"2-3 year old's"
At Mimi's our teachers are trained in perceiving the needs of this age group. Two year olds have a mind of their own that stems from their growing independence. This stage of development is exciting as you watch the gift of language blossom before your eyes. Vocabulary building is at an increased peak and words are formed rapidly. Literacy is a large part of our curriculum with letter recognition and story time a daily focus. Children at this age are given appropriate choices to allow the freedom of using his/her independence in a positive, constructive way. They realize that two year olds are adjusting to new experiences and strive to make them feel welcomed and loved in a nurturing, happy environment.
We realize the importance of furthering this growth through experimentation with objects, language, and social interactions. Children's efforts are acknowledged with praise and encouragement, which helps to foster learning. The Beetles days are filled with exploration, questioning, discovery, and determination to find meaning to new events.
Mimi's teachers understand the developmental continuum from tooderhood to preschool and maintain appropriate expectations of the children as they engage in teacher directed and group activities. Considerable growth and change occur in children during the first three years in all areas of development physical, cognitive, and social-emotional. Three year olds are no longer toddlers, yet at times may still exhibit toddler behavior. They seem older based on their language ability, motor skills and other actions. Our preschool classroom is equipped with learning centers that allow children to self-manage their choice of activity in the areas of language, math, manipulatives, dramatic play, science, music, art, and blocks.
At Mimi's we believe that all children are active learners and engage in activities with their own attentiveness and attention span. For this reason our Pre-K classroom provides child-initiated choice time throughout the day within age appropriate learning centers that are attractive, accessible, and available at all times. There is a balance between teach directed instruction and children's abilities to select and choose from a variety of materials.
Our curriculum focuses on the development of the "whole child" taking into account that the domains of learning such as physical, social, or cognitive are all interconnected. Therefore, we support children's intellectual growth while also enhancing their social, emotional, and physical development through project work, play, small-group learning experiences, engagement in real life tasks, and other appropriate practices.
This approach to learning along with the expertise of our teaching staff is a formula that prepares our Pre-K Students to enter Kindergarten with confidence and the tools they need to be successful.
At Mimi's this is our first year of having a Kindergarten class. The major milestones in kindergarten reading and language arts are:
Developing an awareness of letters
Recognizing that letters have specific sounds
Awareness of the relationship of "letters to words" and "words to sentences"
Developing a basic vocabulary set by listening to and identifying unknown words in stories
Recognizing basic sight words in text
Kindergarten is also a year of exploration and discovery of numbers. Major milestones for Kindergarten math include:
Developing a strong number sense
Identifying numbers up to twenty
Expressing different ways to represent numbers up to twenty
Ability to sort and organize objects based on different attributes
Recognizing basic shapes and units for measurement, time, and weight