"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
We will keep your child on their schedule as much as possible. Without sacrificing the care of the children in the room we will do activities with them to help theme develop their social, emotional, cognitive, language, and motor skills. These activities may include, playing with toys, art, practicing movements such as grasping or throwing, listening to stories, and discovering textures. We also team up with parents to ensure that each child meets the necessary milestones appropriate to their age.
For more information regarding our program please click here to view a portion our Parent Handbook. Upon registration parents will receive a full copy.
The Preschool curriculum will cover the following areas
Gross/ fine motor skills
Eye-hand and eye-foot coordination
Group games and team work
Creative expression through movement
Sense of self
Responsibility for self and others
Leadership through administrative tasks
Encouragement and development of student talk
Eliciting student ideas and/or perspectives
Listening and speaking
Reading and writing
Self- and parallel talk
social & emotional
Playing well with others
Use of thinking skills to resolve conflicts
Recognizing the feelings of others and responding appropriately
exploring cause & effect
Logical thinking through simple math
Creates and interprets activities
Representation and symbolic thinking
Recognizing visual details
Observing and discussing art
Expressing oneself through art
Integrating the mind and body through music & movement
(science, technology, engineering, & mathematics.)
Grouping and characterizing
Exploring physical elements (water, air, and light)
Analysis and reasoning
Connections to the real world
“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity” Dorothy Parker
Although your child's schedule varies somewhat day to day, a typical flow of a day's activities is below.
Daily review of information such as numbers, letters, days of the week, and curriculum specific information.
Activities relating to the weekly theme that involve a smaller group of children with one teacher. This allows for more individual interactions.
This is a participation session involving the entire class. Activities usually include; music, story time, games, explorations, and more.
Children are given time to explore the class and make their own choices of where they want to play . During this time teachers facilitating learning through conversations and continued engagement.
The playground is an extension of the classroom. Children can participate in an activity of their own choosing.
Snacks and Meal Time
We believe in family style meals and snacks. Teachers join the children while eating to encourage and participate in social conversations.
Children are given the opportunity to nap or rest each day.
Specific schedules will vary based on age and classroom. Posted weekly in each classroom.
“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” Benjamin Franklin
Enrichment activities are fun for children! They help students become more engaged in their learning and helps them retain more information. Enrichment programs are interactive and project focused. They challenge students to use old concepts in new ways, while bringing new concepts to light.
Excel ELC offers an Enrichment Program for students enrolled from the ages of 2 to 5 years old. The following areas of learning are included in this program:
Children learn so many life and social skills through story time. They will broaden their vocabulary and strengthen their imaginations.
ARTISTIC EXPRESSION & APPRECIATION:
Art opens the heart to new learning by allowing children to gain control over strong feelings and transforming them into new & creative energies. They will build self-confidence, independence, creativity, and self-advocacy.
Living in New Orleans, Music is such a big part of our culture. It also helps the mind and body work together while developing social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy skills.
Physical Education or gym classes provide cognitive content while developing motor skills, coordination, confidence, and encouraging team work.
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM exploring helps develop skills such as goal-setting, planning, and problem solving. It enhances communication skills while practicing staying focused and developing higher level thinking skills in children.
Student to Teacher Ratios
Student to teacher ratios are based upon guidelines set by STATE law. The following chart shows the maximum ratios we observe. Majority of our classrooms do not operate at maximum ratios.
Age #Kids: #adults
Infants 5 : 1
Toddlers 7 : 1
2 Years 11 : 1
3 Years 13 : 1
4 Years 15 : 1
We always meet or beat these ratios and minimums.