In our program, we nurture children and provide early care and education so their emotional, social, creative, physical, language and cognitive development are successful. Through creative learning experiences in a safe environment, our curriculum emphasizes developmentally appropriate play experiences. Learning activities are based on Creative Curriculum and NAEYC curriculum standards. Teaching staff develop lesson plans with input from the children and based on their interests, ideas, and early learning needs. To help children reach their maximum potential, parental input is essential so that authentic assessment and individualized plans can be developed. The daily schedule is organized to meet the children’s needs for a balance of active and quiet play, large and small group interactions, and indoor/outdoor activities. The role of the teacher is to:
- Respect and respond to family diversity and child-rearing practices;
- Schedule daily activities;
- Provide a variety of activities, materials, and equipment;
- Observe, assess, and provide for individual needs;
- Stimulate children’s learning by listening, questioning, giving choices, making suggestions, and allowing for a balance between child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities;
- Foster creativity;
- Reinforce and enhance curiosity; and
- Serve as a role model.
The program provides children with opportunities to:
- Practice decision-making by selecting activities from a variety of learning centers, i.e. language, science, blocks, manipulative materials, etc.
- Participate in short and long term projects that stimulate higher thinking skills.
- Express themselves creatively through art, music, dramatic play, movement, and use of unstructured materials.
- Develop appropriate concepts and thinking skills through the exploration of a wide variety of concrete materials and activities.
- Experience warm, positive interactions with children and adults.
- Verbalize feelings in a supportive, accepting environment that encourages independence and self-control.
- Enjoy and participate in language experiences, i.e. conversations, stories, puppets, books, songs, and creative dramatics.
- Participate in many physical activities to develop fine and gross motor skills, i.e. puzzles, beads, play dough, climbers, tricycles, and balls.
- Access technology that they can use by themselves, collaboratively with their peers, and with teaching staff, i.e. tape recorders, microscopes, computers, and videos. (Videos and film will be limited to developmentally appropriate programs on very rare occasions.)
San Antonio, TX 78207
(210) 206-5200 Office
(210) 206-5241 Fax