Two-year-old's approach the world around them and make sense of it by touching, feeling, rolling, crawling, running, jumping, and climbing. They solve simple problems with the "trial and error" method and will practice an activity many times to master it. Children at this age also pretend more during play, using familiar objects and situations to process their daily experiences.
When the federal government launched its STEM initiative “Educate to Innovate” in 2009, the primary focus was on children in grades K-12. It wasn’t until 2011 (when preschool STEM education was introduced) that the government realized what most early childhood educators already knew—young children are natural explorers!
Four-year-old's discover the world with great curiosity and use their imaginations to help understand it. Hands-on explorations help them to separate reality from fantasy. They can participate in the planning and implementation of simple scientific investigations. Over the course of the year they will increase their abilities to make observations, gather information, compare data, identify patterns, describe and discuss observations and form explanations and generalizations.
Our Toddlers are now exploring their world and gaining confidence by taking their first steps and climbing furniture. Their language is growing and they can understand more than what they can express. Our Bloomers curiosity allows them to see things work. They love to see makers appear when they scribble and how the blocks stack one on top of the other.
Five-year-old's are creative and enthusiastic problem solvers. They offer progressively more imaginative ideas for how to do a task, make something or solve longer-term or more abstract challenges. As they observe a variety of new experiences, five-year-old's ask more analytical questions and weigh their choices. They are also more social as they learn new things and prefer activities that involve other children..
Our infants view and explore their world around them through sound and movements. They can turn their head to familiar sound and find comfort when being rocked and touched. Infants can lift their head when on their stomach, but when infant is upright they need support with head and neck. As baby are sprouting they smile, laugh, and has babbling conversations – by 7 months baby can probably roll over, sit without support, and leg muscles have enough strength to bounce when their hands are being held.
If you live in Florida, and your child turns 4 years of age by September 1st, your child is eligible for Florida’s FREE voluntary pre-kindergarten education program. VPK provides four-year-old's with both self-management and emergent literacy skills, such as letter and sound recognition. Theses kills are critical for future academic success. The program gives your four-year-old a jump start, enhancing their pre-reading, pre-math, language, and social skills.
Three-year-old's learn primarily through exploring, using all the senses. While playing, they are better able to ignore distractions and focus on the task at hand. They will even persist in completing something that is a bit difficult and can think more creatively and methodically when solving problems.