(Class schedule: 9am-11am)
Let your little tyke experience his/her first playschool in a safe, fun and stimulating environment. Because young children discover new things through their senses, our classroom is filled with sensory and hands-on materials to help your child learn about his/ her environment while having fun. The Little Tykes Explorer Class will help your child gain social skills like sharing and taking-turns. The children gain self-confidence and independence as they explore and learn through play.
Toddler Class (2 – 3 years old) – Learning through Exploration
(Class schedule: 9am-11am)
Our Toddler Program focuses on active exploration to help your child gain independence while promoting confidence in his/her learning abilities. The hands-on classroom environment encourages each child to manipulate, explore and discover new materials. At this stage, your child is undergoing rapid development in many areas, and is eager to learn and understand the world around them. The children are given opportunities to assert their independence by giving them choices and by encouraging self-help skills. Listening to stories and singing songs further develop their language and vocabulary skills. Manipulatives and puzzles help develop fine-motor and cognitive skills, while art activities promote creativity. The children love using our indoor gym play area for physical and gross motor development. Group activities allow children to practice social skills such as cooperation, sharing and taking turns.
Junior Class (3– 4 years old) – Sustaining Curious Learners
(Class schedule: 11:30am-2:00pm)
By the time your child approaches 3 years of age, he/she is ready to learn new skills and progress into our Junior Class. Our rich classroom environment is a place where children develop critical thinking skills by providing them with structured and hands-on activities. These activities are designed to teach language and communication, cognitive skills, creativity, gross and fine-motor skills, and personal and social skills. Daily language experiences support literacy and language development. Mathematical reasoning and scientific thought is emphasized throughout the program. Our indoor gym play area gives children a safe and secure environment to further enhance gross motor activities.
Senior Class (4 – 5 years old) – Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten
(Class schedule: 11:30am-2:30pm)
Our Senior Class Program is specifically designed to meet the learning needs of 4 and 6 year-old. Especially in this last year, the goal is to introduce activities and experiences that will ensure your child will make a successful transition to the big school. Our curriculum combines kindergarten readiness activities with the best education standards from across the country. The stimulating classroom environment has challenging learning centers. For example, our science center is equipped with magnets, mirrors, shells and rocks, which immerse your child in an active investigation of natural and physical science. Throughout the day, children make self-directed and guided choices, participate in small groups and projects, participate in circle time, and are encouraged to document their learning experiences.
The HLZ Preschool Curriculum consists of the following:
- Preschool Reading Program by
- Preschool Singapore Math
- S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math)
- English, Filipino, and Basic Spanish
- Socio-emotional Development
- Arts and Music Appreciation
- Yoga for kids
- Individual goals across all developmental domains
- Big School Preparation
- All our classrooms have the following learning areas:
Dramatics and Housekeeping Area
The Dramatics and Housekeeping Area is a pretend-play area which serves as a perfect transition from home to school. Young children are familiar with the roles and materials used in this learning area since these are the materials that they also see at home. In this safe environment, children can play out with their own ideas and play various roles.
Young children are very creative and they enjoy using a variety of Art materials to express their ideas. By experimenting with the different materials provided for them, they begin to understand their world and control the tools they use. During the developmental years of children, the process of creating is more important than the product they develop. This is a great opportunity to support the children’s beginning efforts.
Block play enhances all areas of a child’s development including the physical, social and cognitive domains. This learning area includes various types of building materials for children to use in their own constructions and combinations. The area allows children to be active builders as they think about their constructions, discuss different possibilities to solve problems and act out the function of their project.
The Writing Area is a place where children are given the opportunity to scribble, form shapes and lines through writing. This is a great opportunity to capture early interests in writing.
The Reading Area is place that captures the children’s interest in books and other related reading materials. It is where the children can develop their imagination and build their literacy skills.
Since young children are curious about the objects and materials that are around them, this learning area is provided to encourage them to become young scientists, learn materials that they have already seen and explore new things in the environment that interests them. This area allows them to examine things closely, compare and contrasts things and draw their own conclusions about their observations.
Music and Movement Area
Young children are easily captivated with music and a variety of sounds. The Music Area is a part of the classroom where children experiment with instruments and create their own music. In this learning area, the children take on the role as real musicians, making their own tunes and sharing it with others.
Children enjoy spending their time playing with toys and other materials in this learning area. A variety of skills are involved in each item played with pattern blocks, unifix cubes, counters and other Math and Numeracy related materials. Math related skills are re-enforced through these materials.
This Learning Area covers the development of the child’s Language and Literacy Skills through materials such as picture cards, picture domino, memory games and puzzles among others. Children’s vocabulary skills are enhanced and language skills are further developed in this learning area.