Our preschool philosophy is based on the research that young children learn and develop best when they are actively involved in a loving and safe environment. It is important that in this environment children are given opportunities to learn about and experience new things. It is also important that they feel valued, and the classroom is set up in such a way that it is child-oriented, rather than teacher-oriented. We also feel strongly that the best and most lasting way a child can learn about the world is through a hands-on approach. With this in mind, the curriculum is broken up into curriculum areas. Through these areas we hope to bring a wide variety of experiences and talents into the child’s life. The curriculum has the objective of helping the whole child to grow and develop at their own pace. Weaknesses can become strengths and confidence builds in this respectful, exploratory classroom. Children will learn to lead as well as to follow as they grow and develop their personalities. We hope that our students are challenged but never pushed, independent yet teachable. As we strive to balance an academically rich environment with a creative/exploratory one, fostering a love for learning is our ultimate goal! SPECIFIC CURRICULUM AREAS, including, but not limited to:
We work to develop important pre-reading skills, such as: phonics, sequencing, visual discrimination, storytelling, listening, letter recognition, conversation skills, writing stories, as well as learning appreciation for all kinds of books originating from different cultures. Science
Students are encouraged to explore first hand the world around them. This includes nature walks, experiments, cooking, learning about animals, plants, time, weather, and insects. We will also begin to explore cause and effect, along with the questions that lead to answers in science. Fine Motor Skills
This includes coloring, handwriting, cutting, pasting, stringing beads, sorting, building, picking up and manipulating small objects. Gross Motor Skills
This involves hand-eye coordination, kicking, running, jumping, throwing, catching, obstacle courses and playing outside. We also have a sand and water table to allow the children to explore different textures, allowing for a variety of sensory experiences Art/ Creative Expression
Children create through many different mediums and learn about color and texture. Students art is always encouraged to be unique and creative. We learn about and incorporate music, rhythm, instruments, singing and dance/movement into each day. Mathematical/Logical
We play many math games and different math activities that involve one to one correspondence, counting, number recognition, graphing, sorting, and exploration of shape. We also use math each day during our calendar time where we explore numbers and patterns Social/Personal Development
Throughout the year, children will learn more about themselves and what it means to be respectful to themselves and others. We often work both individually and in small groups. Cooperation and sharing are expected along with an overall community of caring. We encourage them to do as much for themselves as possible in managing their own belongings and bathroom responsibilities. Our classroom also includes a dramatic play area where children can role play and experiment using their imaginations. We encourage appropriate choice making, and children acting inappropriately will be redirected from their negative behavior to a positive one. Overall, we strive to build an inner confidence and motivation in learning!