M-F-9:00-12:00 & 12:30-3:30
T/TH-9:00-12:00 & 12:30-3:30 MWF-9:00-12 & 12:30-3:30
Our two-year old half day program is designed to familiarize children with separation and the preschool environment. This program is a hands-on-theme-based program that will slowly develop skills at their pace. Two year olds are very special as we all know. We introduce them to music, movement, circle time, arts & crafts, science/math, felt board activities, building/puzzles & literacy and most importantly at this age….socialization!!
Available before program M-F 7am-8:15am and after program 4pm-6pm
In this hands-on theme-based program children develop essential skills through participating in various classroom activities. The children move from room to room every half an hour throughout the day to experience a variety of different activities. A list below describes some of the many
Circle Time – helps to develop listening and language skills. Each child will be introduced to songs, literacy skills, letter and number recognition, shapes, colors, sign language, Spanish as well as other languages.
Snack Time – provides an opportunity to practice their language skills by socializing with their Classmates.
Imagination Station – encourages children to move from parallel play to cooperative play. They learn how to share, take turns, compromise and respect their classmates. When play is done, children help to clean up the toys. This activity teaches children how to categorize and sort. It also gives them a sense of ownership and pride in their classroom. This activity room also encourages children to let go and open up their imagination to wherever it can go.
Arts & Crafts –We at Happy Trails have an Art Specialist. Crafts are hands on theme based activities that represent the children’s work. The focus is on the process not the product, though the end results are always adorable. During craft time, children practice with scissors, crayons, paint brushes, playdough and a variety of materials. These activities are used to foster creativity and help strengthen fine motor skills.
Fine Motor Skills-In this room children will gain strength with their fine motor skills by doing age appropriate activities. From stencils, beading, coloring, drawing, and writing.
Music-We at Happy Trails have a Music Specialist. Music class will consist of introduction to a variety of different types of music. Handmade instruments and a lot of musical games.
Science/Math-This room will have the science experiment of the week and developmentally appropriate math activities for each age group while incorporating the theme of the month.
Theme & Building Room-Creating and building with blocks, legos, and puzzles. This experience targets the builders in all of us!! All rooms are theme based!!
Fun & Fitness-Movement-Gross motor skills/activities, age appropriate games keeping us moving. We will also teach children about healthy choices.
Outside Play-Weather permitting, we use our outdoor playground, which is always a highlight of the day.
Our preschool curriculum focuses on four main areas of your preschooler’s development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language. The preschool curriculum is organized into center & theme-based units that address complex topics that encourage children to develop their skills and confidence. Each unit incorporates language, math, science, art, music, fine/gross motor skills and social development. Some features of our preschool program include:
- Observation-based assessments that illustrate your child’s developmental progress
- Themed units that encourage creativity, self-direction, and confidence
- Supplemental curriculum with Stem and Handwriting Without Tears® systems
- Small group instruction
- Regular communication between teachers and parents to keep you informed about your child’s day
- Social/Emotional Development: This area includes objectives for recognizing feelings and managing them appropriately, respecting the rights of others, and using thinking skills to solve conflicts.
- Physical Development: The objectives for this area of development consist of balancing while moving, coordinating eye-hand movement, and using tools for writing and drawing. Both gross motor and fine motor.
- Cognitive Development: Exploring cause and effect, applying knowledge to a variety of experiences, and using numbers and counting are some objectives from the cognitive area of development.
Language Development: This area includes objectives for understanding and following oral directions, expression of wants and needs using words, participating in back and forth conversations, and demonstrating knowledge of the alphabet.
Our four-year-old program continues where our three-year-old program left off. We focus on socialization skills by encouraging the children to play together cooperatively. Academics become more difficult as the children continue to work on letter recognition and sounds. Math and science skills, literacy, and physical development. Children begin learning to write the alphabet and their names. Children that are ready developmentally will continue on with sight words. We encourage children to listen and follow direction in an effort to sufficiently prepare them for Kindergarten.
At Happy Trails we strongly believe that connection to nature is of vital importance to children. In our modern, high tech world it can be a challenge to keep that connection to nature. Outdoor life and gardening is an integral part of the children’s week at Happy Trails: from planting vegetable seeds to eating the veggies for snack, we observe the cycles of nature, , picking strawberries growing in our garden, in the fall collecting the leaves under the trees in our garden and doing leaf rubbings, taking nature walks in the spring to see what’s blooming around the neighborhood. We do nature studies in our artwork and in our scientific studies/observations and use folk tales revolving around the natural world and imagery from nature in our songs, stories and games. There is a respect for the natural world that evolves out of this connection to nature that when nurtured in a child can stay with them throughout their lives.
Through the arts we explore and express who we are. We dance, make music, we draw and paint, we work with clay, collage, act out stories. We experiment with a variety of materials and techniques. Most importantly, the children have the opportunity to use their imaginations in the creation of their artwork. The emphasis is on the process and experience rather than the finished product. Each child’s individuality and uniqueness shines through in their work and we recognize it in each other’s work so that a respect and appreciation grows for the unique quality of each human being and each work of art.
Children experience the world and learn about themselves and the world round them through their senses. At Happy Trails we provide experiential, hands on experiences for the children. Whether playing at the water table, in the sandbox, working with clay or cooking together, there is that delight in the tactile and sensory world that children innately possess, it is a precious quality to preserve and it is a door to learning through play. Our herb garden has given us the opportunity to dig in and feel the earth, smell the different fragrances- from sweet lavender to tangy lemon, and to taste sweet basil and rosemary.
We are a community of parents, children, families and teachers. Happy Trails has gatherings throughout the year; our beginning of the year potluck party, Halloween celebration, family teas, end of the year potluck and graduation party. Making connections with other families is a great benefit of belonging to a community. We’ve happily watched friendships evolve among the children and parents. Parenthood is a very rewarding and often very challenging role. Support in parenting and sharing of ideas, discussing problems and finding resources is an invaluable aspect of belonging to a community. Whether carpooling, creating a babysitting swap or sharing a funny story about potty training we can all benefit by the support of a community.
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What We Offer
- Childcare (All year round)
- Enrichment Programs
- Half Day / Full Day
- Before / After Care
- Birthday Parties
- Art Programs
FABULOUS ENGAGING ACTIVITIES DAILY
- Theme Based Curriculum
- Imagination Station
- Building Room
- Outside Experience
- Fine Motor
- Health & Fitness
- Social Studies-Community
Weekly projects to help explore the world of science.
Problem solving adventures to build a mathmatical foundation.
Arts & Crafts
Foster creativity and help strengthen fine motor skills.
Fun & Fitness-Movement
Fun activities and games to build upon tem building skills and healthy nutritional choices.
Fine Motor Skills
Sharpening fine motor skills with specialized activites.