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Since 1971, serving the Villages and SouthEast Metro Denver

Programs

Pre-Kindergarten

Our Pre-Kindergarten classes are geared for the developing child to support individual learning strengths. Creating an interest in learning  for our 4 and 5 year old students is a primary goal. Combining a variety of teaching strategies, teachers encourage development of the whole child through experience based learning. Classroom experiences include access to an indoor gym, outdoor playground, teacher directed group times, child led choice opportunities, time in the art room, visits to the library, snack and lunchtime.

Preschool

The Preschool program aims to support the development of our 3 and 4 year old students through a combination of teacher directed opportunities, child-led activities and group engagement. Implementing a variety of teaching strategies, teachers encourage development of the whole child through experience based learning. Classroom experiences include access to an indoor gym, outdoor playground, teacher directed group times, child led choice opportunities, time in the art room, music, snack and lunchtime.

Early Preschool

The early preschool environment is developed for our younger students who are ready to explore independently in the classroom. Our program is developed for children who are 30 months and up with the expectation of being potty-trained by his/her third birthday.  Teachers encourage development of the whole child through experience based learning. Classroom experiences include access to an indoor gym, outdoor playground, teacher directed group times, child led choice opportunities, music, snack and lunchtime.

Parent-Tot

Our Parent-Tot classes are designed to help our youngest learners discover and explore his/her environment in an engaging classroom setting. The classes are guided by a teacher to help support the growing relationship of child and caretaker. This is acheived by  demonstrating age appropriate activities, providing parent education and growing a sense of community with fellow parents and families.

Pre-Kindergarten

Large Motor Skills

  • Plays simple, non-competitive games
  • Demonstrates an understanding of simple concepts (up, down, high, low)
  • Displays a sense of risk-taking
  • Balances body while doing simple stunts
  • Catches a large object with two hands
  • Rides a tricycle
  • Runs, jumps and hops


Hand and Finger Skills

  • Uses writing tool with control
  • Draws recognizable pictures
  • Cuts with scissors along a line
  • Pours liquid into a glass without spilling
  • Draws and copies shapes
  • Can button, zip, snap, and use hook and loop closure


Language and Literacy

  • Tells personal information
  • Retells a short story in correct order
  • Recalls details when being read a story
  • Participates in group discussions
  • Speaks using complete sentences
  • Reading skills: finds the differences between pictures/symbols/letters, identifies letters in first name, begins to identify letter sounds
  • Spelling Skills: Uses abstract symbols as written words or letters
  • Writing Skills: Holds pencil correctly, generates own story, participates in group activities related to stories, writes first name

Social and Emotional Skills

  • Follows simple rules
  • Uses creative thinking skills and imagination to solve problems
  • Works cooperatively with and show respect to classmates
  • Develops and uses rational and critical thinking


Math 

  • Meaningful count (0-10)
  • Reads numbers (0-10)
  • Rote count to 100
  • Compares quantities (more, less, equal, unequal)
  • Compares objects (size, height, weight, length)
  • Compares volume (more, less)
  • Compares area (big, small)
  • Patterns: Observes and creates different patterns involving everyday life, identify and continues a pattern with materials, create and experience graphs

Art

  • Uses colors that are real and imaginary in artwork
  • Explores and creates individual projects with all types of art mediums
  • Experiments with creating different textures in playdough and clay
  • Develops art appreciation


Science

  • Displays a curiosity about the world
  • Cooperates with classmates to solve problems
  • Understands that questioning is part of the scientific process
  • Discovers ways scientists make observations and solve problems
  • Participates in experiments to solve a problem


Development of Concepts

  • Identifies and explains that descriptions about natural occurrences can be sorted in different ways
  • Identifies that in the natural world cause-and- effect relationships exist
  • Uses and designs models to understand natural occurrences
  • Recognizes that in the natural world change occurs

Preschool

Large Motor Skills

  • Plays simple, non-competitive games
  • Demonstrates understanding of simple concepts (up, down, high, low)
  • Displays a sense of risk-taking
  • Balances body 
  • Catches a large object with two hands
  • Runs, jumps, and hops


Hand and Finger Skills

  • Uses writing tools and scissors with control
  • Pours liquid into a glass without spilling
  • Builds towers with blocks
  • Makes controlled scribbles


Language and Literacy

  • Tells personal information
  • Retells a short story 
  • Recalls details when being read a story
  • Participates in group discussions
  • Reading skills: listens to stories, pretends to read using pictures to tell a story, handles books respectfully
  • Writing Skills: uses abstract symbols to write name, holds writing utensils

Social and Emotional Skills

  • Follows simple rules
  • Uses creative thought process to solve problems
  • Works cooperatively with and show respect to others
  • Develops and uses rational and critical thinking
  • Exhibits self-control
  • Accepts and trusts others


Math

  • Meaningful count (0-5)
  • Rote count to 10
  • Compares quantities (more, less, equal, unequal)
  • Compares objects (size, height, weight, length)
  • Compares volume (more, less)
  • Compares area (big, small)
  • Patterns: Observes and creates different patterns involving everyday life, identifies basic shapes, continues a pattern with materials

Art

  • Uses colors that are real and imaginary in artwork
  • Explores and creates individual projects with all types of art mediums
  • Experiments with creating different textures in playdough and clay
  • Develops art appreciation


Science

  • Displays a curiosity about the world
  • Cooperates with classmates to solve problems
  • Understands that questioning is part of the scientific process
  • Discovers ways scientists make observations and solve problems
  • Develops observation skills


Development of Concepts

  • Identifies and explains that descriptions about natural occurrences can be sorted in different ways
  • Identifies that in the natural world cause-and-effect relationships exist
  • Uses and designs models to understand natural occurrences
  • Recognize that in the natural world change occurs

Early Preschool

Large Motor Skills

  • Plays simple, non-competitive games
  • Demonstrates understanding of simple concepts (up, down, high, low)
  • Displays a sense of risk-taking
  • Balances body 
  • Catches a large object with two hands
  • Runs and jumps


Hand and Finger Skills

  • Begins building towers with blocks
  • Makes controlled scribbles with various writing tools
  • Begins to cut with scissors


Language and Literacy

  • Begins to tell personal information
  • Recalls details when being read a story
  • Reading skills: listens to stories, pretends to read using pictures to tell a story
  • Recognizes and identifies common objects and pictures

Social and Emotional Skills

  • Follows simple rules
  • Separates easily from parents
  • Works cooperatively with and show respect to others
  • Exhibits self-control
  • Accepts and trusts others


Math 

  • Meaningful count (0-3)
  • Rote count to 5
  • Compares objects (size, height, weight, length)
  • Patterns: Observes and creates different patterns involving everyday life, identifies basic shapes

Art

  • Uses colors that are real and imaginary in artwork
  • Experiments with creating different textures in playdough and clay
  • Develops art appreciation


Science

  • Displays a curiosity about the world
  • Understands the differences 
  • Discovers ways scientists make observations and solve problems
  • Develops observation skills


Development of Concepts

  • Identifies that in the natural world cause-and- effect relationships exist
  • Recognizes that in the natural world change occurs

Paren-Tot*

Language and Speaking Skills

  • Labels items with words
  • Listens to stories
  • Develops fantasy play with language
  • Reading Skills: Develops interest in exploring books, handling of books
  • Writing Skills: holds crayon, pencil or marker with fist grasp or adult grasp, scribble


Social and Emotional Skills

  • Becomes comfortable in large setting
  • Develops knowledge of others in his or her surroundings
  • Exhibits self-control
  • Follows simple rules and direction by adults
  • Develops trust of other adults


Number Insight

  • Classifies, labels, and sorts objects
  • Matches similar objects
  • Plays with pattern and sequence of order
  • Rote counting

Art

  • Uses colors that are real and imaginary in artwork
  • Experiments with creating different textures in playdough and clay
  • Learns from the process, not the “product”


Science

  • Attitudes and Habits
    • Displays a curiosity about the world
    • Understands that questioning is part of the scientific process
    • Discovers ways scientists make observations and solve problems
  • Development of Concepts
    • Identifies some body parts
    • Explores and identifies senses


Physical Growth

  • Plays simple, non-competitive games
  • Demonstrates understanding of simple concepts ( up, down, high, low)
  • Balances body while doing simple stunts

*A parent or caregiver is required to attend the class with his/her child. Children must be 12 months and walking to attend the class. Diapering facilities are located on site.