The Six Stages of Development

From the moment it was confirmed, to the moment of their arrival, you have anticipated and planned for everything. The next stages are the most crucial. The first six stages of educational development can determine their future.

At The Learning Experience®, we have designed a curriculum around those six early stages of development, and built a foundation for kids to learn, play and grow in our state-of-the-art facilities under the care of our nurturing teachers and staff.

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toddler
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prepper
preschooler
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infant
infant
(6 weeks to 1 year)

Stage 01 provides plenty of nurturing and the frequent warmth of a friendly face and touch.  Your baby will be cuddled, rocked and played with by our expert caregivers.

  • Regular playtime including belly and music time, exploration, stimulation, as well as nap and feeding times that we keep consistent with your baby’s individual schedule.
  • Sign language is introduced to increase early advancement in children’s ability to communicate.
  • All infants have their own personal cubby and crib and we provide private nursing rooms for moms.
  • Private and clean nursing rooms equipped with gliders are provided for mothers that wish to nurse at the center.
  • A 14-step diaper changing procedure is strictly adhered to.
  • Toys, gliders, cribs and changing stations are sanitized daily.

 


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At TLE®, we realize that your infant is the center of your world, and we treat them with equal importance.  For that reason, our infant centers have been designed for maximum safety, efficiency and security.  Each detail has been meticulously planned to ensure that your child experiences the same comforts of home while they spend the day with us.  Everything from the selection of infant equipment, toys, curriculum and activities, to the screening and training of our infant caregivers, has been carefully orchestrated to ensure that your infant never wants for anything.  Parents can leave their baby with us and feel self-assured and confident that their infant is being cared for in the most loving way.

Infant Rooms

We realize that caring for infants as young as six weeks of age is a tremendous responsibility and we take that responsibility very seriously.  Our dedicated staff not only provides nurturing, age appropriate stimulation and lots of love, but they also provide a safe and sanitary environment for your little ones. 

TLE® Infant rooms are immaculately clean, colorful, well equipped, safe environments that are packed with age-appropriate toys and equipment that you would have at home. Your baby will be held, cuddled and fed by our caregivers as soothing music (including classical), is played in the background.  Recent studies have shown the positive effect that music has on babies and how it can unlock their imagination and strengthen their mind (The Mozart Effect). 

 

Infant Cubbies, Cribs and Changing Tables

Inside the infant room, your baby will have his/own personal crib and cubby where clothing, bedding, food and bottles can be stored away from other children. Cribs are NEVER shared at TLE®. Changing tables in the infant center always face out so that caregivers never have their back to the babies and a 14-step diaper changing procedure is strictly adhered to. Important steps in the process include:

  • Changing tables that are disinfected after each individual diaper is changed.
  • Caregivers are required to wear gloves and place a specially designed sanitary paper on the changing pad before each baby's diaper is changed.
  • Diapers are placed in plastic bags before being deposited in a lined diaper pail. The pail is emptied several times a day.

Keeping this environment sanitized and disinfected is of the utmost importance and these procedures were put in place to insure spotlessness and cleanliness. All staff is required to adhere to these procedures.

 

A typical day in the infant center includes the following activities:

Fine Motor Development

Reaching and use of pincer skills

Gross Motor Development

Crawling, cruising, pushing, pulling, and reaching

Art

Hands-on child produced art projects

Music

Classical lullabies are played throughout the day

Language Development

Infants listen to adults, make eye contact and are encouraged to make new noises and sounds

Sensory Activities

Infants are exposed to numerous textures and tactile experiences

Sign Language

Infants are introduced to one new sign per month to  reinforce basic needs such as milk, more, and ‘all done’

Outdoor Time

Infants spend time outdoors to experience the fresh air and the world around them

Tummy Time

Infants will lay on their bellies and strengthen muscles in the neck and arms

Individual Schedules

Feeding, napping, and changing (we follow your child’s schedule)

Daily Take-Home Reports

Daily reports are prepared and ready for parents at pick-up time. These easy-to-read reports reflect, in detail everything that your child encountered during their day including new and exciting developments, diaper changes, feedings and more. 

toddler
toddler
(1 to 2 years)

Stage 02 provides plenty of opportunities for your new walker to explore and engage the world around them.

  • Interactive play, music, and dance.
  • Outdoor time encourages social engagement in plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
  • Age-appropriate fitness toys and activities keep toddlers on the move.
  • Self-help skills such as washing hands, picking up after themselves and sharing are taught to this age group in order to foster sociality assimilation.

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When your child reaches the toddler stage, they’ve reached their first milestone.  They are no long infants and have grown into the mobile stage where they begin to investigate and explore the world around them.  At The Learning Experience®, our energetic and caring teachers encourage and gently guide each toddler through this important exploratory and discovery stage.

Your toddler's natural inquisitiveness will be encouraged and nurtured with daily activities that include music, movement, fitness, playing with toys and equipment, art supplies, blocks and books that encourage and support their urge to explore and discover. Since toddlers learn through play and exploration, we give them the space, age-appropriate materials and stimulation they need to help quench their thirst for knowledge of the world around them.  Toddler rooms are designed to be self-contained, with a diaper changing station and a completely separate refrigerator and food preparation area.  

Time to Relax

Our toddlers enjoy soothing music and gentle backrubs during naptime give just the right repose for sleeping.

Outdoor Time

Our age-appropriate outdoor playground offers plenty of other opportunities for further exploration through running, jumping and climbing.

A typical day in the life of a TLE® toddler is filled with stimulating, age-appropriate activities and materials. Our own Little Learners™ curriculum focuses on eye-hand coordination, motor development and problem solving is written by the National Academy for Educators and Caregivers® and is distributed to each center monthly.

 

Language Development

Toddlers enjoy story time, finger plays and flannel boards

Art/Sensory Activities

Child-produced art projects and exposure to numerous textures and tactile experiences

Sign Language

Toddlers are introduced to one new sign per month to reinforce basic needs such as milk, more, and ‘all done’

Outdoor Time   

Toddlers enjoy outdoor fun on age-appropriate playground equipment, while climbing, throwing balls, and playing games with their friends

Manners Matter®

“Tummy to the Table” and “an elbow please if you sneeze” are some common practices we will instill to make your toddler a great citizen

Lunch

We offer a nutritious, well balanced and kid-friendly menu

Nap Time

Lights are dimmed, soothing music is played, and backs are rubbed to comfort the sleepy toddler

Music

We play instruments and create dance moves to lively songs

Physical Fitness

Toddlers are kept active through various age-appropriate exercises

Fine Motor

Nesting blocks, puzzles, lacing and more!

Daily Take-Home Reports

Daily reports, called Toddler Times are ready at the end of each day for parents to pick-up. These easy-to-read reports reflect everything that goes on during your toddler’s day at TLE®.

twaddler
twaddler
(2 to 3 years)

Stage 03 further encourages sharing and communication and paves the path toward social development of the active two year-old.

  • Beginning with social skills, twaddlers will participate in short group circle times.
  • Engagement in imaginary play, creative arts and a colorful assortment of reading options.
  • Potty training and beginner daily life skills.
  • Daily nap and quiet, soothing books help unwind a busy twaddler.

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At The Learning Experience® (TLE®), our twaddler program is the next stage of development following our toddler program.  Twaddlers still have the need to explore, but with far more to learn and experience.  All while still having lots of fun!

Group Circle Time

Up until now most of the play with infants and toddlers has been independent. To get twaddlers more accustomed to social participation, we start each morning with group circle time.

Potty Training

This also marks the beginning of the potty training stage.  Our staff frequently asks each child if they have to go to the restroom and guides them through the process.  Before you know it, you have a potty trained child.

Little Learners™ Curriculum

Our Little Learners™ curriculum helps twaddlers as they pursue their priority of exploring and nurtures their increasing need to communicate.  By this point in their development, twaddlers have expanded their language skills and our curriculum helps to enhance their ability to verbally communicate.

A day in the life of a twaddler is packed with fun!

Circle Time

During Circle time, twaddlers are given basic introduction to group interaction, calendars and weather

Learning Centers

Chance to explore the different areas of the classroom including blocks, manipulatives and dramatic play

Manners Matter®

“Tummy to the Table” and “an elbow please if you sneeze” are some common practices we will instill to make your twaddler a great citizen

Lunch

We offer a nutritious, well balanced and kid-friendly menu

Nap

Lights are dimmed, soothing music is played and cozy blankets are placed on the twaddlers as they doze into a slumber

Music & Movement

We play instruments and create dance moves to lively songs

Art/Sensory Activities

Child-produced art projects and exposure to numerous textures and tactile experiences

Physical Fitness

We keep twaddlers active through various age-appropriate exercises

Outdoor Time

Twaddlers enjoy outdoor fun on age-appropriate playground equipment, while climbing, throwing balls, and playing games with their friends

Story Time

TLE staff reads to twaddlers as they sit as a group, listen and are encouraged to act out their favorite parts of the story

Daily Take-Home Reports

Daily reports, called Twaddler Telegrams are ready at the end of each day for parents to pick-up. These easy-to-read reports reflect everything that goes on during your twaddler’s day at TLE®.

prepper
prepper
(2½ to 3½ years)

Stage 04 includes a number of activities that quenches prepper’s desire to be both, quiet and active.  We focus on music, movement, art, science and an array of developmentally appropriate activities.

  • Through our proprietary L.E.A.P.® (Learning Experience Academic Program®) curriculum, preppers are taught early writing and object recognition skills to help prepare them for reading and preschool.
  • An increased focus on developmental behavior, including social skills.
  • Reinforcement of potty training.
  • Basic lessons in computer skills and technology.

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Learning Experience Academic Program® (L.E.A.P.) Curriculum

As children reach the prepper stage, they experience rapid increases in physical, cognitive, developmental and social skills.  With their skills on the rise, it’s the perfect time to introduce them to My Little L.E.A.P.® Books (Learning Experience Academic Program®).  These books have been designed to challenge the quickly developing verbal skills of each child and teach them about language, letter recognition, shapes, colors, numbers, science, manners, etiquette, math, art, music and physical fitness.  L.E.A.P.® encourages each child to achieve success independently while developing intellectually, socially and physically.  The prepper program was designed to meet the special needs of maturing two and three-year olds to build a perfect bridge to our preschool classroom.  

L.E.A.P.® provides prepper teachers with a comprehensive monthly curriculum that also includes a monthly workbook for each student.  These workbooks are completed by the children and sent home to parents so that they can share in what their prepper is learning.

Reinforced Potty Training

Once a child is mature enough to handle "potty time" by himself/herself, he/she may enter our prepper program, where continued potty training is reinforced.   In the prepper’s classroom, teachers are prepared for "potty accidents."

Computers and Technology

As our society becomes increasingly more dependent on computers and technology, it becomes even more important that children are introduced to technology at an early age. At TLE® we begin this process with our preppers with a very basic introduction to computers and technology.

A Prepper's Day is Packed with Fun!

Circle Time

During Circle Time, preppers are involved in group interaction, discussing calendars and weather

Learning Centers

Chance to explore the different areas of the classroom including blocks, manipulatives and dramatic play

My Little L.E.A.P. ® Books

After formal group instruction, preppers are given workbooks that teachers also use as an assessment tool to see what each prepper has learned.

Music & Movement

We play instruments and create dance moves to lively songs

Outdoor Time

Preppers enjoy outdoor fun on age-appropriate playground equipment, while climbing, throwing balls, and playing games with their friends

Manners Matter®

“Tummy to the Table” and “an elbow please if you sneeze” are some common practices we will instill to make your prepper a great citizen

Lunch

We offer a nutritious, well balanced and kid-friendly menu

Nap

Lights are dimmed, soothing music is played, and the preppers close their eyes and drift to sleep

Technology

Preppers are given a basic introduction to computers and technology that includes how to use a mouse and keyboard

Physical Fitness

We keep preppers active through various age-appropriate exercises

Story Time

TLE staff reads to preppers as they sit as a group, listen and are encouraged to act out their favorite parts of the story

Daily Take-Home Reports

Daily reports, called Prepper Telegrams are ready at the end of each day for parents to pick-up. These easy-to-read reports reflect everything that goes on during your prepper’s day at TLE®.

Moving onto Preschool

As preppers grow, transitions into our preschool are never made without parents being consulted on the decision. Once teachers and parents are in agreement, the transition is gradually made with great care over a two week period. 

preschooler
preschooler
(3 to 5 years)

Stage 05 introduces our advanced proprietary L.E.A.P.® (Learning Experience Academic Program®) Curriculum that focuses on math, science, reading, technology, and the arts, as well as shared and independent play.

  • Vital cognitive skills, such as matching, sequencing, storytelling, and writing are all incorporated into the preschooler’s daily routine.
  • Preschoolers are introduced to Fun With Phonics®, an early reading program.
  • Preschoolers are also introduced to a foreign language for the first time with our L.E.A.P. into Spanish® program.
  • Socio-dramatic play is encouraged at our Make Believe Boulevard®.

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By this stage, preschoolers are growing up, they’re potty trained and are ready to conquer the world! At this stage, children are like sponges.  They absorb everything around them and are eager to master the new skills they have acquired.  To help satisfy their appetite for learning, we equip our preschool classrooms with challenging equipment and toys that assist in satisfying their thirst for knowledge.

Our preschools are broken up into three completely separate classes according to chronological age and developmental stage. We do this to provide an environment where children can be independent and exercise a variety of personal, social and emotional skills with children at similar stages of development.

L.E.A.P.® (Learning Experience Academic Program®) Curriculum

Developed and written by the National Academy for Educators and Caregivers® (NAEC®), our proprietary L.E.A.P.® (Learning Experience Academic Program®) curriculum teaches preschoolers how to read and write in a simple, yet effective way.  Shape, letter and color recognition are also introduced by L.E.A.P. in monthly lesson plans.  L.E.A.P.® also encourages problem solving, cognitive and symbolic thinking, math concepts and logistics. Blocks and other mathematical manipulatives are introduced to promote planning, problem solving, concepts of physics and creative thinking.  

Fun with Phonics®

Fun With Phonics® is an all-inclusive, phonemic-based literacy curriculum that was specifically developed for 3-4 year olds.   Through interactive activities and engaging reading experiences, children are introduced to essential language concepts in a fun and exciting way.

There is nothing more rewarding for a child than to possess a life changing skill that can open doors to new adventures and experiences. Fun With Phonics® is a complete early literacy program that will provide a solid knowledge base that a child can build upon to become a lifelong reader and writer.  Our research has shown that 90% of our children graduate preschool reading at a kindergarten or greater level, due in large part to our Fun with Phonics® program.

L.E.A.P. into Spanish

L.E.A.P. into Spanish serves as an introduction to the Spanish language and Spanish culture.  In addition to learning basic Spanish vocabulary, children are given play passport as they travel to various Spanish-speaking countries from inside their classroom with our Tito Toro® character as their guide.  Parents are included in the process when our Home Connections page is sent home to assist them in being able to speak Spanish with their children at home.

Make Believe Boulevard®

TLE®’s Make Believe Boulevard® is a scaled down replica of Main Street, USA, complete with a general store, garage, police and fire station and much more. Make Believe Boulevard® takes an adult themed world and scales it down to a preschool level to gives children the opportunity to help make sense of the world around them , to develop an understanding of who they are and the opportunity to experiment in socio-dramatic play. 

Here's how Preschoolers spend their day:

Circle Time

During Circle Time, preppers are involved in group interaction, discussing calendars and weather and a new State

Fun with Phonics®

A self-paced, early literacy program that introduces children to letters, sounds and reading through hands-on learning activities

Learning Centers

Chance to explore the different areas of the classroom including science, social studies, math, manipulatives and the library

L.E.A.P. ® Books

After formal group instruction, preschoolers are given workbooks that teachers also use as an assessment tool to see what each preschooler has learned.

L.E.A.P. ® Journals

Journals are given to preschoolers to have them provide writing samples and detailed drawings to teachers

Make Believe Boulevard®

Indoor play classroom set up as a mini Main Street, USA, the preschoolers use for dramatic play and as an extension of what our curriculum teaches them

Lunch

We offer a nutritious, well balanced and kid-friendly menu

Nap

Lights are dimmed, soothing music is played and the preschoolers are afforded some down time after a busy morning of learning

L.E.A.P. into Spanish®

Children are taught simple vocabulary in Spanish while also enriching their cultural awareness by learning about different Spanish speaking countries

Outdoor Time

Preschoolers enjoy outdoor fun on age-appropriate playground equipment, while climbing, throwing balls, and playing games with their friends

Technology

Basic introduction to computers and technology that includes how to use a mouse and keyboard

Music & Movement

We play instruments and create dance moves to lively songs

Physical Fitness

We keep preschoolers active through various age-appropriate exercises

Weekly Take-Home Reports

Weekly reports, called the Preschool Press are ready at the end of each week for parents to pick-up. These easy-to-read reports reflect everything that goes on during the child's week at TLE®.  Parents will also receive a calendar at the beginning of each month that informs them of the focus of the curriculum for the upcoming month.

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kindergartener
(5 years)

Stage 06 provides programs to ensure readiness for first grade.

  • Our kindergarten teachers are state-certified and plan their lessons according to your state’s standards.
  • Our kindergarten prepares your child for the next development stage by helping them master their social, cognitive and physical skills and more complex concepts such as distinguishing between left and right, problem-solving and independent reasoning.

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The Learning Experience® pre-k/kindergarten program is only offered in select centers.  Where kindergarten is offered, it is only offered to those children that (1) have missed the local school cut-off, or (2) have entered a half day pre-k/kindergarten program in the public school system and will be entering first grade the following school year. 

Entering kindergarten is one of the biggest steps your child will take. This is a very exciting time and selecting the appropriate kindergarten environment is important.  In addition to our L.E.A.P. curriculum, our pre-k/kindergarten classes provide an environment for children to have fun while taking part in open-ended exploration, investigation and discovery.  As they’re busy exploring investigating and discovering, they’ll also be building their self-confidence and self-esteem. Our pre-k/kindergarten is the perfect environment to provide children the opportunity for optimum growth in academics, socialization, physical fitness, and emotional well-being.

All pre-k/kindergarten teachers at TLE® are state-certified and the curriculum is administered in accordance with state standards to ensure readiness for first grade.  Additionally, most teachers enhance the curriculum with additional activities and learning tools. The curriculum includes playground time, dramatic play, the arts, music, computers and more.

Pre- k/kindergarteners at TLE® learn about and master many skills and concepts necessary to enter first grade:

• How to write their first and last name using the proper capitalization, spacing and letter formation

• How to recognize and print the alphabet

• How to recognize and write numbers

• How to use the library and read literature to enhance each child's love of reading

• Language

• Computer experience with specially selected software

• Visual discrimination

• Health and nutrition

• Journal writing

• Understanding the purpose of the calendar

• Identify the planet, country, state and city that they live in

• How to utilize objects of scientific exploration

• How to explore the world of art, music, physical fitness, science and dance

Here's how Pre-K/Kindergarteners spend their day:

Circle Time

Kindergartners gather in a circle to discuss what the learning topics of the day will be

Fun with Phonics®- Phase II

Kindergartners are introduced to a self-paced, early literacy program that teaches them to blend letters and sounds to form words. The basic building blocks to reading

Math

Using scales, manipulatives, money and rulers to add, subtract, and measure

Journals

Journals are given to pre-k/kindergarteners to have them provide writing samples and detailed drawings to teachers

Make Believe Boulevard®

Indoor play classroom set up as a mini Main Street, USA, the preschoolers use for dramatic play and as an extension of what our curriculum teaches them

Lunch

We offer a nutritious, well balanced and kid-friendly menu

Quiet Time

Children get a half-hour of relaxation time to re-energize for all of their afternoon activities

Social Studies/Science

Children learn about the world around them and how it works

Snack

Children are given nutritious and delicious snacks

Outdoor Play

Kindergartners enjoy outdoor fun on age-appropriate playground equipment, while climbing, throwing balls, and playing games with their friends

Afterschool

Homework assistance

Weekly Take-Home Reports

Weekly reports, called the Kindergarten Update are ready at the end of each week for parents to pick-up. These easy-to-read reports reflect everything that goes on during the child's week at TLE®.  Parents will also receive a monthly kindergarten newsletter to keep them informed on the latest happenings at TLE®.