Our Preschool program is designed to build on each stage of growth and development so that every child is completely ready for kindergarten by the end of their time with us.
•Children are allowed to progress at their own rate and level.
•The daily schedule is designed to provide a good balance between free play and directed “play.”
•Potty training is provided for any child who needs a little extra encouragement to go on his or her own.
•When moving up to the next classroom, we work with parents to ensure that the transition is smooth and uneventful for the child.
Children will be taught on an individual basis unique to their own stage of development. Children two through five years of age participate in age appropriate activities which are planned using specific thematic topics to enhance their learning experience. Each month topics and activities are rotated to keep children’s interest. Classrooms are arranged into learning centers, which allow children the freedom to play and develop skills. Opportunities are available for:
Art and creative expression
Science and discovery
Sand and water play
Language and reading development
Block and transportation play
Imaginative and dramatic play
Music and movement
Small motor development
Large motor skills
Computer centers (3’s & 4’s classrooms)
Math, Problem solving and number concepts
Health and safety
and much more...
The daily schedule is a carefully planned balance between self-directed and adult-guided activities. During “free play”, children have the freedom to choose activities and playmates. Each child is offered large and small group experiences, one-on-one interactions, as well as time to play alone if he or she chooses. Children are encouraged to participate in activities, but are never forced to do so. The activity plan for the week is posted for your review and we encourage families to participate in our curriculum activities as often as they desire. We offer children an opportunity to play outdoors daily, weather permitting.
When your child is ready to toilet-train, we will be happy to assist you. Your child may be ready to potty-train if he or she is:
• Walking well
• Staying dry for several hours
• Able to communicate the need to use the toilet
• Appears to be aware of wet or soiled diapers
• Is not fearful of the bathroom
There is no definite age when a child is ready, but is done when parents and teacher agree that it is appropriate. Both the parents and staff should use the same procedures for training so it does not confuse the child. If there is too much anxiety or stress, it may be better for the child to wait and try again at a later time. During training, it is very important to dress your child in suitable clothing and provide several clothing changes.
Transitions between Classrooms
When it is time for your child to move up to a new age-group or classroom, we will work to make that transition as easy as possible. We will provide you with as much notice as possible when a move-up is pending, and we will offer opportunities for your child to visit their new room and get to know the teacher prior to the actual move. Please communicate with your child’s teachers so together we can make the transition process as comfortable as possible.
When your child is ready to transition into Kindergarten, we will also help to make that transition as smooth as possible. Please talk to your child’s teacher or the center’s administration for more information.