Programs

"Think it over. Think it under."
-Winnie the Pooh
Preschool Classes (Curriculum and Class Times)

 

Individual Class Curriculum:

Toddler Class:
Our play-based curriculum in the Toddler classroom is filled with a lot of hands-on
exploration through: dramatic play, sensory play, gardening, science exploration, music
and movement, reading and reenacting stories, learning about native wildlife, and art.

Our Toddler program is special for many reasons. For starters, we learn to care for and grow a garden. We have two garden boxes, one for growing flowers and the other for growing herbs.  The children can pinch and pick the herbs to discover their different smells and to practice strengthening hands and fingers.   We also spend a lot of time learning about music through songs and stories, using rhythm sticks, egg shakers and props. My most favorite activity is spending a whole month learning through the literature and illustrations of Eric Carle. The children construct a classroom mural inspired by the story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  We learn about the lifecycle of butterflies and even get to observe real caterpillars and butterflies that crawl and flutter in and around the Pre-K’s butterfly garden!

 

3-5 year old Classes:

“Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning” (Fred Rogers).  Our classrooms (both indoors and outdoors), are thoughtfully arranged to encourage exploration and the freedom to play.  From the dramatic and imaginative play areas and the sensory, science and literature areas inside each classroom, to the open-ended play opportunities in both the Courtyard area and the Sandbox area, a child has the time and freedom to engage in meaningful play at Grandmother’s House.

Through play, we also provide learning opportunities in the areas of pre-academics; letter and number practice, writing and drawing and listening and following directions.  We model and teach appropriate social and emotional skills to help your child prepare for their future school experiences.  

The students are surrounded by highly distinguished children’s literature.  "I have a good rapport with the children’s librarian at my local library and she has introduced me to some exceptional authors and illustrators," states Mrs. Dottie.  Emily Gravvett, Steven Gammell, Anthony Browne, Antoinette Portis, Jon Klassen, Mac Barnett, Leo Lionni, Michael Hall and Oliver Jeffers are a few of our favorites!  These books are the inspiration for many of our activities, from creating art to practicing counting, and from exploring emotions to learning about the natural world.  One of my greatest joys is to observe my students eagerly ‘reading’ the stories I share with them during our morning together.

 

 

Daily Schedule

 

8am-12 pm:

-Drop off/Free Exploration

-Circle Time and Small Group Activities (Academics)

-Creative Art Activities

-Outside Play

-Snack

12-12:45:

-Lunch and play time!

1-3 pm:

-Rest and quiet time.

Tuition (Monthly)

Toddler Class

9-12 pm:

2 days/week - $459

3 days/week - $598

4 days/week - $737

8:30-12:45 pm (lunch program):

2 days/week - $574

3 days/week - $772

4 days/week - $969

8-3 pm:

2 days/week - $830

3 days/week - $1,155

4 days/week - $1,480

3-5 year old class

9-12 pm: 

2 days/week - $382

3 days/week - $483

4 days/week - $584

5 days/week - $685

8:30-12:45 pm (lunch program):

2 days/week - $466

3 days/week - $609

4 days/week - $752

5 days/week - $895

8-3 pm:

2 days/week - $551

3 days/week - $887

4 days/week - $1,122

5 days/week - $1,269

 

Drop-in Rates:

Early Drop off: 8-8:30 am

$10 fee added to next month's tuition

**advanced notice not required

Lunch Program drop-in: 12-12:45 pm 

$10 fee added to next month's tuition

**advanced notice is required to ensure space

Drop-in on an alternate day:

9 am - 12 pm - $36

8:30 am - 12:45 pm - $47

8 am - 3 pm - $52 

**advanced notice is required to ensure space

More Information

Please call the Center (805) 541-1305 or email ghccdirector@gmail.com to schedule your visit or for more information about our program.