The preschool curriculum is designed to prepare young children for successful learning experiences in kindergarten and beyond. Through the use of Developmentally Appropriate Practice, we adapt our curriculum to the individual child’s needs in the five core areas of child development: Cognitive, Physical, Social/Emotional, Creative Expression and Language.
By focusing daily observations of children, teachers are able to plan a curriculum in which they can facilitate growth in all areas of development while becoming active participants in the children’s daily activities in both the indoor and outdoor environments. These observations also serve to assist teachers and other staff in learning about each child’s individualized needs and interests. This information is passed on to the parents through informal daily contact as well as formal parent conferences. This will promote a strong connection between the home and school environments while helping to maintain the child’s home culture. A variety of real world materials are provided to develop the home to school connections as well as how to care for their environment.
A significant part of each child’s activities consists of participating in daily routines, such as setting of tables and cleaning of activity areas. This assists the child in developing critical self-help skills that cultivate a sense of responsibility to the community as well as to their families and selves. Along with participating in daily routines, children are offered a variety of child initiated and teacher directed activities throughout the day. This play allows children to explore their environment with their peers and teachers. Through the use of facilitated play, children learn and grow in all areas of development while preparing to be lifelong learners.