These two classes work very closely with each other to nurture each child's emerging independence. The lesson plan provides planned activities that promote curiosity and options to discover the world around them. We balance the day with both quiet and active activities that promote self-help cooperation, dramatic play, fine and gross motor, science, sensory, language and cognitive skills. Toddlers and Preschool also communicate with parents to achieve potty-training.
Preschool & PreKindergarten
These two classes work closely together to achieve Kindergarten readiness. We follow a theme based curriculum which provides emphasis on these key areas:
Social and Emotional Development:
Self, which includes self-awareness and self-regulation, social and emotional understanding, empathy and caring, and initiative in learning.
Social Interaction, which focuses on interactions with familiar adults, interactions with peers, group participation, and cooperation and responsibility.
Relationships, which address attachments to parents, close relationships with teachers and caregivers, and friendships.
Language and Literacy:
Listening and Speaking, which includes language use, vocabulary, and grammar.
Reading, which covers concepts about print, phonological awareness, alphabetic and word/print recognition, comprehension and analysis of age-appropriate text, and literacy interest and response.
Writing, which focuses on writing strategies, including the emergent use of writing and writing-like behaviors.
Listening, which includes understanding words, request, directions, and basic/advanced concepts.
Speaking, which focuses on using English to communicate needs, expand vocabulary, become skillful at engaging in conversations, use increasingly complex grammatical constructions when speaking, understand grammar, as questions, use social conventions, and tell personal stories.
Reading, which covers appreciating and enjoying reading, understanding book reading, understanding print conventions, demonstrating awareness that print conveys meaning, developing awareness and recognition of letters, demonstrating phonological awareness, and manipulating sounds, such as rhyming.
Writing, which includes understanding the communicative function of writing and engaging in simple writing and writing-like behaviors.
Number Sense, which includes understanding of counting, number relationships, and operations (classification and patterning), which focuses on sorting and classifying objects and recognizing and understanding simple, repeating patters.
Measurement, which covers comparison and ordering.
Geometry, which focuses on properties of objects (shape, size, position) and the relation of objects in space.
Mathematical Reasoning, which addresses how young children use mathematical thinking to solve everyday problems.