Seedlings – Ages 2-3, Potty Training
Emphasis is placed on working towards potty training and independence skills.
Acorns – Ages 2-3, Potty Trained
Activities for both classes are child initiated and teacher guided. These include adventurous opportunities for outdoor experiences including hiking, animal care and other play fostering cooperation, socialization, self-regulation and tactile experiences. Basic skills such as counting, colors, shapes, and listening skills are naturally incorporated into the daily experiences.
Pinecones – 4-6 Years
The Pinecones class is more structured as we prepare our older children for kindergarten. We have a stronger focus on pre-kindergarten skills such as number and letter recognition, basic writing skills, listening comprehension, problem solving, conflict resolution and continued independence skills.
The Silverado Children’s Center uses an Emergent curriculum approach. Emergent curriculum is a philosophy of teaching and way of planning curriculum that focuses on being responsive to children’s interests to create meaningful learning experiences. This philosophy prioritizes active participation, relationship building, inquiry and play-based learning. Curriculum is child-initiated, collaborative and responsive to the children’s needs.
Lesson plans are based on the interests of the child and the teacher, and is what leads to activity planning and design.
How do academics play a role?
Will my child learn her numbers and letters? Will he be able to write his name before he leaves this school? What about reading? What are they learning? We hear these questions each time we meet with prospective families and share our school philosophy with them.
Our school’s values are always aligned: observe, respect and support the children’s inquiries. We approach a child’s interest in literacy in the same way that we do a child’s interest in painting: we observe, document, reflect, collaborate and support the continued exploration of the child. If a child shows interest in reading or letters (which nearly all of them do at some point during the school year), we honor that interest and help that child develop skills in that area.
The Silverado Childrens Center is a private early learning school serving children ages two years through six years. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in our programs, admissions policies, employment and general policies.
Our schedule is designed for families requiring half, ¾ and full days.
- Child Care services from 8:00 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday
- Two, Three, Four and Five days per week options.
- Small Class Sizes
- Healthy snacks
- Year-round enrollment
- School Animals: Mini Horse, Suffolk Sheep, Catalina Goat, Pygmy Goat, 2 Rabbits.
- Potty Training for those who require it (based on space availability)
- Access to OC Parks Trails and Library of the Canyons
- Field Trips (Irvine Park, Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary, Centennial Farm)
- Adventurous outdoor play and gardening areas
- Summer camp
- Festive activities throughout the year
- Mud Pit/Pie Making
- Outdoor Café (To serve mud pies!!)
- Hill sliding
- Puddle Jumping
- Creative Arts
- Clay Play
- Bikes & trikes
- Walks & hikes
- Animal Care
- Nature Architecture
- Bug discovery and exploration
- Much more!