This program is designed to teach learners, three to four years of age, the basic skills needed to participate and learn in a classroom setting. Learners are encouraged to follow typical classroom routines such as raising their hands to speak, taking turns, sitting for circle time, and playing with peers cooperatively. Learners gain independence as they learn new skills through a variety of activity stations set up in the classroom. Activity stations include literacy, numbers/math, fine motor, arts and crafts, imaginary play, and visual performance such as matching, sequencing, puzzles etc. The teacher to student ratio is one to four, allowing for additional teaching sessions or support if needed.
The days are structed like a typical kindergarten classroom with activities from circle time, show and tell, individual activity station learning, recess, group activity, story time, lunch break, quiet time, group learning, cooperative play, and free play.
Report cards are provided every semester to give parents feedback on their child’s progress. The program follows the typical academic year and runs from September to June. Learners can also participate in a summer program that runs from July to August. A senior therapist supervises the program ensuring skill acquisition and appropriate learning targets are introduced for each learner, as well as the group.
Despite the program starting in September, learners can join at any time during the year provided space is available.
Individualized programming is available for an additional fee.