In caring for infants between birth and 12 months, Kid’s Prep School concentrates not so much on teaching, but on providing a warm, nurturing environment. Our environment for infants provides interesting things to look at and do during waking hours. Although much of an infant's time is spent sleeping, being fed or diapered, there is still time to play, cuddle and enjoy learning about what it means to be alive. At Kids Prep School, we make the infant's world an interesting place. Most importantly, the child will develop a relationship with a warm, loving, responsive adult; a cherished caregiver. We ask that you please clearly label all of your child's belongings (bottles, baby food, clothes, etc.).
Our toddler rooms are among the best in the area. We know parents are looking for a quality program that also offers peace of mind that your children are in a safe, secure and loving environment. We recognize the importance of your child’s first two years of life. In order to strengthen bonding and attachment, toddlers may spend two years with at least one of their teachers. Toddlers explore a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment, which strengthens the child’s quest for independence and self-confidence.
TWO YEAR OLD:
The Two Year Old class participates in many classroom activities. Their learning environment is casual, but a stimulating one. It is an environment in which your child will be introduced to colors, numbers, shapes, seasons, holidays, learning games and cooking experiences. All two year old class activities prepare the children for their future in pre-school.
The Three Year Old class emphasizes colors, shapes, the senses and seasons. We do arts and crafts to develop fine motor skills and help the children develop the social skills of sharing, helping, listening, recognizing and practicing writing their own name. In our math program we stress recognizing and writing of the numbers 1-10 and counting groups of objects accurately. Language skills will be nourished through story, games, songs and activities.
The Four Year Old Program (Pre-Kindergarten) class focuses on Imagination. This word says it all! In all the activities; be it art, science, children's literature, movement, dramatic play, or blocks, the use of imagination will be dominant. We will encourage the children to explore and stretch their natural imagination and curiosity. We will help the children develop into eager learners by learning to recognize letters and numbers, shapes, sizes, colors and advanced topics including phonics. We concentrate on listening skills, following directions and pre-reading activities using visual and auditory skills. Computers are used with regular class programs utilizing software designed for preschool children to prepare them for the Kindergarten year ahead.
Our VPK classes are from 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. or 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Our pre-school calendar runs with the Orange Public School Calendar. Our rates for pre-school are for those hours only. If you need some extra time, your child is welcome to stay for lunch and rest period, for an additional fee. At Kid’s Prep School we believe children learn best by doing. Children are encouraged to explore their rich classroom environment and learn from the hands on experiences they encounter day by day. We offer a teacher directed language-experience approach to a curriculum centered on topics especially chosen for the young child. Some of our daily lessons include, Heritage Studies, Science, English, Spanish, Math and Storytelling. We also include additional enforcement and enrichment activities in art, fine and gross motor skills.
BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS:
We have a very active program for your school-aged child. Besides computer time, outdoor play, homework sessions, arts and crafts, and other special activities, we also make available extracurricular activities. Please register your child's school schedule with Kid's Prep School and inform us of any changes that may occur. It is very important to notify the center if your child is not to be picked up from school so you can avoid any further fees. There will be an additional charge for the full-time care before/after school children on teacher work days. If your school age child is in attendance during Christmas, Spring Break, or off track vacation; you will be charged the full time rate. Please see the Director for further information.
Kid’s Prep School has a very exciting summer program for your child. We have interesting weekly field trip activities such as bowling, roller skating, cookouts and nature trails. Our on-campus entertainment includes water play, sports, arts and crafts, computers, foreign languages and a variety of other fun activities.