The Little School

Program Philosophy and Purpose

The Little School believes every child is unique and each child should be allowed to grow at his or her own rate. We plan a balance of self-directed and teacher-directed activities that aid children in growing physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. Our staff members serve as positive role models; they provide care that is supportive, nurturing, warm, and responsive to your child’s individual needs. We strive to create an environment in which children develop a good self-image and a sense of self-worth.

We help each child grow physically by using developmentally appropriate toys in the classroom; planning both gross motor and fine motor activities; and including outside or gym time in each daily plan.

We promote social skills by planning group activities that involve interaction and sharing, modeling appropriate behavior, praising good behavior, and redirecting inappropriate behavior.

We build each child’s self-esteem by using positive reinforcement to shape behavior and skills; showing our acceptance of diversity and creativity in the classroom; and encouraging each child to develop his/her God-given gifts.

We encourage each child to grow spiritually by saying grace before snacks and meals, singing Christian songs, reading Christian books, and celebrating Christian holidays during the school year.

The Little School program at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church is an extension of the Christian Education ministry of the church. Here, we realize and embrace that the early years of life are the most important for laying the foundations of faith, social, emotional, and cognitive development.

Classroom Ratios and Ages

The Little School program accepts children at three months of age. The ratio for this age group is 1:3. The next age group (nine to 12 months) has the same ratio of 1:3. The primary responsibility of the teachers for these age groups is to provide a loving and nurturing environment while providing the highest quality of care possible.

There are three classes of children twelve (12) to eighteen (18) months of age. The ratio for this age group is 1:4 (maximum eight children with two teachers). In addition to providing a loving and nurturing environment for the children, the teachers are also helping the children to learn social skills, how to adapt to a routine, and how to adjust to a classroom environment.

We offer two classes of children nineteen (19) to twenty-four (24) months of age. The ratio for this age group is 1:4 (maximum eight children with two teachers). With this age group, the children are more responsive to the curriculum and are able to comprehend the combination of the faith-based and educational curriculum. Through stories, songs, and puppetry, the children learn about God and how our daily lives are affected by Him.

From twenty-four (24) months of age and up, the ratio is 1:5 (maximum ten children with two teachers). The curriculum is even more defined and the children’s social and educational skills continue to improve and develop.

Curriculum

We implement a faith-based curriculum throughout our program. The older 2’s classes implement Frog Street Press within the faith-base. Our curriculum is a balance of self-directed and teacher-directed activities that aid each child in growing physically, socially, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. During the school day, the children may engage in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, such as Learning Centers, Outdoor Play, and Large-Group Activities.

Requirements for Registration

1. Online registration must be completed through the MDPC website.
2. Registration fee (paid at the time of online registration).
3. Building fee for non-church members (paid at the time of online registration).

**Before the child enters the program, the parent and the child’s pediatrician must complete the enrollment form and return it to The Little School office. Enrollment forms are provided in the enrollment packet. Failure to turn in paperwork will result in your child losing their place in our program.

Pictures of the School

Room 104

 

Room 111

 

Room 114

 

Room 118

 

Playground

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staff