Diverse Learning Environments
Infants range in age from 6 weeks to 16-18 months. Our staff to child ratio is 1 to 4. As infants change so quickly in the first year and a half of their lives, the Little Acorns staff are trained to nurture and help your infant develop the skills they will need as they grow. Each day your child will have time to play with other infants, listen to stories, enjoy songs, and have individual playtime with the teachers. And our monthly theme-based curriculum is used to enhance your infant’s motor, auditory, visual, language, and cognitive skills.
Our toddler program begins at 16-18 months and runs through 32 months. We understand this is a big age range, so we have two classes for the toddlers. As a general rule, toddlers move to the older room at 2 years of age. Each room is licensed for 14 children and the staff ratio is 1 to 7.
This is a time for discovery and exploring. Children are learning about their own personality traits, each at an individual level. Our theme-based curriculum is used by our teachers when planning your child’s daily activities and includes: a monthly theme, nursery rhymes, colors, numbers, and letters. At this age, we start learning about the date, and day of the week. Children get the opportunity to do art projects, play outside on the playground, and take advantage of indoor, large muscles play area. Our little toddler friends have a very busy and active day, so we know that, after a nutritious lunch, a nap is very important.
Our preschool program begins at 33 months and goes through kindergarten. The staff to child ratio is 1 to 10.
This time is crucial for kindergarten readiness. Our theme-based curriculum is used by the teachers when planning daily activities and includes monthly themes and letters of the week. Learning also consists of: letter and number recognition, writing, reading, basic mathematics, science, colors, shapes, arts and crafts, and dramatic play.
There is also opportunity for educational computer games. Our preschoolers also spend time outdoors on the playground. Each class is scheduled for both areas for 30 minutes both in the morning and afternoon.
Children are busy and we know the importance of rest. Therefore, after a nutritious lunch, our preschool friends have a quiet/nap time every day.