Our Lil’ Hoots class is about discovering the wonder of words and building a foundation for teaching toddlers to read. These 90-minute classes meet once or twice a week and coincide with the school year (we offer rolling admissions and pro-rated fees).
This tier is designed to facilitate a child’s transition into an academic setting where they work on activities separate from a caregiver.
For many Lil’ Hoots, this is their first time participating in a “drop-off” class, and we help ease any anxiety that might arise from separation. If children have difficulty separating, a caregiver can accompany them into class and slowly ease their way out, so children don’t feel overwhelmed or anxious.
Children in this level are building independence, molding fine motor skills and developing their early alphabetic skills. Although we’re not actively teaching
toddlers to read, we are helping them develop a love of books and reading. Repetition is key to learning at this stage of their development, and we incorporate repetition with our weekly class routines.
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. Sharing books and reading aloud to children helps get them excited about stories and is part of our prep for teaching toddlers to read and getting ready for preschool.