Infants (six weeks to 1 year)
The Infants Program provides young infants with various activities that will help stimulate their senses and encourage growth in all areas of development. Their classroom provides them with the ideal nurturing and loving environment. They learn various skills that will need as they grow into toddlerhood. For this age group, we primarily focus on improving the following skills:
- Gross motor: using their large muscles to pull up, stand, crawl and eventually walk
- Fine motor: using small muscles, specifically their hands & fingers to pick up objects and grasp toys.
- Cognitive: recognizing pictures and sounds, etc.
- Language: vocalizing sounds, etc.
Toddlers (1-2 years old)
As students grow and develop into young toddlers, we provide stimulating activities that will help engage their senses and encourage them to explore their world. Toddlers learn through play. Although, it might look like fun and games they are hard at work learning valuable new skills all within a structured routine. Each new skill they learn, helps them progress to the next level. The primary skills we focus on in this age-group are:
- Gross motor: walking independently, turning & bending, balance, coordination, muscle control
- Fine motor: sorting objects by color & size, pushing and pulling objects
- Cognitive reasoning: exploring concepts such as big vs. small, etc.
- Language development: building of vocabulary through signing, reading books, singing, and sharing.
Early Preschool - EPS1 (2-3 years old)
At this age, children begin to expand on the knowledge that they have gained as a young toddler and we help them to transform into a preschooler. They will began to experiment, interact with other children, and explore their environment more. Routines and classroom structure will become more and more incorporated into their daily schedule. Certain skills will continue to be reinforced and modeled such as sharing & taking turns. In addition, we will focus on other transitioning
skills, such as:
skills, such as:
- Gross motor: body awareness and confidence through dancing, toilet training, drinking from an open cup, saying goodbye to the pacifier.
- Cognitive: learning colors, numbers and letters
- Language development: building of vocabulary through signing; reading books; singing; and sharing.
Early Preschool - EPS2 (3-4 years old)
Once children reach this age, they are more mature and ready to be challenged. They will learn positive social interactions and will grow and flourish into their own being. In addition, we will focus on the following areas:
- Gross motor: improving on self-help skills, alternating feet when climbing stairs, learning to throw/catch, going up slides independently & putting their jackets on & off without adult help.
- Fine motor: begin using Handwriting Without Tears in which they will learn how to write & recognize their names, have a good pencil grip, copy simple shapes such as a cross and circle, and write uppercase letters of the alphabet.
- Social: following steps to complete a task, using manners and complete sentences to ask for something
Early Preschool - ESP3 (4-5 years old)
Once your child reaches this age, they will continue to build on the skills they have already learned. They will learn basic operations and concepts, tools used, and how people engage with it. Upon graduating, they will have a solid Christian foundation based on Christ love and they will also be ready for the kindergarten program of the Montgomery County Public School System. For this age, we focus on the following areas:
- Fine motor: sentence printing
- Language: learn how to read and recognize sight words, how to sound out unfamiliar words (phonic awareness), and reading comprehension.
- Mathematics: addition, subtraction, graphs, numbers, patterns & relationships, geometry & spatial awareness, measurements, data collection, and telling time.
- Science: physical science, life science, earth, and the environment.