Balancing Play & Academics
At ONS we believe that children learn much of what they need to know through play balanced with academics. In our 2½K Program order and predictability are balanced by flexibility and freedom to experiment with social skills at your child's comfort level. Little ones will have lots of fun learning through art projects, imagination play, stories and games!
Students must be at least 2½ but not yet 3 by September 1. Children are added to this class as they become age eligible during the year.
Children have fun building their social skills by learning about themselves, their peers and teachers, and how they relate to each other. This time will develop good listening skills as well as helping children express themselves and overcome shyness.
Arts & Crafts
Encouraging self-expression through creativity and imagination helps children to build self-esteem, confidence and patience. Activities such as painting, coloring, cutting and gluing help to develop fine motor skills but children will also expand their knowledge of math concepts and vocabulary by learning to recognize and identify different shapes, colors and materials.
Make-believe is an important part of intellectual development as well as verbal skills. Whether playing in groups or independently, storytelling and narration build communication and logical thinking skills while helping children make more and better associations between the objects they’re using.
Stories & Games
Stories and games provide a fun time for children to build social skills as well as fine and gross motor skills. While story time teaches important listening skills and vocabulary, games are great for developing communication, coordination, rhythm, dexterity and agility.