3 to 5 years

Our Big Kid program focuses on school readiness with a structured daily schedule that teaches social skills, listening skills and respect for our friends. Our team helps to strengthen each child’s decision making and self help skills in a safe supportive environment. You will see caregivers sitting with your child in teacher led activities such as puzzles, learning games, and hands on activities. Large group time is a priority that helps your child learn to be a part of a group and also gives them an opportunity to express themselves. We will do our best to individualize our program to meet the needs of your child’s development.

Activities include music and movement, outdoor play, practical life and sensory activities, arts and crafts, story and sharing times, dramatic play, and lots of laughter. We strive to meet your child’s physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs. We feel children learn best in a loving, organized, natural learning environment. Your child will learn something new everyday by being a part of our extended family. Your child will learn important values such as patience, sharing, responsibility, compassion for self and others, communication, and teamwork. Your child will also learn how to paint, play with dough, cut with scissors, color with crayons, and the beginning stages of reading. Your child will always be encouraged to use his/her imagination while creating artwork, manipulating his/her own ideas and thoughts on paper, or other concrete materials.

Classroom

The Big Kid classroom is set up to allow your child to involve themselves in independent decision making in their classroom. The children can explore dramatic play, craft activities, and discover hands on tables.

Safety & Training

Our team, made of highly passionate and qualified caregivers, is certified in CPR and First Aide training. Hearts & Minds inspects the safety of the program’s environment and keeps our facility clean and neat.

Communication

Hearts & Minds knows how important it is to keep the parents involved in their child’s daily activities, development and milestones. That’s why we provide you with the following:

  • Daily verbal interaction from the teacher about your child’s day
  • The building of personal relationships with each family
  • Encouraging daily/weekly calls or emails from parents to our team to support communication

Open door facility; we promote parent visits to our facility at anytime to observe or participate in their child’s day

Schedule

A.M. Schedule
9:00 – 9:10 — Monkey Room Arrival
9:10 – 9:30 — Circle Time
9:30 – 9:40 — Potty/Wash Hands
9:40 – 9:55 — Snack
9:55 – 10:00 — Travel/Coats On
10:00 – 10:20 — Outside/Panda Room Play
10:20 – 10:25 — Travel/ Coats Away
10:25 – 10:35 — Wash Hands/Potty
10:35 – 10:55 — Craft
10:55 – 11:30 — Center Time
11:30 – 11:35 — Center Clean Up
11:35 – 11:45 — Rug Time/ Dismissal
(11:45 — Potty for Monkey/Panda potty split)

P.M. Schedule
11:45 – 12:15 — Lunch
12:15 – 12:40 — Song Time
12:40 – 12:50 — Potty/Wash Hands
12:50 – 1:20 — Craft
1:20 – 1:55 — Afternoon Playtime (varied locations)
1:55 – 2:30 — Rest Time
2:30 – 2:40 — Wash Hands
2:40 – 3:00 — Snack /Table Time/ Play Time