We believe that children are active learners who need opportunities to investigate and explore with objects, materials, and equipment in order to construct a base of information about their world. Our developmentally appropriate classroom is set up so that individuals or groups of children can move between spontaneous play and organized play. Through play, children acquire information, master activities, use concrete materials as symbols, organize previous learning, learn perseverance and focus, solve problems, and develop creativity.
Our teachers consider each child's uniqueness and skill level when planning activities, allowing children to progress through the stages of development at their own rates. Learning takes place naturally because it is child-centered and relevant. Our fun, creative curriculum ensures the emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development of our children. We offer activities that foster the love of learning, promote our children’s independence, and teach the value of helping others. As they mature through our program, we incorporate pre-reading and pre-writing exercises to help build readiness for kindergarten. Our activities include:
- Themed holiday crafts
- Manipulative play such as play dough, cutting, and pasting.
- Stories, music, and movement.
- Special days such as the Teddy Bear Pajama Party, a Chinese New Year Celebration, and Mothers Day Lunch.
- Cooking projects involving the whole class.
- Outdoor play on our playground and in our sandbox and tricycle areas.
- Science curriculum with hands-on experiments for the 4-year-old class.
- Monthly field trips in our 3- and 4-year-old classes.
|Days||Friday (5 classes per session)|
|Time||12:30 pm - 3:00 pm|
|Tuition||$75/a session (5 sessions a year)|
|Adults in Classroom||2 Teachers|
|Sample Schedule||STEM activities/crafts, free play, snack, outside|
Children & Company offers an optional, elective program for our 4's Class members called the STEM Enrichment Program. The goal of the program is to better prepare our 4's Class participants for kindergarten and to provide an even more enriching experience within our school. It is based on the idea of educating students in four specific fields in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. It promotes hands-on learning in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Topics include a wide range of subjects that include animal adaptations and habitats, the human body, the science of sound, symmetry, simple machines, gravity, construction challenges, chemistry, weather, color science, static electricity, vehicles, space/moon, measurement, solids/liquids/gases, and so much more!
The program is offered in five sessions, and each session includes approximately five STEM sessions. Families have the option of participating in one or more sessions and enrollment is determined by a lottery system during each session's enrollment period.
|Classes||3's and 4's|
Field trips are a special time for children to bond with their classmates, teacher, and caregivers. Extending the learning process with unique hands-on experiences is an important part of the Children & Company curriculum. Children in our 3- and 4-year old classes participate in monthly field trips that coordinate with themes emphasized in class. Some field trips involve visits to our school by special guests from the community, while others are explorations of interesting locations beyond the school building.
Some recent field trips include:
A visit to a local dentist's office,
Hayrides, pumpkin-picking, and flower planting at local farms,
A tour of the firehouse with fire safety instruction,
A musical at Toby's Dinner Theater.
Some recent visits to our school include:
The "Mad Science" instructional program presenting a lesson called "Adventures in Air,"
The National Aquarium's "Slither, Slide, Creep, and Crawl" demonstration with live animals,
Yoga and karate instruction,
Ceramics and drawing classes offered by art specialists.