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Infants & Toddlers

Infants are children between 6weeks to 18 months and Toddlers are children between 19 months to 23 months

This program is designed to promote social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth. The aim is to have fun and learn and grow through active play and hands on experience. We foster independence, encourage communication and social skills. At the same time, we encourage the young child’s ability to make decisions. We provide a variety of individual, small and large group activities, with a wide range of age – appropriate materials which the children can actively explore and manipulate. This class provides a warm and nurturing environment for the young child’s first experience.

The infant room is opened 7am to 6pm Monday - Friday.

Preschoolers

The group consists of Children between the 2yrs- 4yrs

This class provides the opportunity for older two and younger three-year-old children to attend class and be nurtured by loving and caring personnel. The atmosphere provides a secure learning environment for each child. The goals of this program are: to promote independence and self-esteem; develop social skills; ignite a love for learning; enrich language and pre-math skills; and enhance fine and gross motor skills.

All activities are tailored to the development level of the two and three year olds. Learning is designed to be fun and is presented to the children through games and activities that appeal to the various physical senses. It is through these senses that children will discover the wonders of the world around them. The class begins with a free play period, during which time children are encouraged to participate in an art project and a cognitive learning project with the teacher or teaching assistant. Learning activities requiring various levels of skill are set about the classroom. The cognitive activity presented by the teacher is designed so that each child accomplishes a task at the development level appropriate for him/her. After free play, the children regroup in a circle, where a story, game, or movement routine is presented to reinforce the topic of the day. The children briefly rest, eat a nutritious snack, join together for another circle, and then play outside until dismissal time.

Three and four-year olds.

This class provides children with many opportunities to begin to experience and explore a life of their own at school. The schedule promotes continuity both in program routine and social interaction. The classroom environment facilitates socialization and strong feelings of “belonging” to a group outside of family. It helps the child learn to play, share, take turns and negotiate relationships within the same small group of peers over time. Both independent and cooperative activities are fostered within this structure setting.

Transitional Kindergarten

This class is for older four-year olds who will be attending kindergarten the following year. It offers a special opportunity for the child to have additional time before entering kindergarten. This program is well suited to allow children time in activities which facilitate development of social skills, large and small motor skills, language, vocabulary and math skills. This gift of time, with the attendant increase in skills and understanding, promotes ease and confidence as the child enters kindergarten.

The afternoon starts with a circle. The topic of the first circle will outline the learning centers of the day. Circle activities may include a story, discussion, hands-on project, or movement activity that are relevant to the topic under examination. At the conclusion of the circle, colored necklaces that match the different learning centers (math, language arts, science/social science, art, dramatic play, blocks and gross motor skills) are assigned to the children as they go to enjoy the various activities in each area. The class will spend part of each day in the open classroom centers working individually or in small groups. They will also spend time as an independent class with learning centers and learning activities that facilitate letter recognition, phonics and learning to read. In addition, math skills promote thorough developmentally appropriate “hands on “ activities. Language and problem solving skills are part of the integrated curriculum, which includes music/movement and art. The children also participate in field trips and special activities, which reinforce their learning. The children are able to enjoy part of each day outside on the playground. Classroom computers use age-appropriate software to reinforce other hands-on learning activities.

Kindergarten

KINDERGARTEN (Children that are 5yrs)

The group consists of children that are 5yrs

As with all of our classes, the Kindergarten program is developmentally based. It promotes learning in the areas of social/emotional development, self-help skills, motor control (large and small muscles), language experiences and cognition. Socialization, manners and self-help instruction are integrated throughout the program. Fine motor activities are planned daily to promote refinement in the basic writing, coloring, and cutting skills. Language, reasoning and problem solving are challenged and enriched through units on literature, science and social studies, as well as experiments, field trips and other activities.

Whole language and phonics instructions form the core of the reading program, which is supplemented by age appropriate computer programs. Children study letter names and sounds and are encouraged to read simple words and books appropriate to their individual reading level. Mathematics is taught with a “hands on” approach through the use of manipulative equipment. The skills of counting, grouping, patterning, basic operations, measuring, comparing and contrasting, time and money, are some of the math topics studied. Handwriting is through instruction in the formation of letters, words, sentences, stories, and personal journals. Music and art are also integral to this program. The children will have many opportunities to work in small groups, individually and in large groups both inside the classrooms and the adjacent outdoor area.

Elementary School

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Children that are 6yrs and Up)



Our Elementary School is developmentally based. We promote a Christian learning foundation approach. The core subjects taught include Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies. Each subject embeds literacy across the curriculum and critical thinking, all under the umbrella of a Christian worldview. Biblical references are made throughout the curriculum to support student’s academic progress as well as establish a strong biblical foundation for life.

Socially and emotionally, the students will recognize themselves as a unique individual having abilities, characteristics, feelings and interests. Physically, they will use their senses to assist and guide learning. Use sensory information to plan and carry out movements. They will demonstrate coordination and control of large muscles, eye-hand coordination and dexterity needed to manipulate objects. Combine a sequence of large motor skills with and without the use of equipment.

They will learn to regulate responses to needs, feelings and events. Develop positive relationship with peers, understand and follow routines and learn to adapt to change.

They will approach tasks, activities and problems with creativity, imagination and try new experiences and activities. They will demonstrate curiosity, initiative and persistence. They will actively and confidently engage in play as a means of exploration and learning

They will learn to demonstrate personal care and hygiene skills, awareness and understanding of healthy habits. Spiritually, students will develop a personal faith in Jesus Christ.

Assessments will be done periodically to track the progress of the student’s social and academic development and learning.

SCHOOL HOURS

ARRIVAL: Routines begin at 8a.m. daily. Students should be in their room and seated by 8a.m. Students arriving after 8:15 a.m. are considered late. Students who are not in the Before School Program can be dropped off by 7.45am at the earliest.

DISMISSAL: Dismissal time is 3p.m. daily. Students who are not in the After School program MUST be picked up latest 15 minutes from dismissal time. A late fee of $1.00 per minute will be assessed for students picked up after the 15 minute grace period.

FINANCIAL OBLIGATION WCA relies on its tuition payments from parents to cover the operating costs for the school. Please note that all tuition due needs to be made on time to avoid dismissal from class attendance. Also, progress reports and final report cards will be withheld if accounts become delinquent and the child will be unable to be a part of graduation ceremonies if the account is not regularized.

Tuition will be processed on the 5th of every month for those on the monthly payment schedule. There will be a late charge of $30 for late payments and $25 fee for returned payments. Tuition is for all programs due to closures, absences, holidays, snow days, etc.

DRESS CODE

The dress code for WCA consists of Navy blue polo’s for boys and red for girls, either long or short-sleeve, and khaki pants, shorts or skorts, or jumpers. Navy blue sweaters will be worn by all children. School wear are to be ordered through Dennis School Uniforms so that the style and color will be consistent for the entire school. Children will wear black covered shoes.