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Bears (Nursery School)
18 months to 3 years of age

Our Bears learn to use their senses to explore the world around them. Through free play, outdoor activities, and classroom lesson, bears develop large and small muscle skills, hand-eye coordination, and basic concepts such as time, weather, and beginning words.

During free play, bears explore, manipulate, and relate to the materials of their environment through the use of their senses. Through activities such as block building, home living (play house), and picture books, bears learn freedom of choice and movement, as well as cooperation and respect for others. Bears also work on both large and small muscle development through activities such as climbing, stringing beads, and puzzles.

Bears also explore the outside world during outdoor play through activities such as walks through the neighborhood, circle games like duck-duck-goose, running, walking and kicking balls.

In the classroom, our bears explore math, language arts, science, and social studies. During math lessons, Bears will learn recognition of numbers one through ten and counting by sight. During language arts, they will learn the alphabet, listening and visual skills, spekaing, and beginning words. Our science and social studies classes teach bears about our bodies, senses, the weather and seasons, animals, colors, family and home, community, and transportation.

Ducks (Pre-School)
3 to 4 years of age

Through an environment in which children feel important, loved, and encouraged, we help our Ducks to express their ideas and feelings more freely. We strive to create a pre-school experience that is interesting and fosters a positive attitude toward school.

Ducks enjoy weekly activities based on monthly themes which help to promote the development of small and large motor skills, listening and language skills, and the ability to solve problems.

In the classroom, Ducks learn science, math, social studies, and language arts. Topics include colors, counting, and shapes. Ducks also learn important social and living skills through lessons on our senses and bodies, healthy habits, safety, and tasting and cooking.

During free play and outdoor play, Ducks continue to develop their small and large motor skills through activities such as block building, puzzles, running, walking, and climbing.

4 to 5 years of age

Our Lambs acquire the skills they need to be fully prepared to enter Kindergarten. Lambs learn how to express their ideas and feelings, respect others and their belongings, and show love and compassion to one another.

During free play Lambs continue to develop small and large motor skills with activities such as block building, climbing, and puzzles. Lambs also play outdoors with activities such as neighborhood walks, running, walking, and kicking balls.

In the classroom, Lambs learn cognitive and language skills, social studies, and science and math concepts. During science, Lambs learn about animals, magnets, space travel and computers, water, air, and plants. During language arts, Lambs creative story telling and continue their study of the alphabet. In social studies, Lambs learn about holidays, community, and famous people.

Lambs also learn self and social living skills and work habits, with lessons including those on fire safety, cooking, healthy habits, family, and food groups. Upon graduation, Lambs will have a positive attitude toward learning and school, and be well-prepared to enter Kindergarten the following Fall.