Little Republic operates Monday to Friday from 6am – 6pm .
Half Day 6am to 2pm
Full Day 6am to 6pm
Aftercare 2mp to 6pm
A Day at Little Republic Preschool
Little Republic’s Teachers make reading and writing fun for young children. In addition to reading aloud, our teachers encourage the students to explain what’s happening in the pictures and ask them simple comprehension questions. Preschool students practice making up their own stories with dramatic play during playtime. They work on writing skills by telling stories with their drawings or by imitating the way adults use writing. Throughout their time in preschool, this kind of pre-writing will progress from pictures and scribbles to include letter attempts to spell actual words. Of course words are made up of letters and sounds. For a child, learning 26 letters and their different sounds can be quite intimidating. However, if taught in the right way, children will develop confidence in their emerging literacy skills.
Shapes and Colors
Shapes and colors are taught as early as age 3 by introduction through books, objects, discussion, and various activities. Typically, by age 4, a child can recognize many colors and shapes as well. Drawing, Cutting, and Crafts
Drawing helps children learn how to write. Cutting with scissors helps develop fine motor skills, which is also a necessary skill for a child to be confident in their handwriting. Crafting is where children
learn to put all of their newfound skills into action.
Young children learn a great deal about solving problems while playing with other children. When stacking blocks, a child is keenly focused on stacking them just the right way or else they’ll come tumbling down. When crafting with Legos, they envision their masterpiece and try to make it a reality. Children can get upset when their toys don’t cooperate or their peer isn’t doing what they want; this is when problem solving teaches its best lessons.
Social skills go hand-in-hand with problem solving. When your child steps into a setting with other children, beautiful things can happen. At times though, the children will disagree on how to play a certain game, or argue over whose turn it is. With a teacher’s guidance, children learn how to solve these disputes and get on with their play. Teachers help the children to see where things went wrong, and how the situation can be remedied, giving a child the social skills needed to thrive in a group environment. Children will also learn to follow simple instructions, and how to participate in group activities.
Preschool is a time when children are building an early foundation for mathematical understanding. By practicing with calendars and games children will begin to count, understand one-tone correspondence, and make connections between numerals and quantities. In addition, students will develop mathematical understanding through play with blocks and other toys. Instruction is delivered in short sessions, and students have many opportunities to develop their understanding in preschool. Children also will learn to sort items according to different attributes–they use shapes to create designs and build structures. They play games that involve planning and strategy to develop their logical thinking abilities.
The preschool years are a time of what seems like constant movement. Preschoolers are busy moving in their environments, both indoors and outdoors. They spend large amounts of time running, climbing, jumping, and chasing each other; they scribble, paint, build, pour, cut with scissors, put puzzles together, and string beads. Their motor skills are significantly refined from the time they were toddlers; they are more coordinated than toddlers and more purposeful in their actions. They demonstrate speed and strength, and they become increasingly more independent. Recess time and intentional physical education continue to help develop their physical and social growth. But don’t forget movement tucked into the classroom day through music and integration of learning paired with physical motion. Rest and nutrition aide in the physical development of preschool students. Scheduled rest times, snacks, and healthy lunch options plays an important role in a preschool day.
Preschool Readiness Signs. Is my child ready?
In the blink of an eye, your baby went from diapers to potty-trained.
You find yourself wondering if it is time for preschool for your child.
How can you really know when it’s time to send your little one off
to preschool? This is a question that most parents ask themselves
as their children reach the ages of two or three. The answer is not
always obvious. Let’s explore preschool readiness to help you decide
if your child is ready.
Your child can probably:
# Attend to a task, or listen to a story, for short periods of time. As a rule of thumb, a child can usually attend to a task for one minute for each year of age. In other words, a four year old would typically be able to attend to a task for 4 minutes.
# Communicate needs and desires to teachers using words. Of course as a child develops, their vocabulary develops as well.
# Follow simple directions and be able to conform to simple routines.
# Enjoy learning through play.
Your child is probably:
# On the way to being potty-trained. (A prerequisite for most preschools age 3 and up)
# In general good health and under the regular care of a pediatrician.
# Engaging actively and appropriately with peers in indoor and outdoor play.
# Developing gross and fine motor skills.
Your child will probably:
# Be comfortable being away from you for short periods of time.
# Show signs of playing cooperatively with peers.
# Have had opportunities to interact with other children in small group settings.
# Show signs of maturity development.