"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". Nelson Mandela
Stepping Stones Program
At Stepping Stones, we encourage not just learning, but the love of learning. Each classroom is arranged to offer challenging play and learning choices. Activity areas allow children opportunities to explore, to experience, and to succeed. We beleive children learn best in an interactive, "hands on" environment where they can discover the world around them. Play is important in your child's life. Our teachers are responsible to create a caring and nurturing atmosphere and foster each child's creativity and positive self-image. Enough time, materials and space will be provided for children to actively explore the world around them. Children will have an opportunity to use a variety of art materials, manipulative, and housekeeping equipment. Our curriculum will provide exposure to a variety of cultures through music, stories, games, and art. We will celebrate how we are the same and how we are different from one another. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child's teacher on a daily basis to discuss the day's activities. If your child's teacher is not available, information about your child's day should be written down or passed along to another staff member.
Stepping Stones Child Care staff will plan activities and provide children with a variety of experiences.
Language Development: Books, writing materials, music, stories, games, finger plays, poems, and flannel board stories.
Large muscle skills: Balls, hoops, bubbles, running, jumping, dancing, and outdoor play.
Small muscle skills: Puzzles, art and craft activities, manipulative toys, and blocks.
Creative expression: Dramatic play props, puppets, musical instruments, and movement activities.
Self-help Skills: Cleaning up after ourselves, helping with mealtime preparations, daily responsibilities, and dressing ourselves.
We encourage indepedence as the children learn to be cooperative, manage transitions, and develop friendships with their peers. Children will be told ahead of time when a change will be made, to make transitions easier for them. A rest time after lunch will be provided for all children.
Children, including infants and toddlers, will go outdoors daily, weather permitting.
A schedule of daily activities is posted in each classroom as well as that classroom's weekly lesson plan.
Infants and toddlers have a flexible schedule, which reflect each child's individual needs.