Children between the ages of 2 and 4 years spend their days in one of four Preschool classrooms tailored to their developmental needs. As our toddlers make the transition to preschool, they expand their skills and development in areas with a new focus on developing their language skills, learning to negotiate social relationships, becoming more comfortable and competent with their physical independence and enjoying the love of learning that is prevalent in all our classrooms. In addition, our curriculum encourages literacy and math activities through play-based learning.
Children are assisted in using words to express feelings and resolve conflicts. Physical independence is developed through the use of furniture and equipment sized for young children, including sinks and toilets. Children are encouraged to do all they can for themselves. The resulting sense of competence, independence, and control helps to solidify and strengthen the positive self esteem so essential to all learning.
Children between 2 and 4 years old are working on communication and beginning to negotiate friendships more than before. They need choices for their play that are interesting and challenging. The curriculum in the Junior Preschool includes circle or gathering time for stories, sharing, singing, and identity formation. Children are provided pre-math and pre-literacy activities as well as lots of role-playing opportunities where they can use their imagination. They have time for free play so they can construct their own activities either as independent activities or with play mates. Teachers help the children to communicate their needs and desires, and assist the children as they negotiate sharing and playing together. Independence is encouraged in daily living tasks by giving children the time and space to learn how to use the toilet, put on their own shoes, and feed themselves. Affection, respect, and sensitivity are important as well as responsiveness to each individual personality and temperament.
Our Preschool Teachers are an exceptionally talented and well-educated. The Preschool classrooms are lead by teaching teams, many of whom have degrees, and all are fully trained in Early Childhood Education with commensurate classroom experience. Our teachers understand that preschoolers are working very hard at developing their sense of self and need lots of support in their efforts from teachers who know each individual well and can help each child navigate their third and fourth year of life with all the challenges that brings. Teachers are there with the children to encourage constructive interaction, talk with the children about their activities, and comfort them when the world becomes difficult or overwhelming. Language and interaction are a special focus at this age. Lots of choices for fun, educational play are offered. All children are treated with love and respect as they move through their day.
The environment for our Preschoolers includes developmentally appropriate toys and activities that support exploration and learning. The classrooms and playground are set up to provide plenty of choices and opportunities for interactive play. The teachers set up several activity options then allow the children to decide of their own accord which they want to become involved in. When interest in one activity wanes, the children move on to another. There are opportunities for small and large motor exploration and learning both inside the classroom and outside in the play yards. The classroom equipment is sized to fit our Preschoolers and to make the routines of daily living easy and comfortable.
7:15 – 9:00 Greeting, Drop-Off Transitions, Free Play
9:00 – 9:15 Transition, Clean-Up
9:15- 9:35 Snack
9:35 – 9:55 Diapering, Toileting, and Circle Time
9:55 – 10:00 Transition
10:00 – 11:00 Planned Activities, Indoors and Outdoors
11:00 – 11:30 Lunch
11:30 – 12:00 Transition, Toileting, Diaper Changes, Clean-Up
12:00 – 2:15 Nap Time
2:15 – 2:45 Afternoon Snack, Toileting, and Diaper Changes
2:45 – 4:30 Activities and Outside Play, Sensory Activities
4:45 – 6:15 Toileting, Diaper Changes, Late Snack, Free Play