A Child’s Day
- The children engage in developmentally appropriate activities to not only facilitate math and reading skills but to develop a greater understanding of the world around them. We provide a multidisciplinary approach.
- Classrooms provide interest areas in which the children can select where they work and play during an assigned free choice time. These areas include a block area, a dramatic play area, a sensory area, a book area, a writing area, art area and a manipulatives area.
- A variety of arts and craft materials are used for daily art projects which promote creative expression, fine motor coordination, and thematic exploration.
- A predictable and structured daily plan is provided for children to gain a sense of comfort as well as be stewards of their own day.
- Teachers facilitate both small group and large group activities to balance the day.
- Self help skills are introduced in the 2’s and reinforced throughout our program so children leaving for Kindergarten can feel comfortable in managing their needs in larger settings.
- Our large well-equipped playground area and indoor playground are used for active play, social interaction, and gross-motor skill development.
- Science activities and age appropriate experiments are provided in all classrooms each week. Our teaching team introduces children to the scientific process by engaging in meaningful and interesting science activities. Participating in science activities allows for hand on experimentation and fostering scientific thinking techniques. Children develop their ability to observe, analyze, and predict. Children are provided a safe setting to explore and engage in many fun and fascinating science experiments.
- Music Classes provided by Mr. Randy Stuart. Cognitive studies demonstrate that we utilize all areas of our brain while making music. Mr. Randy emphasizes engaging all students at all times. He facilitates the children making music with rhythm and pitch instruments and their voices. He helps them utilize music as a form of communication and a medium for social interaction. Children enjoy testing their voices and learning about different sounds through listening and active participation.
- Yoga/Creative Movement program blends yoga poses, breathing and relaxation techniques, yoga songs and props in age appropriate, theme based lessons. The goal is to create a fun and engaging class that promotes the benefits of yoga and mindfulness. Through yoga children experience increased flexibility and physical coordination, a reduction in stress and anxiety levels as well as improved self-awareness and self regulation skills.
- Sensory Exploration is not only fun but a necessary component to an early childhood curriculum. Activities are provided throughout each day. Sand and water tables are always open, smelling and tasting experiences are safely provided, experiments with sound are introduced and explored and, of course, the room is a visually stimulating as well.
- Community Worker visits such as Dentists, Chappaqua Librarians, etc.
- Chappaqua Fire Department visits in October during Fire Safety Month
- Otto the Auto from AAA visits to teach safety in and around cars
- Two by Two Zoo Day each Spring
- Special events including Pajama/Pancake Day, Halloween Costume Parade, Thanksgiving Feast, Celebrations of all Holidays, 100th day of school, diverse cultures etc.
- Graduation Ceremony in June for children who are finishing the 4 year-old program