Building Independence, Interdependence and Self-Esteem
Children learn by doing. They want to touch, taste, smell, hear, and test things for themselves. They are eager to learn and are busy developing skills through play, language, social-interaction and discovery. Preschool learning activities help children develop a sense of empowerment, and self-esteem that provides a foundation for successful learning and growth.
Positive socialization and interactions help children to experience a sense of confidence, exhibit positive attitudes and behaviors, acquire learning and problem solving skills, and expand logical thinking and verbal communication.
Preschoolers build a strong foundation for school success developing a love of books, phonemic awareness, expanded vocabulary, familiarity with print, learning that print conveys a message, and acquiring beginning writing skills; learning an understanding of early math concepts such as patterning, sequencing, counting, one-to-one correspondence and an understanding of quantity.
The Preschool program promotes learning in all areas of development through individualized, small, and large group activities. Through play, children enhance their understanding of language, literacy, reading, math and science concepts, problem solving and social skills, as well as improving their gross and fine motor development.
Arrival: Greeting children and parents; free-choice time for individualized activities including music, reading books, working at the writing center, computers, blocks, puzzles, art, manipulatives and dramatic play.
Group Meeting or Circle Time: Listening to, discussing and participating in books read aloud, retelling favorite stories, learning finger plays, singing, and chanting rhymes, to develop language, comprehension, vocabulary and phonemic awareness.
Learning Centers: Participating in language/literacy, writing, sensory and science exploration, block and dramatic play, sorting, sequencing and counting, drawing, art and other activities that promote problem solving, socialization and all other aspects of development.
Small Group Activities: Participating in hands-on activities such as bookmaking, gardening, cooking, science experimentation, and specialized art projects. These activities are enhanced by the support of the teacher in a small group setting.
Music and Movement: Experiencing a variety of songs and musical forms through listening, singing, dancing and playing simple instruments. Learning spatial self-awareness, balance, coordination and self-expression through yoga, dramatization and organized movement games.
Outdoor Play: Learning an appreciation for nature and the outdoors as a natural extension of the classroom. Participating in planting, watering, weeding, fertilizing and cultivating the "Children's Garden". Engaging in organized games, running, jumping, ball playing, climbing, sliding, tricycle riding, sand and water play, to improve and develop large motor and other skills.
Meal Times: Enjoying nutritious and tasty meals while developing life-long healthy eating habits. Our wide variety of quality meals are all made on-site.
Rest Time and Quiet Activities: Napping and other quiet activities, table toys, puzzles and books.
Learning Self-Help and Personal Care: Developing increasing independence in personal care routines. Learning to serve meals and clean up after self; taking care of toileting needs, hand washing and personal hygiene.
Guidance and Discipline: Learning to communicate needs and desires appropriately by discussing behavioral choices and participating in developing positive alternatives. Helping to create and understand classroom rules that support an atmosphere of cooperation and community, to promote an optimal environment for interacting with others.