The Preschool Program begins at age 3 and is designed to support children’s learning through play. Play is learning for a child. Through play, a child finds purpose from the world around them through opportunities for building, constructing, relationships, and movement.
Children build and construct knowledge through open-ended experiences and the use of natural materials. They use blocks to test the limits of gravity. They make sense of real life situations by taking a food order in the dramatic play area. These opportunities allow children to make connections to how life relates to them.
Children are given opportunities to share knowledge, chose whom they work with, and participate in cooperative play experiences. A strong sense of community is built when children take part in these opportunities. The children begin to understand the give-and-take aspect of relationships amongst their peers and teachers.
Our program focuses on meeting the developmental needs of each child at their current stage, because we believe meeting current needs will help children be successful in future years of learning. Graduation from preschool is celebrated with a diploma and a ceremony for the preschooler and caregivers.
THE FAMILY’S ROLE IN THE PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Families can support their preschooler by giving them opportunities to cook, pour their own drinks, clean up their own spills, put their own dishes away, and sort silverware. Providing these experiences helps children understand the impact that they have on the community around them and can make stronger connections between home and school.
Families can support their preschooler’s movement by providing close-toed shoes and clothes that allow children to move, jump, climb, run, skip and hop.
Families can encourage their child’s discoveries by asking many questions and continually communicating with the classroom teachers to see what they are working on in class.
We ask that families develop a respectful relationship with our teachers through open, reciprocal conversations about your child in our care.
THE TEACHER’S ROLE IN THE PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Teachers will observe preschoolers interacting with the space around them, the materials, and other children to gain a deeper understanding about the children’s individual developmental needs. The teacher will use these observations to plan for the environment and experiences to support unique needs. Teachers will use what the children say or ask to help enhance the children’s knowledge of their personal interests.
Teachers will support the children’s needs for peer relationship by modeling positive social behaviors in their every day interactions with the children and families. Teachers will provide experiences that build a respectful community by fostering classroom discussions and equality amongst all.
Teachers will provide meaningful opportunities for movement, by giving the children work within the classroom that increases coordination, as well as opportunities for large motor play to support physical development.
Teachers will support the children’s need for learning and increased knowledge by providing materials for investigation and fostering inquisitive thinking.