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Our approach to education
for preppers
(2 1/2 to 3 years old)

The Prepper program was designed to meet the special needs of maturing children to build a perfect bridge to the classroom that will come next.

My Little L.E.A.P.® Books

As children reach this stage, they experience rapid increases in physical, cognitive, developmental and social skills. We introduce them to My Little L.E.A.P.® Books, designed to challenge those skills and to teach children about language, letter recognition, shapes, colors, numbers, science, manners, etiquette, math, art, music and physical fitness.

Reinforced potty training

Once children are mature enough to handle “potty time” by themselves, they may enter our prepper program, where continued potty training is reinforced and teachers are prepared for “potty accidents.”

Computers and technology

As society becomes increasingly more driven by technology, it’s more important that children are introduced to technology at an early age. At TLE®, our preppers begin this early education process with a very basic introduction to computers and technology.

What our curriculum for preppers includes

  • Our My Little L.E.A.P. Books, a workbook that teaches and reinforces concepts such as colors, shapes, numbers, sequencing and letter awareness
  • Interactive play, music, and dance.
  • Continued manners and etiquette lessons that teach the importance of good behavior, sharing and kindness.
  • Outdoor time encourages social engagement in plenty of fresh air and sunshine.
  • Daily physical fitness lessons that promote staying healthy and active.
  • Introduction to our computers and technology in the classroom including daily lessons on our L.E.A.P. Interactive board that bring our curriculum to life.
  • Continued potty training support with the help of our loving educators and caregivers.

Our programs for preppers

Technology and L.E.A.P.® Interactive

We see technology as necessary knowledge for the modern world. That’s why our Technology and L.E.A.P. Interactive® early childhood education programs introduce our children to our proprietary L.E.A.P. Interactive board, as well as L.E.A.P. Interactive workbooks, giving them hands-on learning through cutting edge technology. Using digital tools, they apply learned concepts such as tracing, tapping and dragging, or circling to focus attention on lessons.

Lessons are brought to life through applications such as Google Earth™ and real-time videos that reinforce learning through exploration and discovery. These state-of-the-art digital tools let preppers travel through the world as they learn about places like Mount Rushmore, the Golden Gate Bridge or the Pyramids of Egypt without leaving the safety and comfort of the classroom.

Manners and etiquette

We make manners for preppers the foundation of kindness and good behavior. The children are saying “please” and “thank you,” but also going above and beyond to act out kindness with their peers, by learning to say nice and encouraging things.

Our proprietary character puppets are a great tool for the children, such as Penny Polite® who helps re-enact good manner scenarios. Our Manners Readers explore a variety of etiquette situations, including talking on the telephone, behaving well in a restaurant and in public, refraining from name calling and treating their peers with respect. This is a wonderful way to prepare them for the real world and build a foundation for good citizenship as they start to learn about the meaning of philanthropy.

American Sign Language

As our preppers build on those skills in American Sign Language for children, it becomes about more than knowing to ask for things or express emotions—they’re learning to sign in connection with their lessons about the world. When learning about travel, for example, parents are always amazed at how their children can sign words like “passport” or “suitcase.”

At the beginning of every month, those signs are printed and sent home with families to extend the lesson in American Sign Language for children. The parents are also kept abreast of the Sign Language Alphabet as a resource, and can connect pictures to descriptions of the sign language in order to practice communicating with the children.

Physical fitness programs

TLE® makes physical fitness an important part of early childhood education, with the help of our friend, Flexi Flamingo, who teaches our children healthy habits that will last a lifetime. Starting at the toddler age, children are learning to move their bodies, as well as to keep their bodies and minds healthy by starting to identify healthy choices.

At TLE®, they’ll learn about going to the doctor and about tools medical professionals use to help them stay healthy. They’ll learn, too, about health and hygiene, expressing their emotions and calming their anxieties with calming yoga for children, and are even offered ways to develop their gross motor skills with balancing, walking, hopping on one foot or two feet, and more.

Our programs for preppers

6:30–8:30 Early Arrival Program

8:00–8:30 Greeting the Preppers/Parent Communication Free Play

Art, Sensory, Language, Math, Fine Motor; Child-Initiated Activities

8:30–8:50 Circle Time

Finger Plays, Songs, Welcoming Activities

8:50–9:15 Snack Time

Nutritious snack will be served, Manners Matter, Potty Time, Etc.

9:15–10:00 Centers/My Little L.E.A.P.® Books

10:00–10:15 Physical Fitness with Flexi Flamingo®

Children will engage in physical exercise and routines, and discuss healthy bodies and nutrition.

10:15–10:30 Language Skills/Library/Storytelling

Emphasis on Language Development: Puppets, Games, Age-Appropriate Books, Rhymes, Etc.

10:30–11:00 Playground Time

Gross Motor Skills, Coordination, Balance, Tossing Balls, Etc.

11:00–11:30 Art & Sensory

Creative activities enhance emotional development: Finger Painting, Pasting, Sand & Water Table, Clay, Crayons, Water Colors, Etc.

11:30–2:30 Lunch/Rest Time/Quiet Activities/Self Help Skills

2:30–3:00 Snack Time

Nutritious snack will be served, Manners Matter, Potty Time, Etc.

3:00–3:20 L.E.A.P. Interactive®

Hands-On Technology with Interactive Board, Interactive-Theme Based Lessons, Real-Time Videos, Workbook Connections

3:20–3:40 Circle Time

Finger Plays, Songs, Goodbye Songs

3:40–4:00 Fine Motor and Math Skills

Matching, Classifying, Numbers

4:00–4:30 Playground Time

Gross Motor Skills: Coordination, Balance Tossing Balls, Etc.

4:30–5:30 Centers/Free Play

Art, Sensory, Math, Language, Computer, Dramatic Play, and Child-Initiated Activities

5:30–5:45 Music and Movement

Rhythmic Movement, Singing, Listening, Dancing, Social Interaction

5:45–6:30 Table Toys/Pick-Up

(Diapering is provided and supervised on an as needed basis; potty training encouraged.)

Our year-end milestones

While each day is a fun new adventure at TLE®, the lessons and early childhood education curriculum are preparing your child to meet important end-of-year goals — to ensure development at the right pace.

For our preppers, those goals are:

  • Build on vocabulary words and be encouraged to use them in sentences
  • Be encouraged to answer simple questions to make predictions
  • Begin to recognize letters, numbers, shapes and colors independently
  • Participate in potty training skills
  • Develop the skills needed to be ready for preschool

Enrichment Programs for preppers

From six weeks to six years old, our little learners benefit from mandatory early childhood education enrichment programs implemented through our very own Charlie Choo Choo Enrichment Program. They’re provided in kit formats that are taken home at the end of the unit, giving families an opportunity to extend their children’s learning experience.

Movin’ N Groovin’ and Super Soccer

Movin’ N Groovin’ is an early education enrichment offered in addition to our Physical Fitness program. It focuses on healthy habits and offers additional ways of staying healthy and fit. Our Super Soccer program introduces preppers to team-building skills found in soccer as they learn to pas the ball to a teammate, dribble and score.

Dancing Feet and Yippee 4 Yoga

These three child enrichment programs encourage children to move their bodies, develop their physical and intellectual muscles, and reinforce previously learned strategies to convert stress into positive and healthy energy.

Talent Sprouts®

Dramatic play takes center stage in Talent Sprouts®. In addition to further developing their fine and gross motor skills children also pretend and act out different characters, animals, and imaginary and real-world situations.

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