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Young Children's Community

Each Young Children’s Community (YCC) offers a prepared environment for up to 15 children, ranging in age from 12 months and walking, to 3 years old. Giving the child freedom within limits and the ability to experience their environment, maximizes their ability to construct their conscious mind. The prepared environment is made up of two main areas; practical life and language, with a smaller area for manipulative specific work. Art and music are woven into each day with singing, dance and fine art always available to each child. The practical life area is meant to provide purposeful work that is based on the activities of the home; self care and care of the indoor and outdoor environments. These are items that they see in use in everyday life, but are made specifically for their use. Practical life activities encourage and support repetition, helping the child develop concentration as well as aiding in the integration of intellect, will and movement among many other things. The language area provides material that enables the child to transfer ideas from the concrete to the abstract and provide vocabulary. YCC DAILY SCHEDULE Children enjoy uninterrupted work time each morning, community meals that they help prepare, toilet learning support, and joyful interactions with adults and other children. 8:00: drop off 8:00 – 12:00: individual and group work cycle with morning snack and outside time 12:00 – 1:00 lunch: set up, eating, clean up 1:00 – 2:30: nap time 3:00: pick up The children’s experience in the YCC also prepares them for the Primary environment, allowing for a seamless transition from one level to the next.

"Yet, in one year, two years, three years, the child is able to do what may take an adult twenty years to do."

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