Programs

Our program includes hands-on learning activities giving our children the opportunity to learn "HOW TO LEARN” and encourage children to ask "WHY” by reinforcing the numbers, colors, and alphabets; hands-on art and craft projects that encourages your child’s creativity and self-expression; small and large motor development; music and movement activities; science discoveries; and stimulating language activities utilizing flannel board stories, rhymes, poems and finger plays.

     

Infants: Max 6
    Here at Funfield Learning Cottage, we believe that there are ten top ways to truly develop a great foundation for development of infants, they are:


1. FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT- it is important to observe the child-when she/he wants to move, letting them discover freely. If infants are thought to be helpless, then they will be treated as helpless and the learning opportunities and experiences provided will be limited. If young infants are appreciated as active learners who demonstrate various ways of knowing, doing, and learning through their multiple ways of communicating, the stage is set for providing stimulating, active learning opportunities for young children.


2. LISTENING for her/his cues. Observing closely to understand and respond to the cues of infants demonstrates that they are worth listening to and have something worthy to tell us even if it is not with words. An infant will always let us know what they need and when they need it. Funfield Learning Cottage believes you can never spoil an infant!


3. PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT- Babies learn through movement. As they move their arms, legs and other body parts and encounter the world through touching and being touched, babies become more aware of how their bodies move and feel. They soon discover that they can change what they see, hear, or feel through their own actions -- how delightful to kick, see the mobile move and be able to do it again. Funfield Learning Cottage encourages Physical Development by Providing stable and safe equipment for infants to pull themselves up to stand and walk from one space to another (such as mirrors with a pull up bar or low shelving), Encourage infants to explore their toes and rattles and to interact with people and other aspects of their environment, Playing music and encourage children to dance and move, Adding props such as tunnels, pillows, mats and boxes to explore under, over, in, out and through; Providing riding toys that can be pushed with the feet to challenge children as they grow and acquire more advanced large muscle skills, Expose children to various types of materials to crawl or walk on indoors and outdoors, Provide soft balls to roll, throw and kick, Modeling different body movements and encourage children to imitate, Using dramatic play props (such as a horse, duck or frog) to encourage children to move in different ways.


4. ROUTINES allow young children to feel comfortable and relaxed. Having a predictable routine decreases anxiety, which can be caused by fear or insecurity of what might happen next. It is important not to over schedule the children with too many transitions. Following the children’s lead will assist in determining a responsive and comfortable daily schedule. Young children thrive on repetition. They love to look at the same books, sing the same songs and play the same games over and over again. Repeating these experiences is critical for infants and toddlers to develop language skills and a sense of security.


5. SAFE ENVIRONMENT- Funfield Learning Cottage Provides safe spaces and opportunities for children to explore large muscle movement


6. SENSORY -Babies are naturally curious. They are driven to explore, to learn, and to practice new skills. They need constant, safe opportunities to move about and try things for themselves – with adults available to steer them away from danger and support and celebrate their successes. Funfield Learning Cottage believes it’s important to Provide children with numerous opportunities to touch, explore and manipulate (play with) different materials from an early age.


7. SLEEPING - Infant's brains do most of their growth, development and processing while they are asleep. This is why infants sleep so much when they are born. In fact, according to Dr. James Sears, pediatrician and author of best-selling "The Baby Book: Everything you Need to Know About Your Baby from Birth to Age Two," newborns require 18 hours of sleep each day for full and healthy development. As the infant gets older, their brain becomes more efficient at processing new stimulus, and less sleep is required. In fact, by three months, babies require only 15 hours of sleep per day, allowing for more activity time and greater experiences


8. SPIRITITUAL DEVELOPMENT- We can see and hear positive spiritual development in the smiles, laughs, giggles and content cooing of infants. These behaviors are the evidence of being cherished. Being valued assists children to build relationships where they can value and care for other people.


9. TALKING to the child all the time so she/he is used to hearing speech (except when child is focusing on something else), making eye contact when possible is important and reading books several times a day is part of our routine.


10. TOUCHING and holding children develops a bond between child and childcare giver. When you touch your newborn baby, you are teaching him that he is loved and wanted. Studies show that gentle touching helps to calm a baby and reduces stress in children. A baby who is calm can take in the sights, sounds, textures and smells around him. The more experiences your baby can take in, the greater number of connections can be built for infant brain development.

Toddlers: Max 14 with two teachers 

Twos: Max 16 with two teachers

  • With our toddlers and twos we encourage hands-on exploration and social interaction in a safe, engaging surrounding to help your little one learn about his or her expanding world.

Pre-School (3's): Max 15 with two teachers

  • Activities include circle time where we engage in Bible stories, story-telling, songs with hand motions, the identification of colors and shapes, and much more!
  • We also start to teach our children life lessons, such as saying please and thank you, sharing, and patience through their interactions with staff and other children.
  • We also have fun as well! Outdoor play is an exciting time of our day each day with planned activities as well as free play.

Pre-Kindergarten: Max 10

  • It's hard to believe that in a short while, your child will be heading off to a brand new school. It is a very exciting year for us as we make sure each of these students have been given all the tools necessary to excel.
  • For these kiddies, we begin to teach them many of the concepts they will encounter in kindergarten so that they are ahead of the game! This will provide them with the confidence and problem-solving skills they need to succeed.
  • Children will begin learning how to write through letter recognition and formation. They will also begin to develop mathematical skills, through the identification of shapes and counting. We will also start building their vocabulary through picture cards. Scientific abilities are accrued through exploration of the five senses, sand activities, etc. We want our children to be multi-faceted so we also expose them to musical instruments, painting, coloring, and other artistic projects.

Summer Camp

  • The summer gives us the opportunity to broaden the experiences of our children through a range of activities. During the summer, field trips are arranged each week for the children in accordance with weather conditions. During the summer, we take advantage of the weather to enhance a child's awareness of the world around them.

We offer indoor and outdoor activities, as well as opportunities for fun, friendships, and exploration. Our programs group children by age and encourage their growing ability to make choices, work with others, and assume responsibilities applicable to their age.

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