Teachers select various age appropriate themes and activities throughout the school year to meet their curriculum needs. The following is a list of activities that children will participate in both on a weekly and daily basis.
Choice Time: Developing decision-making skills by offering a variety of activities from which the child may choose.
Art: Encouraging creativity through a variety of mediums.
Science: Exploring through water or sand tables, experiments, and nature walks.
Language: Promoting language skills through storytelling, puppets, songs, and nursery rhymes.
Math Readiness: Counting, sorting, and object comparison.
Cooking: Using recipes designed to introduce different cultures and holidays.
Music and Movement: Developing an interest in music through songs and rhythm.
Outdoor Play: Developing gross motor skills through free choice and organized games.
WE OFFER SUMMER CAMPS TOO!
Westminster offers a two day Toddler Class for children who turn one year old on or before March 1st of the year they will be attending. Must be 18 months by September entering the program. The children will begin to gain confidence in separating from their parents or caregivers, will enjoy interacting with their teachers and classmates, and begin to develop friendships. Two teachers will work with eight students in the classroom. Though not highly structured, this is a true class with a curriculum. Art, as well as other exploratory activities, will be offered. The children will enjoy songs, stories, fingerplays, developmentally appropriate games, and outside play. Each child should be able to walk
independently, must have given up their morning nap, and no longer be on bottles during the day. This class meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am – 12:00
Two Year Old Classrooms
We offer three options for two-year-olds. Children must turn two on or before August 31.
Our two day twos meet on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 AM - Noon. There are two classes with 10 students per class. Once enrolled, the twenty two-year- olds are split into two separate groups based on age to create a class of older twos and a class of younger twos.
We offer one three day class for older twos. The children must turn two before March 1st entering this program in September. They meet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 AM – Noon.
We offer one five day class for older twos. Children must turn two before March 1st entering this program in September. 9:00 AM - Noon daily.
Two-year-old students are eligible for Lunch Bunch, from Noon – 1 pm. beginning on October 1 if they are toilet trained.
Three Year Old Classrooms
We offer two options for three-year-olds at Westminster.
Our class of three day threes meets on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 AM – Noon.
Several classes of five day threes are offered. These classes meet Monday – Friday from 9 AM – Noon.
Children must turn three by August 31st prior to entering this program in September. All three-year-old students are eligible to participate in Lunch Bunch. It is expected that three year olds be toilet trained. We will work cooperatively with families to help train those students who have not quite attained this skill.
We offer two classes of Pre-K students. These classes provide the readiness skills needed for both public and private school kindergarten. Students must turn four on or before August 31st. These classes focus on the social-emotional development of four-year-old children while preparing them for kindergarten. A literacy based curriculum is taught and there are lots of hands-on learning opportunities for acquiring the readiness skills needed. The Pre-K classes meet Monday through Friday, 9 AM – Noon. Lunch Bunch is an option for these students from Noon – 1 PM.