Toddlers & Discovery Preschool 2-3 Yrs
Between 18 months to three years of age, toddlers have reached the "sensor motor" stage of Piaget's theory of cognitive development that involves rudimentary thought. For instance, they understand the permanence of objects and people, visually follow the displacement of objects, and begin to use instruments and tools. Toddlers start to strive for more independence, which can present challenges to parents concern for their children’s safety. The children also start to understand discipline and what behavior is appropriate and inappropriate. At this age we make sure that the children understand the concepts of words like "please" and "thank you."
Two-year-olds should be able to understand 100 to 150 words and start adding about ten new words per week. Toddlers also start to have a better understanding of emotions, such as love, trust, and fear. The youngsters also begin to understand some of the ordinary aspects of everyday life, such as shopping for food, what timing is, and that words can be read.
- Daily small-group instruction promotes social development.
- A variety of activities that support learning concepts for their age group.
- A creative environment focused on the development for each child.
- Regular communication between teachers and parents to keep you informed about your child's day.
Preschool 3-4 Yrs & Prekindergarten
Preschoolers, age’s three to six, should be at the "pre-operational" stage of Piaget's cognitive development theory, meaning they are using their imagery and memory skills. They should be conditioned to learning, memorizing, and their view of the world is normally very self-centered. By this age, preschoolers usually have developed their social interaction skills, such as playing, and cooperating with other children their own age. It is normal for preschoolers to test their limits of their cognitive abilities, and they learn negative concepts and actions, such as talking back to adults, lying, and bullying. We make sure to address these certain situations to the best of our ability to prevent them from happening and to teach them how to behave in these certain situations. Other cognitive developments that will occur in preschoolers are an increased attention span, learning the sound and recognition of the letters, and a well developed structured routine.
- Observation-based assessments that demonstrate progress throughout the year.
- Math and science skills through hands on experience on a daily bases.
- Group activities to develop social and communications skills.
- Preparation for kindergarten and an adventure for a life time of learning.
Summer camp at Happy Day Academy will help your child develop character, learn valuable life skills, make new friends and discover new interests. We try to make summer camp an educational fun experience not to be forgotten.
Information about our summer programs, including host locations, is typically available between May and August. Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding our summer camp program from our contact page.