By creating individualized, academic programs in an inclusive setting, we are giving children the opportunity to live a life without limits. We integrate the learning styles of our students, challenging and inspiring each child to develop his or her own talents. More importantly, our school has a community feel that fosters a learning environment and boosts personal and academic achievement.
Picture your little angel in a warm, comforting environment where our teachers love babies and understand how to help develop their self-esteem and sense of security. At UCP, you will find that and more. We recognize the need for your baby to have a close connection with their care taker. That is why we have one staff member to only four babies. It is our goal to offer your growing baby group and individual playtime that engages all their senses. Whether its buggy rides to the nature trail area, swinging on the playground or sitting quietly on the lap of a teacher who knows how important comfort is to your child, UCP offers opportunities for learning and growing in even the simplest activities.
Young infants are encouraged to coo and vocalize, teeth on appropriate toys, roll over and eventually sit alone. They are also encouraged to track objects and respond to their environment by vocalizing, smiling and turning toward caregivers while being held or read to. Infants learn about cause and effect by grasping and releasing objects, kicking or swatting at a mobile to activate sounds or lights and tipping their bottle to get that last bit of milk. Older infants are encouraged to crawl and pull-up on child size tables and chairs, manipulate objects (put beads in a box), move with music and engage in back and forth play with adults. Communication is fostered by the use of sign language and word approximations. Teachers encourage older infants to decrease their dependence on pacifiers and bottles and learn to enjoy healthy snacks with their peers.
Toddlers are busy exploring the world around them, just wanting to get up and go. We recognize your child’s natural instinct to discover how the great big world works. That is why UCP’s toddler programs are led by a group of dynamic, energetic and qualified teachers who offer plenty of indoor and outdoor opportunities to explore.
Your child will pretend to be a dinosaur, create a masterpiece in art, ride a tricycle on the playground and go on adventures in nature. Even with all their new-found independence, parents can rest assured knowing that a caring, loving hand is there to guide them every step of the way.
We know that all toddlers need room to move and explore so we provide lots of opportunities for them to use their bodies and to explore their surroundings. Younger toddlers are beginning to develop more precise eye-hand coordination. Teachers encourage this by providing opportunities for them to manipulate toys that require turning knobs, flipping switches, and pushing buttons. They are also encouraged to turn pages in a book and to imitate the hand motions of finger-plays and songs. Older toddlers are encouraged to recognize the names of familiar objects and people and to begin using language to communicate. They also participate in activities of daily living by washing and drying their hands, getting a book for the teacher to read and putting toys away.
In their early years, children explore the world around them by using all their senses (touching, tasting, listening, smelling, and looking).
In using real materials such as blocks and trying out their ideas, children learn about sizes, shapes, and colors, and they notice relationships between things.
In time, they learn to use one object to stand for another. This is the beginning of symbolic thinking. For example, they might pretend a stick is an airplane or a block is a hamburger. These early symbols – the stick and the block – are similar in shape to the objects they represent. Gradually children become more and more able to use abstract symbols like words to describe their thoughts and feelings. They learn to “read” pictures which are symbols of real people, places and things. This exciting development in symbolic thinking takes place during the pre-school years as children play.
Play provides the foundation for academic or “school” learning. It is the preparation children need before they learn highly abstract symbols such as letters (which are symbols for sounds) and numbers (which are symbols for number concepts). Play enables us to achieve the key goals of our early childhood curriculum. Play is the work of young children.
The most important goal of our Pre-School and PreK program is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We are teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but also all through their lives. We are allowing them to learn at their own pace and in the ways that are best for them. They are learning good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.
The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.
UCP of Central Florida’s Elementary Charter Schools were developed so children of all abilities can learn together.
Our philosophy is that each child has unique strengths, and all children should be given equal opportunities to serve as leaders.
Our schools places a strong emphasis on developing effective communication, active cooperation, thoughtful problem solving, individual and group initiative, pride in uniqueness, development of talent, and embracing differences. The curriculum was developed from theories on brain research, multiple intelligences and Universal Design for Learning (UDL). We provide comprehensive education and use an integrative, hands-on approach to learning. Therefore, children develop skills in all academic, social and emotional areas throughout their day.
Two elements that are central and unique to our program are the integration of the arts and technology. By integrating these two resources into daily and weekly lessons, we are able to offer students opportunities to explore and expand upon new skills and abilities.
UCP Elementary Charter Schools use a co-teacher model in the majority of its elementary school classrooms. This model incorporates a general education and Exceptional Education teacher teaches together in partnership.
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