There are so many benefits to an all day preschool program. Not only does it prepare your child for all day kindergarten, but we are able to provide children the opportunity and time to really get involved in their learning.
Currently the curriculum in the preschool is based on the idea and principals related to the Project Approach. The Project Approach is a method of teaching in which an in-depth study of a particular topic is conducted by a child or a group of children. With young children the topics are more concrete for example, learning about planes or trains. Many of the topics are questions the children ask such as “where does the water go when it goes down the drain”, or “how are houses built”? Some of the topics are child initiated and some are teacher initiated. The topics involve an abundance of first hand experiences with real objects that children can interact with directly. The skills children learn will be represented in drawings, paintings, sculptures, graphs, music and movement and role-play events. At the beginning of the project the children will have discussions and create a KWL Chart in which we talk with the children to find out what they already Know, what they Wonder about and, as we near the end of the project, the children will reflect upon what they have learned.
In conjunction with the Project Approach, teachers will be facilitating the children’s learning of colors, shapes, numbers, capital and lower case letters, social skills, emotional growth, gross and fine motor development, early science and math concepts, pre-reading and language development. We always maintain a strong focus on teaching children self-respect and self confidence, along with encouraging empathy towards others, cooperative play with their peers, and problem solving skills that they need to build lasting relationships.