• Our Classes at Auburn Childcare in Auburn Illinois

  • Infant Program: 6 Weeks to 15 Months

  • The priority in this room is to provide the maximum individual development for each child. Learning begins from birth through the five senses, and these are challenged with games, songs, pictures, books, bubbles, mirrors, art, educational toys, and exploration. Communication is an important tool which begins with songs, smiles (facial expressions), and a gentle touch. We use basic sign language to give a child a way to express what they want. We use balance balls to strengthen dexterity and coordination. The day will consist of a lot of “floor time” as we imitate animals, sort and stack objects, and provide plenty of “tummy time” activities. 

  • We take our children on explorations (outside the classroom) by buggy rides, wagon rides or a stroll to our next room of development in the toddler stage.

    We understand your infant has specific needs regarding their daily schedule. Therefore, we are happy to work with you to make sure that your infant follows the schedule you request.

  • Toddler Program: 15 to 24 Months

  • Toddlers are truly the “great explorers” of the center. This is the time of expression on their “own language”. It is our job, as educators, to tap into their language and help guide them into understanding words and phrases. We spend our day singing, talking, role playing, and reading to encourage language development. We know the brain is connecting sounds with objects, so flash cards, pictures, story books, and posters are used. We speak aloud our actions such as, “let’s scoop the sand with the yellow cup,” or “let’s stack our blocks on top to build a tower." This helps the toddler learn to follow directions and place attributes on objects and actions. 

  • We emphasize the positive and redirect anything that would cause conflict or frustration. This room begins to hear our main commands of “gentle hands, walking feet, be sweet, or let’s take turns.” Our staff develops a daily schedule posted in the classroom, including: academics, gymnastics, rest, music, learning centers, active and passive games, outdoor play, role playing, in-house entertainment, reading, meals and snacks, and developmentally training. We believe that toddlers are ready to learn and thrive on new experiences. It is our desire to consistently introduce new activities in order to satisfy the toddler’s need to become an active part of the world around them.

  • PreK 1 Program: 2 & 3-Year-Old Students

  • This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. At this stage of the program, we move the students into a more structured pre-school environment. This is where language begins to explode on the inside and sometimes students need our assistance to help it be expressed.  We encourage them in frustrating times to ‘use their words,’ and tell us what the problem is instead of screaming. 

  • We provide a variety of curriculum for children each day. We offer a ton of books and toys.  We use a variety of pre-math tools such as sorting, grouping counting, and matching skills. Arts and crafts become part of our regular routine to help develop fine and gross motor skills. We encourage the creativity inside each child and bring their artwork down to kids eye level. Music and dance is one of the main items used to generate a fun place to be. 

    Each child is encouraged to do more on their own. Personal responsibility for behavior, personal care, and building peer relationships are all integral parts of the development program. Children also begin to learn the basic building blocks of how we all work together in a classroom. 

  • PreK 2 Program: 4 & 5 Years Old

  • The main focus of this room is to help each child feel comfortable with the skills needed for Kindergarten. The toys involve board games, card games, logic and math games, books, and read-a-long stories. Dramatic and creative play become the highlight of the day. This is the age of great story telling and role playing into more mature and elaborate adventures.

    This room focuses on more academic skills such as recognizing letters, understanding the sounds letters make, name writing, and pre-math skills.  

  • We focus each week’s lessons around a theme that can interlock the natural world they live in with the discovery of applied learning skills.  This unique approach considers the needs of each child to make sure time is given to help individually as needed. 

    Building self-confidence is one of the most important attributes. This room learns rules and structures to follow. The children are taught to take personal responsibility for caring of their classroom.

  • School Age Programs

  • Before/After School Program

  • All children will ride the bus to and from the center to school each day. When they arrive after school, they will wash hands and have a healthy snack. After snack, students will either enjoy free play in the classroom or go outside to play depending on the weather. Students will also be offered work time and one on one help with their homework.

  • Summer Program

  • Children are discovering more about who they are as individuals. It is an important time to create positive self-concepts, sense of independence, and help children use their time wisely by setting goals and achievements in their own life. They are practicing their social skills and becoming more aware of community involvement. This is a time when we want children to get involved, learn about healthy choices, safety, nutritional practices, respect for diversity, and learn how to be give back to their community. The students will have daily chores such as but not limited to: taking out the trash, cleaning toys, reading to younger children, and tending to the garden. Throughout the summer, the children will go on a weekly field trip. Parents will have written notices a week in advance of each field trip giving them opportunity to join us, if possible.