The Stages of Child Development

The first six stages of a child’s educational development can determine their future.

At The Learning Adventure®, we have designed a curriculum around the critical stages of development and built a foundation for kids to learn, play and grow in our state-of-the-art facilities under the care of our nurturing teachers and staff.

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing “home away from home” where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our TLA Creative® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Energy. Excitement. Motion. For toddlers, these are the qualities that define their days. In this program, these qualities power positive learning experiences. In an environment roomy enough for movement and exploration, toddlers receive nurturing guidance as their physical skills grow and emerging milestones are mastered. Here, toddlers will experience:

  • Stimulating classroom environments
  • Exclusive milestone-based curriculum
  • Immersive learning experiences
  • Educational toys and activities

Children are given ample opportunity for movement, exploration, and discovery in six distinct classroom areas that all encourage diverse learning experiences.

  • Movement Center: Children develop and perfect both fine and gross motor skills, balance, and coordination through energetic activities like climbing, jumping, stretching, and walking.
  • Blocks & Manipulative Center: Early science concepts like movement and balance are introduced to children through puzzle assembly and construction with blocks and other materials.
  • Art & Sensory Center: Through the exploration of different materials and textures, children develop their senses and learn to express themselves by painting, crafting, drawing, and more.
  • Pretend Center: Children develop an understanding of the world, as well as critical-thinking skills, and body awareness through make-believe play.
  • Language Center: As children act out stories, enjoy books, and communicate with trusted adults, they develop and strengthen language skills.
  • “My Space”: Every so often, children can spend a little time in an area where they can relax and have a quiet moment, as need be.

Our TLA’s Creative™ curriculum will define the children’s core learning experiences and guide milestone achievement. We deal with the specifics needs of the children while continuing to focus on five key developmental areas.

  • Approaches to Learning: Becoming independent through exploration of their surroundings, while developing problem-solving abilities.
  • Cognitive Development: Gaining an understanding of the world around them, while they develop creative and critical thinking skills.
  • Language Development: Through sounds, expressions, body language, and oral and written language, children strength their ability to communicate and practice responding to and understanding others.
  • Physical Development: Developing coordination and large and small muscle control; learning about health and safety concepts.
  • Social-Emotional Development: Building emotional understanding to deal with their own emotions and relationships with others, like family, friends, and people in the community; practicing interacting with others while developing self-awareness.

For an enthusiastic, energetic 2-year-old, the whole world is a playground. Our unique educational approach channels that enthusiasm into chances to grow, learn, build independence, and ultimately, achieve success. Here, 2-year-olds enjoy:

  • Exclusive curriculum for milestone development
  • Interactive, hands-on learning experiences
  • Variety of tactile learning materials

In this immersive classroom environment, children have space to move and excel while they make educational discoveries and build the foundation of future success. Children will stay busy and engaged in our six distinct classroom areas.

  • Movement & Music Center: In this safe environment children can jump, dance, and build gross motor skills.
  • Blocks & Math Center: Blocks, trucks, and puzzles allow children to use their hands to experiment with objects and find new ways to do things.
  • Art & Science Center: Children have the opportunity to explore ideas and express themselves by using art supplies, observation tools, and sensory materials (fabric, sand, water, etc.)
  • Pretend Center: Make-believe play comes to life as children use dress-up materials and clothes, accessories, furniture, and housekeeping items to expand their imaginations.
  • Language & Literacy Center: This cozy classroom area gives children an inviting place for reading, playing with puppets, and exploring early writing.
  • “My Space”: Every so often, children can spend a little time in an area where they can relax and have a quiet moment, as need be.
  • Beginning with social skills, our Twos will participate in short group circle times.
  • Engagement in imaginary play, creative arts and a colorful assortment of reading options.

TLA ‘s Creative™ curriculum will define the core learning experiences while continuing to guide milestone achievement. We deal with the specifics needs of this very mobile age group while continuing to focus on five key developmental areas.

  • Approaches to Learning: Becoming independent through exploration of their surroundings, while developing problem-solving abilities.
  • Cognitive Development: Gaining an understanding of the world around them while they develop creativity and critical thinking skills.
  • Language Development: Through sounds, expressions, body language, and oral and written language, children strengthen their ability to communicate and practice responding to and understanding others.
  • Physical Development: Developing coordination and large and small muscle control; learning about health and safety concepts.
  • Social-Emotional Development: Building emotional understanding to deal with their own emotions and relationships with others, like family, friends, and people in the community; practicing interacting with others while developing self-awareness.

On the path to Preschool, Early Preschool is an excellent stepping stone that is built to meet the needs of 30- to 42-month old children. As they become independent learners, these children practice working with others, following directions, self-regulation, following routines, and developing self-help skills. This program offers:

  • Exclusive indicator-based curriculum
  • Opportunities to build independence
  • Collaborative learning experiences

In this collaborative classroom environment that fosters independence, children learn to work with classmates and follow instructions. Through nurtured independence, children build upon their self-help and self-regulation skills.

  • Music & Movement Center: Positive movement is encouraged as this energetic group develops gross motor skills, coordination, and spatial awareness.
  • Math & Science Center: In this classroom, children are empowered to investigate and explore using a variety of materials for counting, sorting, classifying, and measuring activities.
  • Art Center: Children explore self-expression and their imagination by way of sensory exploration and creative art experiences.
  • Pretend Center: It’s make-believe time. Children collaborate to use their imaginations, dress up, and play different roles to expand their creativity.
  • Language: This cozy, quiet classroom area gives children an inviting place for reading, playing with puppets, and exploring early writing.
  • Block Center: With a variety of materials on hand for construction and creating inventions, children learn how things fit and work together.

This group of 30- to 42-month-old children prepares for Preschool with our indicator-based curriculum, Learn as We Grow™. We guide them toward significant achievement across 10 developmental scales.

  • Approaches to Learning: Learning problem-solving, world exploration, and greater independence.
  • Creative Arts: Learning to express feelings and ideas through music, movement, and visual arts.
  • Language: Effective communication is developed through explorations of conversation skills and vocabulary.
  • Literacy: Learning early reading and writing alongside phonological awareness and alphabet knowledge.
  • Logic & Reasoning: Learning to solve problems, sequence, and think critically.
  • Early Math: Learning about numbers, sorting, ordering and patterns; learning addition, subtraction, measuring, and graphing.
  • Nature & Science: Learning to interact with and process the natural and physical world to observe, describe, predict, and gather data.
  • Social Studies: Learning about their world by developing an understanding of themselves, their families, and their communities.
  • Physical Development/Health: Learning to control and coordinate large and small muscle movements; developing an awareness of health and safety concepts.
  • Social-Emotional Development: Learning to interact with others while building self-awareness and emotional awareness; learning to understand relationships with family, friends, and the community.

Future academic success is a journey—Preschool is an essential part of that path to elementary school for active learners. Hands-on early childhood learning experiences allow children to practice and develop key skills. This program focuses on:

  • Encouraging independence
  • Cooperating and communicating
  • Hands-on learning
  • Literacy and number concepts

Children have the opportunity to develop skills across a variety of disciplines in our dynamic learning centers.

  • Music & Movement: As they cooperate and communicate with others, children build physical coordination skills through movement, dance, and song.
  • Math: Early math concepts like number organization, counting and comparing, sorting, and ordering give children a chance to explore new ideas.
  • Art: In this creative setting, children explore new art techniques, concepts of color, and cooperating with classmates.
  • Dramatic Play: Children learn to express their emotions and make sense of the world around them through imaginative play that will enhance their early writing and reading skills.
  • Block: Working with different materials helps children develop hand-eye coordination while they learn to sort, count, and pattern items.
  • Science: Through the exploration of plants, animals, weather, seasons, and other science areas, children are enabled to build observational and questioning skills.
  • Writing: Early writing skills, in addition to essential communication, are developed through the exploration of rhymes and sounds, letter recognition and formation.
  • Reading: Children build literacy skills in this center while they achieve milestones such as print awareness, story comprehension, and listening.

Inspired by the Montessori philosophy, our  TLA™ curriculum relies on the foundational principle of active learning. Students have direct hands-on experiences with new ideas, materials and people, all guided by our robust Plan-Do-Review process. Our digital lesson planning tool builds customized curriculum, based on teachers’ observation and assessment of children, so that they can achieve milestones across 10 developmental scales.

  • Approaches to Learning: Measure children’s ability to set goals, make plans, interact with others, and interact with the environment.
  • Creative Arts: Measure the ability to express ideas and feelings through music, movement, visual arts, and drama.
  • Language: Measuring expressive vocabulary, receptive vocabulary, and using their vocabulary and conversation skills for effective communication.
  • Literacy: Measuring alphabet knowledge, reading and writing skills and comprehension, as well as phonological awareness.
  • Logic & Reasoning: Measuring sequencing, problem-solving, and symbolic and critical-thinking abilities.
  • Early Math: Measuring the ability to comprehend numbers, patterns, sorting, and ordering, while using numbers for addition, subtraction, measurement, and graphing.
  • Nature & Science: Measuring understanding of the natural and physical world, as well as observation, descriptive, prediction, and data-gathering abilities.
  • Social Studies: Measuring children’s ability for self-awareness, as well as their ability to understand their families, their community, and their world.
  • Physical Development/Health: Measuring motor skills, both fine and gross, in addition to understanding health and nutrition.
  • Social-Emotional Development: Measuring self-awareness, plus the ability to show respect and empathy for others.

At TLA, Pre-K is a vital part of the journey to success in kindergarten. Through a combination of independent and group work, we guarantee that children make developmental leaps and bounds, learn to communicate effectively, and become better collaborators. Our Pre-K program explores:

  • Problem-solving
  • Responsive listening
  • Using language to learn
  • Social and collaborative skills

Children have the opportunity to develop skills across a variety of disciplines in our eight dynamic learning centers.

  • Music & Movement: Children strengthen physical coordination abilities by moving, dancing, and singing in cooperation and communication with their classmates.
  • Math: By organizing, counting, comparing, and sorting numbers, children explore new ideas and foundational early math concepts.
  • Art: This creative center gives children an environment that encourages discoveries like new art techniques and concepts of color.
  • Dramatic Play: Emotional expression is demonstrated in this area, where children use their imaginations to make sense of the world in a way that enhances early writing and reading abilities.
  • Block: By exploring different materials, children fine-tune their hand-eye coordination as they sort, count, and pattern items.
  • Science: Children enhance their classification, analytic, prediction, and experimentation skills as they learn about animal and plant life cycles and other physical and earth science concepts.
  • Writing: Letter and word recognition and formation, along with segmenting words into sounds, and putting new sounds together to make words, allow children to succeed at written communication.
  • Reading: Children continue to build literacy skills here while they sharpen their print awareness, story comprehension, and listening abilities.

TLA’s™ curriculum relies on the foundational principle of active learning, because it’s inspired by the Montessori philosophy. We ensure that students have hands-on experiences with new ideas and materials, all of which are guided by our comprehensive Plan-Do-Review process.  Our digital lesson planning tool creates individualized curriculum, based on teachers’ observation and assessment of children, so that they can achieve and exceed milestones across 10 developmental scales.

  • Approaches to Learning: Measuring children’s abilities to make plans, interact with others as well as the environment, and set goals.
  • Creative Arts: Measuring children’s ability to express themselves and their feelings through movement, music, drama, and visual arts.
  • Language: Measuring children’s expressive and receptive vocabulary, in addition to their ability to use their vocabulary in conversation for effective communication.
  • Literacy: Measuring children’s knowledge of the alphabet, their ability to read and write, and their comprehension and phonological awareness.
  • Logic & Reasoning: Measuring children’s ability to sequence, solve problems, and think critically and symbolically.
  • Early Math: Measure the ability to comprehend numbers, patterns, sorting, and ordering, while using numbers for addition, subtraction, measurement, and graphing.
  • Nature & Science: Measuring children’s understanding of the natural and physical world, in addition to their ability to observe, describe, predict, and gather data.
  • Social Studies: Measuring children’s ability for self-awareness, as well as their ability to understand their families, their community, and their world.
  • Physical Development/Health: Measuring fine and gross motor skills, as well as children’s ability to understand health and nutrition.
  • Social-Emotional Development: Measure children’s awareness of themselves, and their ability to show respect and empathy toward others.
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