Pre-Kindergarten children in CPSC’s program learn through challenging and developmentally appropriate play–based activities carefully planned to help them expand their horizons in cognitive, social, and emotional areas. For this age group, we focus is on stimulation and creativity with lesson plans that embody the children’s interests and ideas. Teachers work on pre-literacy and pre-math skills through play activities and actively encourage the children to practice the skills they will need to be successful in Kindergarten.
By 4 years, children are developing a better sense of themselves, including their capabilities, talents, and preferences. They are more verbal and have better developed motor skills. They are ready for many activities, discussions, relationships, and challenges. In our program, children learn to play cooperatively with others, solve problems through dialogue and become self-reliant and confident in a classroom setting. Our teachers support the children’s growing social skills by helping them learn how to listen, understand the feelings of others and verbally articulate their own needs. Problem solving through negotiation is carefully taught through role play and direct feedback as children navigate their day. Creativity, creating community and the development of the children’s ideas are highly valued.
Their physical well-being is also enhanced with gross motor activities in a stimulating outdoor setting. Special classes are offered weekly in gross motor development and music, with additional enrichment classes available outside of CPSC. As always, the children are cared for in a an environment that is supportive, caring and fun.
Our Pre-Kindergarten Teachers are an exceptionally talented and well-educated team. Teams provide the children with affectionate, respectful guidance in making good choices, playing with friends, and interacting with teachers. They track each individual child’s cognitive, social, and emotional progress carefully to make sure each child is getting what he/she needs to develop optimally. Parents are kept well informed of their children’s activities and progress through daily conversations and regular written reports on their development.
All the Pre-Kindergarten teachers reach out to parents to provide optimal support for the children.
CPSC’s Pre-Kindergarteners are able to direct their own play. Our environment is organized into distinct learning centers, each with its own focus, including art/writing, manipulatives, dramatic play, book/quiet, computer and science areas. When a child enters the classrooms, it is clear that there is a choice of activity and a well defined place to engage in each. In this manner we provide a stimulating choice of activity and manage several different activities simultaneously.
It is important that children have the opportunity to play in a group as well as to find a cozy area to spend a bit of time alone. There are hard and soft surfaces both indoors and outdoors. The outside environment provides plenty of grass, sand, and hard surfaces for wheel toys. There is a choice of activities with art, puzzles, Legos® and dramatic play regularly provided in the yard. All the areas are designed to optimize play and are easily supervised by the teachers.
Pre-Kindergarten Daily Schedule
7:15 – 9:15 Arrival & Free Play
9:15 – 9:30 Healthy Morning Snacks
9:30 – 10:15 Gathering Time & Emergent Curriculum/Quality Literature/Engaging in Dialogue
10:15-11:30 Outdoor Space & Play
12:30- 2:00 Nap/Resting Time (as some children no longer nap)
2:00 – 2:30 Healthy Afternoon Snacks
2:30-3:30 Quality Literature & Writing
3:30-6:15 Outdoor Space-Friendships and Play
Pre-Kindergarten Program Coordinator
I have had the honor and privilege of co-learning alongside preschoolers for 20 years. I wholeheartedly believe in the African Proverb of “It takes a Village to Raise a Child.” I truly believe it to be in the honorary role as one of the sculptors in molding our children’s foundation. Foundation which children are offered the opportunity to see the world through a lens that is filled with magic, wonder, compassion and community. A community that embraces cultural diversity and honors the different kind of learners they are. Resulting in a foundation which they see themselves as CAPABLE and COMPETENT learners. I truly see children as scholars. I am influenced by the constructivist approach Lev Vygotsky, the psycho-social theory of Erik Erikson, ecological system theory of Uri Brofenbrenner, and those who have and continue to fight for social equality like Marian Wright Edelman, Sojourner Truth, Nelson Mandela, and Myles Horton to name a few