The two-year old program is usually the children’s first experience at school without a parent present. As they walk into the colorful classroom full of wonder and excitement, they are feeling a mix of emotions. They want to jump right in and begin playing but at the same time they are anxious about their parents leaving.
The children are given many opportunities to explore their use of language, experimenting with new words, saying short sentences and following simple oral directions. Through the two-year old program, the children are taught how to make choices, learn how to wait their turn, and how to begin sharing with others.
Role-playing is an important skill that is fostered and encouraged, since copying adult behavior is common at this age. The two-year old program offers the children the opportunity to explore the world of scribbling and “drawing”. They learn how to climb up and down on the playground equipment, kick a ball and jump. They are taught how to put on and take off their coats. Their classroom is full of toys for stacking, building blocks, jigsaw puzzles, and kitchens.
Storytime is an important part of the pre-kindergarten program. It affords the children the opportunity to participate in choral readings and talk about the pictures. The children are encouraged to explore the world as we carefully watch over all safety issues.