Our preschool and prekindergarten programs (three to five years old) are offered for full and half days with choices of 5-days or 3-days. These two separate classes are designed to provide children with a strong basis and skills for life-long learning. Classes are taught in a hands-on interactive style following Creative Curriculum, a research-based preschool program. The development of each child is planned for in the four areas of child development. These areas are:
Social/Emotional Development Goals:
- Achieving a sense of self: knowing oneself and relating to other people-both children and adults.
- Taking responsibility for self and others: following rules and routines, respecting others, and taking the initiative.
- Behaving in a prosocial way: showing empathy and getting along in the world for example , by sharing and taking turns.
Physical Development Goals:
- Achieving Gross Motor: moving the large muscles in the body, especially the arms and legs, consciously and deliberately. Gross motor control includes balance and stability; movements such as running, jumping, hopping, galloping, and skipping; and physical manipulations such as throwing, kicking, and catching.
- Achieving fine motor control: using and coordinating the small muscles in the hands and wrists with dexterity. As these fine muscles develop, children are able to perform self-help skills and manipulate small objects such as scissors and writing tools. The achievement of fine motor skills generally lags behind gross motor development.
Cognitive Development Goals:
- Learning and problem solving: being purposeful about acquiring and using information, resources, and materials. As children observe events around them, ask questions, make predictions, and test possible solutions, learning reaches beyond just acquiring facts. Persistence and knowing how to apply knowledge expands their learning even further.
- Thinking logically: gathering and making sense of the information by comparing, contrasting, sorting, classifying, counting, measuring, and recognizing patterns. As children use logical thinking, they organize their world conceptually and gain a better understanding of how it works.
- Representing and thinking symbolically: using objects in a unique way, for instance, a cup to represent a telephone, or a broom to represent a horse; pretending, for instance, to be mommy or a firefighter; portraying the world through charts or pictures, for instance, making a graph to show changes in the weather over time or a drawing to show what happened to a character in a story. Representation and symbols free children from the world of literal meanings and allow them to use materials and their imagination to explore abstract ideas.
Language Development Goals:
- Listening and speaking: using spoken language to communicate with others, enlarging one’s vocabulary, expressing oneself, understanding the oral speech of others, participating in a conversation, and using language to solve problems. As children learn to listen and speak, they gain control of themselves and their world, relate effectively to others, and gather and store more and more information.
- Reading and writing: making sense of the written language, understanding the purpose of print and how it works, gaining knowledge of the alphabet, writing letters and words. When children begin to read they gain access to a new worlds of information and faraway places, including the world of imagination. Writing things down expands memory, communication, and understanding. .
WRITTEN EVALUATIONS OF EACH CHILD PROVIDED FOUR TIMES EACH YEAR.