Our Early Learner classes are for kids ages 2½ to 3½ by September 1st of the enrolling school year. Children learn and grow socially through the exploration of hands-on, multi-sensory experiences. Class time includes many opportunities to make choices and develop children’s interests. Reflecting the needs of young preschoolers, this class is flexible in structure and allows for full immersion into learning as we play. Children will be supported in their growth as a whole child, meeting their social, cognitive, physical and creative developmental needs. Each day will include the joyful exploration of ideas, cooperation, art, music, problem solving, stories, manipulatives and friendship. Teachers plan and create fresh and exciting activities each day to ignite the imagination on our journey toward taking flight.
There are two Early Learner classes, meeting from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. One class meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday; the other class meets every Tuesday and Thursday. There are opportunities for an hour of After Class Enrichment. Please review our current schedule to review current tuition rates and fees.
A Day in the Early Learner Classroom
The Early Learner class schedule begins with morning circle time consisting of a greeting song and a welcome. “Choice” time is next when the children choose from various activities the teachers have prepared in advance or various play areas that are more permanent in the classroom. After cleaning up, the class enjoys circle time where stories, songs and movement activities happen. Snack follows. The children then have outdoor time or indoor gross motor skills time, depending on the weather. After some physical activity, the children return to shared experience time where they work in small groups on various skills. The class then transitions into the goodbye circle.
For the Early Learner class, there is one teacher, one teacher’s assistant, and one parent helper and between 12 to 14 children.
After Class Enrichment
Washington Park Early Learning Center provides an optional after school enrichment opportunity for our Early Learner students for an additional fee. Enrichment classes are created and taught by our WPELC teachers to provide consistent quality and comfort for our children. Children will explore various themes, ideas, and concepts of stories through music, movement, art, and dramatic play in different sessions broken up throughout the year. Enrichment is immediately following regular class time.