PreSchool Learning

 

Our preschool program prepares children for kindergarten

in a classroom situation that stimulates self-confidence

and encourages independence.

Programs:

Our curriculum  incudes:

Science, pre-math skills, problem solving, memory activities, games, imaginative play, creative art experiences, music, writing and language development.   Social development is incorporated into each activity.

All the toys and books in the rooms are designed to help the teachers and children follow this curriculum.

Learning activities take place every day in your child’s class, and teachers begin working more specifically on learning letters, numbers, writing and counting with the 4-5 year olds to prepare them to attend kindergarten.  Let me walk you through a typical day in our preschool classes…

From 6:30–9:30am staff and children are arriving at the Center for their day.   During this time the children visit various classrooms, eat breakfast, assist the staff in their morning duties and spend time outside.  This is a great opportunity for the children to have varied experiences and build social skills with both adults and other children.

 By 9:00am they are with their own class, ready for their academic day. 

–  Group time:  The teacher leads games and other group activities to build language, reading and math skills, teach problem solving and build memory while stimulating self-confidence.

–  Center time:  The current early childhood education theory emphasizes that children learn best through experiential learning.  Centers are specialized, hands-on learning activities planned by the teacher to help children learn concepts and build skills.

  1. Centers include: Art, math, science, geography, writing, reading, dramatic play and small motor activities that help prepare hands and fingers for writing.
  2. Children should have at least two 45 minute slots of uninterrupted time for center work.  This morning time is the first time slot.
  3. The teacher utilizes this time to work individually with children on learning to write and count and develop other skills necessary for kindergarten.  She will also direct children to work in centers which build skills they need to be focusing on.

 Around 11:00am the children are ready for a break and some fresh air. 

–  Teachers will utilize their outside time for building large motor skills through climbing, group games and activities, as well as teaching children how to swing and making the tri-cycles available for use.  Balance is improved by walking around the playground box and hand-eye coordination developed with our balls and basketball hoop.

–   Outside time is also an opportunity to teach science concepts such as gravity, weather or study animals.  Nature walks in Cornwall Park are  favorite adventures for the children with great opportunities for science and discovery.

 At 3:00, after lunch, a nap and a snack to refuel them, the children have another short group time which usually includes singing, reading or show & tell.   Then they head into their second time slot for Centers.

From 4:00 to 6:00 staff and children are leaving for the day.  The children will have more opportunity to play outside, have another snack, and combine into one classroom.  This is a great opportunity for the children build social skills with children of different ages.