We believe, as psychologist Jean Piaget stated, that play is the work of childhood. Through play children explore, discover, create, express themselves, master skills, solve problems, and make friends. Our program honors play while offering thoughtfully planned, flexible, hands-on activitiesai??i??in literacy, art, math, cooking, science, music, movement, and other areas.
The Childrenai??i??s Preschool strives to nurture and challenge three to five year old children so they thrive in all areas of developmentai??i??physical, social, emotional and cognitive.
The curriculum is based on well-established principles of early childhood education, especially the premise that young children express themselves and develop their understanding through play.
Our program is experience-based, providing children with concrete, hands-on experiences so they can explore and extend their perceptions about themselves, others, and the world around them. Children are encouraged to make choices, solve problems, and express themselves in many different ways. Teachers organize activities and set up indoor and outdoor environments so that children have opportunities to play by themselves, in small groups, or in large groups.
The following are some areas of development and learning that we focus on:
ai??? Living, working, and playing with others in a mutually supportive environment. Cooperation and respect for others and their differences are emphasized.
ai??? Self-awareness, empathy, and expression: We help children understand how they and others are feeling/thinking and how to put these emotions/thoughts into words.
ai???Ai??The development of initiative and independence: As they try to make sense of the world, we encourage children to question, make choices, and take on more responsibilities.
ai??? Solving problems: We encourage children to recognize and define problems, come up with possible solutions, implement them, and then look at results (did it work?).
ai???Ai??Physical developmentai??i??fine motor and gross motor.
ai???Ai??Preparation for kindergarten: Mastery of the skills needed to succeed in the next stage of education and beyond.
The daily schedule follows a routine so that children feel comfortable and secure by knowing what comes next. The schedule aims for balance: active and quiet times, structured and unstructured play, large and small group activities, and indoor and outdoor play. Every day, weather permitting, children play outside in the adjoining playground.
Morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Children bring lunch from home. There is a rest time in the afternoon for the full-day children.
Times are approximate and may vary depending on the tempo of the day and/or the weather.
|8:00-9:30||Arrival, choice of activities|
|9:40-9:50||Meetings (2 simultaneous groups)|
|9:50-10:10||Wash hands, breakfast|
|11:10-11:20||Circle Time (one large group)|
|12:30 -1:00||Morning Pickup|
|2:45-3:30||Quiet Indoor Play|