This nurturing environment provides the structure that allows the students to grow and learn while feeling safe and comfortable. Students are given daily opportunities to explore and learn through age appropriate toys and projects. Children in the Infants and Ones class are encouraged to try to use their words to express their needs and wants. The activities in this class are developed to create learning experiences and social experiences through play, projects, and activities. A daily sheet is sent home to let parents know when the child was changed throughout the day, what they ate, and how long they slept.
The weekly themes in the 18 months and 2 Year Old room promote independence through child centered and teacher directed activities throughout the day. Self-help skills such as eating skills, potty training, hand washing, and independently cleaning up are among the skills taught in this room. Each child is sent home with a daily sheet that explains toileting, eating, and rest time.
The 18 mo and Two’s Program introduces students to circle time activities including calendar, weather, counting, story time, and songs. The age appropriate activities in this classroom promote taking turns, cooperating, sharing, and expressing feelings in appropriate manner.
A child’s feeling of independence and social interaction with others is what the three’s is all about. Our Three Year old programs revolves around the children learning to help themselves and getting along with others. During the course of the day, children are encouraged to make choices for themselves, cooperate with others as well as listen and follow directions. During the course of the program the classroom teachers lead the children in small and large group activities, such as movement, read-a-loud stories, circle time and art activities. The children are encouraged to make friends, share and communicate with their classmates. The children are also prompted to use the bathroom on their own, although assistance is given if necessary.
In preparation for the Prek4/Prek5 classroom, the 3 year olds work on their hand writing skills, colors, shapes and numbers in their notebook. This also gives each teacher the opportunity to work one-on-one with each student.
What makes pre-school fun? What makes a child want to learn? It is a PreK program like ours. Our safe and enriching program focuses on all aspects of creative learning. Hands on activities encompass exciting monthly themes that correspond with the literacy, math, and enrichment curriculum.
The student rotate to a variety of learning centers which offer items to help stimulate young imaginative minds. Literacy is introduced with the letter of the week, creative writing and circle time readings. Calendar time introduces them to the days of the week and the months of the year. Patterns, graphing, simple math and science activities are included in the weekly program. Music, chapel, and playground times are a favorite part of each day. The children’s art is proudly displayed around the room. Fine motor skills are used daily as they participate in themed take home projects. Their individuality is appreciated and their achievements are applauded.
Positive discipline methods are used so the children do not feel singled out or embarrassed. Preparing these young minds for kindergarten is a primary goal of the teachers as they encourage verbal skills, teach self-help skills and promote self assurance.
A little more about our 3 and 4 day program…
Prek 3 or 4 day bridges the path between preschool and kindergarten and gives students the gift of time that will help them build a strong foundation for future school success. It blends social and emotional experience with academic learning, so that students not only learn essential pre-literacy, pre-math, and other cognitive skills, but also develop social and self-regulation skills needed to succeed in school and life. The 3 or 4 day program is specifically created for those children who miss the kindergarten cut-off date or those who are not yet ready for kindergarten. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of both of these groups, offering a play based program with a stronger curriculum component. The children are given time to further develop emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively, while building skills and learning through play and exploration.
6 weeks-11 months (8 students: 2 teachers)
12-17 months (10 students: 2 teachers)
18-23 months (10 students: 2 teachers)
2 years (12 students:2 teachers)
3 years (14 students: 2 teachers)
Prek (16 students: 2 teachers)
**These ratios can vary based on student enrollment and up to the Director’s discretion**
To take learning a step further than the normal classroom environment, First Flight offers enrichment activities which allow students to be creative and put into practice their natural gifts, talents, and passions. These supplemental classes and activities consist of Chapel, Spanish (Three’s and Prek only) and Music Enrichment. These activities are a part of your child’s regular school day and included in their tuition and supply fees.