2.6 to 2.11 years old
The Beginners class has a 6:1 student-teacher ratio and the school day runs Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. We also offer longer day options with either a 3:30 p.m. or 5:45 p.m. dismissal. This class is specifically designed to foster confidence, competence, and independence in first-time school children. It offers a predictable daily routine, a clear and accessible arrangement of materials, developmentally appropriate tasks, and an emphasis on social interaction, all of which are geared to making every experience a successful one for the child. Due to the small student-teacher ratio, teachers are able to provide all the special attention the children of this age need to achieve the goals of the class and prepare for their subsequent move to the Early Program.
The emphasis of the program is on social interaction. Predictable routines, an orderly arrangement of materials, and meticulously planned activities gently teach the children to operate within the more complex parameters of a school environment. “Following the rules,” “putting your work away,” and “taking turns” are seeds that grow into an awareness and consideration of others. Gradually, the children they are playing next to become a part of their play and they discover that sharing can be fun.
Children in the Beginners program also travel to specialists classes throughout the school, including music class once a week and movement class two times a week. All classes are taught by professional Caedmon teachers who are accomplished in their respective fields. Beginner children are also paired once per week with their Elementary Book Buddies for a one-on-one storytime.