Busy Ones

Teacher: Cathy

Ages: 1-2 years old

Days/time: Mondays 9:30-11:15AM

Class size: 12

Cost: $55 + SCC fees

In-Class Experience:

Busy Ones meets once a week. Both the caregiver and the child attend together.

A typical day in the Busy Ones class begins with excited children ready to let loose of all that busy energy! How will your little one choose to start their day in the Fire Truck Room? A wide array of ever changing activities awaits these playful children. Some children begin their play based thinking with climbing, molding playdough or experimenting in the seed box by dumping, pouring and squishing in delight. Perhaps they want to meet around block area for some serious building. Still others may choose a quiet moment with the doll house, observe or pet one of our friendly animals, or sit on a cozy cushion with a parent ready to read a book. With all that play, many children are ready to refuel at the snack table with a nutritious snack that a classmate has brought to share with everyone. Next they will move onto the Castle Room where their interests may take them to discover what is new in the sensory box or maybe it’s time to create an art project with interesting materials. They may want to expand their imaginations in the castle or pretend to be something different with a imagination theme every month. These Busy Ones have plenty of opportunities to play, enrich their senses, make friends and develop social skills.

In what seems like too short a time, the strains of “The Entertainer” are heard over the speakers. That music, the children soon learn, means clean up time. All the adults find clean up jobs for the children and soon everyone is busy picking up, putting away, and scrubbing. In ten minutes the whole school is clean.

Busy movement continues at circle with teacher Cathy for those who want to join in active songs, finger plays, dancing with scarves or other props. There is always time to include children’s favorite circle time activities and a book or two.

Our morning ends with play outside where children climb, slide, swing and explore. Then it’s time for our going home song, “Preschool is over, we had lots of fun. Now it’s time for going home so ‘Good-bye’ everyone!” The children give Cathy a BIG HUG or a wave good-bye. After all those activities, a lot of energy has been expended and your Busy One will tend to be tired and ready for a long rest!

Course Description:

This course is designed for parents and children between 1 to 2 years of age.  The course format includes weekly parent education discussions and classroom experiences designed to explore, learn and practice relevant early childhood development research.  Areas of discussion will include temperament, challenging behaviors, literacy, support structures for families and positive discipline.

Course Requirements:

Parent Education 124 is a two credit course.  Students must attend preschool each week and a parent education evening session once a quarter.  Please notify the instructor or parent coordinator if you are going to be absent from class.  All evening parent education seminars are required.  If for some reason you are absent from any of the evening seminars, there are a variety of ways you can make them up.  Please refer to your NCCP handbook for details on make-up sessions.  Students are expected to participate in the weekly discussion groups as well as perform duties required to ensure a safe and enriching preschool.

Student (Parent) Learning Objectives:

To identify topics of concern for parents of young children and explore appropriate options.

To participate in discussions where class members express a variety of viewpoints.

To discuss and understand normal development of one to four year old.

To establish, maintain and supervise a safe and stimulating environment that fosters appropriate play.

To explore current relevant research as it applies to young children.

Note: If this is an add-on class for a sibling of a SHAM child: In order to receive the monthly $15 a month sibling discount, a parent will be required to work one day each week in SHAM and BO. If a parent has children enrolled in both morning classes, they may choose not to work one day in SHAM and forego the sibling discount if proper ratios can be maintained in both classes. In the event another SHAM parent would like an opportunity to work an extra day a week they would be eligible to receive the discount foregone by the other parent. If a parent is only working in BO, they will be required to enroll in both SCC classes, participate in SHAM parent ed following the BO class and make arrangements with the instructor to make up the lab portion of class. All opportunities will be awarded on a first come first serve basis.