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Our early preschoolers will begin their learning experience with a bright and colorful classroom specifically designed for their little hands, bodies and minds to begin exploring and learning. This cheery classroom enhances children’s creativity in everyday activities and learning experiences.

Our teachers encourage the children to learn through playing, music, language repetition and hands-on activities. Most importantly at this age, teachers use teachable moments to make observations while the children explore using all their senses and abilities.

EARLY PRESCHOOL 2 YR OLDS – ORANGE ROOM TEACHERS

Deb Stafford
Deb Stafford

Classroom: Orange Room – 2-Year-Old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Education Associate Degree & Additional Schooling. Level 12 on Registry.

Experience: 25 years in Early Childhood. Working with all ages. 10 plus years with 4K/School Program. Director/Asst. Director.

Ellen Carley
Ellen Carley

Classroom: Orange Room ~ 2 yr. old Teacher

Education: Early Childhood Certification and Level 2 on Wisconsin Registry for Childcare Professionals

Experience: Came to By Leaps and Bounds December 2014

Professional Statement: While teaching I have gained a better understanding of the role a teacher takes in a child’s life. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of art through various craft and discovery activities. I am rewarded daily while watching the children achieve new milestones.

Danika Litwiller
Danika Litweller

Classroom: Orange and Red Room – Float Teacher

Experience: Danika always been more than eager to babysit for family, friends, and coworkers. She started at a young age and have always been a kid loving babysitter.

Professional Statement: Danika always loves to interact with children and loves watching them grow and discover the world around them. It truly makes her happy to help guide and teach children new things. Every day holds the opportunity to learn something new and exciting.

EARLY PRESCHOOL (TWO YEAR OLDS) CURRICULUM

Our goal is to have every child’s day filled with learning experiences while meeting the needs of each child’s individual development. We have combined some of the best curriculum to deliver an all encompassing learning experience.

Our curriculum provides teachers with the opportunity to teach to a child’s individual needs. It encompasses learning style preferences, multiple intelligences, thematic approach, developmental domain; which includes; cognitive, communication, social emotional; and developing small and large motor skills.

Program Curriculum

Our curriculum brings an environmental approach to learning through daily exploration. This allows children to learn through exploring the world around them through creative centers. Teachers provide child-guided instruction in centers including blocks, house area, table toys, art, sand, water, library corner, music and movement, cooking, and the outdoors. The curriculum’s foundation is based on the belief that children learn through play.

Story Time

Develops a strong foundation for early literacy in children through highly interactive and event oriented reading processes. It focuses on language and teaches children the beginning techniques of reading. Each book, finger play and flannel story provides visual art, language development and engages children in active communication.

Music and Movement

Music and movement takes place throughout the day. It is an integral part of circle time, transitions, free play and story time. It enhances language development, rhyming, hand-eye coordination, musical tones and introduction of simple instruments brings a smile to every child as they create their own music. Music has the potential to expand children’s creativity and promote early learning skills.

Singing Times

Allows young children the opportunity to expand their world through the art of communicating and using their own unique voice. Each child is encouraged to express his or her unique vocal sound to inspire their individual creativity. Singing can be silly, fun and a wonderful way for children to express their creativity in a safe nurturing environment.

Dramatic Play

We place a priority on giving children several opportunities for dramatic play during the day. Dramatic play is central to children’s healthy development and learning during their early years. The children explore a large number of themed play areas that change throughout the year; house area, dress up, restaurants, pets and many others.

Emergent Drawing and Early Handwriting

This uses multi-sensory techniques for early drawing, letter building and recognition to begin emergent handwriting and expressive drawing to children of every age. Instruction begins by guiding and assisting children how to hold writing instruments to allow more freedom of creative movement. Early drawing and handwriting reinforces the child’s self image and portrait. Those beginning scribbles, lines and shapes are the path to emergent writing for young children.

Beginning Letters and Early Language

Through storytelling, finger plays and flannel board stories teachers will encourage children to develop their language skills through repetition and conversation. These are crucial tools to give children the opportunity to express themselves using language.

Beginning Numbers and Early Counting Concepts

Sorting and early counting are integral throughout children’s early learning experiences. We use everyday classroom materials that children are familiar with to teach sorting and beginning number concept recognition. Small motor development is improved when we bring out the play dough and work with our hands to expand these concepts.

Exploring Science and Sensory Through The World Around Us

Science is taught through observation and hands on activities. The children have opportunities to explore the world around them while experiencing cause and effect situations throughout daily learning experiences within their indoor and outdoor classrooms. They discover texture, explore with their five senses and measure sensory materials.

Art

Art is a hands on activity that expands imagination and exercises creativity. It is incorporated on a daily basis into the classroom lesson plan. Whether it is painting with hands, water colors, sponges or brushes, puffy paint, or drawing a picture of an object; children learn that all of their creations are pieces of beauty.

Outdoor Adventures and Play Experiences

Children have ample time several times each day to play and explore the great outdoors on an age appropriate and well equipped play ground designed specifically for toddler exploration and open ended adventures and play.

EARLY PRESCHOOL (TWO YEAR OLDS) SCHEDULE

Sample Schedule

6:30-8:30         *First 2 hours of Operation         Classrooms Combine Mixed Age Groups for Early Arrivals

6:30-8:45                        Creative Centers

  • Dramatic Play
  • Science and/or Sensory Play
  • Manipulative Play
  • Music and Movement

8:20-8:30                        Clean Up

8:30-8:50                        Circle Time

  • Story Time (theme related)
  • Songs (theme related)
  • Finger Plays/Puppets
  • Flannel Board

8:50-9:30                        Hand Washing/Transition to Morning Snack

9:00-9:30                        Morning Snack

9:30-9:45                        Diapering & Rest Room Break

9:45-10:15                      Art Projects

Creative Centers (theme related)

  • Science and/or Sensory Play
  • Dramatic Play
  • Manipulative Play
  • Music and Movement

10:15-11:15                    Transition to Outdoor Play/Community Walk/Nearby Park

11:15-11:30                    Transition Indoors/Hand Washing/Prepare for Lunch

11:00-11:15                    Small Group Time/Puppets/Songs/Transition to Lunch

11:30-12:00                    Homemade Lunch (prepared on site)

12:00-12:15                    Diapering/Rest Room Break/ Hand Washing /Transition to Rest Time

12:15-2:15                      Rest Time/Quiet Time

2:00-2:15                        Quiet Activities for Early Risers

2:15-2:30                        Diapering/Rest Room Break/Hand Washing/Transition to Afternoon Snack

2:30-3:00                        Afternoon Snack

3:00-3:15                        Transition to Outdoor Play

3:15-430/5:00                 Outdoor Play (weather permitting)

3:15-4:30-5:00                 Indoor Play

  • Creative Centers
  • Thematic Activities
  • Manipulative Play
  • Science and/or Sensory Play

4:30/5:00-6:00                Multi Age Focus Boxes/Creative Centers/Thematic Activities/Manipulative Play

4:00-6:00      *Last 2 Hours of OperationDD Classrooms Combine Mixed Age Groups for Late Departures