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Investigators and Explorers

Welcome, all Investigators and Explorers at i5 KIDS Early Learning Center!

This is where our 6 weeks to 23 months learn and grow as they explore the big world around them!

Our Explorers and Investigators will spend their day in a safe, fun and engaging environment that will encourage them to learn about the world around them through play and hands-on experiences. While children at this age generally engage in solitary play, our staff will engage your child in activities that include trial and error, copying and repetition of various activities. They will be taught using the Creative Curriculum along with thematic Learning Letters which will focus on building and strengthen their developmental stages of learning. Your child will also learn about the unwavering love of Jesus Christ, which will be presented to them through songs, prayers, and age-appropriate activities. When your child transitions from this stage of development they will have a firm grasp of the world around them and will be developed academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally.

 Schedule

6:30 – 7:00 AM Arrive in Investigators’ Room
7:00 – 9:00 AM Free Play in Class
*Breakfast offered from 7:30-8:20
8:15 – 8:30 AM Diaper Time
9:00 – 9:15 AM Welcome Circle Time
9:15 – 9:30 AM Snack
9:30 – 9:40 AM Story Time
9:40 – 10:00 AM Circle Time
10:00 – 10:30 AM Outside Time/Activity Room
10:30 – 10:45 AM Diaper Time
10:45 – 11:15 AM Centers/Art Time/Activity Time
11:15 – 12:00 PM Lunch Time
12:00 – 12:15 PM Diaper Time
12:15 – 2:30 PM Nap Time
2:30 – 2:45 PM Diaper Time
2:45 – 3:00 PM Manipulative and Books
3:00 – 3:15 PM Snack
3:15 – 3:30 PM Circle Time
3:30 – 4:00 PM Outside Time
4:00 – 4:30 PM Centers/Activity Time
4:30 – 4:45 PM Diaper Time
5:15 – 5:30 PM Activity Room
5:30 – 6:00 PM Free Play in Investigators’ Room
6:00 – 6:30 PM Departure in the Investigators’ Room

 Curriculum

The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos creates daily routines and meaningful experiences that respond to children’s strengths, interests, and needs. This curriculum focuses on what matters most for very young children. It consists of:

    • The Foundation, which outlines the research behind the curriculum and discusses the five central components of nurturing care and teaching.
    • Routines and Experiences, which discusses the five routines and eight experiences that are essential to the development and learning of children birth to age 3, explaining how to plan intentionally while maintaining the flexibility to respond to the changing interests and abilities of young children.
    • Objectives for Development & Learning: Birth through Kindergarten, which explains the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that matter most to the continuing development and learning of very young children. A tool to help teachers observe children effectively.

TEAM

Our dedicated staff creates an optimal environment for learning that will nurture creativity and independence as well as social, emotional, and academic development for the children in our care! Meet our Investigator and Explorer team.

 

 Ms. Colleen Milliken: Lead Teacher

colleenTime 8:00am- 5:00pm

Colleen Milliken joined the i5 KIDS team in August of 2016. Colleen has been working in Early Childhood Education field for 20 plus years. Colleen has taught children ages infant to 2 years old. Colleen also has a level 3 in MSDE credentialing program. She is certified in First Aid and CPR has her 90-hour Early Childhood Certificate and her 45-hour Infant and Toddler Certificate. Colleen also plans to return to AACC in the fall to continue classes in Early Childhood Education. She loves spending time with her daughter who is 12 years old and her parents. Colleen loves the Ravens, Capitals and watching her daughter dance tap, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. For fun, she likes to go bowling and the movies.

 Ms. Chelsey Ries: Co-Teacher

chelseyTime: 6:30am-4:00pm

Mrs. Chelsey joined the i5 KIDS team in the fall of 2015. Chelsey has her 90 Clock Hour Lead Teacher Certificate, CPR & First Aide. Chelsey has over 9 years of experience in the Early Childhood field. Chelsey is married with 2 amazing boys. She has always been passionate about working with children and loves having the opportunity to see them learn and grow.

 

 Ms. India Holland: Aide

india

Time: 2:00pm-6:30pm

India Holland joined i5 kids in August 2016. India has 3 years of experience working with children. She was a preschool teacher at Arundel High School and received her 90 clock hours there. India is an early graduate and has plans to attend AACC to study nursing. Working with children will help India gain patience and learn how to adjust to different environments. India is happy to become a part of the i5 KIDS family.