An integrated program that focuses on all areas of learning for Four Year Olds.
Our teachers pay attention to the children’s interests and develop themes and projects through which the children can expand their knowledge and skills in various areas.
The four year old child is able to make more independent choices, develop the ability to work with peers in small and large groups, and demonstrate control of his or her own behavior in a more stable environment. Our program will provide four year olds with access to activities that integrate math, literacy and cognitive skills. Children will learn through active engagement with materials and begin to use symbols to represent information; drawings, patterns, letters and numbers. The emphasis on enhanced vocabulary, phonological awareness, literature elements and number sense will be emphasized in an integrated curriculum that meets your child’s individual needs.
With our preschool you will see:
- Language and literacy skills: Teachers will read to children every day, sometimes one-to-one and other times in a group. They will invite children to join in while reading books with repetitive or rhyming words and phrases, and they engage children in discussions about the characters, setting, and plot. Throughout the day, children talk with adults and with other children. Younger children begin to experiment with writing, at times making scribbles (for example, under a picture) that they identify as writing. Some children can write their names or other short words; others are not ready to do so. Our teachers will focus learning experiences that help children hear distinctions and patterns in language sounds and begin to make some letter-sound connections. Our teachers will support literacy learning in English and in the any other language the parent selects for their child to learn specifically.
- Mathematics and science: Our students will construct with different sizes of blocks; the will work with different hands-on manipulatives to sort and count, compare and order; they will talk about the weather every day, go on nature walks, and measure and record the changes in the environment. Children learn about levers and gears and other wonders through water exploration and sand tables. We also have the use of the culinary lab, an interactive ecosystem and STEM laboratory on campus.
- Social studies: You will hear our teachers talk with children about their communities and about local, national, or world events of interest to them. Our teachers will plan experiences that make these events meaningful to children this age. Our curriculum will also show respect for the children’s home cultures while connecting children’s experiences to those of children and families in other places.
- Art, music, drama, and dance: The children have easy access to a wide variety of dress-up clothes and props they need for dramatic play. Daily, there are times for singing songs and listening and moving to music. Songs and music connect children to their home languages and cultures. The classroom is well stocked with crayons and markers (which 3- to 4-year-olds can easily manipulate) as well as paints and paper, and children are encouraged to express themselves through these media.
Our caring teachers learn from the experiences, knowledge, culture, and child-rearing beliefs of family members.
Classroom, infant/toddler gross motor room and outdoors!
Great teachers understand typical development from birth through age 3. Knowing how the youngest children learn and develop helps professionals closely attune to individual children and their families.
Our teachers understand the application of developmentally appropriate practice and are held to high expectations to maintain this in the classroom because of their education and training.
Our teachers have backgrounds in early childhood fields and related experience.
Creative Curriculum for infants and toddlers.
Our culinary arts room is a child appropriate kitchen that will be used to engage children in the process of food preparation. The focus will be on healthy food choices, sustainability and the use of whole foods rather than processed foods. Because the center will have vegetable gardens on the grounds, children will see the process of food preparation from “farm to table”.
They will be involved in the cultivation, composting, harvesting and cooking of a variety of foods. Cooking is an activity which easily integrates academic skills such as science, math and language arts while teaching the children how to work together and follow directions.
This space will allow children to come together in work groups to investigate a variety of topics related to science, technology, engineering and math. The goal here is to have children actively engaged in experiments, projects or exploration that is driven by their natural curiosity.
The lab will provide a space where these projects or experiments can be housed and revisited as children investigate and document their work. Research suggests that intellectual readiness rather than academic readiness may be the key to school success especially in terms of these critical skill areas.
An indoor gross motor room will encourage physical development through different types of play that will incorporate balance, hand-eye coordination, tumbling, dance, yoga, introduction to a variety of balls and calisthenics. Research has stated children do not engage in enough physical activity on a regular basis to incur health benefits. With this and other rising obesity statistics in our children today, we are dedicated to integrating physical activities throughout the day to improve the overall health of the children we serve.
Our creative arts room is equipped with work space and materials for a variety of creative expression ventures. Some examples would be: two and three dimensional art projects; painting; exploring water color; pottery, clay, and wire sculptures; paper mâché, and paper production are just some of the innovative projects we will introduce your children to so they can find different ways to express themselves and work with new materials while expanding their vocabulary. Projects may be individual or in small groups allowing for communication, planning and collaboration.
This room will have soft flooring, vinyl covered ramps, steps and bolsters for young crawlers and toddlers to move freely and safely. Infants need “tummy time” to develop strong trunks and neck stabilization. Toddlers will be able to work on balance, coordination and control in this “soft” room.