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Our Program

Infants 6 weeks to 18 months

Your early learner’s first year is an exciting and crucial time to explore and discover the world around them.  Sensory and motor stimulation of the brain has been proven to promote early skill building in the infant child.  All of our activities will engage and stimulate our infants through social interaction, talking, playing, movement, singing, and reading.  Their development will be encouraged through physical, emotional, social, and intellectual activities.  Your infant will show a wide variety of skills including language recognition, sense of self, sensory awareness, gross motor skills, and even more then you could ever imagine. Detailed reports are provided daily through our private parent portal login through our website including informative logs on your baby’s feeding, sleeping, diapering, and learning activities and notes from your teachers along with our private personal calendar with extracurricular activities, birthdays, and special events. 

Our goal is for our families to feel at ease as they entrust the care of their little ones in our hands. 

Toddlers  18 months to 36months

Our little explorers are ready to discover the world through hands on play, building secure connections, and motivated exploration.  We will build a strong foundation to foster self regulation of emotions, behaviors, attention, and body control.  We will also help our parents by transforming everyday routines into playful learning activities.  Our new walkers love to explore outdoors and will be encouraged to do so on our fun and safe playground including our irresistible sensory learning tables.

Our toddler curriculum will focus on:

  • Language Development through verbal and nonverbal conversation
  • Literacy through patterns in rhymes, songs and reading and writing
  • Mathematics through counting in rhymes and songs, sorting, and understand the word “more”
  • Creative Expression through a variety of art tools, imitations and facial expressions, uses play props in dramatic play
  • Social and Emotional Development through recognizing family members and cooperating with others, simple interactions, identifying places at school that correspond to places at home
  • Physical Health and Development through stacking age appropriate toys and awareness of simple body parts, uses crayons, markers, and paintbrushes with increasing control, independent eating and daily participation in our IRACISE Litte People Fitness Program.

Our skill sets will vary based on our younger and older toddlers while blending helps to encourage our responsible big brother big sister approach at a young age (this will aid in preparing our toddlers for possible younger siblings).   Detailed Individual Reporting will be available through our parent portal including eating, diaper changing and potty training progress, behavior and educational progress reports and notes from your teachers along with our private personal calendar with extracurricular activities, birthdays, and special events.


Preschool 3yrs to 5 yrs old

Our student navigators will become socially and academically ready for a smooth transition into kindergarten all the while having fun navigating through our extravagant world of work centers.  Our early 3’s will be transitioned gradually into our preschool program to ensure they are confident and excited to navigate through their new journey at IRA!  Our work centers include our Library and Listening Center, Culture and Music Center, Mathematics Center, Literacy & Language Center, Science & Idea Factory Center, Sensory & Art Center, and our Dramatic Play Center (featuring the IRA Café and the IRA Vet Hospital).  Our students will be encouraged to navigate and explore all of our work centers on a daily basis.  Each and every student will enjoy the hands on learning materials and individual work space to their liking whether they choose a desk setting or floor setting.  Our preschool curriculum is student guided as they are encouraged to try something new daily. 
Our curriculum objectives:

Language and Literacy-use increasingly complex sentences, uses language to communicate ideas, feelings, needs and questions. Initiate and respond in conversations and discussions. Spoken sentences increase in length and grammatical complexity. Understands story sequence, connects own life with related events in books. Progresses from using letter like symbols to writing familiar words. 

Mathematics-compare quantities of two groups of objects, sorts objects by color, size, or shape, duplicate and extend simple patterns, combines, separates, and names “how many” objects.

Science & Ideas-utilizes different methods to solve problems, classifies items that belong together, discuss common properties, differences, and comparisons of objects, approaches activities with increased imagination and inventiveness,  and makes predictions and explanations based on past experiences.

Sensory & Art-names different shapes, lines, colors, forms, and materials, creates more detailed drawing, paintings, and other artwork, develops increasing hand-eye coordination (stringing beads, using scissors, etc.)

Library and Listening-concentrates increasingly on tasks or interactions, learns how to choose a book according to likes and dislikes increasing from colors and covers, learns self discipline and learning to appreciate quiet time and thinking space. 

Dramatic Play-recognizes familiar places in the community, begins to understand how his and her reactions affect others, gains knowledge of people in the community and the roles of individuals in a restaurant and veterinary hospital, role play, learn to handle small pets, set a table, greet a customer, proper handling and carrying of food, adding and counting of money, recognizing and implementing problem solving through happy and sad customers, show compassion and most important, HAVE FUN!!!

IRACISE Physical Health and Development-Develops independence in hygiene and personal care, becomes more self sufficient in using tissues, washing hands, and other self help skills, dance with control, moves in time to different music rhythms, and learns the importance of daily exercise and healthy eating choices increasing to making those choices independently.

Detailed behavior and progress reports and notes from your teachers will be available for each child on our private parent portal. Please enjoy our private personal fun filled calendar with extracurricular activities, birthdays, and special events…

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