WEE Explore! – age 2 before September 1st
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 AM ~ 10:30 AM
WEE Explore! is the first level of the Explorers’ progressive educational programs. Our environment is set up with developmentally age-appropriate activities. Play and social experiences as a peer group are part of the daily schedule. Sensory learning through play, art, gross motor activities, and science is part of the curriculum. Although the play area atmosphere appears informal, the program and environment are the results of careful planning for this age group. Two areas are used to accomplish this goal. A special area to encourage this level of play and gross motor development is utilized in our downstairs area. Group time/instruction, storytime, weather station, snack, and some art and science are done in our classroom. Opportunities will be provided to promote and enhance self-reliance, cognitive, social/emotional, small and large motor, language and communication skills.
KinderClub Explorers – ages 3 before September 1st
Tuesday & Thursday 11:30 AM ~ 2:30 PM
KinderClub Explorers is our preschool level that prepares students for the next level of learning (Kindergarten Explorers) by enhancing self-esteem, communication, literacy and social skills through a hands on and thematic approach. This level encourages self-reliance skills and promotes cooperation and communication skills while facilitating comphrehension and expressive language, letter recognition and formation, and phonemic awareness. Science and math foundations are introduced through discovery and exploration as well as through thematic units. Physical activities involving gross motor skills through interactive games, music, and gym equipment such as ~ hula hoops, balance beam, plasma cars, roller racers, scooters, parachute, balls, and sports equipment ~ are part of the planned curriculum. Circle time that includes the weather station, storytime, show-n-tell, pre-reading skills, and basic learning concepts for the day is also part of our schedule. Another avenue for learning opportunities are stations that are carefully set up to encourage individual opportunities for open-ended learning through play in all developmental domains.
Kindergarten Explorers – age 4 before September 1st
Monday * Wednesday * Friday 9:00 AM ~ 3:00 PM
Kindergarten Explorers is designed for children preparing to enter kindergarten and also as an enrichment for those that are home schooled. Our curriculum continuum includes all developmental domains and is based on recommendations for developmentally age-appropriate skills from the Pennsylvania Academic Children's Standards, Carnegie Melon Children's School, and Kiski Area School District's kindergarten entry requirements. Introduction to essential learning skills are introduced through a hands on, interactive approach as well as through skill level papears where appropriate. Phonemic awareness is an important focal point of our curriculum as well as math and science foundations. Explorers use an emergent approach to learning providing opportunities to the students for experimentation, discovery, and exploration through a variety resources. Extended days are intended to help those that will be attending a full day of kindergarten as well as acclimating your child to a full day of activity outside the home environment. Students bring a lunch on these days except the first Wednesday of each month when the class plans the menu for a cooked lunch. *During the month of September, classes are a half day > 9:00 ~ 12:00. Classes extend October ~ May.
Junior Explorers – ages 6 ~ 12 (NOT BEING OFFERED AT THIS TIME)
Tuesday 4:30 PM ~ 6:30 PM
Junior Explorers is an afterschool group that meets once a week. Included in this very unique program: art, science and socialization; seasonal projects, activities, celebrations; exercise through fun, interactive games, hiking & biking at Roaring Run Trail; end-of-the year field trip. Children in the group help plan the activities. Some experiences the Juniors have enjoyed include > hatching eggs in the classroom; Just Ducky Tours field trip; science class at the high school; annual art show; Thanksgiving Feast; nature studies at Roaring Run Trail; animal tracks and scat study on site and off; individual opportunities for presentations and demonstrations; reading books with related project/activity; end-of-the year picnic.