The preschool program is designed to prepare children for the upcoming school years; our goal is to have each child well prepared to enter Kindergarten.
The program for four and five year olds focuses on self-help skills, decision making & the beginnings of more academic skills, which are learned through play and games.
Learning Through Play & Games
The children continue to work in discovery centers, which include dramatic play, science, math, manipulative (fine motor tools for the children hand and eye coordination), toys and games, music & movement, library, writing center and creative arts. The children practice academic skills through hands-on exploration and teacher directed activities. Children are allowed many opportunities to make choices about how they use the materials and equipment and how long they want to spend exploring. Group times are child-centered, participatory sessions that include weather, reading, calendar, music, movement, finger plays and letter of the week. Lunchtime is a learning experience for the children as they dine family style, the teachers sit with the children during meals and snacks to participate in pleasant conversation and model appropriate behaviors.
Two outdoor play-times per day are scheduled (weather permitting). We view the playground as an extension of our classrooms. While outside children have the opportunity to participate in group activities, play on the climber, with balls, on riding toys, etc. On inclement weather days the class will do alternate indoor gross motor activities.
Parents are provided with daily teacher-family communication, including daily updates to keep you informed.
Generally, the children in this group will graduate to the Pre-Kindergarten room with the class they will begin kindergarten with the following September.
Child Progress Reports
Children are assessed 3 times a year, and progress reports are given 2 times a year for parents review, parent meet and greet are held 2 times a year, for parents to come to their child’s class room and see what’s happening in the classroom and to ask the teacher any questions or concerns.