Academics – Toddler, Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten

Creating Excitement and Openness to Learn

The Toddler, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten programs are for children one and a half to five years old. Centers of Learning offers a full or half-day program for Preschool and Pre-K and a full-day program for Kindergarten, with extended care to 6:00 pm daily.

The programs are designed to create an excitement and openness to learning. Formal instruction is coupled with creative play and hands-on experiences, giving each child the skills and motivation to become a successful learner.

The Early Childhood area is a fun place to be. It is the child’s introduction to school. Therefore, we stress learning through exploration and hands-on experiences, as well as formal instruction. Foundational skills of shape and number discrimination are developed in preparation for reading and math. Number concepts are explored through the use of math manipulatives. Science, social studies, and Spanish are also introduced. Games, arts and crafts, and directed play help develop the small and large muscle coordination necessary for reading and writing. Creative and dramatic play, storytelling, music, and art help children discover the world around them and foster their own imaginations and creativity.

The Kindergarten is a time of exploration. In the Kindergarten we strive to foster and guide each child’s own curiosity and natural desire to learn. Concepts in reading and math are first discovered through directed games, play, and activities, and then taught. Discovery of sound combinations, creative story telling, and writing open the door to instruction in phonics, reading, language, and writing. Math manipulatives introduce number patterns and relationships. Creative play, art, music, and science are vehicles for each child’s imagination and creativity. In the Kindergarten we strive to maintain and enhance each child’s desire to learn while giving them the building blocks to do so.

Sample Toddler Daily Schedule

7:30-9:00 – Sign In
– Welcome
– Interactive Center Time
9:00-9:30 – Snack & Outside Play
9:30-10:40 – Letter & Color Time
– Sensory Time
– Bible Story
– Music & Movement
– Circle Time (Theme)
– Art
10:40-11:10 – Outdoor Activities

11:10-2:45 – Wash hands
– Lunch
– Story Time
– Nap
2:45-4:30 – Wake Up Time
– Outdoor Play
– Interactive Center Time
4:30-5:00 – Special Activity Time
– Flannel Board Story
– Cooking
5:00-6:00 – Interactive Center Time
– Sign Out

Sample Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten Daily Schedule

7:30-9:30 – Sign In
– Outside Play
– Letter Recognition & Sounds
– Language Development
– Classroom Centers
– Show & Tell
– Weekly Theme Instruction
– Bible Story
9:30-10:30 – Snack & Outside Play
10:30-11:30 – Math
– Music
– Spanish
11:30-12:30 – Lunch & Outside Play
12:30-1:00 – Cleanup, wash hands
– Get ready for nap
– Story Time
1:30-3:00 – Nap & Wake Up Time
3:00-4:00 – Snack & Outside Play
4:00-5:30 – Classroom Centers:
     Dramatic Play, Art,
     Computers, Crafts,
     Building Materials
– Cleanup
– Sign Out

Sample Kindergarten Daily Schedule

7:30-8:15 – Sign In
– Inside or Outside Play
8:15-10:30 – Reading
– Phonics Instruction
– Language Development
– Handwriting
– Music
– Spanish
– Classroom Centers:
     Dramatic Play, Art,
     Library, Computers,
     Building Materials,
     Games, Crafts
10:30-11:30 – Snack & Outside Play
– Physical Education
11:30-12:30 – Bible
– Math
– Classroom Math Centers
12:30-1:30 – Lunch & Outside Play
1:30-2:00 – Cleanup
– Story Time
– Show & Tell
2:00-2:45 – Social Studies/Science
2:45-4:00 – Snack & Outside Play
4:00-5:30 – Classroom Centers:
     Dramatic Play, Art,
     Library, Computers,
     Building Materials,
     Games, Crafts
– Sign Out