The La Jolla Country Day School Early Childhood Center's (ECC) goal is to provide each child an environment that offers developmentally appropriate activities to encourage social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth as well as personal responsibility.
The 7:1 student-to-teacher ratio promotes individualized attention and encourages a love of learning.
Each Early Childhood Center classroom includes one lead and one associate teacher, with 12-14 children per room. The Tiny Torreys program is for children 3 and 4 years of age. (Age 3 and toilet trained by August 31)
Three Full Days
Monday and Wednesday: 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
In addition to the standard hours listed above, the Early Childhood Center also provides an "Extended Day" for students that require additional care. An Extended Day can start at 7 a.m., adding an extra hour to the morning, and can extend the afternoon from dismissal to 6 p.m.
What is your favorite memory from when you were in elementary school? My favorite elementary school memory was when I received an “A” in math to get a dog. Math was always challenging for me, and I had begged my parents for a dog for a very long time. My dad decided to give me some incentive to work a little harder. I persevered, taking the time and putting in the effort to make sure I achieved my goal. There was no greater feeling of accomplishment than to come home, and show my dad that all my hard work had paid off. The look on his face was priceless as I could see and feel the pride he felt in my success.
Over the past few weeks, Tiny Torreys have enjoyed exploring a unit about transportation. They studied a variety of vehicles that drive on the road, float in the water, fly in the sky and move down a track. For each area of exploration, the children engaged in fun, hands-on activities to support and enhance their learning experience through play.
To supplement their gardening unit, Tiny Torreys went on a field trip to the Carlsbad Strawberry Company on Wednesday, April 19. This was a perfect opportunity to immerse themselves in first hand garden exploration. Everyone received a bucket and filled them up with fresh strawberries. They went up and down the rows of strawberry plants and gently picked the fruits off their stems. This gave them a hands on opportunity to examine the leaves, stems and flowering fruits of a strawberry plant. They were eager to use their knowledge in labeling the parts of a plant to point out the fruit they picked.
Tiny Torreys met with Lower School computer science and innovation teacher Andrea Flagiello to engage in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities this past month. She brought several Fisher Price® Code-a-pillars™, which allow children to explore basic concepts of coding. Each body segment of the caterpillar has a different function. This can include the simple movements of accelerating forward and turning right or left in various degrees to stopping and singing or repeating any action. When put together, the caterpillar moved according to the order of functions attached by the children. It wasn't long before the students figured out how to build the longest caterpillar and enjoyed watching it inch along down the sidewalk.
The Tiny Torreys and junior kindergarteners and their parents enjoyed an evening of investigation and observation at the Early Childhood Center Science Night on Tuesday, January 31. Their curiosities were stimulated by the many different science activities in each of the five classrooms and courtyard—complete with a selfie station, phases of the moon and glow sticks. Children were engaged in STEM activities, having fun while learning at the same time.
La Jolla Country Day School
9490 Genesee Avenue La Jolla, CA 92037 858-453-3440