School Age

For children in public school, we offer before and after school as well as early release days, Teacher workdays, Summer Camp and Track Out Care.

Some of the activities that will be available include:

  • An after-school snack
  • Outdoor activities
  • Group projects
  • Help with homework
  • Arts and crafts projects
  • Computers
  • Books and music
  • Block Play
  • Science and nature activities
  • Math and language games

Field trips are scheduled on days the children are out of school. Typical field trips include: the History Museum, Big E Bounce, Jelly Beans, Putt-Putt, the Science Museum, the movies, the planetarium and much more.

Transportation is provided to and from the following schools: Willow Springs Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary, and Herbert Akins Elementary. Our center is also located next to a bus stop for Fuquay Varina Elementary.

The ratios for our School Age program are 2:25.

 

Four Year Olds

Fours- Energetic Explorers

We feel that the year prior to Kindergarten is very important both academically and socially/emotionally. During their year with us, our staff exposes the children to many of the skills they will need to succeed in Kindergarten. Our teachers find creative ways to integrate those skills into their curriculum while upholding our philosophy of learning through play.

Our thematic curriculum uses learning centers to provide those skills to the children. Each week the class focuses on a particular letter, color, shape and science topic.

During a child's fourth year, they will be able to:

Gross Motor: walks heal to toe, exhibits increased endurance, stands on one foot, skips, begins to coordinate movements

Fine Motor: draws a person with at least 4 body parts, completes a puzzle with 15-20 pieces, build three dimensional structures, has pencil grip, is able to write first and last name

Social/Emotional: takes turns without getting upset, engages with friends, treats peers and adults appropriately, puts away materials from play before moving on, is willing and able to share without getting upset

In addition to fostering those developmental domains, we begin to teach basic sight words, and phonic skills. Cognitively children will be able to recognize upper and lower case letters, numbers 1-15, can identify 5 different shapes, recognizes own name, rote count 1-15, is able to match number sets 1-10, sorts by color, shape and size

Our ratios are 2 caregivers to 23 children.

 

Two Year Olds

Two's- Curious Crew

As a child turns 2, they are starting to realize that they are a person independent from you, the parent. This will mean that the child will want to exercise their free will, mostly by opposing much of what we want or expect from them.

Our staff is sensitive to that fact, and allows the children an opportunity to be themselves, while maintaining a health and happy learning environment through daily routine and guided activities.

Play is what children do best and enjoy most. We believe that play fosters the total development of children and therefore is integrated into everything the children do at Ready or Not, Here I Grow. By allowing children to play, our staff continues fostering the developmental domains.

While continuing to promote life's skills through center play, our teachers provide our twos with a circle time including songs, finger plays and nursery rhymes.

Life skills we enhance:

Gross Motor: throw and kick a ball, pull off and begin to put on clothes, jump in place, and walk on tiptoes

Fine Motor: zip and unzip, drink from a cup without spilling

Language: calling self by name, a vocabulary of 900 or more words, points to and names body parts when asked, uses phrases and three to five word sentences

Social: has a hard time sharing, observes other children at play and joins in, initiates their own play activities

Sensory: identifying whether objects are soft, hard, rough, smooth

Our ratios are 2 caregivers to 16 children.

 

Three Year Olds

Three's- Determined Doers

Over the next year children are moving from babyhood into childhood. Threes tend to have a rich and vivid imagination, strong fears, and they love to play and enjoy physical activity.

By this age, children are beginning to be more comfortable with spending time away from their parents, yet are still timid when it comes to trying new things.

Our staff emphasizes on developing children's life skills while being sensitive to the child's individual needs. Our teachers complete assessments on each child, 2 times a year, which include some of the following skills:

Gross Motor: use pedals on a tricycle, roll and bounce a ball, jumps off planks, has more balance

Fine Motor: holds a pencil correctly, buttons clothes, learns to cut with scissors

Language: beings to speak very clearly, asks "who", "what", "where" and "why" questions, can talk about what happened yesterday and about tomorrow

Social and Emotional: enjoys being with other children, begins to play more together, taking turns, likes to have choices, develops a sense of humor and enjoys laughing

Our staff will work with you to encourage and nurture your child's development. Parent-teacher conferences are held upon request, however the teachers check in weekly on your child's progress.

Our ratios are 2 caregivers to 18 children.

 

Toddlers

Toddlers- Brave Beginners

Your child's toddler years are when they are really beginning to take off in their development. We believe that children learn best through hands on play. To maintain our philosophy Ready or Not, Here I Grow staff continues to support the developmental domains of learning. We will take the time to establish a relationship with each individual child, allowing our teacher's to assess each child's individual goals and preferences. A daily sheet is sent home with each child for the parent with: diaper changes, eating times and amounts, and any updates or changes in your child's normal schedule.

Our lesson plans; incorporate circle time and group play with the following skills in mind on a daily basis:

Gross Motor: walking without support, throws or rolls a ball with hands when sitting, rides ride-on toys without pedals, steps into large ball when shown how to kick

Fine Motor: stacks 2-7 blocks, scribbles, turn pages of a book, threads lacing string through hole

Language: understands one-step commands, recognizes and points to body parts, uses up to 20 single words, understands yes or no questions, imitates animal sounds, refers to self by name

In our toddler room, we introduce learning centers. In those centers children learn to interact through dramatic play, blocks, science, music, and art.

Our ratio is 2 caregivers to 10 children.

 

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