Preschool – 3 to 5 years

This program offers a variety of hands-on activities and experiences.  Through play, children age three to five create, explore, and pretend.  Planned activities and consistent daily schedules are balanced with free time to create a developmentally appropriate setting that enhances the preschooler’s love of learning.

 

The purpose of the preschool is to provide a safe and caring environment for children, while meeting their individual creative, emotional, intellectual, physical, and social needs.  We believe this development happens by creating a warm and trusting atmosphere where children can establish a sense of security through a combination of hands-on experiences and active involvement in play.  We also believe in making every effort to involve parents in the education of their children.  A child’s self-esteem is to be valued and enhanced. We therefore use positive guidance techniques and look for the strengths in all children.  We promote play as an important avenue for learning and enjoyment.  Through play children discover, pretend, test, classify, organize and interact with others.  Play calls for imagination, initiative, and purpose.

 

We acknowledge the importance of a child’s unique and intrinsic sense of wonder.  We therefore provide a variety of hands-on activities and experiences to encourage exploration, manipulation, problem solving, and sharing.  We believe in offering choices for children, giving them a sense of empowerment and self-control. This is accomplished by balancing structured and unstructured daily activities, and offering individual, small and large group interactions. Most importantly, we believe in and respect a child’s right to be a child.  We encourage

discovery, fun, laughter, and success.

 

Our hands-on, activity-based curriculum is designed to enhance the creative, emotional, intellectual, physical, and social development of the child.

 

  • to help children develop self-confidence, independence, self-control, and a positive attitude toward life.

 

  • to help children become confident learners by providing opportunities to experience success and develop learning skills through problem solving, asking questions, and using words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.

 

  • to help children increase their large and small muscle skills and develop confidence in what their bodies can do.

 

  • to help children feel comfortable in school, build trust in a new learning environment, develop friendships, and feel they are a part of the group.

 

The Preschool activities planned for children, the selection of materials, the daily schedule, and the way we talk with children are designed to accomplish the goals of our program and give children a successful start in school and the road to life-long learning.

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