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Continual love and support is shown not only to my daughter but also to my whole family. I also like that the importance of respect is taught and individual time spent with my child.-- Stephanie Ebratt
Paradise Valley, AZ
Phoenix Early Childhood Learning Curriculum
We have four decades of experience in early childhood learning, and we've used that experience to create early education programs that contribute to the success and growth of children at all ages. Valley Child Care and Learning center of North Phoenix has a developmentally appropriate curriculum for your child that will prepare him or her for the years beyond preschool!
Above all, infants need warm, responsive care to feel secure and thrive. We nurture the babies in our care and provide stimulating infant education in the form of soft toys, colorful books and music that appeals to their senses.
New experiences are essential to toddler learning, and we provide an environment that toddlers find interesting, nurturing and safe. Children at this age are acquiring the abilities to think through their actions, solve problems and understand language, and we allow each child to develop naturally in his or her own unique way. We also give parents daily progress reports and thorough notes on care routines like eating, napping and diapering.
Two-year-olds are eager to discover the world around them, and we encourage their love of exploration by offering them toys, play materials and activities that help them learn and grow. Our center provides two-year-olds with an enriching environment full of self-directed activities that foster their naturally growing sense of independence. Two-year-olds are quickly learning new words and how to use them to express their thoughts, and we help them build their language skills by reading aloud, reciting nursery rhymes and singing songs.
A great preschool curriculum will prepare your child well for kindergarten, first grade and beyond. However, having fun and making new friends is important for preschoolers, too! We offer developmentally appropriate preschool learning activities that will challenge your child without pressuring him or her to grow up too fast. Your child's preschool teachers will make him or her feel safe, respected and appreciated for his or her individual personality and unique abilities. The Valley Learning Center curriculum includes preschool math and language arts, music activities for children and much more.
Our classrooms are designed to intrigue and inspire young learners, serving as an important tool in themselves to foster child education and development. Every classroom contains a variety of Learning Centers that appeal to children's sense of wonder – Language and Circle Time, Blocks, Creativity and Art and more! Each of these centers draws children in to explore an important facet of their world and to develop important skills in the process. The Learning Centers your child may choose from include:
- Circle Time
Each day at Valley Learning Center of North Phoenix starts here! Your child will learn to associate written words with spoken words, express ideas and have fun with activities such as storytelling, singing, participating in show-and-tell and playing matching games.
Art for children is a hands-on adventure! Children best experience the world of art when they are free to touch, pull, twist, tear, bend, scrape, cut, pound and shape materials. Art helps preschoolers hone their developing concepts of form, balance, line, color, and shape, as well as teaching them about relationships between objects. Art also helps children sharpen their observation skills, learn logical thinking, refine their motor skills and practice problem-solving.
During our music activities for children, we encourage our young learners to use their whole bodies to experience the unique sense of release and freedom that only music can bring. Young children develop awareness of their surroundings by listening to many kinds of sounds, and we emphasize participation and fun as we give them an opportunity to test their vocal and kinesthetic abilities.
Block play develops preschool math skills as children learn concepts such as number, measurement, size and weight through counting and stacking. Building with blocks develops children's problem-solving skills, hand- eye coordination, and control of their wrists, hands and fingers.
- Dramatic Play
Valley Learning Center of North Phoenix has an exciting collection of appropriately sized clothes, props and furniture that inspire children to dress up and make believe. Dramatic play is way for children to try out various roles and careers while learning to share and to express emotions. Props and clothes also teach practical skills such as turning knobs, fastening buttons and using zippers.
Valley Learning Center of North Phoenix presents preschool math as a way of describing the world and solving problems. Our young learners develop practical math skills like counting sorting, ordering and patterning. They also manipulate materials to learn basic physical concepts such as big/little and same/different.
At the Science Center, children make discoveries through hands-on participation in real-life activities – playing at sand and water tables, using magnets, examining objects with magnifiers and even interacting with living things.
As children go between the different centers, our teachers act as enthusiastic guides by listening to ideas, giving praise and encouraging new ideas and ways of thinking.