Programs

Baby Bears (1 - 20 mo. or so)

Learning materials and coordination and art activities are planned with kisses, hugs, and rocking.

We nap and feed infants based on their needs. When napping, we follow the AAP SIDS guideline so that infants are always laid to sleep on their backs. Please feel free to tell us ways you soothe your baby at home to help us nurture your little one. A sleep sack or light-weight blanket may be provided for your infant.

We provide breakfast and afternoon snack (formula, milk, baby cereal, fruit/veggie, grain). For those under age one, we feed the babies formula or pumped milk. For those over age one, we feed whole milk or pumped milk; lunch foods and other snacks you bring (jars, toddler finger food, juice, we can mix cereal, etc.). You are welcome to come in on your breaks to nurse your baby or play (We need to coordinate this together to avoid the main nap time). We ask you to remove your shoes when entering our room and to wash your hands.

You'll be able to see a record of what your baby ate, when they napped, were diapered, etc.

You provide diapers, cream, and wipes labeled with name. Formula needs to be brought in original containers. Breast milk and formula cans need to have names and date.

Preschool Programs

  • Teddy Bears (2 yrs.)

  • Goldfish (3 yrs.)

  • Yellow Birds (4 yrs.)

  • Blue Birds (4 -5 yrs.)

In all our age groups we focus on the developmental domain areas of intellectual/cognitive/problem solving, physical/perceptual motor development, language/communication, and social/emotional development. Each class revolves around providing a child-friendly learning environment where children can learn through exploration and play. There will be teacher-directed activities such as circle times, story reading, hands-on math and science experiments, literacy projects and phonics, music and movement, and fun learning games. However, most of your child's learning will occur through child-directed play such as block play, family/house play, puzzles and perceptual toys, math games, journal writing, creative art, outdoor play, and sensory activities such as sandbox, water play, rice or cornmeal play. The Yellow Bird and Blue Bird classes focus on additional kindergarten readiness skills, and each group adjusts the learning and play based on a child's individual needs.

Kindergarten

Little Folks' Kindergarten is NAEYC accredited with a focus on the skills needed for first grade, with learning in smaller groups. Our developmental program includes academic development as well as physical/perceptual coordination, and social/emotional growth. We follow Idaho State Kindergarten standards. Kindergarten at Little Folks eliminates the need or worry about transportation to and from public kindergarten and provides your child with one consistent secure environment for the day.

Kindergarten is included in our regular rates. We subscribe to Scholastic's Weekly Reader and Science Spin newspapers for your child.

You may enrich your child's experiences by participating in the on-site tumbling classes and swim lessons when available.

We begin each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and offer a Christian program including Bible stories and prayer before meals. We'll learn our address and phone numbers too. Let us know if you do not want this displayed in the classroom while we learn.

Literacy and Reading Instruction

We learn phonics through the computer, videos, A Beka workbooks, and learning games. We'll write about field trips and topics of interest. Children are encouraged to create and write their own stories with their own words and ideas. Another literacy activity is 'Morning Message', a chart sized letter written to the class by their teacher. Morning message is a great opportunity for learning reading, vocabulary, sight words, phonics, punctuation, and develop comprehension.We'll learn reading in small group and one on one instruction time. Parents are teachers too! Children will be able to check out and return phonics books weekly for at-home reading. We also participate in Pizza Hut's Book-It program, where reading at home earns your child pizza!

Math

Math is taught through hands-on activities where the children learn number concepts, sorting, counting, classifying, sizes, fractions, and graphing by doing real life lessons. We'll learn to count to 100 by ones, fives, and tens to celebrate 100 days in school with a party! We'll use A Beka math workbooks and learn how to write the numerals too.

Computers

Our kindergarten computers offer your child an introduction to computer basics. We'll learn phonics and reading on the computer, and also math, vocabulary, and science activities.

Learning in Kindergarten

Children learn in in a variety of ways. To develop coordination and thinking skills you will see lots of puzzles, art, block play, music and dance, literature, science, animals, cooking, perceptual motor skills, and large motor skills outdoors. We hold group 'circle times' for listening skills, attention span, memory growth, and learning alphabet and phonics skills, spelling color words, learning numbers and sequence skills. Through play, children gain skills of sharing, cooperation, and problem solving.

School Readiness

Entering your child into kindergarten when he/she is most ready is one vital decision you can make. The child who is too young or not quite ready will find frustration instead of the joy of learning. You may choose to give him/her another year to grow and mature and enter them next year. The effects will carry even beyond your child's 13 years of school. If your child is a spring or summer birthday, be especially careful in your decision. Our pre-K class can help you evaluate emotional and academic readiness.

Supplies in Kindergarten

Please bring the following items:

  • 1 - box of 24 crayons
  • 1 - package of regular pencils
  • 1 - package of 8 Crayola markers
  • 1 - box of colored pencils
  • 1 - 8oz glue (or 2 - 4oz.)
  • 1 - pair of Fiskar scissors
  • 1 - tray Crayola watercolors
  • 1 - ream of copy paper
  • 2 - dry erase markers
  • 1 - box of tissues
  • 2 - boxes of wipes

Please no names on these items as we use a cooperative sharing system on each table. Your child will also need a cubby, dishpan, for art etc. Please check this daily.

Your excitement about going to school, pride in your child's work, and reading together daily will get them off to a good start! Be certain your child is on time (8:45 Mon-Fri).

Our role is to provide the opportunity for each child to learn the necessary readiness skills for first grade in a small, nurturing classroom. We try to provide one-on-one teaching where needed and lots of encouragement and hope you will too, enriching their day's learning at home also. We look forward to an exciting year of learning and an enriching program with your child!

Panther Camp

This is a Christian School-Ager Summer Day Camp. It's a working parents solution for old-fashioned summer fun for school-age children, ages 6-11. We do all kinds of activities, some of which include the following:
  • Christian based
  • Fair Trip
  • Park/Beach Trips
  • Camp Prize Store
  • Bible songs, drama
  • "Trip Around World" Study
  • Picnics and Parties
  • Legomania and Games
  • Roller Skating
  • Spanish Class
  • Computer fun
  • Bingo Day and Prizes
  • Baking and Cooking
  • Bowling
  • Movie Day
  • Barbie Center