The Preschool curriculum is based on early childhood literacy. Students experience a variety of language experiences each day to build a foundation for pre-reading and writing skills. We believe that “play is a child’s work” and center our learning experiences around developmentally appropriate practices that account for a child’s age and level of cognitive development. Our developmental areas are listed below:
Social and Emotional
Children are encouraged to grow in independence and in the ability to cooperate with others in a group. This is done through activities and games geared to the appropriate age level.
Indoor and outdoor activities help the children develop both their small and large muscles. A variety of manipulative toys, cutting activities, stringing beads, puzzles, play dough, etc. are used to improve their small muscles and prepare for learning to write in the future. Our playground and playroom equipment has been selected to provide a variety of activities to promote large muscle coordination.
Creative and Dramatic Play
Through music, art and dramatics, children discover their ability to create. We encourage creativity in every aspect of the curriculum from play in the Dramatic Play and Block centers to problem solving discussions with teachers and peers. The children attend music class one or two times each week. The goals in this class are to develop an enthusiasm for music and movement, experience fundamental musical concepts, and to learn a variety of traditional songs.
Speech and Language Development
One of the most important skills a preschool child develops is the ability to communicate verbally and to understand directions. Our low pupil-teacher ratio provides many opportunities for conversation and discussion throughout the day. Nursery rhymes, books, and activities are used to improve language skills and comprehension. Early Childhood Literacy is stressed throughout all areas of our program.
This broad area refers to the vast amount of information children learn about the world around them. Pre-reading skills are developed as children improve their visual and auditory abilities. Manipulative materials are used so that children can develop a firm understanding of mathematical concepts. Through sand play, cooking, puppetry, stories, art and games, the children explore our world and their place in it.