YMCA OF MONTCLAIR
Park Street Branch: (973) 744-3400
Geyer Family Branch: (973) 783-7640
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Pre-school Readiness:

lunch learn preschool readiness

LUNCH & LEARN DROP-IN CLASS – Children will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with us while learning about good food choices. Children are to bring a nut-free lunch from home.

Age 3 Must be 3 by 10/1/18
Age 4 Must be 3 by 10/1/18


ages: 3-4
Location Address: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
more for fours

More for Fours- Teachers expand the skills developed in Threes class.  The program encourages creativity, fine motor and cognitive skills. Children are confident and well prepared to meet all challenges of preschool.

  • Involve children in classroom tasks, such as cleaning up messes, and creating displays of artwork. Foster a sense of community and shared responsibility.
  • Provide opportunities for small groups of children to work together to complete a task.
  • Set the stage for children to carry out simple experiments, such as mixing colors; discovering items that sink or float.
  • Provide materials to encourage emergent writing skills. Children will use the materials in a many ways as they play.
  • Create “zones” for different kinds of play.

Children must be 4 years old by October 1

Must register in-person. Please call 973-783-7640 to see if spots are available. We allow current participants to pre-register so there are limited spaces.

 


ages: 4-5
Location Address: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
stay and play

Stay and Play – Children will have the opportunity to enjoy lunch with us while learning social skills and how to be self-sufficient. Children are to bring a nut-free lunch from home. Each class will have stgory time and free exploration play.

Children must be 2 years old by October 1

Must register in-person. Please call 973-783-7640 to see if spots are available. We allow current participants to pre-register so there are limited spaces.


ages: 2-2 1/2 years
Location Address: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
thrills for threes

Thrills for Threes – Children are assisted with socialization and are encouraged to grow through hands-on art projects, games, music, and play.  Children will be able to master various pre-kindergarten skills (color, shape, group play, name recognition, and cooperation).

  • Provide support as children begin working and playing with one another.
  • Validate the feelings of the emotional three. Celebrate accomplishments, and help seek solutions to problems.
  • Offer a wide variety of materials to encourage sorting and classifying.
  • Play dough and clay are popular with three-year-olds, as are finger paint and tempera paint. Encourage open-ended, process-oriented use of these materials.
  • Offer an array of fine motor materials, such as puzzles, lacing and linking activities, and simple building toys. Sort and organize materials to help children be successful, and rotating materials to maintain interest.
  • Create warm, cheerful rituals for daily tasks such as putting away toys, washing hands, and preparing for nap.
  • Encourage sequencing and recollection skills as teachers discuss events from the recent past, such as a cooking project from earlier in the day.

Children must be 3 years old October 1

Must register in-person. Please call 973-783-7640 to see if spots are available. We allow current participants to pre-register so there are limited spaces.

 


ages: 3-4
Location Address: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042

Time for Twos – For most children this is their first experience in a group without a parent.  We focus on socialization, verbal communication skills and pro-social behavior.  Children participate in group free play, art, music, story time and physical activities.

  • Provide safe, acceptable outlets for active play, indoors and out. Look for ways to allow children to safely challenge themselves as they build gross motor skills.
  • Offer plenty of duplicates of popular toys, and offer children protected places to play with favorite toys. Teacher/parent strategies such as careful supervision and redirection allow children to feel that they can play safely near other children.
  • Provide props to encourage more complex dramatic play. Allow children to take the lead as teachers join in their pretend play.
  • Provide materials that encourage fine motor skills and sorting/matching skills. Use materials that allow children to experience variety, including size, shape, texture, weight, transparency and composition.
  • Allow carefully-supervised exploration with sand, water, and non-toxic art materials.
  • Facilitate children’s budding awareness of the natural world.
  • Encourage children’s language acquisition by providing new words throughout the day.

Children must be 2 years old by October 1

Must register in-person. Please call 973-783-7640 to see if spots are available. We allow current participants to pre-register so there are limited spaces.


ages: 2-3
Location Address: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042
Happy baby playing with toy blocks.

Time for Twos Summer Camp – For most children this is their first introduction to the camp experience.  We focus on socialization, verbal communication skills, and positive social behavior.  Children participate in group free play, art, music, story time and physical activities.

Children must be 2 years old by June 1st.

DATES June 25-August 31; 10 one-week sessions; no camp July 4
HOURS:  9:30-12:00pm
FEE: $170 per session; $136 Session 2


ages: 2-2 1/2 years
Location Address: Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07042 Register