Infant – 2 Years old
Individual attention to children at a very young age is essential in each baby’s development process. Our teachers will provide a safe and healthy environment that will enhance a child’s social and language development.
An appropriate program for children at this age invites play, active exploration, and movement. Children learn through trial and error, repetition, imitation and identification. At this age, we will introduce shapes and color recognition. Our 2’s class will teach numerals 1-10, as well as recognizing and counting numerals. Please refer to SIDS information later in this handbook.
3 Year Olds
Learning how to learn is introduced in this class in order to develop good thinking and communication skills. Beginning handwriting and math skills are introduced. It is important for a child to develop an appreciation of books, reading, and math skills. Emphasis is placed on the physical and emotional development of the child.
Handwriting is taught and encouraged at each level. Our math introduces numerals 1-20. Children will learn to recognize numerals, count to 20, count objects, sort and learn the concepts of more and fewer. Our science explores the five senses, the body’s nutritional needs, parts of the human body, gardening and magnets. The children will enjoy our art program. In this, everyone will enjoy gluing, cutting, and holiday projects. Art culminates the lessons of the day while incorporating math, science, and language learned.
4 Year Olds
A child’s basic skills that are essential in preparing them for Kindergarten are taught in the 4K class. Maturation is an important contributor to learning because it provides a framework from which children’s learning proceeds.
For children to fully understand and remember what they have learned, whether it is related to reading, math or other subject matter areas, the information must be meaningful to the child in context of the child’s experience and development.
Teachers are more like guides. They prepare the environment so that it provides stimulating and challenging materials and activities for children. Then, teachers closely observe to see what children understand and pose additional challenges to push their thinking forward.
Children learn to recognize numerals 1-30, as well as counting, sorting, classifying, and concepts of more and fewer. Handwriting is taught and encouraged. Each child is taught about the city in which they live. We also learn the Pledge of Allegiance, lessons on community helpers and manners.
About our Programs
At Little Hands Childhood Development Center everything we do from play to flexible curriculums to setting up the environment will provide opportunities for the children to practice and learn social, motor, cognitive, emotional, and fine/gross motor skills. We have 3 programs that your child(ren) will fit in: Infant, Toddler and Preschool.
- Science Activities Offer children many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions, and experimentation.
- Sand and Water Activities Allow children to experiment with textures and the properties of different substances. These activities also promote the development of other skills, such as math, science and language.
- Block Play Gives children experience with many different concepts, such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance, organization, cause and effect, andclassification. Cooperative play skills, problem solving, and creativity are also promoted in block play.
- Story Time Is designed to help children develop an appreciation and enjoyment of literature. Reading activities enhance children’s vocabulary and comprehension skills, and also expand their knowledge base.
- Gross-Motor Activities Give children the opportunity to use their muscles – as well as their imaginations – as they engage in fun, healthy exercise, such as running, jumping and climbing.
- Circle Time is a group gathering during which we share ideas, plans and observations. Circle activities are designed to stimulate youngsters thinking, enrich their social skills and expand their attention span.
- Art Activities help children to creatively express their thoughts and feelings. They help reinforce fine-motor skills and concept development in areas such as color, shapes, and size relationships.
- Dramatic Play Activities help children express themselves, practice life skills, improve social skills, increase self-esteem, build vocabulary, and solve problems.
- Music Promotes children’s listening skills, creative expression, and social skills. In music children can explore sound, volume, tempo, and rhythm.
- KinderMusik – Kindermusik is the world’s most trusted name in music and movement classes for young children. Kindermusik is a classroom learning experience. Every child should experience the joy, fun, and learning that music brings to life. The classes will offer an extension to the learning environment. The classes are fun, well organized and teaches our children a appreciation to music at a early age.
- Little Amigos – Spanish for our little friends. This class introduces Spanish by the way of numbers, letters and words your child says everyday (mama, papa, eat). The children sing and dance while learning a second language.