Early Learner classes are for kids ages 2½ to 3½ (by September 1st of the enrolling school year).
Children learn and grow socially through hands-on, multi-sensory experiences. Class time includes many opportunities to make choices and develop interests. Reflecting the needs of young preschoolers, this flexible class allows for full immersion into learning as we play. Teachers support each student in their growth as a whole child and meet their social, cognitive, physical, and creative developmental needs.
Each day includes the joyful exploration of ideas, cooperation, art, music, problem-solving, stories, manipulatives, and friendship. Teachers plan and create fresh and exciting activities daily to ignite the imagination.
Frequency & Days: 3 days/week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) or 2 days/week (Tuesday, Thursday)
Time: 9-11:30 a.m.
Staffing & Ratios: 1 lead teacher, 1 associate teacher, and 12 students. 1 parent helper as conditions permit.
Enrichment Option: For an extra fee, students may sign up to stay for an enrichment hour until 12:30 p.m.
A Day in the Early Learner Classroom
The early learner class begins with a morning circle consisting of a greeting song and a welcome. Next is “choice time,” when the children choose from various activities the teachers have prepared in advance or other permanent play areas in the classroom.
Following choice time, students collaboratively clean up the classroom, then enjoy group circle time with stories, songs, and movement activities. Students then wash their hands for snack time. After snack, the children have outdoor time or indoor gross motor skills time, depending on the weather. The class then transitions into the goodbye circle.