Le Chaperon Rouge's philosophy of infant care is that the daycare center is an extension of the home. We create a warm, nurturing atmosphere where your child may grow, learn, and flourish. Our staff ensures that a child is able to learn through exploration and discovery by offering various play environments and activities throughout each day.
The infants in our care are given many positive, stimulating experiences throughout the day, and are only put into their cribs to nap. Parents also find a family atmosphere in each infant room, where the child is able to crawl, touch things, climb, explore and discover on his/her own under the exercised eye of a qualified person.
A sampling of the activities presented include finger plays, music, books, bubbles, water play, manipulative toys, exposure to art, gross motor activities, and many others. Each infant is worked with individually by his or her primary caregiver to encourage developmental milestones and progress through avenues such as exposure to language, movement, independent thinking, exploration, and self-help skills.
Le Chaperon Rouge keeps a permanent open dialogue with each parent in order to establish the best daily routine for each infant based on the parents' desires, the child's needs, and the staff's infant development expertise. Our staff documents for each parent when your child sleeps, eats, is changed, and any other special activities or observations throughout the day.
Any recommendations given by the parents are implemented by our caring and qualified staff members.
Le Chaperon Rouge continues its standardized curriculum at the toddler level using each age group as a building block to the next . Our toddlers are broken up into three age groups- 18 to 24 months, 24 to 30 months, and 30 to 36 months. We believe that the development of the toddler is so rapid physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually, that it is best to keep our toddlers in small groups of children all close in age. These small groups enable our staff to provide a wide range of developmentally appropriate activities tailored to that specific group's age and abilities.
The toddler classrooms at Le Chaperon Rouge are filled with a variety of toys and equipment for the children to learn from and experiment. Each classroom includes a dramatic play area, manipulative toy area, block area, book area, and additional materials that the individual teachers may prefer. All classrooms have a discovery area, where children may experiment with water, play dough, sand, or other hands-on materials. Art is offered to the children at least once each day with many various art activities introduced. The toddlers leave the classroom for gross motor time , enjoying either our fenced-in playground or our indoor gymnasium, depending on the weather.
Beginning at 18 months, our toddlers are introduced to a different color, letter, shape, number, and animal each week. It is our belief that early immersion and consistent exposure will increase the ability of the child to master these concepts. Our toddlers are also exposed to the concept of calendar and weather. In addition, we begin teaching table manners and social skills in a group setting. Toddlers are encouraged to speak, participate in storytelling, finger plays, music, and book reading many times each day in order to expand their vocabulary. Many gross motor skills- walking, running, jumping and throwing a ball, for example- are mastered in this classroom. Potty training is available in any toddler classroom, per the parent's request, or once the child shows interest.
At the next level of 2 to 2 ½ years, the toddlers continue with the themes of a different color, letter, shape, number and animal weekly. In this classroom, the staff expands upon what the children have already learned or have been exposed to by repeating the concepts in a new more advanced way. At calendar time, the children begin to learn the days of the week, and talk more about weather and current events. Vocabulary and verbal skills continue to be encouraged throughout the course of the day and with daily storytelling. Gross motor skills are more advanced, and fine motor skills begin to be fine tuned through manipulative toys, art activities, block building, and discovery activities such as play dough. Potty training is begun for most children before they leave this classroom.
In the final toddler stage, two and a half to three years, our staff prepares the children for preschool. The oldest toddlers continue with the letter, shape, color, number, and animal of the week, but are also able to do much more. At calendar time, the children learn the seasons and the months of the year. They begin more complex fine motor skills- lacing, tracing, cutting with scissors, pouring, and manipulating small pieces. Early reading skills such as name recognition and early phonetic awareness (the sounds that the letters make) are introduced. Early science activities- measurement, experimentation, observation, and discovery- are explored. Social skills are a very large part of this toddler stage, such as sharing, turn taking, holding conversations, listening, and respecting authority figures. Independent self-help skills such as feeding themselves with the proper utensils, dressing themselves, washing hands, toilet training, and cleaning up are stressed. French is begun at this age level twice per week, and computers are present in the classroom. Most children have mastered their shapes, colors, numbers through ten, and uppercase letters by the time they leave this room and most are potty trained.
In the preschool program at Le Chaperon Rouge, children are consistently exposed to new ideas. Preschool is a time of new boundaries and explorations and our classrooms are set up to reflect that. Each classroom is sectioned into learning centers that the children are able to visit both independently and with teacher guidance. The entire day is based on balance- loud activities, then quiet; individual instruction, then group games; left-brained, then right-brained activities. Our curriculum continues with review of the shapes, letters, numbers, and colors. In addition, the Country, Artist, and Historical Person of the Month social studies program are added. More handwriting practice is done working with writing independently in addition to tracing. Animals are now part of a larger science unit that includes daily science lessons and more discovery experiences. The children to have computers in the classrooms , and participate in French twice weekly and in Spanish once a week.
Pre Kindergarten is the year of preparation before Kindergarten. Le Chaperon Rouge is well-known for overly preparing children for this next step in their lives. Our goal is to ensure that every child that completes our Pre Kindergarten program is greatly prepared for Kindergarten, and this will translate into a life-long love of learning and education.View a video on the students having fun with their journals
The Pre Kindergarten program extends all of the concepts introduced in our Preschool program to a higher level. A sampling of our goals for our Pre Kindergarten children include recognition of at least 50 site words; knowledge of letter sounds; rhyming and word patterning; counting to 100 by ones, fives, and tens; addition and subtraction through toys; awareness of the world around them and social differences; and the knowledge of the scientific process and the ability to attempt to problem solve without teacher direction. The children continue with computers, French, and Spanish , in addition to participating in an instrumental music program.
With the knowledge he has gained while in your care, there is no
doubt in my mind he is completely prepared to begin Kindergarten in the fall.
I know that the experiences he has had in your classroom will remind him that
education can be challenging but also fun and rewarding. The smile on his face,
at the end of a day when he has mastered a new skill, is all I need to see to
know he is in the best environment for learning.
--- Kathleen Keller