The Voyager classroom also serves three- and four-year-olds and meets Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This class meets in the Charlotte Children’s Center Extension at the Congregational Church. The ratio in this class is 2 teachers for every 12 children.
For some children this class may be their first introduction to school. Children are made to feel comfortable and encouraged to make new friendships. While the program is still play based it is also a kindergarten readiness program that focuses on children acquiring self-help skills, learning to work cooperatively in a group and building early language and literacy skills. Children will have many opportunities to gain new knowledge and skills through interactions and activities that are both teacher and child initiated.
Teachers will observe and document children’s progress and share those observations at least twice yearly with parents.
Additional goals for the Voyager class include:
- To increase further development of receptive and expressive language and print awareness
- Increase ability to work cooperatively and respectfully in a small group
- Become aware of self as a member of a larger community
- Encourage artistic and creative expression