Terrific Twinkle Stars!

Our well prepared staff enthusiastically follows creative lesson plans that are geared for two and three year old children; tailoring the curriculum to each individual child based on their stage of development. Our program encourages all children to be courteous and use manners, respect self and others, and express their emotions as we guide them towards independence. We especially strive to make a difference by giving the children the opportunity to:

Feel special and loved - Each child will be given lots of encouragement and praise throughout our day. We playfully get right down to their level for lots of silliness, big hugs and delightful conversations. Plenty of lap time will be had by all!

Develop small motor skills - For example, we will help the children learn to use scissors by having them practice with a hole punch until they have developed the muscles necessary for cutting. Our cutting box is filled with textured paper and magazines along with zigzag dotted lines for them to cut. This open ended activity gives young preschoolers the confidence to master this skill. Shaving cream makes for a fun, messy and engaging activity too - the children practice writing and making designs with their little fingers! We also teach the children to pour water back and forth using small pitchers and we begin to teach them to hold a crayon or pencil correctly at this stage of development.

Develop gross motor skills - Beginning our day with the Morning Stretch and the Weekly Rap helps twos and threes move their bodies to fun music. Jumping, stretching, bending, and twisting motions help young children gain a better sense of control of their little bodies and helps keep them healthy and energized. Bringing our curriculum outdoors gives our children the chance to explore the 10 acres of rolling countryside where there is room to run and play, take in the fresh air, and utilize our brand new play equipment to strengthen their muscles and gain coordination.

Develop Language - Children develop a strong vocabulary when they are exposed to a variety of books and literacy materials. Reading to the children often, singing songs and finger plays, playing word games and lots of conversation enable children to begin building a solid foundation in language and communication.

Be Creative - Open-ended and/or goal-oriented crafts are planned each day to go along with our theme-based curriculum. Many different art materials are offered during craft time to give the children the freedom of choosing when engaging in open-ended art, focusing on the processnot the product. As the children grow, they also like to see a finished product which gives them that feeling of accomplishment as we creatively guide them through step-by-step art. We see the child's creation as a work of art! When the children paint apple trees, it is great to see the apples all over the page and not just on the tree!

Cooperate and share - Two and three year olds share by example. We encourage cooperation by playing games and singing songs that make sharing and taking turns fun. The children love singing the Bakery Shop song during transition time. Down around the corner at the bakeryshop there were ten little donuts with sugar on top. Along came Caroline, all alone and she took the chocolate donut with sprinkles home!


   
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