A Variety of Classes and Programs for Young Children

Classes

Young Learners offers preschool classes (3 yearsTransition 4’s, and Pre-K), Kindergarten and Little Learners, a parent participation program for 2 year olds. The 3 years and Transition class sessions are 2 1/2 hours in length and offered in morning and afternoon sessions. The morning program is from 9:00am – 11:30pm and the afternoon program is from 12:30pm – 3:00pm. The 4 years and the Pre-K programs are 3 hours in length; sessions are from 8:30am – 11:30am and 12:30pm – 3:30pm. Our extended day Kindergarten program is from 9:00am to 1:00pm. (Note: families with children in classes with different start/end times may use the Early Bird and Later Gator programs to coordinate pickup or dropoff times.) Classes vary in size from 14-20 students, depending on the age of the students and all preschool classes have two teachers. Teachers use Zoo-phonics, Tubbing and Storybook Journeys as part of the comprehensive curriculum in the preschool classes.

All preschool classes’ daily activities include:

Exploration Time: Time where each child can explore a wide range of activities, set up on several tables around the classroom. One table is always teacher-directed.

Circle Time: Interactive time giving the children an opportunity to strengthen their use of language. It includes activities such as calendar, song time and a weather report. To encourage a sense of community, each child is given a daily job such as Snack Helper, Book Helper or Calendar Helper.

Gym Time: Time for play! The great Northwest is beautiful, but not very conducive to outdoor play. Being physically active is an important part of a young child’s development. To help meet this need, we have an indoor gym with equipment geared for the younger student. Students spend thirty minutes of each class in our gym; part of this time is teacher-directed and part is free play. In addition to the physical advantage, the gym offers the children a natural learning environment to enjoy wonderful imaginary play.

Art Time: Time to create! Students are encouraged to create and experience art while exploring different media. We have an art teacher on staff who regularly provides each class with quality art instruction appropriate for their age. We also have an Art Room in our new location! All artwork is beautifully displayed in our classrooms, hallways and windows. Look for the school wide art creations created over the years; we have several displayed throughout the school.

Snack Time: Time to eat. Students take turns bringing a healthy snack to share with the other students in their class.

Closing Time: Time to say goodbye. Students end the day together, talking about what happened during the day and what will happen the next time they come to class.

Please explore our web site to read more about each class or contact us directly to help find the class that is best for your child. For pricing information and to register online, please visit the Tuition and Registration page.

Lunch Bunch

Lunch bunch is an extra hour of fun each day! Students eat lunch with their classmates and participate in gym activities led by one of our teachers. It’s a great opportunity for children to socialize and play with their friends while giving parents an extra hour to do other things. It runs daily from 11:30am to 12:30pm; morning students stay an extra hour or afternoon students come an hour early. Sign up is done daily at drop off and students will bring their own lunches from home. Your child’s classroom teachers make sure they get to or from their classes during Lunch Bunch. An additional fee of $6.00 is charged per session.

Early Birds

Early Birds is a program from 8:30am -9:00am everyday for students in our morning classes. It is particularly useful for parents who have children in classes that start at 8:30am and at 9:00am. The charge is $4.00 per day.

Later-Gators

Later-gators is a program from 3:00-3:30pm everyday to benefit students in our afternoon classes. It allows parents more time in the afternoon to pick up siblings, run that last minute errand or just give your child some extra activity time in an educational and safe environment. The charge is $4.00 per day.

Parents Night Out

Parents Night Out is a fun night for both parents and children ages 3 to 6 years. It is held once a month on a Friday from 5:30pm-9:30pm. Children enjoy games and activities, movies and popcorn, and a pizza dinner, while parents enjoy a night out without children. Siblings, neighbors and friends are welcome. $25 for the first child and $15 for each additional sibling. Dates of the Parents Night Out are posted at the school and are on our calendar. Space is limited. Sign-up at the front desk.

Summer Camps

Each summer, Young Learners offers weekly camps for children ages 3 – 6 in June, July and August. The camp themes differ each week; parents can select which week(s) they want their child to attend. Themes, times, and fees for upcoming summer camps will be posted just after Spring Break and registration starts shortly after.

The new building is wonderful! The classrooms are big and filled with natural light. The colorful, engaging décor totally captures the spirit of the creative play curriculum. And I absolutely love the indoor gym, with its room for both group and individual play. In Oregon, it is a must! Kudos to Director Cindy Canfield for all of her hard work in making the move to the new school a resounding success!

- Chela W. (Mom with twins at Young Learners)