Our Educational program will extend from September through May.
It consists of 38 objectives divided into nine areas of development and learning Social and Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies and the Arts which was originated by Teaching Strategies titled as The Creative Curriculum. Because of the fun learning Little Spanish Garden included a tenth area, Spanish language Acquisition.
At LSG, we use music, dance, games, art and drama along with a variety of exciting activities so children are engaged in meaningful situations where language and communication skills can be developed.
We help families ensure their children are on track. Using common developmental milestones as a basis, we assess your child’s motor, cognitive, language and social-emotional skill to see if they have achieved the same milestones reached by most children of the same age. By offering this developmental screening program, we are able to check your child’s development and address any potential concerns early on. If your child is struggling to reach the appropriate milestone for his or her age, we can provide an action plan for how to get them up-to-date and achieve these milestones. Early intervention is key to ensuring your child’s success!
Infant and Young Toddler
Throughout the day we practice gross motor and early childhood development skills such as rolling crawling, hand and eye coordination and much more. The skills practiced are based upon each child’s development stage and are customized to their abilities. For example, for a younger child still taking three naps a day, the third nap may be incorporated into their late afternoon schedule. Infants love affection, eating and sleeping. We will provide you with a daily report on our parent connectivity app informing you when your child was given a bottle, what they ate and drank, when their diapers were changed, when they napped, and any other pertinent information. Infant programs will follow the same time schedule as younger toddlers however, activities may vary and will always be age appropriate.
Your child’s Education and Welfare are our main Priority
Books help children develop vital language skills. Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development. Among other things, reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success. One of the best activities to stimulate language and cognitive skills; it also builds motivation, curiosity, and memory.
Children in pretend play. Pretending actually helps children develop language and literacy skills. They use new words and ways of speaking when they play different roles. They also practice making up stories, a skill that helps them understand books. With children it is all about action, by encouraging continued language development and interest by keeping things lively and engaging. At Little Spanish Garden everyday experiences are full of opportunities to engage in conversation and develop language skills.
Art is an integral part of every early childhood program. Art experiences at LSG not only contribute to children's artistic and creative development but also to a wide range of skills in other areas, including perceptual, cognitive, language and social skills. Art uses senses to explore what art materials can do.
LSG fosters an early love of music by listening to a variety of music, experimenting with instruments and singing songs. Music brings another dimension of beauty into our lives. Music and movement benefit a child’s development in many ways.
At Little Spanish Garden, we care about our friends and look out for their best interests. The understanding of friendship in children tends to be more heavily focused on areas such as common activities, physical proximity, and shared expectations. As children mature, they become less individualized and are aware of others. They gain the ability to emphasize with their friends and enjoy playing in groups. They also experience peer rejection as they move through the middle childhood years. Establishing good friendships at a young age helps a child to be better acclimated in society later on in their life.
Based on research studies conducted upon teach and mothers, 75% of preschool children had at least one friend. By the time children reached 5th grade had at least one best friend. There are so many benefits that friendship offer, such as learning empathy and problem-solving. Being able to coach your child on making friends is and incredible asset for their self- esteem.
Eileen Kennedy-Moore is a clinical psychologist from Princeton, and an author and co-author of books written for parents, children and mental health professionals. She professes that there are three keys to friendship formation: (1) Openness (2) Similarity (3) Shared Fun. These keys are beneficial to your child while making friends as a part of their relationship. LSG makes a priority to facilitate all three and give your child the best opportunity to form new friendships.
Sample Schedule for LSG Kids
7:00-8:30am – Drop off’s welcome children, purposeful play
8:30-9:00am – Cleanup/Wash up Breakfast
9:00-9:30am – Circle time (curriculum and conversation)
9:30-10:00am – Arts and rafts, Story time and learning activities
10:00-10:30am – Music, sing, dance, and tumbling
10:30-12:00pm - Outside play time (weather permitted)
12:00-12:30pm - Purposeful play/Structured play
12:30-1:00pm - Cleanup/Wash up Lunch time/Brush teeth
1:00-3:00pm - Rest time and or Quiet time
3:00-4:00pm - Purposeful play with Structured play
4:00-4:30pm – Cleanup/wash up Afternoon snack
4:30pm- Close – Pick-ups Activities inside or outside (weather permitted)