Young Preschoolers – Transitional Room
Our Young Preschoolers program is also known as the Transitional Room because it is a preliminary introduction to a Preschool experience. The YP program is for children ages 2 to 3 years old.
Young preschoolers start using more elaborate language, imagination and creativity. The attention span is improving and so is their ability to retain more complex information and concepts. It is designed to build upon the child’s growing sense of security and adventure, while boosting independence and improving social skills.
During this stepping-stone transition to Preschool, we aim to foster a positive sense of identity and allow opportunities for children to pursue their individual interests and practice their newly developed self-help skills. Children are encouraged to think, reason, question and experiment. Concepts such as shapes, colors, sizes, seasons, numbers, and letters are introduced, as well as the gross motor skills necessary to begin writing and drawing. Children will also start to form more meaningful friendships as play becomes more cooperative, and teachers facilitate this with games and activities that involve communication and role playing with their peers.
Because our school is rooted in cultural diversity, we introduce cultural appreciation at an early age. We organize activities for children to learn about American traditions and holidays, as well as those from other countries and backgrounds. It is never too early to learn to see the world as a global society and provide them with opportunities to represent their own family and culture.
Potty training is also a focus of the Young Preschoolers program and all children are expected to be fully toilet trained before entering Preschool. This is a big step in children becoming more independent, and teachers ensure their success by setting predictable routines ad establishing a safe and comforting environment.
The staff is trained in CPR and first aid. The group size and ratio of adults to young preschoolers is 1:7, allowing for consistent care and a balance of one-to-one interaction, socialization and peer-to-peer learning.