Preschool Program – Full day
(1/2 day available)
The preschool curriculum is planned and implemented with the purpose of encouraging each child’s optimal, individual development. This is done by providing activities and materials that allow children to develop knowledge and practice skills in each of the developmental domains: physical, social, language, emotional, and cognitive.
Activities are planned by teachers with children moving freely among learning center activities within the center. Some activities occur in a large group setting. Most of the time however, is spent in small groups or individual activities, chosen by the children. Both the schedule and the types of activities are designed to provide balance in the child’s day: active/quiet, large motor/small motor, individual/small group/large group.
The teacher role in the preschool curriculum is to:
1. Arrange the environment with activities and materials planned for each of the following permanent learning centers:
- Large motor
- Language: books/puppets/flannel board
- Dramatic Play
- Outdoor play
- Water/sand/texture play
Circle times and routine times, such as snack are also included.
2. Facilitate and expand children’s play in areas so that each child’s learning is encouraged in a way appropriate to his/her developmental learning.
3. Observe each child’s individual growth and interest and incorporate that knowledge into the curriculum planning.
4. Interact closely and supportively with children building relationships that support growth.
5. Assessment of children through the guidance of work sampling in preschool, checklists, and portfolios.
To implement our curriculum we use units or significant topics in which many of the activities in the learning centers are oriented.
Using their knowledge of the sequential nature of learning, the staff helps children build knowledge and skills in each of the domains through the ongoing activity of the children. Each teacher plans to meet the developmental abilities and needs of the group, and of specific individuals. The skills included in our curriculum plan are:
- Large motor
- Running, jumping, climbing, balancing, throwing/catching, coordination, and spatial awareness
- Small motor
- Hand/eye coordination, cutting, marking, building and other manipulative skills.
2. Social Skills
- Sharing, turn taking, negotiating, beginning co-operative play and problem solving
- Increasing understanding and appreciation of differences in peoples’ families, physical appearance and culture
3. Self Esteem
- Self help skills of dressing, toileting, picking-up, and classroom “jobs”
- Problem solving, assertiveness, taking initiative, expressing feelings appropriately
- Sense of confidence in own competence as a player and learner