At Little Explorer’s Learning Center and Day Care, we help our little ones get ready for each big milestone – whether it is rolling over for the first time or giving them the preschool lessons that they need before heading off to kindergarten.
Having a good mix of expending mental and physical energy can help kids build good intellectual capacity, have strong appetites, and get in a solid sleep routine. All these things are important when encouraging and building a solid foundation of balance. Whether it reinforces rules and routines at home or helps to make it easier getting kids up and out the door – it all contributes to a positive emotional state.
Our Approach to Preschool Care
For many children, preschool is often a precursor for preparing young boys and girls for kindergarten and the start of formal education. Often a daycare and preschool are the first step in helping your child with school readiness. These child care facilities are able to help your child meet specific developmental milestones that will make the transition to kindergarten easier.
No matter what age your son or daughter is, enrolling them into a preschool or daycare facility will help them build the basic skills and set the foundation for a more successful entry into the classroom. By attending child care learning centers, children are more likely to develop specific behaviors and skills. This can include everything from cooperating with peers, following instructions, communicating their feelings and express a curiosity in new things.
One of the most important skills a child can learn while attending daycare and preschool is by their ability to learn how to trust. When adults talk to children in nurturing and encouraging ways it can help them channel their energy and behaviors into positives. Teachers should be focused on helping children as they develop their social and emotional skills. From things like sharing tools and communicating their feelings with words.
Most teachers have a good tool box and clearly show and express expectations so children can build skills in taking turns, waiting patiently and other behavior-appropriate abilities. It is also important for child care teachers to help boys and girl express themselves physically through songs and games and outdoor playtime. This will help children understand there are positive and appropriate ways to channel their anger or frustration without acting out or trying to hurt another peer.
Throughout their time with us, your child will be exposed to formal and informal education. One of the biggest focus areas for our child care is centered around reading time, because it helps your child develop literacy and language skills. From learning the basics of numbers, shapes and colors to recognizing letters and their sounds, to more advanced skills such as understanding the various components of a story, from characters to structure. We help to make associations through song and develop a child’s ability to follow instructions and rules with different figures of authority.
As your child progresses in age, so do the lessons they learn. The care givers at Little Explorer’s in San Antonio is focused on recognizing when and how children are progressing in their milestones. As your son or daughter reaches each one, our care givers help to further and enhance their social and emotional skills, along with their educational path.
Who said learning can’t be fun? Even when your child is playing with toys, they are learning. Often play time helps children indirectly learn and this can be the most age-appropriate learning for younger kids. From expanding one’s imagination to reinforcing colors and shapes, play time can do a lot for preparing your child. Beyond that, it can teach a child how to interact with peers, share and communicate in a safe environment. These friendships can encourage confidence and skills as they continue to grow and play.
It also can improve physical health, and help your child overcome challenges, fears and worries through imaginative play. They learn how to problem solve and personal boundaries. Together, more formal educational opportunities and a healthy dose of playtime can keep kids learning and growing all throughout the day.