2 ½ YEAR OLD PROGRAM:
(max. 10 students to 2 teachers)
Tuesday/Thursday 9:30am-12:30pm l $190/mo
Class Room Program
2 ½ year olds experience a period of transition when they begin to interact with and learn about the world beyond their family. Play is the powerful way children learn their most important tasks at this age: how to play and get along with others their own age, how to cooperate with adults, and how to learn about themselves as social people. Play is the work of young children and their way of learning. It is through play they learn the skills for success in later life. Play allows for the natural process of learning by doing.
Along with the important role of play in their day, 2 ½ year olds are also being exposed to a wide variety of cognitive learning tasks during their preschool morning. Children learn concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers, developing an awareness of the printed word, listening to short stories, extending and expanding vocabulary, expressing thoughts, finishing a task begun, participating in rhythms, finger plays and singing, and remembering a daily routine. A daily routine is an important component of our HighScope curriculum and is essential as it offers security and stimulates independence. Physical development, both small and large muscle, is important at this age. Children are given many opportunities during the day to develop these. Some might include painting with brushes and hands, stringing large beads, working puzzles, and other manipulatives, as well as beginning to bounce and catch large balls, beginning use of scissors, and rolling, pounding and squeezing play dough. Having choices, such as deciding which center they will play in, and accomplishing success is one way project-based learning comes to life for a 2 ½ year-old. Projects are small at this age but are important as they allow the child to see the beginning and end and to feel good about their "work."
In addition to our classroom time, our 2 ½ year-olds go to music class, art class, the playground, chapel, and take in-house field trips.