Every day is a learning adventure in our preschool classroom – where children are encouraged and taught to become independent thinkers.
- Program designed to meet the needs of children ages 2 1/2 through 4 years old
- Low teacher to child ratios allows for consistent and open teaching
- Activities are a balanced combination of child-initiated and teacher-directed
- Structured classroom design provides for a rich learning focused environment
- Curriculum focuses on developing cognitive, social/emotional, language and literacy development, and physical skills children need to succeed in school and life
- Children have a separate playground area that is only utilized by the preschool and pre-k classrooms
The Preschool Program addresses all of the important areas of learning through play, and focuses on challenging children appropriately through their developmental ages and stages. Educational programming becomes more structured and offers children an opportunity to maximize their abilities to succeed. The program includes multiple preschool classrooms to meet the needs and developmental stages of the various age segments.
Strong teacher relationships ready children’s minds for learning. Teachers provide care by talking to children respectfully; being sensitive to children’s needs, and validating their accomplishments and progress. Teachers partner effectively with parents and understand the key role that they play in the process of educating children.
The daily schedule provides a consistent structure to the day; allowing for the development of routines and rituals. However, it permits the flexibility and openness to follow children’s interests and address their needs. The curriculum encourages and supports a balance of free choice and teacher guided activities and allows time for small and large group activities. Learning through play offers children hands on experiences to develop problem solving skills, social skills and creative expression Math, technology, science, and art components are strongly emphasized and are incorporated throughout the entire day through fun, learning activities.
The Preschool Curriculum offers daily, built-in opportunities for observation; helping teachers clearly see the strong relationship between curriculum and assessment. Through assessment, teachers obtain useful information about children’s knowledge, skills, and progress by observing, documenting, analyzing and reviewing children’s work over time. Student Portfolios are kept for each child to document growth and development through your preschooler’s work. The program provides teachers with the resources to individualize instruction; allowing them to meet the needs of every type of learner.
The Preschool classrooms are designed to nurture children’s natural inquisitiveness as they develop their independence, self-confidence, social and cognitive skills. The physical space of the classroom is divided in interest areas that offer multiple opportunities for children to explore, discover, and grow. In each area, the arrangement of furniture and materials involves children not only in learning, but also in caring for the classroom and what is in it.
Every child has a designated space to hold personal items and supplies. Toys are sanitized on a weekly basis and sheets are routinely washed each week. A child is permitted to bring in a small personal blanket for naptime. In the Preschool 1 classroom parents are asked to provide diapers and baby wipes (if applicable) or pull ups, which will continue to be supplied until the child is fully potty trained. Each child should have a complete change of clothes (underwear, shirt, pants or skirt, and socks) at school at all times. In the Preschool 2 and 3 classrooms parents are asked to provide additional changes of clothing (for that occasional accident, or messy art project).