Our Programs

 

 Infants 

At The Village School your infant will find a bright and cheerful nursery staffed with skilled, loving caregivers, who provide the security and personal attention your baby needs to develop a sense of trust and reassurance.


Providing a safe and healthy environment with an emphasis on cleanliness is a primary objective. Toys and other equipment are sanitized daily and proper hand washing routines are strictly adhered to.


Each baby follows his/her individual schedule. A daily diary, documenting meals, naps, elimination and other pertinent information the caregiver may wish to share with you, is kept for each child and provided for you at the end of the day.

The babies are always held for bottle-feeding.  Since “floor time” is important for babies of all ages, the children are encouraged to explore outside their cribs when not asleep. This gives the caregivers an opportunity to provide simple activities designed to stimulate each child at his level of development. Caregivers use lots of language as well as music and songs in their interactions with the children. A stroller built for four makes it possible for the babies to go outside each day, weather permitting.


  • The caregiver/infant ratio is 1:4

 

 Toddlers 

Toddlers have reached their first birthday and are walking independently. Limited group activities are introduced at this age, though most of the day is still devoted to independent play activity. Consideration is given to the level of each child's physical development, attention span and other play interests. The playground becomes the place to promote gross-motor skills for toddlers. The ability to understand language and vocabulary development are the other important skills to be learned. They are promoted by staff using a lot of descriptive language, reading stories and poems, and singing lots of songs. Please see the toddler/two's curriculum.

  • The caregiver/toddler ratio is 1:6.

 Two's  

Two-year-olds spend their day in carefully organized play. Learning is split between teacher-directed and self-directed activities, quiet and active play. Indoors or outdoors. Since attention spans are still very limited, teacher-directed activities such as circle time, story time, and music are kept short and somewhat spontaneous. Art activities are designed to promote the process rather than the product and are are favorites among the children. The classroom also offers opportunity for dramatic play and dress-up as well as gross-motor activities and manipulatives. Language development is a primary focus in our two-year-old classroom. The Center's approach toward potty training is one of positive reinforcement and encouragement. We will start potty training whenever you and we believe is best for your child. Please see the toddler/two's curriculum.

  • The caregiver/two-year-old ratio is 1:9

 

 Preschool (Three’s and Four’s) 

Pre-school classrooms for 3's and 4's at The Village School are separated into six to eight individual play areas called interest centers or discovery centers. Anywhere from two to four children can play in each area. Each area is designated for its particular role in the pre-school landscape, for example Dramatic play, Blocks, Art, Manipulatives, Science, etc. The equipment in each area is chosen for its ability to teach and entertain children on different levels of development. The teacher also enhances the learning environments with special props, games, books, music tapes, art materials, etc. to foster learning of specific concepts. Please see the schedule and curriculum for three’s and four’s.

Our goal is to help your child learn factual information about the world in which he or she lives. To this end pre-school teachers develop their weekly lesson plans around a theme. The scope of this theme broadens as your child matures. For example, pets are a favorite of all age groups. The amount of information learned increases as children grow in their ability to grasp more details. In the pre-school classes your child is introduced to the alphabet and begins associating individual letters with beginning sounds. Learning is split between teacher-directed and self-directed activities, quiet and active play, indoors or outdoors.

Most of the learning is still hands-on.

  • Ratios for 3's and 4's are 1:12 and 1:15, respectively. 


 Basic Discovery Centers 

During a normal day, pre-school and older children will have the opportunity to play in eight basic centers:

  • Dramatic Play
  • Art
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Science
  • Manipulatives
  • Blocks
  • Quiet (library/listening)

Please consider an important fact about daily play activities for your child--Our selection of toys, equipment and activities is done to promote social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.