Infant  

Our Infant Program is designed to meet the individual needs and scheduling of infants six weeks to 12 months.

Communication
Each day you will receive an information sheet regarding your infant's activities. Upon arrival each morning, you will have the opportunity to fill out the first section of the information sheet. This provides you with an organized way to leave any special notes or instructions for our staff. During the day, staff will make notes on the information sheet about how your infant has eaten, sleep patterns, toileting issues and other noteworthy information. The sheet is yours to take home each day.

Curriculum
The Infant Program curriculum at My Little School House is developmentally appropriate. We use specific guidelines for what activities are appropriate for each stage of development. Staff will also take into consideration each infant's individual personality, temperament, and stage of development. Lesson plans are individualized for each baby. Our daily program has activities that will allow your infant time to grow, as well as explore, experiment, discover and play. Our Infant Curriculum goals are as follows:

Infant Program 
To provide infants with many one-on-one, face-to-face interactions. All interactions are characterized by gentle and supportive responses
To foster infants with a positive identity, and sense of well-being by rocking, holding and cuddling
To allow infants to achieve mastery of their bodies through self-initiated motor skills such as rolling, sitting, standing, etc.
To encourage infants to think, reason, question and experiment. One way to encourage this is to provide simple toys that respond to infant's initiations, so they may witness cause and effect
To encourage language and literacy development
To enhance physical development skills by allowing infants to move comfortably and by providing open carpeted areas and low, sturdy furniture
To provide regular outdoor experiences
To encourage creative expression through music, activities & art
To incorporate routine tasks such as eating, diapering, etc., as a means for furthering an infant's learning, self-help and social skills

Toddler  

Our Toddler Program is designed to meet the individual needs of children from 1 to 2-1/2 years.

Communication
Toddler ProgramDaily information charts are completed on each toddler. These charts will give
 you information about how your child has eaten and slept, as well as his/her progress in toileting. Classroom lesson plans and the daily menu are posted in each room.

Toilet Training
As in all areas of development, My Little School House's philosophy of individualized care also applies to toilet training. When a toddler begins to show an interest, and has the verbal skills necessary to express their toileting needs, we work in collaboration with the child and their parents on toilet training. Our bathrooms are equipped with child-sized toilets and sinks for easier access for toddlers.

Toddler Curriculum 
Toddler teachers provide a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and materials that are selected to emphasize concrete hands on learning and to achieve the following Toddler curriculum goals:

To foster positive identity, and a sense of well-being
To allow toddlers to feed themselves and encourage their development of self-help skills when ready
To develop social skills by encouraging language development and redirecting toddlers to help guide them toward controlling their own behavior
To encourage toddlers to think, reason, question and experiment
To provide an appropriately challenging, safe environment for toddlers to explore and manipulate
To provide daily opportunities for exploratory activity indoors and outdoors
To encourage toddlers' attempts at language
To enhance toddlers' physical development and skills
To encourage and demonstrate sound health, safety and nutritional practices
Diaper changing, toilet training, eating and dressing are viewed as vital learning experiences
To encourage creative expression, representation and appreciation for the arts

Toddlers are expected to explore and manipulate art materials, not create a product
​Transitional Pre-K 

Our Transitional Preschool Program is designed for 2-1/2 year olds who are not quite ready for the 
structure and larger class size of preschool, but need more challenges than a toddler program offers. 
Children in this program must be almost toilet trained.

Communication
Daily information charts are completed on each child in transitional preschool. These charts will give you information about how your child has eaten and slept, as well as his/her overall progress. Classroom lesson plans and the daily menu are posted in each room.

Curriculum 
Building independence and improving social skills are the primary goals of this program. The following goals are achieved in our Transitional Preschool:

Foster positive identity and a sense of well-being
Allow opportunities for children to demonstrate and practice their newly developed self-help skills
Teachers shall support developing friendships and provide opportunities for children to play alone, with another child, or in small groups
Encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment
Provide activities that demonstrate cause and effect
To plan activities for labeling, classifying, and sorting objects by shape, color and size
Discuss concepts, such as the seasons of the year
Introduce number concepts
Provide for language and literacy development
Introduce recognition of names, colors and shapes
Provide a print-rich environment
Enhance physical development by providing activities that promote physical fitness
Encourage interest in writing
Encourage and demonstrate sound health, safety and nutritional practices
Provide various cooking activities and introduce nutrition
Introduce safety practices
Encourage creative expression, representation and appreciation of art
Provide musical activities
Offer art activities that are an exploratory process
Introduce creative dramatics
Respect cultural diversity
Provide materials and activities that reflect diverse cultures that children may not likely see, as well as those that represent their family and culture
Preschool & Pre-Kindergarten  

Our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Programs are designed specifically for three to five-year-olds.

Communication
Each classroom has a Parent Information Board. Posted on this board are lesson plans, menus, information on upcoming events, etc. Some teachers also develop and send home a monthly newsletter about upcoming class projects, past events, etc.

Curriculum 
Teaching strategies at My Little School House are based on how young children learn. Our Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten Program goals include:

Foster positive identity and a sense of well-being
Develop social skills by providing opportunities for sharing, caring and helping
Each student shall demonstrate, through citizenship in the classroom, that people must work together cooperatively, be considerate of others, and abide by certain rules
Encourage children to think, reason, question and experiment
Provide opportunities for basic math and science concepts
Encourage language and literacy development
Provide a print-rich environment
Provide opportunities for reading experiences
Encourage and demonstrate sound health, safety and nutritional practices
Provide opportunities for creative expression, representation and appreciation for the arts
Develop awareness that other families' and childrens' culture may be different or similar
Initiate discussions and activities to teach respect and appreciation for differences among people

The curriculum for the Pre-Kindergarten Program uses this base curriculum as a starting point. However, a Pre-K curriculum provides more in-depth detail and challenging activities. Our Pre-Kindergarteners are well-equipped with the skills needed to enjoy a successful Kindergarten experience.

One of the unique features of our Pre-K Program is that your child may now participate in off-site field trips. Popular destinations include museums, apple orchards, the zoo, area libraries and police and fire stations. Parents are always welcome to chaperone our field trips.

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My Little School House 
Main Office: 107-45 89th Street Ozone Park, NY 11417
Main Number: (347) 561-5522
Locations throughout Ozone Park and Richmond Hill
Now Caring for Ages: 6 months through 12 years