Music and Movement:
Music and Movement activities allow teachers and children to enjoy listening to and creating music through CDs, singing, and musical instruments. Children also gain kinesthetic awareness as they explore new ways to coordinate body movements and exhibit self-expression through dance.
During circle time, children participate in group learning through songs, finger plays, class discussions, and other engaging hands-on activities. This is the important time of day where each class works together as a group to explore daily curriculum themes and activities such as calendar, weather, classroom helper jobs, letters, colors, numbers, shapes, sight words (for older children), and more!
Outdoor play is integrated into your child’s daily schedule to facilitate gross motor development. Our beautiful playground provides a generous amount of space and equipment where your child can run, jump, climb, swing, explore, pretend, and enjoy nature.
Visits from Community Helpers:
Visits from the community such as Policemen, Fire Department, and Dentist provide children with real life experiences that reinforce important concepts introduced in the classroom, and allow children to explore the world around them firsthand.
At our center, birthdays are valued as a special time to celebrate each child's uniqueness and individuality. On their birthday, each child receives their own special birthday crown! We welcome families to share a birthday snack with their child’s class. We also learn about and celebrate a variety of holidays year round.
End of the Summer Field Day:
As summer comes to an end each class works hard on making team shirts and a game for the whole school to enjoy. Each class has a great time going outside as a team participating in all the games.
Your child will have the opportunity to pose for Holiday Portraits in the fall, as well as a Class Photo in the springtime. VPK students even pose for Graduation Portraits wearing a cap and gown, which make a wonderful keepsake! All photos are taken at our center, and convenient viewings are scheduled for families to select which portraits and packages they are interested in purchasing.
VPK & Kindergarten Graduation Ceremony:
To celebrate the growth and accomplishments of our VPK and kindergarten students, we proudly host a spectacular Graduation Ceremony! Children wear caps and gowns for a wonderful musical performance. Each child is also presented with a special diploma commemorating their achievements!
Little Sunshine Preschool and Learning Center
Offers fun and exciting learning experiences that will engage and nurture each child.
We enrich our programs with developmentally appropriate curriculum, stimulating learning experiences, special events and extracurricular activities that your child will love!
Time spent using computers can enhance eye-hand coordination and also builds social skills through turn-taking. Computer games reinforce various learning concepts such as math, science, letter recognition, phonemic awareness, and more. Creative Art Projects: Our creative art projects are developmentally appropriate experiences focused on process vs. product, meaning that children are given an opportunity to experiment freely with various art mediums without emphasis on a finished product. This approach highlights each child’s unique abilities and places importance
on individuality and self-expression.
School age children participate in a digital learning program that is so much fun, students hardly know they're learning! And the program is based on Common Core standards so key skills are learned and practiced every day to help insure the success of each child.
Early Literacy Development:
Each child at our center is immersed in a print-rich environment, designed to aide in the development of important early literacy skills. Children enjoy story time together, and also have daily opportunities to explore literature independently. Dictation is posted around the classroom along with class projects and creative artwork to demonstrate the functionality of print. Letter recognition and phonemic awareness are also emphasized in order to help your child take the pivotal first steps toward becoming a successful reader and writer.
Personalized Physical Development:
Coach Mike provides a comprehensive sports and fitness program for school age students. This includes the Presidential Fitness Challenge Program, baseball, calisthenics, flag football and more! Each day students receive encouragement and instruction to help form healthy habits and overall fitness in addition to having a really good time!
Three times each week school aged students participate in Coach Mike's gardening program. They grow everything from grass heads to salad vegetables.
Weekly Food Experience Activities:
Every Thursday, each class works together to create and enjoy a delicious snack based on the current curriculum theme. These special activities promote healthy eating habits, encourage children to try new foods, allow children to practice teamwork, and touch on learning areas including math and science.
Our school aged students explore exciting new places like Old McMickey's Farm, Glazer Children's Museum, and MOSI. Students take in The Holiday Show at the Straz Center to learn about holidays around the world. We also learn about every day places like Publix and the Public Library. The end of the year pic-nick is always a hit with our students with a visit to Sim's Park.
We Love Parties!
At Little Sunshine, we believe that life events should be celebrated, so we host many parties with our families. Grandparents Day is celebrated with Tea with Grandparents. Mother's Day is celebrated with Milk & Cookies with Mom. At Thanksgiving we hold a feast. Every year we have a themed Parent's Day party. We also have parties with the children like Halloween Pizza Parties, the Easter Ice Cream Social, A Sweet Valentine Party, a
St. Patrick's Day Party, and an Easter Egg Hunt.