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 Copyright 2020  First Years University.

Created by Strategic Guerrilla Marketing

Hours: Monday - Friday 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Tel: 708-991-2309  

Address

18209 Dixie Hwy

Homewood, IL 60430

First Years University Academics

Admission is open to children between 6 weeks and 12 years of age. 
 
At First Years University children are individuals and we strongly believe in “respect for the child”. We incorporate a project-based curriculum with emphasis on “Hands on Minds on learning”.
 
We believe the more senses used to explore while learning, the greater children’s ability to understand in a greater capacity. This is accomplished through a variety of experiences. Each day is divided into activity periods and during these times children are gaining skills to assist with physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development.
 
All classroom environments are age appropriate with well-selected materials, and equipment designed to assist Teachers with children’s exploration and learning.  Area play is provided, and each child may select activities of interest including arts & crafts, science, math, reading, language arts, exploration and more. 

We know that becoming a skilled reader involves the ability to identify words (decoding) and to understand their meaning and the message they convey (text comprehension).  So we teach skills sequentially

Daycare Literacy

Writing is the primary basis upon which your work, your learning, and your intellect will be judged—in college, in the workplace, and in the community.

 Daycare Writing

It is next to impossible to live an independent life without basic math skills. Students may ask why math is necessary, but quality math instruction ensures that this question is asked infrequently

Daycare Math

Develop skills of planning and conducting investigations, gathering information, team work and evaluating their findings. Act responsibly when using scientific equipment and applying scientific knowledge

Daycare Science
Daycare Geography

While many skills have become obsolete in the digital age, map reading remains an important tool for building children’s spatial reasoning skills and helping them make sense of our world.

Daycare Physical Ed

Improves children's muscular strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular endurance. Develops motor skills, which allow for safe, successful and satisfying participation in physical activities. 

P.I.E.S CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Physical Development 

Intellectual Development 

Emotional Development 

Social Development 

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DAILY PROGRAM
The daily program offers a balance of the following:
1. Active and quiet play
2. Large group, small group, and solitary play
3. Indoor and outdoor play
4. Child-initiated and teacher initiated activities

Many activities are offered daily. These activities include games, music, story time, language, math, science art, and multi-cultural learning. Children also have a free play time in which they can choose from any of the following areas: block/construction, home living/dramatic play, sand/water, language development, science/math, art creative expressionism and manipulative areas. This schedule accounts for basic routines and transition times, such as arrival/departure, rest time, snacks/lunch, and self-help skills.
TRANSITIONS
Transitions of children to the next older class will occur at the beginning of each new school year, depending upon your child's birth date. At various times throughout the year, a child may be moved at the director's discretion.
 
Transitions are dependent on the child's readiness to be moved to the older classrooms as judged by the present teachers, teachers in the proposed classroom and the space available in the next level classroom. Because of the September 1st cut off for Kindergarten, it is impossible to promise that children will transition into one particular classroom or another with the rest of his/her class, but the center will ensure that the academic needs of each child are met.
 
Preparation for the transition occurs two weeks before the actual move. Teachers will begin talking to the child about their new room, their new teachers, and the activities in their new rooms.
 
Transitioning from crib to cot will take place several weeks in advance. Parents are encouraged to visit the new room and meet the new teachers before the transition occurs. Several days before the transition, the child will visit their new rooms, usually for circle time, or maybe an art activity. Generally, within the week, children are completely done with the transition process and have moved all of their belongings into their new rooms.
 
Children need time to feel comfortable with new teachers, classmates, and surroundings. Parents, too, may take some time to adjust to their child's new rooms and teachers. Good parent-teacher communication helps both parents and children are welcome and encouraged to visit their child's new room at any time.