Our preschool learning environment is primarily based on curriculums used in high-quality early education settings throughout the United States. It consists of well-planned learning centers that allow for child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching that prepares children for academic excellence.
Our main learning objective is to develop social, emotional and self-help skills that the children will need for success in their daily activities. These skills are developed through practice, games, and adult guidance when needed. The development of language, mathematical reasoning and scientific thought is emphasized throughout all the learning centers. Centers are supplemented by independent learning stations designed for use by the children. Activities, projects and changes to the learning environment reflect emerging interests and individual goals. Our class is also learning how to use sign language as another form of communication. Not only is this great exposure to the needs of some people, it also is a terrific way to practice paying attention, using controlled movements of our bodies, learning nonverbal cues from others, and is a great memory exercise. Our kids LOVE it!
Learning centers include:
- Dramatic Play
- Outdoor Learning
- Art/Creative Expression
- Music and Movement
Throughout the day, children make self-directed and guided choices, participate in small groups and projects, and join in circle-times with the whole group. Children are guided to critical learning experiences that form the building blocks of healthy development. Using the curriculum and knowledge of the children and families as a framework, teachers use their talent and expertise to design, adapt and invent learning centers that best serve the children in the room.