Preschool Program (2 1/2 – 4 years olds)
Our Preschool Program offers a balanced approach to academic instruction; play based learning and free exploration. Our daily schedule includes circle time, outside time, academic centers (i.e. language arts, mathematics, writing, art, science) as well as open centers (i.e. library, dramatic play, blocks). All units or instruction are presented in many ways, both whole group and small group, to accommodate the many different learning styles and levels of our children. Our teachers create lesson plans from our core curriculum to include a variety of concepts, strategies, and materials beyond the expectations of the basic curriculum. Music, movement, art, literature, cultural awareness are emphasized daily.
Curriculum – Our daily schedule provides a balance of activities, indoors and outdoors, with alternating periods of both quiet and active play. Teachers provide a variety of developmentally appropriate activities and materials that are selected to emphasize concrete experiential learning and to achieve the following goals.
The goals of our preschool rooms are:
• Foster positive identity and sense of emotional well-being
• Develop social skills
• Encourage children to think, reason, question, and experiment
• Encourage language and literacy development
• Enhance physical development and skills
• Encourage and demonstrate sensible health, safety, and nutritional practices
• Encourage creative expression, representation, and appreciation of the arts
• Respect cultural diversity
The core curriculum consists of hands-on learning in both phonics-based language and everyday math activities. Our preschool programs use Land of the Letter People as the base curriculum. Land of the Letter People is a phonics based program which provides a framework for themes and concepts throughout the year. We supplement this program with Math Their Way, AIMS and the Kindness Curriculum. Please click the links for more information on each individual curriculum.
Extensions – In addition to the core curriculum, we also provide instruction in Spanish, American Sign Language, Art, Music Mike, Computers, Kindness Curriculum, and Physical Education.
Classroom Environment – Visit this room and you will see preschoolers happy, exploring, creating, following directions, learning a second language, developing pre-reading skills, doing simple math projects, problem solving, being kind and considerate, sharing, interacting with their peers, pretending, expressing a sense of humor, taking the initiative, and much, much more. You will also see teachers interacting with children, reassuring, praising, laughing, hugging, teaching self-discipline, developing the learning environment, planning lessons for the day, fostering independence, observing each child as an individual and so much more. But don’t take our word for it. Come see for yourself.