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.
Additional Classroom Information
[accordian class="" id=""][toggle title="Class Journal" open="no"]Each child will have their own personal journal that can be used by the teachers and parents. The teachers try very hard to make sure they are writing in each child’s journal at least once a week. If there is anything that we feel you need to know about your child’s day or would enjoy reading it will be communicated to you through the journal.[/toggle][toggle title="Activity Board" open="no"]We want to keep parents updated on all the exciting projects that are going on in our classroom. We have a big chalk board located on the wall at the landing of the stairs. The teachers will update the board once or twice a week to update families on activities and fun things the children are learning about throughout the week. Not only is the board a nice way for families to stay informed, but it is a great way for you to be able to talk to the children about their day at pick up time![/toggle][toggle title="Weekly Class Activity and Domain Chart" open="no"]Each week the teachers fill out an activity domain chart. The chart is located above the coat hooks. The domain chart is a chart that shows you how the activities that the children do during the week encourage learning skill in eight different learning domains including sensory, language & literacy, gross and fine motor, math, science, social studies, art, and music.[/toggle][toggle title="Cubby/Mailbox" open="no"]Each child has their own cubby and coat hook which are labeled with their names. Their bedding and extra clothes can be kept in their cubby. There are a lot of children so we ask that you please bring in small back packs so that there is enough room for all the children to hang their belongings. The cubbies are located in the back classroom. Your child will have their own cubby with their name on the front. Please remember to put your child’s nap things in their cubby on Monday morning and to take them home on Fridays to be cleaned. Each child has their own mailbox where we put any work your child did during the day, along with any other information we send to you from the school. Please check your child’s mailbox on daily basis.[/toggle][/accordian]
[accordian class="" id=""][toggle title="Extra Clothes" open="no"]Each child must have a complete set of clothes at all times in their cubby inclusive of underwear and socks! This is very important as accidents do occur, and you never know when your child may need a spare item. We also ask that each child bring in a pair of slippers that they can use as desired and if their shoes become soiled.[/toggle][toggle title="Lunch Boxes" open="no"]Lunch boxes are kept on the kitchen counter. We ask that you include an ice pack in their lunch box. The refrigerator is for snack items and is not big enough to accommodate everyone’s lunch boxes. Please pack a variety of healthy food items for your child to choose from each day. We ask that you save sugary items for special occasions only. WE DO ALLOW HEAT-UPS![/toggle][toggle title="Monthly Newsletter" open="no"]At the beginning of each month you will receive a monthly newsletter. The monthly newsletter will keep you up to date on the current happenings in our classroom, monthly themes, and curriculum and give you information about any special events that are going on our class and throughout the school. At the end of the month you will receive a classroom newsletter with all the fun things we’ve learned about. This will help you engage in discussions with your child about what they have learning and how much fun they are having during the day![/toggle][toggle title="Developmental Assessments" open="no"]Progress reports are completed in November and May. Teacher conferences can be set up as desired or needed throughout the year.[/toggle][/accordian]