Pre IV & Pre V
3 years old - 5 years old
Our Preschool Program is designed precisely for students 3 to 5 years of age. We have three well-furnished classrooms with set areas that allow for varied activities to happen simultaneously, evoking a relaxed environment for your child’s growth and development. There will be two co-teachers each in the Pre IV-1 and Pre IV-2 classroom with a maximum of 18-20 children enrolled. Our Pre V classroom will have one teacher with only 6 enrolled students. Our core curriculum is based on several avenues similar to those of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Quality Rating Systems (QRS), and Teaching Strategies/Creative Curriculum. The diverse methods of teaching facilitate the learning process for every child, no matter what type of learners they are.
We strive to meet the expectations of your family, and pride ourselves in our ability to find the right combination of tools to assist your child in the ever growing process of learning. Please always feel welcome to “sit in” on your child’s class, or ask for an appointment with the teacher at any time!
Come join the fun! The following components of our classrooms are the building blocks of a great head start in education for your little one: Effective Curriculum, Guidance of Social-Emotional Development, Language Expansion & Literacy, Cognitive Development, Physical Development, Aesthetic Development, Motivation, Parent/Teacher Relations, Quality Assessment of Children, Teacher Qualifications, and Proper Staffing.
How Young Children Learn
Young children learn by doing. Learning is a complex process that results from the interaction of children’s own thinking and their experiences in the external world. Maturation is an important contributor to learning because it provides a framework from which children’s learning proceeds. As a child gets older, they acquire new skills and experiences that contribute to the learning process. Physical and cognitive growth leads to better handling and exploration of their surroundings and an improved understanding of others.
The way young children learn to determine how teachers from the Ivy Academy of Early Learning Inc. teach. It is a common misconception to define the word “teach” as the simple act of giving information. Teaching requires more than verbal instruction. It is necessary for adults to act as guides or facilitators. The teacher is responsible for preparing the environment in such a way that it will provide stimulating, challenging materials, and activities for your child. During these moments, the teacher will closely observe to see what your child understands and pose additional challenges to push his or her thinking further.
Teaching strategies are based on familiarity with how young children learn and our curriculum derives from many excellent sources such as the knowledge base of various disciplines, society, culture, and your own requests. Program quality is determined by teaching strategies and an age-appropriate curriculum. Our program is age-appropriate as well as individually modelled; that is, the program is designed for the age group served and implemented with attention to the needs and differences of the individual children enrolled.
People form concepts from both positive and negative examples. The components of a good preschool program are described in terms of what is appropriate and what is not. These components overlap considerably and have been identified here for purposes of clarity only. Within the curriculum goals, the teacher views your child as a unique person with a distinct pattern and timing of growth and development. The curriculum and the adults’ interaction are responsive to individual differences in aptitude and interests. All levels of ability and development are accepted in the school and are used to design appropriate activities. Every interaction and lesson plan nurtures your child’s self-esteem and positive feelings towards learning.
At The Ivy Academy of Early Learning Inc., our teachers prepare a safe environment for your child to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children, and materials (including technological and science resources). Your child will be physically & mentally aware and active. They will choose among pre-established activities designed by the teacher or be a part of spontaneously initiated activities by themselves or other children. Your child will be provided with concrete learning activities with engaging materials relevant to his or her own life experiences. The teachers will move among the groups and individuals, easing your child’s involvement with the distinct activities and materials by asking questions, offering suggestions, or adding complexity to the learning situation.
Social-Emotional development is achieved by using positive guidance techniques such as modelling and encouraging expected behavior, redirecting the child to a more acceptable activity, and setting clear limits. Our teachers’ expectations match and respect your child’s developing competencies. Your preschooler will be provided with many opportunities to expand their social skills. Here is a short list of skills that your child will learn and expand upon at all times under the teacher’s’ guidance: cooperating, empathy, negotiating, and the use of communication to solve interpersonal problems.
Language development and literacy skills are stimulated through numerous interactions and opportunities to see how reading and writing are useful. This contact with language is essential before formal instruction of letter names, sounds, and word identification begins. Your child will cultivate these skills through meaningful play and teaching experiences. Some activity examples include but are not limited to: listening to and reading stories, poems, recipes, etc.; taking field trips; dictating stories; seeing classroom charts and other print in use; participating in dramatic play and other experiences requiring communication; talking informally with classmates and teachers; and experimenting with inventing their own spelling.
Cognitive development helps your child understand concepts about themselves & others and the world around them. It is fomented through observation, social interaction, and concrete problem-solving. Learning about math, science, health, and other content are integrated into activities like the following: building with blocks; measuring sand, water, or ingredients for cooking; observing changes in the environment; working with wood and tools; sorting objects for a purpose; exploring animal and plant characteristics, and with water, wheels and gears; singing and listening to music from various cultures; and drawing, painting, and working with clay. Daily routines are followed that help your child keep themselves healthy and safe.
There will also be plenty of opportunities for your child to safely, freely, and loudly explore outdoor environments in order to enhance his physical development. These daily opportunities to exercise and combine his or her large and small muscles will promote a healthy development and instil active habits. They will be able to explore their running, jumping, and balancing skills, along with additional actions in a protected setting. Small muscle coordination will be improved upon through play activities like pegboards, puzzles, painting, cutting, Legos, and other similar undertakings.
Your child will have continuous chances for Aesthetic expression and appreciation through daily art and music sessions. Your little one will experiment and enjoy various forms of music, and a variety of art media for creative expression, including easel & finger painting, and clay use.
Group size is limited and our ratio of teachers to children enables individualized and age-appropriate programming. With the right atmosphere and qualified teachers as an advantage, your child’s natural curiosity and desire to make sense of the world will motivate him or her to become involved in learning activities in The Ivy Academy of Early Learning Inc.
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Testimonials About The Ivy Academy
When we found The Ivy Academy from the beginning we liked the treatment that Ms. Amy gave us. Our daughter Betsy is special care, she felt comfortable with the teachers and the atmosphere there in the nursery. Our other son Damian has been here since the age of 6 here he learned many things from numbers, letters, and colors. This has served him a lot in his development. My wife Erika and I are very pleased to have them here at The Ivy Academy of Early Learning Inc.
You and your team have created an AMAZING place that will have a lasting impact on children’s lives, families, and our community. What an incredible heart you have!
As every mother would, I definitely was looking for a school that I could rely on. Trusting your child in someone else’s hands isn’t easy, however Little birdies proved that I can be calm about my kid’s wellbeing and education. Thank you so much!