In our Preschool Program we have the following classrooms:
- 2 ½ - 3 year old classroom
- 3 – 3½ year old classroom
- 3½-4 year old classroom
- 4- 5 year old VPK classrooms
We provide an expansive learning environment for our preschool classes both indoors and out. The children will learn to be independent thinkers and doers. Our preschool lesson plans are developed using "The Creative Curriculum for Preschool (5th edition)", which enhances kindergarten readiness skills. There are many independent, as well as group activities to enjoy throughout the day. These activities allow the children to enjoy learning and to share what they have learned with others.
Each preschool classroom has the following learning centers: Housekeeping and Dramatic Play
This area is set up with small kid size furniture, dress-up clothes, play food, dishes and baby dolls. Children learn valuable social skills through pretend play. Blocks:
Different sizes, shapes and colored blocks are provided along with cars, trucks, and people where children can use their imagination to build and pretend play. Manipulatives:
Children can choose from easy to more complex puzzles, large string beads, matching,
sorting games, or build a complex structure with Lego's Library area:
This area is set up with pillows, soft stuffed toys, puppets and books. Here the children can choose from a variety of age appropriate books or snuggle up in the teacher's lap while she reads to them. This area develops communication and early reading skills. Learning how to care for books, holding them and turning a page in sequence are only a few of the first important steps in developing a respect for books and reading. Listening, a key learning concept, is also an important skill developed in this area. Art:
This area is set up so that the children can use creative expression with a variety of art materials such as; construction paper, tissue paper, paint, markers, crayons, tempera paints, watercolors, feathers, play-doh, etc. Large Group:
In each of our preschool classes, each day begins with large group or circle time. The children welcome each other by selecting how they wish to be greeted and sing songs to connect as a school family.
This large group activity has so many learning benefits it is hard not to want it to last all day. But developmentally, children are not ready to function for long periods of time in a large group so we try to meet twice daily for five or ten minutes depending on the dynamics of the children involved. Small Group:
Small group times offer the teacher the opportunity to work with a few children at one time to provide an activity that requires more teacher participation. This is also a great time for building the child/teacher relationship. The Teacher's Role in the Preschool Classroom:
To be a role model for all children.
To create an atmosphere of trust and security where children feel safe, emotionally secure and have a sense of belonging to their school family.
To establish a community where learning takes place through positive relationships.
To teach each child the essential skills of self-regulation.
To structure the environment and activities based on the children's cognitive development; varying complexity and level of choices.
To allow children many opportunities to work with concrete objects and encourage them to interact with others and learn about other perspectives.
To always use mistakes or OOPS as we call them for opportunities to learn a new skill.
To make learning fun!!!!