Explore and Discover
At Pusch Ridge Preschool & Kindergarten, we know how important the early years are in a child’s development. Our infant and toddler caregivers are actually educators, as they carefully blend the responsibility of providing the highest quality care and security to your child, while at the same time offering your child a wealth of learning experiences through everyday activities. The keystone in our high quality program is a curriculum that is specifically designed for children from birth to two years old. Our educators design daily routines that focus on supporting and nurturing the developmental stages that each individual child is experiencing.
When you look in our infant rooms, you might see a caregiver playing “peek-a-boo” with a four month old, signing “more” or “milk” to a one-year old, reciting a nursery rhyme to a toddler as she changes a diaper, or reading a book about sea life to a group of young three year olds in front of our teaching aquarium. Each of these simple experiences has a profound effect on a young child’s development. Just a food nourishes the body, these experiences nourish your child’s brain.
Discovery Time: Your child’s budding imagination will bloom in an environment containing equipment, materials and props that encourage play, language and discovery. Your toddler can select materials and activities that interest him, so whether building with blocks, putting a puzzle together or experiencing creative art, your toddler will grow in confidence and knowledge.
Early Learning: Your child’s budding enthusiasm for learning will be nurtured through our theme-based curriculum which will provide a multitude of fun, age-appropriate experiences with language, colors, shapes and critical thinking skills.
Talk, Talk, Talk: Your toddler’s language is exploding as he uses both meaningful words and gestures to communicate his feelings and ideas to you, his teachers and to other toddlers. Language experiences in the first two years of life lay the foundation for cognitive though and reading skills so our thoughtful teachers will not only always encourage your toddler’s efforts to communicate but will also make communicating with them a regular and very important part of each and every experience.
More Words Please: Even though your toddler is speaking some words now, there are often times when he is unable to express himself to his satisfaction or is unable to articulate his emotions or feelings. Our Baby Signs ® program, a natural sign language program for hearing children will help to make all of his communication easier and more effective and give him a safe outlet for emotional expression. You are certain to notice that it will be easier for you to communicate with your youngster—strengthening the bond you have with him.
Socialization: As your toddler learns more about himself and his abilities, he also becomes aware of others. We will provide daily opportunities for group experiences where songs, fingerplay, movement activities and stories are introduced. We will be there to nurture and guide him as his first friendships develop.
Growing Independence: Your toddler’s eagerness to be independent will make practicing self-help skills like hand washing, picking up and putting away toys, putting on a coat, and sharing with others exciting and fun. Your youngster will be so proud of himself as he learns to master many of these important milestones under the careful guidance of our skilled teachers.
Preparing for Potty Training: Although children potty-train at their own pace, you and your child’s teacher work together to provide the best environment for success.
Learning from Movement: For your active toddler, movement is more than just a way of getting from one place to another. It’s actually a way of learning. Toddlers who are able to use their bodies to accomplish tasks and influence their environment feel a great sense of pride. Our Fun With Fitness program will challenge your youngster with a myriad of physical activities and will surely aid in his motor development. Your entire family will be included in the fun and learning too. We’ll send home additional activities and healthy recipes for the entire family to try.