Kindergarten is an exciting time for children who are 5 years of age. They begin to learn what school life is like. From 6:00 in the morning until 6:30 in the evening Monday through Friday, Kindergartens grow in our small program sizes to give each child the individual attention he or she needs.
Kindergarten: 5 years by September 1
The ages listed are general guidelines. Children will not be moved on birthday dates. Children may be moved earlier or later than these ages based on social, emotional, and cognitive stages. It is most likely to see these “Move Ups” throughout the year in the Infant and Toddler Programs. “Move Ups” from the Toddler Programs to the Pre-School and Pre- K Programs are usually done at the beginning of the academic year but could occur during through our the year.
We provide full-day kindergarten and before and after school options.
Our program runs from September through June. We offer full-time and part-time enrollments. Children go outside every day; weather permitting.
We offer parents observation times for their children to get to know our program for 2-3 hours while their parents complete some paperwork. This helps the child and the parent transition. The child will bond with staff and the parents can become more comfortable with our operations.
The curriculum at Les Petits Cherubs is based on the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Education Standards. These research-based standards identify key learning areas of development for children.
The PA Learning Standards guide our teachers to integrate developmental knowledge with attitudes, skills and concepts. This helps children to make progress in all of the learning areas. The Creative Curriculum is also incorporated into our daily activities and lesson plans. Les Petits Cherubs Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten also use the core curriculum.
The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We’re teaching children how to learn by incorporating the following centers in all of our classrooms:
- Cognitive Teacher Directed
- Science and Discovery
- Creative Art
- Transportation and Blocks
- Fine Motor
- Music and Movement
- Gross Motor
- Dramatic Play
The lesson plans at Les Petits Cherubs are based on monthly themes. This allows the teachers to creatively plan activities that focus on the seasons and holidays. Each month presents a new shape, color, number and letter for the classroom to explore and learn; as well as a set of opposites. Each month a community helper is introduced. Each teacher’s objective is to plan activities that focus and target children’s individual strengths and weaknesses. We work with families to understand both the child’s needs and the family’s desires when developing individual care and lesson plans.
Parents also play an important role in our curriculum. Parents are a child’s role model for learning. A parent’s attitude towards learning can inspire children to continue on their learning journey. Parents can aide in their child’s development by exploring nature, cooking together, counting together, and especially reading together. Parents can show children how exciting and meaningful learning can be by extending what children have learned in school to their homes. As children grow into school-age children, parents become their children’s learning coaches. Parents can help their children to organize their time and support their desires to learn new things in and out of school.
Daily schedules and routines are important in the lives of children because they provide children with a sense of safety and stability. Our daily schedules allow time for fun and exploration in all of the learning areas as well as set aside time for meals and rest. Creativity, exploration, and experimentation are balanced with teacher-facilitated themes and projects. Although the daily schedule helps us to organize the day, we don’t want it to limit our ability to be spontaneous and flexible. Schedules are flexible enough to accommodate each child’s individual emotional, social, physical, and academic needs.
All meals and beverages are provided to our enrollments. We serve locally grown, in-season, fresh fruits and vegetables and use only whole grains. No trans fats in our meals!
Parent Steering Committee
We have a parent steering committee within each of our programs at each location. Our parent steering committee gives parents the opportunity to have a voice in their child’s day-to-day activities here at our school.
In this technologically advanced age, it is never too early to introduce computers. Each child over the age of two years old has the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the computers in their classrooms. They will begin with learning basic computer knowledge, including mouse and keyboard skills. Based on each individual child’s skill level, age-appropriate educational games will also be provided for each child on a daily basis.
Children two years of age and up have the opportunity to enroll in a ten-week dance session. The half-hour weekly class consists of ballet, rhythmic play, creative movement, and tap. Please check with the campus director for registration forms and session costs.
For all children ages three, four, and five, the half-hour weekly violin class introduces our little “Mari Ben-ari’s” to classical violin beginning basics. The children will begin with holding the violin and become comfortable with the instrument and the bow. Instructions include learning proper techniques and musical notes. Children will eventually be learning to play songs that they will perform at our Holiday Concert and Spring recitals.
Children Pre-School and up are eligible to train in a Karate program as part of their weekly after-school curriculum. The program is a comprehensive character-enrichment program, which seeks to use karate as a tool to convey lessons, such as self-confidence, focus, self-discipline, respect, goal setting, and self-control, all while being introduced to the traditional martial arts of Kenpo and Tae Kwon Do. The cost to participate varies according to the length of the session.
This class will give campers an introduction to the French language as well as culture. They will learn the pronunciation of new words and even begin to build a new vocabulary.
Soccer Shots is a co-ed soccer clinic will help players to improve their basic soccer skill. Campers should bring their own shin guards and water bottles.
Throughout the year, the children will have scheduled field trips to local museums, theaters, and attractions. Sufficient notice will be given before a field trip to allow parents to participate in these activities.
Kindergarten children getting ready to move to first grade will be involved with a transition program that has great transition strategies and terrific tips that will ease them into the formal years of elementary education. We have formed relationships with local elementary schools that your child may be enrolling in for first grade. We set up visits with a first grade teacher, as well as invite a first grade class to come and visit for a special storytime. We also have a pen pal program with first graders and first-grade teachers.
Our campus is a secure, protected environment that is clean, friendly, and stimulating for children.
We offer a playground that is specifically designed for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and K-5 aged children. The surface of our playground is rubber.
7901 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128
Our staff is dedicated, compassionate, and certified by state and federal requirements. Background checks of every staff member are required. Our teachers hold degrees in Early Childhood Education.
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