Our Educational Programs

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Infants

The infant program provides infants 6 weeks to about 12 months with a safe, supportive, nurturing, and stimulating environment. With a small group size, a small child to teacher ratio, and a variety of available play materials, infants thrive in their classroom environment.

The infant program is designed to enhance each child's individual capabilities at different developmental stages. Materials and activities are varied and frequently changed. Nurturing teachers give the love and individual attention that babies need to form secure attachments. They rock, hold, cuddle, lovingly gaze, soothe, comfort, smile, sing, and talk to each infant throughout the day. Teachers also take special care to meet each child's needs by offering stimulating activities that help children develop in a natural progression.

Our infants spend much of their waking time on the floor, exploring and playing. Floor time is one of the best ways to support a baby's physical development and sense of competence. Younger infants are provided with "Tummy Time," a great way to strengthen the upper torso, which will lead to crawling, and eventually will help with gross motor skills, such as athletics, and fine motor skills, such as writing.

In our infant program, we also spend a great deal of time on developing language skills. Research shows that the quantity and quality of language heard in the first years of life directly relate to future school success. Language development in infants is more than just babbling. It is also consists of listening, understanding, and knowing the names of things. Therefore, our teachers constantly talk to each baby, respond to infants' sounds, sing, read, and play music throughout the day. They expose them to new experiences, point to and name objects, and use common words frequently.

Communication and cooperation between parents and teachers is the key to our partnership in providing the best care and education possible. Parents and teachers work together to customize a routine and schedule that is appropriate for each baby's individual needs. They also discuss the infant's personality, preferences, development, and activities on a daily basis. At the end of each day, a daily report is given. Parents are encouraged to visit anytime during the day.

Toddlers

Toddlers are very inquisitive and active. They need the freedom to explore, but they also need to know that someone who cares about them is within reach. The toddler teachers are dedicated to providing the children with the love and nurture that is still greatly needed, as well as a challenging curriculum.

The toddler curriculum focuses on providing rich sensory experiences each day that allow the children to make new discoveries and expand their knowledge of the surrounding world. The teachers are engaged with the children, adding language and ideas to the children's explorative play. Toddler classrooms are divided into interest centers, each with a variety of play and learning materials.

Each and every day the toddlers take part in stories, music, and other language development activities. They also enjoy enrichment classes, such as Music & Movement, Art, and Cooking.

The transition toddler program provides toddlers from about 12 months – 18 months a safe and supportive environment to practice their newly acquired abilities. With a small class size of only six children and a gradual approach to changes in their needs and routine, infants transition into toddlerhood with the greatest of ease.

The older toddlers program provides a creative environment for active and curious toddlers of about 18-24 months. With a small class size and a wide variety of materials and activities, toddlers feel that their classroom is a special place for them.

Twos

Two-year-olds have boundless curiosity, energy, and strong emotions. In the two-year-old program, children can exert their independence, while trying out new ideas and actively exploring their environment. A small class size of 8-12 students and supportive teachers allow two-years-olds to approach new social contexts with confidence.

High quality two-year-old teachers are a vital part of the program. They act as a base of support and trust. Teachers ensure that caring relationships are formed early. Two-year-olds are very emotional and are just beginning to understand rules and have social interests. Patient teachers help them express their emotions in an appropriate manner and provide routines and consistency that two-year-olds greatly need.

The two-year-old curriculum is based on the children’s development, interests, and newly acquired abilities. Self-help skills, including potty-training, are part of the daily curriculum. Problem-solving, representational thinking, make-believe skills, connections to themselves, and language skills begin to blossom in this third year of life. Language skills are dramatically increased by extending language, using descriptive language, conversations, challenging vocabulary, alphabet sounds and symbols, rhyming, and understanding stories.

Additionally, two-year-olds have daily reading, art, music, and movement. They also take part in educational field trips and enrichment classes.

Preschool

Preschoolers have vivid imaginations, boundless questions, and a desire to be silly and make others laugh. The preschool program provides older two-year-olds and three-year-olds a creative environment where they can pretend, experiment, discover, and make friendships.

Preschoolers have the opportunity to make choices, watch and imitate others, and perfect skills through repetition. In the preschool classroom, children may choose from a variety of materials and activities, such as creating their own art project, making up word games or imaginative stories, constructing with blocks, listening to music and dancing, exploring books, or pretend playing with friends.

Experienced, caring, and supportive teachers are essential to our preschool program. They carefully plan the curriculum to support each child's development, physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. Teachers listen to and talk with the children, ask questions to further reasoning skills, enhance ideas, and encourage children to interact with both adults and peers. Most importantly, teachers ensure that their students are happy, enjoy learning, and have a positive self-esteem.

The preschool schedule provides a balance of active and quiet times, indoor and outdoor times, teacher-directed and child-directed activities, individual, small-group, and large-group times, and short and longer periods of time that are appropriate for the children’s growing attention span.

Additionally, preschoolers take several field trips each month to learn from real-world experiences outside of the school. Preschoolers also enjoy special visitors, such as librarians, storytellers, and artists. Enrichment classes are also included in the program.

Pre-Kindergarten

Pre-Kindergarteners have an increasing need for abstract thinking, independence, and collaboration with peers. The Pre-K program provides four-year-olds and five-year-olds with a stimulating environment and variety of challenges to gain greater responsibility, increase communication skills, and extend their cognitive and creative abilities.

Children’s ideas and opinions are valued at Canterbury School. Throughout the year, Pre-Kindergarteners work on listening to others, contributing to discussions and projects, creating in their own unique ways, exerting self-control, cooperating with peers, and communicating effectively. These skills are vital to success in Kindergarten and beyond.

Pre-Kindergarteners are beginning to conceptualize abstract ideas and are able to learn more about the outside world. Science, community, and multicultural topics are studied in-depth.

Language and mathematics are core elements of the Pre-K curriculum. Language is comprised of listening skills, speaking skills, pre-writing skills, and pre-reading skills. Pre-reading skills include print awareness, phonemic awareness (playing with words, sounds, and rhymes), phonics, vocabulary, and comprehension. Mathematics includes sorting, patterning, classifying, comparing, contrasting, measuring, adding, subtracting, grouping, ordering, sequencing, and an introduction to concepts of geometry, multiplication, division, fractions, time, and abstract representation.

All elements of the curriculum are integrated throughout every aspect of each day. For example, during a cooking class, children follow a recipe, using picture cues and sight words, learn about fractions and measuring, learn about liquids and solids, and taste treats from another culture. While building with blocks, children build a town using symmetry and geometric shapes, make traffic signs using symbols and words, and expand their knowledge of the community. During music, children read along with the written lyrics, play with rhymes, follow patterns, and use instruments from around the world.

Additionally, pre-kindergarteners take several field trips each month to learn from real-world experiences outside of the school. Pre-kindergarteners also enjoy special visitors, such as librarians, storytellers, and artists. Enrichment classes are also included in the program.

Camping in the City

Camping in the City at Canterbury School is a full-time summer program that is specially designed to be fun and educational for children age 3 through 8. It includes students from our year-round school plus additional students from other schools. Highly-qualified teachers guide children in the classroom, outdoors, and on numerous field trips. Classrooms are well-equipped and class sizes are small.

Visual Art, Performing Arts, and Science are the themes for the summer. After an introduction to each theme, student’s individual interests are explored further. Hands-on academics, including literacy and mathematics, are also integrated throughout each day. In addition to the classroom experience, children enjoy numerous field trips, swimming, and outdoor play.

The ultimate goal is for children to feel successful and confident, as they become friends, team members, and leaders. All activities are specifically tailored for each age group. Our small class sizes allow friendships to flourish, and our end of the summer talent show showcases students’ learning.

Field Trips

Campers age 5-8 will enjoy about two field trips per week in addition to weekly swimming. Field trips include major Atlanta attractions, including Georgia Aquarium, Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Fernbank History Museum, and Imagine It! Children's Museum. Field trips also include local galleries and museums, a cooking lesson, a dance studio, an art studio, a movie theatre, performances at local theaters, numerous local parks, and several others. Swimming lessons are also available. Contact us for more information.

After School

Our after school program provides kindergarteners through third graders an enjoyable, supportive environment for after-school hours and non-school days. We currently pick up from Morningside Elementary, Springdale Park Elementary, and Mary Lin Elementary.

After school students have additional learning experiences, as well as homework help. Children receive snack, outside playground time, homework help, fun hands-on activities, and time for constructive play.

Class size and the age range of students are kept relatively small compared to other after school programs. This helps friendships to flourish, increases safety, and lets us provide individualized attention. Class size is usually 10-15 students.

To enroll in our after school program, please email the after school coordinator.