Every moment with an infant is precious and we take advantage of that. We rock, talk, and play with your developing infant in an environment designed to make them feel safe, secure and happy. We teach our infants sign language, participate in reading books, and introduce letters and flash cards to them as well. Your infant will be part of our gymnastics program twice a week; where we focus on strengthening the large muscle groups for gross motor skills! Through simple games and tummy time, babies begin their developmental journey with a strong foundation. Each child has their own personal crib labeled with their name and family pictures, while your child is in our program no other infant will use their crib. They each have plenty of spaces to store all the things that make them feel comfortable. We use a separate area for changing and feeding and we strictly enforce our "shoe free zone" in the infant room, this ensures we minimize the germs introduced to our little ones at such an early age. We sanitize our cribs, sheets, toys and floors daily! We work with hard to develop relationships with our families and bond with your babies; communication is our priority with daily reports and an open door policy.
Toddlers are primarily concerned with developing and understanding who they are. Beginning at 18 months, identity becomes the dominant theme for them. Developing this sense of self has a lot to do with their desire and drive for independence and control. Whether toddlers are still teetering with a wide-based gait, confidently getting around on two legs, or standing only with assistance, they are busy "standing up for themselves." They are also busy exploring the world from their new, upright vantage point plunging ahead full speed before figuring out how to stop. They are fascinated by words and language and they want to imitate everything we do. This is why it is important to have positive models in the classroom and every opportunity for them to discover and explore and be guided to understand the environment that is around them.
At Rising Star, we understand toddlers! We provide them plenty of opportunities to explore, to develop language skills, build vocabulary, and develop an awareness of others through their play, observation, and exploration.
Two year olds are beginning to recognize peers and adults outside of their caregivers as people of interest. They begin to develop parallel play and may dabble for moments in cooperative play. They are fascinated with their environment and ask questions about what and where. They are able to recognize familiar objects, pictures, and their favorite books. They make choices and demand independence. They want to show you what they are able to do and they want your full attention.
At Rising Star, we understand your two year old. It is imperative at this time in their development that they are getting positive attention and are in a classroom which has healthy and consistent boundaries, with a strong model in the classroom. Children at age two are testing these boundaries on a continual basis; it is here that they begin to learn appropriate social behaviors and interactions, with their peers and caregivers. We acknowledge their frustrations, get down on their level when we talk to them, and offer redirection and positive reinforcement when they are frustrated. We also work on potty training and basic self help skills so that they begin to build a healthy independence from parents and caregivers.
Inquisitive minds ask why. Three year olds are inquisitive all the time. They begin to have more focused play that lasts longer and is more consistently cooperative. They are recognizing that words are symbols that are different and have meaning. They are able to tell you in complete sentences what they like and what they want.
They look to you for answers, because adults still know everything and at Rising Star we take the time to hear their questions. They are building fine motor skills, recognition, of social skills, and independence. We encourage children at Rising Star to build self – esteem and awareness for themselves and others through classroom responsibility. Part of this process is building a healthy independence and in this we incorporate logical thinking and problem solving. In order to be independent, one must think for themselves.
This is a time when the majority of a child's basic concept understanding will be determined. At Rising Star we take the time to build each developmental milestone in the children that attend our school, this ensures when they reach the critical age of four they are ready to retain and understand the concepts that will be taught and will be well prepared for Kindergarten in KISD. We believe that by taking the time in our toddler classrooms, crawling through tunnels and building gross motor skills, that when they are in PreK they have well developed hands that are ready to grasp a pencil correctly. We believe that by building their independence, we equip them to think for themselves, ask meaningful questions, and have higher level cognitive thinking skills. We believe in taking the time to prepare your whole child. We will not only memorize the alphabet, memorize sight words, know our letter sounds, but rather have an organic understanding or reading and language development concepts. This is where we master our learning of the letter sounds, fine motor skills and start learning to read. We will not just recognize numbers to 20, but be able to do simple addition and subtraction. Children will be in an enriching environment where they are in control of their learning and each child has the opportunity to express themselves and discover and experience their learning in a uniquely individual way.
In our accelerated class each child must assess in by mastering the curriculum from our Pre-Kindergarten class. This classroom works at a faster pace for the learner who has a complete understanding of letter sounds, sight words, and is ready to start reading or already reading. They work on math and language development, sentence structure, grammar and higher order thinking through projects and group work. This classroom moves at a fast pace, we start the year off at a kindergarten level and move into a 1st grade pace as the year ends.