Preschool (Ages 2 – 4)
At Tender Tots we believe that each child is created with a unique set of talents and personality traits. It is our goal to find the individuality of each child and help them reach their greatest potential. Our ultimate goal is to build a solid academic foundation for school and to instill in each child a love for learning. The right education in pre-school is essential to building strong students at age seven, eight and beyond.
Although it may seem like fun and games to preschoolers, the curriculum we follow is packed with educational elements. Games teach pre-reading skills like phonemic awareness and letter and sound recognition, basic math concepts, and hands-on science exploration. We strive to integrate the use of technology with our lessons.
There are seven learning styles that we focus on visual (spatial): using pictures, images, and spatial understanding, aural (auditory-musical): using sound and music, verbal (linguistic): using words, both in speech and writing, physical (kinesthetic): using your body, hands and sense of touch, logical (mathematical): using logic, reasoning and systems, social (interpersonal): learning in groups or with other people, solitary (intrapersonal): prefer to work alone and use self-study.
No student uses one style exclusively, but rather a variety of modalities. Knowing a child’s preferred learning style is important. Our teachers work hard to teach to your child’s preferred learning style, offering greater opportunities for learning, while at the same time decreasing frustration and maximizing on your child’s learning potential.
One of the most important aspects of early childhood education, is a child’s social-emotional development. Pre-school is the optimal age for a child to be taught social skills. We place a strong emphasis on confidence,cooperation, curiosity, and communication. The best way to learn these skills is through play. A structured play environment allows a child to think, problem-solve and use their imagination-all key elements of life and work. Activities include dramatic play, block-building, and literature/music experiences. Our number one goal is to provide learning that is not only fun, but meaningful.
Warm-weather days are full of opportunities for growth. Outdoor playtime, complete with balls and other outdoor equipment is allotted in the children’s daily schedule in order for them to benefit from the fresh air and exercise that outdoor play provides.