Infant/Toddler Program Overview
Our program is based on the RIE (Resources for Infant Educators) Philosophy developed by Magda Gerber. The entire premise for the RIE Philosophy is based on giving the children time, attention, and respect. Our goal is to make every child feel secure, autonomous, and competent. Although each person on our staff has an individual style of care-giving, we share common goals and concerns for the children in our care and their families. We believe that our primary responsibility is to respect each child as an individual who needs to feel secure and to interact in positive ways with his/her environment. We trust the child to be an initiator, an explorer and a self-learner with the guidance and respect of trusted caregivers. We feel that group care offers a very special opportunity to even the smallest child to begin to explore a new, safe environment, and to broaden his/her social horizons by making friends with other caring adults and children. Our aim is to foster, support and enhance your relationship with your child.
We encourage you to spend as much time as possible with your child at the center, getting to know the caregivers and to feel comfortable leaving your child at Ginny’s Child Garden. Almost all parents and children experience the anxiety of what is called “separation”- a time of adjustment to being apart. Your child may cry, and you might too. You may find that you yearn to be with your child and question your decision to leave him or her. If, after you have left your child, you feel the need to call and check on him or her, please do.
Most of the first month or so, our program is centered on developing a trusting and cooperative relationship between parent and caregiver, and child and caregiver. It is also focused on enhancing the trusting relationship you have established with your child. The predictability of your leaving and returning is an important factor in this process. It will take several days or perhaps weeks of a regular schedule for your child to understand that you do indeed always return.
Preschool Program Overview
Our preschool curriculum is designed to help three, four, and pre-kindergarten five year olds further develop their social skills as well as facilitate their acquisition of fundamental knowledge about the world around them. We believe that the social skills children learn at this age allow them to interact with their teachers and peers in a positive manner. These skills are crucial to their future success in developing and maintaining meaningful relationships and in meeting the demands of the more structured and academic learning environments they encounter in kindergarten and later schooling.
Our classrooms are set up to foster a play-based curriculum. In each room there are many “centers” that provide various play experiences through which the children may learn about their world as well as learn to interact with their peers and teachers. The group is a great place to learn to interact positively and how to handle conflict and altercations in a safe and nurturing environment.
Classes will focus on a single topic or theme usually for one or two weeks at a time. These themes will deal with the people, places, events, surroundings and interests of the students. For example, during the Reno Balloon Races a teacher may choose “Things that Fly” as the week’s theme, or as summer ends and autumn begins, “Harvest Time” might be the theme for October. In addition to the theme, weekly activities address each area of the curriculum and, most importantly, are chosen based on the developmental appropriateness for the age group in each classroom.
Each month you will receive a calendar which highlights the weekly themes and daily main activities. A schedule of the daily routine will be posted in your child’s classroom. These schedules will vary slightly from class to class in terms of specific order and time frames but all will include the important daily activities such as snacks, circle time, lunch, center choices, nap and outside time, and because we are licensed as a preschool, the basic components of preschool curriculum are outlined on the menu to the right.
All of our lives we will be in a social setting in various degrees—whether or not we are successful depends on how we handle ourselves and interact with others. To be able to meet our own needs and interact with others without altercation is important. Experiencing a positive environment in which we can learn to do just that is important. This process, of course, begins at home. Here, we strive to provide an enriching environment and appropriate guidance that will foster a positive self concept for the individual as well as help your child be successful in a group setting. This success starts with self and expands to include others both one on one and in groups. The first component of our curriculum is Social Skills, followed by Motor Skills, Language Development (including Reading Readiness), Art and Music, Math Concepts, and Science. Many activities are cross-curricular, meaning they promote more than one skill and address more than one component.