate between similarities and differences between objects, classification, and objects in a series.

Social/Emotional Development:

Mood 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, valued, and competent and learn to trust others. They need to develop positive feelings about themselves, begin to make friends, recognize and accept their feelings, and appropriately express those feelings. Develop self-help skills, resiliency, and independence. We will introduce them to the concept of taking turns. Sharing, in these age groups is a challenging concept for children to understand and we work towards this goal.

Science and Mathematics:

Children will learn counting skills and the introduction to shapes and colors. These lessons help develop their critical thinking and communication skills. Children will do many creative projects that are ‘play-based’ in mathematics. They 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, children will work with a wide variety of manipulatives that will stimulate their fine motor control, such as stringing, buttoning, zipping, painting, puzzles, building with manipulations, and much more. Using these developmental skills brings with it stronger abilities for a child to attend to basic self-care tasks and pre-writing, writing skills.

Gross Motor Skills:

Toddlers seem to be always on the go! As children move through this stage, they will learn to control larger movements (his/her entire body), such as hopping, swinging, throwing a ball overhead, running, and climbing steps. This development brings with it some ability for a child to attend to some basic self-care tasks. As children develop so will our individual and group challenges with indoor and outdoor activities.

Learning for Infants & Toddlers

As children come into this program, they may still be following their schedules from home or another child care. Allowing for those extra or longer naps and extra snacks may be necessary for the child’s well-being. We believe 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.

2 Years Old

Toddlers begin to assert 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, Critical Thinking Skills, Personal Development, Social Development, etc.

Language and Literacy: Our early learners at Early Steps will learn to express, communicate, and comprehend the Spanish language through verbalizing needs/ wants, storytelling, rhymes, songs, and learning the Spanish alphabet, letters to sounds.

2.5 Years Old

Our Center of integral Development chooses the concept of Cycles of Learning. The first cycle includes a period of 2.5 to 3 years old, our center of integral development offers individualized attention, besides satisfying his/her basic needs, developing effective, 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 3-year old’s is active following, a guided pedagogy, and a didactic style of active listening for any given task. We are keeping in mind all the areas of developmentally age-appropriate tasks. Our area of focus is to learn stronger bilingual language arts, story webbing, and phonemic awareness in both English and Spanish. We also focus on incorporating primary writing skills, collaborative building strategies for mathematics, practical earth sciences, self-help skills, and critical thinking skills.

We will emphasize the development of all these areas described above by incorporating learning through play, teaching resilience, and emotional intelligence.

The entire curriculum is based on bilingual teaching.

4 & 5 Years Old

Learning for children that are four and five years old is more actively elaborate and dynamic! Keeping in mind the child’s age, social skill set, didactic learning ability, and strong language vocabulary, we further challenge their areas of social and cognitive development.

As a provider of bilingual education in Virginia, we prepare them to enter kindergarten by eclipsing the State Standards and educational quality goals, competency skills, and language fluency! A majority of our students begin reading and are ready to springboard into the Public Education System.

School-Age Care 6- 10 Years Old

School-aged children come with their uniqueness, abilities, and social attributes ready to learn more! We provide supplemental personal instruction, structured homework guidance, and supervision with ample room for self-guided workgroups. Our goal is to offer enrichment studies in Fine Arts, Music, Drama, and STEM, but most of all, we teach Spanish!

Typical Daily Schedule

Your child’s daily activities are balanced to include ample time for rigorous play, eating, and resting. In our daily schedules for 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 allowed to rest if they do not want to participate in an activity. In working with young children, it is always essential to plan a program that will interest and stimulate them. It is equally important to be ready to vary that program, following the needs and moods of the children.

Food in Our Centers: The Key is Flexibility

During the day, we provide breakfast, snack, lunch and snack. Children are provided 2% milk and water from a cup. Children are given fresh vegetables and fruits each day. We will communicate daily what your child is eating to ensure sufficient amounts and variety of foods are offered. We want our toddlers to extend their acceptance of different kinds of foods. We are aware that all children need time to feel comfortable with changes in their menus.