Ducklings The Ducklings (typically three years old by October 1) spend much of their day working or playing at activities they choose themselves. Within the context of large and small group activities, interest areas and study topics, and in conjunction with independent choices made throughout the day, the Ducklings are offered varied and multiple experiences designed to give each child multiple and specific experiences that support their learning and development in these domains:

Language Arts/Literacy

  • Listening to stories
  • Storytelling and retelling
  • Phonemic awareness
  • Recognizing own printed first name
  • Recognizing and printing some letters of own first name
  • Book handling skills and knowledge


  • Matching
  • Sorting and classifying, 1 attribute
  • Making observations and predictions
  • Measuring, nonstandard
  • Patterns
  • Ordered sets, nesting and stacking
  • Seriation by size, number, length, weight and texture
  • Comparatives: heavy/light, more/less, big/bigger/biggest
  • Recognizing numerals 1-5
  • Rote counting to 10
  • Counting 1-1 to 10
  • Fractions, whole and half
  • Identifying colors
  • Identifying shapes
  • Positional words: on, in, under, behind, up, down, before, after, next to


  • Hopping, jumping, marching, galloping, balancing, swinging, climbing, running, and riding tricycles
  • Throwing, catching and kicking balls of various sizes
  • Group games
  • Blocks
  • Tracing, cutting, lacing, peg boards, manipulatives
  • Puzzles, up to 25 pieces


  • Art activities, including easel painting
  • Music, singing, movement and instruments
  • Sensory: sand, water, gak and playdough
  • Dramatic play

Social and Emotional

  • Self help: dressing, eating, cleaning up, handwashing, independent toileting
  • Critical thinking, problem solving, decision making
  • Self expression of needs and opinions
  • Identifying feelings, their own and others’
  • Following directions
  • Public speaking
  • Prosocial behaviors: cooperation, taking turns, respecting others, self-regulation, manners

The Ducklings’ curriculum also includes opportunities for cooking (pre-COVID!) and activities that foster an awareness of world languages and respect for multiculturalism.

Center Hours: 7:30am - 5:30pm

  • June 21, 2024 – R-LDCC Closed: Juneteenth
  • June 23, 2024 – Happy 3rd birthday, Maximo!
  • July 3, 2024 – Happy 5th birthday, Sloane!
  • July 4, 2024 – R-LDCC Closed: Independence Day
  • July 5, 2024 – R-LDCC Closed: Independence Day
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