Early Hoots classes build on developing the wonder of words and magic of reading at age 3, as children learn the skills needed as they embark on their academic path. Many of our Early Hoots have already started preschool, and our goal is to introduce and hone the skills necessary for them to succeed.
These 90-minute classes meet once a week and coincide with the school year (we offer rolling admissions and pro-rated fees).
Each class is planned around a weekly theme such as zoo animals or life on the farm, and incorporates related books, music and art projects. We continue to foster your child’s love of reading at age 3 and provide parents with a curated book list that will be used throughout the year.
After assessing your child’s handwriting ability, we focus on different skills each week. Children progress from being able to trace their name independently to being able to write their name independently. The “letter of the week” is used to teach children where to begin writing each letter and how to identify upper and lowercase letters.
We know that children love having stories read to them. At this level we stop to discuss pictures in the story and talk about their favorite parts of the story in order to build attention to detail, oral comprehension and visual concepts.
Everything in class is geared towards honing the skills necessary for preschool and kindergarten readiness, as well as gifted and talented entrance exams. We focus on higher-level thinking exercises, vocabulary words, pre-reading abilities, grip activities and more. We’re also building your child’s confidence and letting them know that they’re capable of these new academic challenges.
By the end of the year, our Early Hoots have mastered the overall concepts and have their a-ha moment – which makes for an easy transition to Pre Hoots classes. Our unique curriculum is created by our founder, Rina Collins, to meet the needs and learning styles of each child at this stage of their development. And our warm, inviting space instills a sense of magic in children from the moment they walk through our doors.