Sts. Peter and Paul Early Learning Center

Classrooms

    We believe learning begins at birth and through a continuous process of positive experiences, continues throughout life.  In order to best facilitate this process our children are divided into chronological age groups in order to allow us to focus on each childs individual developmental needs.


INFANTS


    Our Infant Nursery cares for babies aged six weeks to around one year of age. Our infants are provided all types of individualized care. Routines such as diapering, eating, dressing and hand washing are handled in a relaxed and reassuring manner based on developmental needs with a special emphasis on holding and cuddling.  We provide safe, sturdy toys for their playtime and sufficient rest for their sleep time.  The Infant Nursery also provides plenty of exercise time for crawling and interacting with other children all within a safe and sanitary play area.


TODDLERS
   
    
We typically have two toddler classes for children twelve to twenty-four months. Here, they receive care similar to that of our infants, but are introduced to more gross motor skills and activities. They are also provided more opportunities for creative expression. Songs, stories and finger plays are recited often to help build vocabulary. They are well supervised, held and comforted when troubled and always made to feel secure and loved.


EARLY TWO'S


    As our toddlers gain in confidence and skill they are able to move into an environment of greater physical freedom. Here we continue to build on the gross motor skills introduced earlier, while adding activites to increase attention span, cognitive and social skills.  This age group is afforded the opportunity to expand their range with the knowledge that a comforting hug is close by if needed.

 

OLDER TWO'S AND YOUNGER THREES
    
    Since crucial personality skills form early, we take great care to assist this formation process with positive creative play experiences. Children are encouraged to explore and expand their gross and fine motor skills with age-appropriate activities that are presented each day. Self-help skills (buttoning, zippering, snapping, etc.)are worked on as each child demonstrates interest. These little ones are given exercise time, indoors and out, with age-appropriate play equipment.


THREE YEARS OLD (PRE SCHOOL)

    
    This is a distinct period of development with its own unique challenges and accomplishments.  It is at this age they begin to form relationships with peers. We believe in giving them plenty of time to practice their socialization skills through indoor and outdoor play.
At this time we introduce Preschool and Afternoon play periods that are designed to encourage the development and practice of:
Self Help Skills - these include dressing, feeding, toileting and washing themselves plus picking up their toys.
Fine Motor Skills - playing with puzzles, pegboards, cutting, coloring, painting and computer use.
Language Skills - examples are reading books, reciting rhymes, doing finger plays and engaging in music related activities.
Creative Skills - art, dramatic play, blocks and music.
Gross Motor Skills - movement activity and outdoor play.
Each classroom is divided into learning centers with easily accessible books, games and activities that correspond to our weekly themes.


FOUR YEARS OLD (VPK)
    
    Pre kindergarten children are given a variety of experience that are intended to help stimulate learning in a number of developmental areas. Exercises and activities that address cognitive, social, gross and fine motor, plus self help skills are built into each childs daily schedule. Age cut-offs for this class require all children to be four years old on or before September 1st of the year they are enrolled.

This age group is exposed to a larger number of choices and opportunities to participate in a wider variety of activities.
These include:
Art - painting, coloring and cutting
Language - books, flannel stories and flash cards.
Science - Observations on weather,  measurements, volumes and weights.
Manipulatives - puzzles, play-dough, Legos, blocks and more involved computer tasks.
Dramatic play -  dress up, housekeeping and role play.
Gross Motor Skills - Name Writing, swings, monkey bars and other
A more formalized curriculum for this age group includes letter and number recognition, patterning, sequencing, shapes, colors and classification. The letter of the week is reflected in special activities in each classroom.

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