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Ladybugs
(Young Toddlers, 12-20 months by September)

Our nurturing caregivers provide the ultimate in care for our youngest students. Current research in child development demonstrates that touching, holding, cuddling and speaking to infants actually facilitates brain growth during this time of rapid development.  Our superior 1:2 adult/child ratio allows our caregivers to provide relationship-driven care, developing a trusting bond with your baby while you’re away. We believe a strong family-school relationship is vital in providing optimal care for our infants and young toddlers.

Learning and developmental objectives: All Ladybug activities and interactions link to the NJ Birth to Three Learning Standards and support the following developmental domains.

  • Social and Emotional
    • Trust and security
    • Self-regulation
    • Relationships with peers and adults
  • Approaches to Learning
    • Curiosity
    • Persistence
    • Creativity
    • Initiative
  • Language and Communications
    • Listening and understanding
    • Communicating and speaking
  • Cognitive
    • Exploration and discovery
    • Problem-solving
    • Imitation and dramatic play
  • Physical and Motor
    • Gross motor
    • Fine motor
    • Physical health and well-being

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Crickets & Grasshoppers
(Toddlers approx. 20-29 months by September)

The toddler programs strive to help every young child 1) develop personal relationships with new people 2) foster self-awareness and 3) engage and understand the world around them. Our low adult/child ratio (1:4) allows the individual attention these young learners need to safely explore and grow in the classroom community. Together with our nurturing staff, we sing, dance, play, read and explore our school surroundings. We continually work different themes (i.e. Families, Seasons, Things That Go, etc) into our routine of play-based learning. Our programs operate within the MMO philosophy that children learn through doing. Our goal is to gently introduce each child to the “school” experience while stimulating his or her’s natural curiosity in a safe and enriching environment.

Learning and developmental objectives: All activities and interactions in the Crickets/Grasshoppers program are linked to the NJ Birth to Three learning standards, which relate to the following developmental domains: Social and Emotional, Approaches to learning, language and communication, cognitive and physical & motor.

Some of the year’s learning goals include:

  • A focus on self-regulation
  • Expressing feelings with words
  • Self-help skills, such as washing and drying hands, drinking from a cup, attempting to put on own shoes, jacket, etc.
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Sitting in a chair during meals and snacks
  • Grasping eating and writing utensils
  • Jump with both feet
  • Name and identify different body parts
  • Sing along with familiar songs and finger plays (pre-literacy)
  • Encouraging creativity, self-expression, and the use of the five senses

Christina Sept 2014

Bumblebees (Older 2’s and Young 3’s)

Our younger 3’s learn and discover new things everyday. This time of emerging vocabulary, socializing with peers and self-awareness is encouraged in our curriculum. Through play-based, hands-on discovery and learning, we explore many themes including the seasons, our five senses, world of animals, and many more. Classroom centers include a dramatic play area, blocks and cars, tactile exploration and a reading library. With the guidance of our dedicated and knowledgeable staff and continued low adult/child ratio of 1:5, children’s growth in all developmental areas are fostered. But if you ask them, they’re just having fun!

Learning and development objectives: The Bumblebees curriculum is guided by both the NJ DOE Birth to Three Learning Standards and the NJ Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards, since the children bridge the two frameworks as they get older through the year. Some learning and development goals for the year include:

  • Playing and working cooperatively with peers and teachers
  • Easy transitions to and from school
  • Imaginative and cooperative play
  • Developing a sense of self
  • Basic problem-solving
  • Emergent literacy and pre-math skills
  • Identifying basic shapes and colors
  • Self-help skills
  • Socialization and emotional development
  • Strengthening fine and gross motor skills.

Dragonflies Sept 2014

Dragonflies (Older 3’s)

The older 3’s by nature are explorers and adventurers, we so turn to nature to provide a learning environment filled with things to see, smell, hear, touch and sometimes taste. Our adult/child ratio remains low at 1:5, providing the support our learners need to develop at their own pace.  We encourage developing social skills by encouraging children to work together and share ideas. Together we tackle some age-old questions, like “How do polar bears keep warm?” Some questions we just think of ourselves, such as “What happens to a candy cane if you put it in a cup of hot chocolate?” The children learn about the rain forest, the arctic, the ocean, the marsh and outer-space, all the while honing skills in every developmental area.

Learning and development objectives: The Dragonflies curriculum is guided by the framework provided through the NJ DOE Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards, which are imbedded into both classroom activities and interactions between children and staff. Some end-of-year learning goals include:

  • Playing and working cooperatively with peers and teachers
  • Following classroom rules
  • Helping others and developing caring attitudes
  • Strengthening listening skills
  • Using social skills to develop positive relationships with others
  • Taking turns during activities with peers
  • Identifying basic shapes, colors, sizes and positions
  • Identifying letters
  • Strengthening pre-writing skills
  • Developing listening and reading comprehension skills
  • Strengthening fine and large motor development skills

Gidget Sept 14 - 5

Butterflies (PreK)

Our classroom is a stimulating, safe, nurturing learning environment. The curriculum is supported by a 1:5 adult/child ratio and designed to inspire children’s learning through play and self discovery. We also connect our school activities to the outside world.  Students are continually learning about different topics, exploring with various materials, and encouraged to use their imagination. Key areas of development focused on are 1) socializing with their peers 2) gaining independence and 3) preparing those students moving onto kindergarten and beyond.  Some of the skills they learn are identifying letters and their sounds, making predictions, counting, sorting, making patterns, and so much more. Whether we are reading books, singing songs, dancing, making art projects, or doing hands-on activities, we are always having fun!

Learning and development objectives: The Butterflies program accommodates children who are preparing for kindergarten, as well as some children who may have one more year of PreK. The curriculum is guided by the framework provided through the NJ DOE Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards. These standards are imbedded into both classroom activities and interactions between children and staff.

Content area goals include:

  • Count to 20 or higher
  • Recognize numbers 1-10
  • Count up to 10 objects using 1:1 correspondence
  • Write/spell/identify name using upper and lower case letters
  • Identify at least half of the alphabet (UPPER and lower case)
  • Become familiar with concepts of print/able to the re-tell and/or re-call a story

Classroom readiness goals include:

  • Fine motor readiness: cutting a straight line, consistent pencil grip
  • Work habits: follow oral directions, transitions well, stays focused, can attend in small and large group settings
  • Oral expression: expresses ideas, speaks clearly
  • Social habits: seeks out and relates to peers, engages in cooperative play, organizational skills, solves conflicts
  • Follows rules and routines, takes care of personal belongings, asks for help when needed

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Fireflies (PreK)

Through fun, hands-on activities, the children in the Pre-K class are always learning and experimenting.  We start out the year learning about ourselves and our environment.  We make strong friendships, gain independence, and learn how to solve problems.  As the year goes on, the children are exposed to basic math skills such as counting, sorting and patterns.  Beginning reading skills such as identifying and writing the alphabet are also taught in a fun, age-appropriate way. Differentiated instruction, supported by our low adult/child ratio of 1:5, allows for student skill-level differences. Each child is challenged and supported to continually engage them and further their learning.

Learning and development objectives: The Fireflies program is a Kindergarten preparatory class, whose curriculum is guided by the framework provided through the NJ DOE Preschool Teaching and Learning Standards. These standards are imbedded into both classroom activities and interactions between children and staff.

Content area goals include:

  • Count to 20 or higher
  • Recognize numbers 1-10
  • Count up to 10 objects using 1:1 correspondence
  • Write/spell/identify name using upper and lower case letters
  • Identify at least half of the alphabet (upper and lower case)
  • Become familiar with concepts of print/able to re-tell and/or re-call a story

Classroom readiness goals include:

  • Fine motor readiness: cutting a straight line, consistent pencil grip
  • Work habits: follows oral directions, transitions well, stays focused, can attend in small and large group settings
  • Oral expression: expresses ideas, speaks clearly
  • Social habits: seeks out and relates to peers, engages in cooperative play, organizational skills, solves conflicts
  • Follows rules and routines, takes care of personal belongings, asks for help when needed