“The more that you read, the more things you will know, the more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
– Dr. Seuss
When we believe it is time for your child to move up to the next class, we discuss or send a letter home and include the parents as active participants in this decision. Once you agree, your child is transitioned gradually and with great sensitivity over a two-week period. This way we can prevent any trauma or insecurities for you or your child. There is never a reason for anxiety either by child or parent due to a classroom move.
Our Preschool Programs
Our Preschool program is broken up into three completely separate classes according to chronological age and developmental stage. We believe that how children learn is as important as what they learn; therefore, we have created an innovative and exciting Preschool curriculum. Kids Choice offers weekly themes and coordinates events for all the children at the center.
Room 1 - Infants (3 weeks to 10/12 months)
During the first year of life your baby responds best to a warm, loving environment. Holding your baby and responding to his/her cries are essential in building a strong, healthy bond. Our infant room caregiver to infant ratio is 1 to 4. Our schedule revolves around your infants individual needs and development. Tummy time and snuggle time are a part of your child's daily routine along with the various positioning throughout the day. Keeping the infant environment sanitized and disinfected is important and we have put definitive procedures in place to insure cleanliness. Staff is required to adhere to all sanitary measures. Toys are disinfected nightly. Changing tables are disinfected after each individual diaper is changed. Caregivers are required to wear gloves before each baby's diaper is changed. Each baby has his or her own crib. Cribs are NEVER shared at Kids Choice. Nightly reports are ready for parents at pick-up time. They reflect in detail, everything that went on during the day, including new and exciting developments, diaper changes and feedings.
Room 2 - Pre-Toddlers (10/12 months to 20 months)
As babies grow, they begin to learn all kinds of new things. In this room, we are helping your infant learn. We begin working with sign language, using utensils for eating, weaning from a bottle to a sippy cup, breaking from sleeping in a crib to sleeping on a raised cot, sharing toys, listening, and many more fine motor skills. Your child has grown into the mobile stage and is crawling/walking and exploring their fascinating environment. Their curiosity is endless. This room is designed to be self-contained, with a diaper changing station and a completely separate refrigerator and food preparation area. There are plenty of toys, equipment, art supplies and books. There is always lots of love given to all by our staff. Since children at this age learn through play and exploration, we give them the space, age appropriate materials and stimulation they need to help quench their thirst for exploration. Our weekly curriculum gives our Toddlers valuable experiences to help them develop and learn. At this stage, we focus on eye hand coordination, motor development and problem solving. The Toddlers' natural inquisitiveness is encouraged and nurtured. Kids Choice staff strives to ensure a safe, secure and loving environment. Daily communication reports are ready at the end of the day for parents to pick-up. These easy to read reports reflect everything that went on in their child's day at Kids Choice.
Room 3 - Toddlers (20 months to 2.5 years)
Our Toddler Program is the next stage of development following our Infant program and serves children from 1 1/2 years to 2+ years. Curiosity, unbounded energy, and independence characterize toddlerhood. Our Toddler teachers assist children in channeling these abilities. The toddlers are offered unstructured play time each morning in order to allow them to enter the group at their own pace and encourage them to make choices within defined options. We offer daily scheduled activities such as art, music, physical activities, dramatic play and story time. Because we understand the importance of flexibility with toddlers, we are prepared to make changes and compromises to meet the ever-changing demands of children. Our toddlers have their own outside play area with age appropriate equipment and hands-on activities. Our teachers are also ready to assist the children when they begin showing interest in going from diapers to using the toilet on our child sized toilets designed to encourage potty training. A day in the life of a Toddler is packed with fun! Nightly reports are prepared so that parents may review their child's day at Kids Choice.
Room 4 - Preschool 1 - (2.5 years to 3 years)
The first of our preschool programs serves children from 2 1/2 years to 3 years. Twaddlers have expanded their language skills and can communicate verbally. Twaddler's love their independence and exploration is their number one priority. Two of their favorite expressions right now are "No!" and "Mine!". They are very curious and love to explore. The teachers in our 2-year old rooms have created a stimulating and warm environment for your children to grow and feel secure exploring their independence. Our curriculum safely encourages children to pursue their priority of exploring. The classroom environment is designed to further enhance this inquisitive stage. Twaddler teachers are special people who have tons of patience, lots of love and understanding and adore this age group. They are equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to insure that each child has the opportunity to succeed, feel secure, and remain content and happy. Once a child is mature enough to handle "potty time" by himself/herself, and the staff and parents believe the child is socially, physically, and emotionally ready to move to the next classroom environment, the child will enter our next Program. This program, designed to meet the special needs of maturing twos and young threes, is a perfect bridge into our Prepper program.
Room 5 - Preschool 2 - (3 years to 3.5/4 years)
The second of our preschool programs serves children from 3 years to 4 years. 3-year olds are full of wonder and enjoy spending time observing and imitating. They are very curious at this age and fill their days by exploring the world around them. We enrich their days in the classroom by providing them with lots of hands-on activities. Because 3-year olds love to pretend, we provide plenty of opportunities for dress-up and imaginative activities. In this stage of development, there is a rapid increase in physical, cognitive, developmental and social skills. The Prepper program provides a balanced curriculum to satisfy this unique growth period. The children are introduced to a new Learning Experiences and our Zoophonics program, which is designed to challenge the rapidly developing verbal skills of each child. The monthly curriculum covers language, science, social studies, math, art, manipulatives, music and physical fitness. Children are also ready to learn letter recognition, shapes, colors and numbers. Preppers participate in more advanced arts and crafts and enjoy books read by their teachers, playing games and engaging in finger plays. A Prepper's day is packed with fun!
Room 6 - Preschool 3 - (3.5/4 years to 4 years)
The third of our three preschool programs serves children from 4 years to 5 years. With their teachers acting as guides and facilitators of learning, the children at Kids Choice spend most of their time involved in "hands-on" activities, we believe academic learning is most effective when it is playful and exploratory. Our teachers in this program skillfully weave in academic goals and objectives as they build on what children can do, and challenge them to try new things. Children contribute their own ideas and use their own problem-solving strategies to explore the world around them. Children in this program continue with our Zoophonics program and are introduced to pre-reading skills, math and science. At this stage, children are very curious and eager to discover and master new skills.
Room 7 and 8 - Pre-K Classes - (4 years to 5 years)
We offer both a full-day and a half-day Pre-K program. This program is offered to those children who will be attending or have missed the local school cut-off and offers the opportunity for individual attention and preparation for elementary school. How exciting is it when your child is ready for one of the biggest steps he or she will take? Entering Kindergarten! Selecting the appropriate Pre-K environment is important. Our comprehensive program gives each child the opportunity to learn from a variety of developmentally appropriate materials and equipment. We believe that each child should learn at his or her own pace. Our Pre-K environment encourages open-ended exploration, discovery and investigation. The curriculum is designed to enhance each child's self-confidence and to build each child's self-esteem. It gives the children the opportunity for optimum growth in academics, socialization, physical fitness, and emotional well being.
Pre K's learn and master many concepts:
• Write first and last name using the proper capitalization, spacing and letter formation
• Recognize and print the alphabet
• Library and literature to enhance each child's love of reading
• Recognize and write numbers
• Visual discrimination
• Health and nutrition
• Journal writing
• Understand the purpose of the calendar
• Identify our planet, country, state and city in which they live
• Utilize objects of scientific exploration
• Explore the world of art, music, physical fitness and science
A healthy balance of academics and socialization are the perfect stepping stone for positive school experience.
Room 8 - After School Programs / Kindergarten Continuation Program
(Kindergarten through 5th Grade)
Kindergarten Continuation Program -This unique program is offered to children who have entered a half day Kindergarten program in the public school system and will be entering first grade the following school year. Our teachers will continue to work with children when they return from Kindergarten. Reading, writing, math skills and science are covered in this program which will reinforce your child's kindergarten program.
Before and After School Program - This program is for 1st graders to 5th graders. Before school children will prepare for their public school day. After school children will be feed a snack, offered free play and participate in our homework/reading club.
Public Schools: out Meridian center offers transportation to the following schools for Kindergarten through 5th grade: Paramount, Hunter, Ponderosa and Willow Creek. We offer before and after school care for AM Kindergarten and School-Age Children.
Our Boise center can transport to Riverside, Garfield and White Pine - call for details.
School Break Programs
During Public school holiday breaks Kids Choice plans many fun filled activities and field trips for our kids who are out on break. During the summer, Kids Choice features our Summer Camp program. Summer curriculum will be announced in May.