Infants

Infant 1

Baby Pandas

We are so excited to have our baby pandas this year! The panda class will have a new theme in our curriculum each week. There will be a story and also activities that go along with each month’s theme. There will also be activities that help develop all aspects of development every month. Just like pandas we will spend plenty of time snuggling and playing all year long.

Teachers: Ms. Zahraa Banisaad and Ms. Crystal Rodgers

Infant 2

Baby Bunnies

We are so excited to have our Baby Bunnies this year! The bunny class will have a new theme in our curriculum each week. There will be a story and activities that go along with each month’s theme. There will also be activities that help develop all aspects of development every month. Just like bunnies, we will spend plenty of time snuggling, playing and hopping around our room all year long.

Teachers: Ms. Heather Matson and Ms. Hema Powell

Infant 3

Little Lambs

We do so many fun and entertaining things in the Little Lamb’s classroom! We have a curriculum that consists of engaging activities for our infants. Some of those activities are reaching, grasping, and rolling over. We enjoy toys during our play times, reading books during story time and listening to soft music during rest time. Throughout the day, children’s individual needs are always met by the staff. We look forward to each day with these precious blessings.

Teachers: Ms. Ophelia Savice and Ms. Dinisha Higgs

Toddlers

Toddler 1

Ladybugs

We focus on your child becoming more self-sufficient. During the first two months, we focus on sign language. This helps your child communicate before learning to talk. We also learn throughout the year colors, shapes and letter recognition. We love to sing and paint. But most of all we enjoy creating a loving and safe environment for your young child.

Teachers: Ms. Mary Anne Waddell and Ms. Rachel Huey

Toddler 2

Penguins

The classroom ages are from 15 to 18 months in the beginning of the school year. Throughout the year we have fun learning various things. We learn our colors, ABC’s, and shapes. There is also a curriculum to follow that involves teaching things such as our feelings, different types of animals, and places to visit. Teaching some sign language is incorporated into the curriculum as well. We learn the signs for more, please, thank you, and much more. We also have gross motor activities such as going on nature walks and playing on our outdoor playground. Being a Penguin is lots of fun! We look forward to sharing that with you.

Teachers: Ms. Donisha McLaurin and Ms. Sherice Brown

Twos

Young 2

Tiny Tigers

The Tiny Tigers have such a fun and exciting year ahead! The main goal is to provide a safe and fun environment for children to learn and grow both socially and emotionally. We find the best way to learn is through our play.  This includes art, music, sensory activities, dramatic play, and different gross and fine motor skills. As teachers of two year olds, we also try hard to instill empathy for others and teach our little ones to “use their words”. By the end of the year, our toddlers have transitioned into self-sufficient preschoolers.

Teachers: Ms. Holly Hatton and Ms. Ashley Dandridge

Older Twos

Bumble Bees

In the Bumble Bee room, our main goal is to have fun and love to come to school. We are beginning to transition from toddler to preschool. We explore and learn through art and play. We continue learning through colors, shapes, and counting and begin letter recognition and phonics. We encourage independence and improve self-help skills. We learn to share, take turns and use the potty. This is an exciting year of growth for your child.

Teachers: Ms. Carol Reber and Ms. Monica Areas

Threes & Fours

Three-Year-Olds

Frogs

The three-year-old class, better known as The Froggy Class, is typically for children who are either three or almost three at the start of the school year. As in all classes, the children in our room display varying levels of skill across the board. Depending on what they have been most interested in exploring the previous year, each child will excel in some things and know very little of others. Some children will choose to spend most of their free time drawing detailed pictures (or even writing!), but lack the gross motor development to dress themselves. Some children struggle to listen to one or two pages of a read-aloud story but can spend long stretches of time concentrating on large and complicated puzzles. Some can verbalize their feelings and carry on long, adult-like conversations, but recognize very little of the alphabet. Some are inquisitive, adventurous, proficient and motivated people, but have trouble getting along with peers. The list of differences in our children goes on and on, and therefore the teaching in this classroom requires a great deal of flexibility in order to reach each child socially, emotionally, physically, and academically according to their individual strengths and interests. We have a detailed list of yearly goals for our class, but it can be simply summed up in this main idea: to cultivate the whole child, patiently helping them develop the skills they lack while encouraging them further in their strengths, in order to foster in each child a true love of learning that will set the stage for their primary school years.

Teachers: Ms. Abbey Allman and Ms. Lisa Zapien

Younger Fours

Turtles

The Turtle Class is for children who have turned four by the start of the school year. As in all classes, the children in our room display varying levels of skill across the board. Depending on what they have been most interested in exploring the previous year, each child will excel in some things and know very little of others. Some children will choose to spend most of their free time drawing detailed pictures (or even writing!) but lack the gross motor development to dress themselves. Some children struggle to listen to one or two pages of a read-aloud story but can spend long stretches of time concentrating on large and complicated puzzles. Some can verbalize their feelings and carry on long, adult-like conversations, but recognize very little of the alphabet. Some are inquisitive, adventurous, proficient and motivated people, but have trouble getting along with peers. The list of differences in our children goes on and on, and therefore the teaching in this classroom requires a great deal of flexibility in order to reach each child socially, emotionally, physically, and academically according to their individual strengths and interests. We have a detailed list of yearly goals for our class, but it can be simply summed up in this main idea: to cultivate the whole child, patiently helping them develop the skills they lack while encouraging them further in their strengths, in order to foster in each child a true love of learning that will set the stage for their primary school years.

Teachers: Ms. Sally Abdulsamad and Ms. Heather Zapien

Older Fours

Spunky Monkeys

The Monkey Class consists of four year old children who are preparing for kindergarten.

Some of our academic goals this year include:
Number Recognition 1-20
Counting 1-50
Letter recognition
Early phonemic awareness
Lessons include simple addition and subtraction, literature-based themes and daily writing opportunities. All are introduced in a positive and open-ended manner. We also use the Handwriting Without Tears curriculum. Socially we seek to foster independence as well as the ability to express ourselves clearly. We are definitely busy but we have lots of fun!

Teachers: Ms. Ginger Areas