Preschool

IMAGINATION, INDEPENDENCE & EXPRESSION

The Preschool Program is specifically designed for 3 & 4 year olds, who have just transitioned from a two-year old environment. They are now part of a group of 10 children with one preschool teacher. The teacher creates Learning Experience Plans with a bit more structure and longer blocks of time for each activity. There are Music & Movement activities built directly into the daily classroom schedule. Circle time has increased as your child is able to focus longer as well as comfortably participate in group conversations. Preschool classrooms have an even wider variety of classroom learning centers where children may choose to participate in educational activities independently or with a small group of friends.

The Here We Learn® school readiness curriculum is utilized in all preschool classrooms. Children are encouraged to express themselves through art projects and creative illustrations. Visual letter and number recognition, as well as phonemic awareness, will begin to develop. In a community of learners, children are encouraged to communicate and express ideas in many ways. This develops a desire to read, write and listen. Children will learn important skills to help them happily play and learn in a group setting which is important in kindergarten environments.

Read more about the Here We Learn Preschool Curriculum

The Here We Learn Preschool Curriculum focuses on four specific areas of development:

PERSONAL & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Your preschooler will begin to show self-direction and be able to comfortably participate in a group. Your child will learn how to transition to different venues, such as the playground and Adventure Room, and to different situations, such as lunchtime and quiet time. Preschoolers are taught to embrace and appreciate the differences among friends and to cooperate with peers. Even conflict resolution will be made into a fun activity!

PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT
Your child will hop, skip, jump, ride a tricycle (with a helmet, of course), and enjoy many gross motor skill activities outdoors and inside the Adventure Room every day. Exercise is fun and a very important part of your child’s day.

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
Solving problems, repeating or creating patterns, comparing, quantifying and showing spatial awareness are all mathematical concepts your child will have when starting kindergarten. Sentences, conversations and stories are an important part of daily circle time. The skills of identifying letters, sometimes even words, will begin emerging as your child builds a foundation for a lifetime of reading.

CREATIVE EXPRESSION
Elaborate block castles – complete with moat, knights and dragons – architecturally designed by a happy group of preschoolers is a common everyday activity. Your preschooler’s drawing skills will become more elaborate and detailed. Your child will create paintings worthy of frames!

Read more about A Typical Primary Preschool Day

ARRIVAL ACTIVITIES
Putting lunch box in refrigerator, joining a stenciling activity or looking at a picture book about dinosaurs

MORNING SNACK
Fresh Pear Slices, Wheat Thins, 2% Milk

MORNING LESSON PLAN ACTIVITIES
Circle time: greeting activity, weather, calendar, songs & stories, creating a life-size self portrait cutout, building homemade snow igloos in the sensory table, riding a tricycle outside on the black top, joining a soccer class

LUNCH & AFTERNOON NAP

AFTERNOON LESSON PLAN ACTIVITIES
Counting activity, making a Main Street in the block area, delivering mail from the post office, setting up a restaurant, Music & Movement activities, searching for leaves during outdoor playtime

AFTERNOON SNACK
Cheddar Cheese and Kashi Crackers and Water

DEPARTURE ACTIVITIES
Listening to a book on tape with a friend, practicing writing numbers, listening to the teacher read a story about similarities and differences, packing up to go home, and saying “See you tomorrow, my friends!”

 

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