Preschool Room - 2.5 to 5 years

Preschool 1 Classroom - 2.5 to 3 years

Preschool Room As children exit the toddler phase of their lives and begin to develop as preschoolers, our classroom is prepared to guide them through this journey. Because each child develops at a slightly different rate the teachers in this classroom are prepared to provide group activities but still foster each child individually. The classroom keeps preschool learning activities fun, exciting, and developmentally appropriate and hands on through play. Our preschool classroom is equipped with developmentally appropriate materials and equipment to enable the children to learn and grow.

Although most of our activities and interactions with the preschoolers take place in their classroom, we also give them the opportunity to explore and move in bigger ways in our large muscle room where climbing, crawling, jumping, balancing, riding, and cooperative play through games and much more are encouraged. The playground which is enclosed and designed for preschoolers provides a safe and exciting outdoor experience for the children. In addition we take the children for walks outside when appropriate to explore and learn about the world around them.

Communication

Because communication is the key to keeping parents involved and aware of their child’s activities and growth while at the center we will provide the following:

  • The opportunity to develop relationships between the classroom and the families through our family events and activities.
  • Frequent conversations between teachers and parents either in person or by phone.
  • Our center’s open door policy which allows parents to visit at any time and spend time in the classroom.

Preschool 2 and 3 Classroom - 3 to 5 years

The goal in our preschool classroom is to promote the healthy growth of each child as continue to grow as a preschooler and begin to prepare for kindergarten. Our teachers focus their daily activities on both individual growth and quality group experiences for the children with a fun, exciting, and hands on approach. Prekindergarten skills are incorporated into this classroom preparing each child to move on to the next level. Our preschool classroom is equipped with developmentally appropriate materials and equipment to enable the children to learn and grow.

Although most of our activities and interactions with the preschoolers take place in their classroom, we also give them the opportunity to explore and move in bigger ways in our large muscle room where climbing, crawling, jumping, balancing, riding, and cooperative play through games and much more
are encouraged. The playground which is enclosed and designed for preschoolers provides a safe and exciting outdoor experience for the children. In addition we take the children for walks outside when appropriate to explore and learn about the world around them.

Communication

Because communication is the key to keeping parents involved and aware of their child’s activities and growth while at the center we will provide the following: 

  • The opportunity to develop relationships between the classroom and the families through our family events and activities.
  • Frequent conversations between teachers and parents either in person or by phone.
  • Our center’s open door policy which allows parents to visit at any time and spend time in the classroom.

Preschool Curriculum

Children in the Preschool years are curious, creative, and playful. Their world is full of exciting and interesting ideas to explore and learn about. They need variety in activities, freedom to explore and experiment, a safe environment in which to make mistakes, and engaging units or projects to get involved in. Children of this age benefit from a combination of individual, shared, and teacher-led activities.

The role of the teacher includes: (1) understanding the learning goals for the age group and how to help each child achieve them, (2) knowing as much about each child as possible in order to provide the variety in the classroom, (3) preparing experiences to match each child’s individual likes and learning styles. Children of this age learn by doing, not by being told what to do. They must have firsthand experiences. We ask ourselves the following when we are tempted to do something for the child, “Who needs the practice, me or the child?”

To help children develop toward each learning standard, we provide materials and activities that the children may not have used or mastered. These activities must be appropriate to each level of ability and be challenging but not frustrating.

The materials in the classroom must provide immediate feedback to the child. Building with blocks, throwing a ball, pounding play dough, and pouring water all provide immediate feedback and problem solving situations. These activities are the most effective learning materials. In addition, we provide creative and literacy experiences that encourage exploration, writing, and reading.

We teach Sign Language within our classrooms as an additional means of developing children’s language skills.

We provide plenty of time to explore, play, and experiment. For learning to occur, it takes time and repetition. Children learn as they engage in sustained amounts of play and exploration.

The teacher’s role during play time is connected to the child’s learning and developing. We extend children’s learning by routinely sharing in activities chosen by the children. We observe, share, converse, and extend learning during the shared activity. We acknowledge the child’s efforts and talk about how far she’s come. It’s during this time that authentic assessment notes are made and level of development is observed. But, it’s also at this time that the child’s learning is moved farther along to what she can do on her own.

Socially constructed knowledge is knowledge that children and teachers create together. We provide many opportunities for conversation, sharing ideas, asking questions, and helping each other. We watch for times when children can become peer tutors; each child is an expert at something. We help children use that expertise to help others in the classroom.