Ms. Carrie Kiiskila and Ms. Kristina Konecny
Infants 6 weeks - 12 months
NEW TO MDO THIS YEAR!
We are excited to welcome infants starting at 6 weeks of age into a warm and nurturing environment where they will be able to develop at their own pace. Children in this class will be on their own personal schedule, identified through the Intake Form. Daily activities will include, being read to, exploration of colors, shapes, and textures, finger plays and music, as well as indoor and outdoor gross motor time. Children will receive a lot of attention and tender loving care in a small class size. This class has a 2:6 ratio.
Parents are expected to provide breast milk or formula, bottles, jar food, disposable diapers, several changes of clothing and any comfort items the child may need. Please label these items clearly.
Ms. Barb Martin and Ms. Kayla Siadak
Ms. Carrie Poling
A personal schedule is required for each toddler identified through the Intake Form.
The teachers will follow this as closely as possible. High chairs, developmental toys are available. Lots of attention and tender, loving care is given. Children are given the opportunity to explore and play; using developmental toys and equipment designed to stimulate large and small muscle development and language development. They take part in such activities as finger plays and music, storytelling, rhythm instruments, finger painting, sensory activities, beginning art activities, introductory pasting and coloring and simple group games, as well as indoor and outdoor gym time. This class size for Toddler 1 class is 2:8 ratio and for Toddler 2 class is 1:4 ratio.
Parents are expected to bring the child’s food or formula (if used), disposable diapers, a change of clothing and any comfort items the child may need. Please label these items clearly. A sleeping bag and small pillow will also be needed for nap time.
A part day option schedule is available for Toddler class. Part day runs until lunchtime.
Ms. Amy Orthmann
4K - Pre- Kindergarten - 4 years as of September 1st
Our 4-K classroom is geared to preparing our 4K children for Kindergarten. The curriculum that is designed and developed for this particular class reaches the whole child. We focus on providing cross-categorical learning and development that is “hands-on”. The children learn about a particular subject and then have the opportunity to explore what has just been introduced through various means and learning styles. Our curriculum richly provides Kindergarten Readiness and positive socialization through large group, small group, and individual learning opportunities. Our 4-K class has a 1:12 student ratio.
Our program is specifically designed to include, but is not limited to, the following:
Math Readiness: Math games, number recognition, counting, patterning, shapes, and sizes.
Reading Readiness: letters and letter sounds, colors and name recognition, introducing children to different authors and illustrators.
Language: following directions, songs, music, stories and finger plays.
Handwriting Without Tears- It is a fun interactive learning program to teach your child the key foundation skills they need for kindergarten with multi-sensory and developmental learning. A workbook for each child will accompany this program.
Social Studies: address certain aspects of time, (“past and present”), places, cultures, families, sequence of events, and more.
Science: experimentation, measurement, observation, prediction, weather, nature
Fine Motor Skills: painting, cutting, gluing, puzzles, books, self-help skills like buttoning/zipping.
Large Motor Skills: games, gym and outdoor activities! These are activities that encourage hopping, jumping, running, throwing/catching and balance.
Problem Solving: identifying (what would happen if…?), classification (what does/does not belong…?)
Self-help skills: putting on shoes, boots jackets, coats etc. washing hands, opening and closing items, cleaning up after one’s self.
While in our 4-K class, the children continue to share snack and lunch together. Quiet time or naps are reserved for after lunch.
Parents will need to bring a lunch, sleeping bag, change of clothing, which will remain at the center, and any comfort items needed for sleeping.
Ms. JoAnne Jensen
Discovery 2-3 years
At this age children are given an opportunity for free play as well as having structured learning activities. Activities are geared to language development, creativity, self-identity and beginning cognitive skills. Large and Small motor skills are continued to be enhances through daily activities as well as indoor and outdoor gym time. Children are introduced to shapes, colors, counting, and exercises. Art activities introduce painting, cutting with scissors, pasting and coloring. Lessons are often planned around “themed” units; i.e.: family, animals, plants, holidays, colors and more. This class has a 1:8 ratio. While in our two’s class, the children continue to share snack and lunch together. Quiet time or naps are reserved for after lunch.
Parents will need to bring a lunch, sleeping bag, change of clothing, which will remain at the center, disposable diapers (if needed for children not toilet trained or who are actively toilet training), and any comfort items needed for sleeping. Please have everything clearly labeled.
A part day option schedule is available for Red Owl class. Part day runs until lunchtime
3K Preschool - 3 years as of September 1st
Ms. Rachael Hunnicutt
Ms. Shelby Henderson
Our 3’s classrooms allow the children to pursue activities, which are considered to be in the realm of the traditional preschool curriculum. There is ample opportunity for exploration and imaginative play with large blocks, dress up clothing, housekeeping and building equipment (among other toys), as well as structured learning activities. Concepts introduced in the previous classroom are expanded. For example, a child is pasting to complete a definite project, cutting on a line to make a square or circle, drawing between two lines to develop eye/hand coordination and beginning writing skills. Children continue work on numbers, counting and shapes and the alphabet are introduced. Children also continue their large motor skills through activities during our indoor and outdoor gym time. This class has a 2:16 ratio
While in our three’s class, the children continue to share snack and lunch together. Quiet time or naps are reserved for after lunch.
Parents will need to bring a lunch, sleeping bag, change of clothing, which will remain at the center, and any comfort items needed for sleeping. Please have everything clearly label. While it is not required that our 3’s be toilet trained and out of diapers/pull-ups, it is highly recommended that parents be actively toilet training their children. Staff will work alongside parents to help in this process.
A part day option schedule is available for Green Owl class. Part day runs until lunchtime
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