Preschool is a class which offers positive learning experiences through a child-centered curriculum. Full of skills, energy and imagination, these children are continually learning by interacting with each other and with their environment. Through a play-based curriculum that meets the individual needs of each child, the children in our program are free to master new knowledge at their own rate and in their own way. This enables them to organize their experiences and to make sense of their world.
Goals for this class include:
1. Development of appropriate social and problem solving skills
2. Fostering a positive self esteem
3. Developing small and large motor skills
4. Expanding the development of concept learning skills
These goals are accomplished by offering developmentally appropriate activities for the children through a curriculum of hands-on learning experiences. These experiences contribute to the development of the physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs of the whole child. The children are beginning to make age-appropriate choices which foster their independence. They are continually gathering information in an effort to interpret what they are learning. Play is very important - it is how they process information, make it meaningful, and learn new things.
All children are assessed using a revised edition of the Creative Curriculum Assessment system. These assessments take place twice a year. After each assessment, the results are shared with the family during a conference. Families are encouraged to continue their children’s learning activities in the home with stories, outings, songs, and helping around the house to teach important skills. Assessments are then used in program planning to assure optimum developmental growth of each child.
Our Preschool program provides a daily environment rich in opportunities for the preschool child to enhance their skills and abilities. Some of these opportunities include: