Curriculum

The Preschool Program provides an environment, which meets the needs of children between the ages of 2.9 and 6 years. The full day operations run year round from 8:30am-4:00pm. Parents can select two (Tuesday/Thursday), three (Monday/Wednesday/Friday), or five day sessions. Half day parents can select either the two-day (Tuesday/Thursday 8:30am-1:30), three-day session either Monday/Wednesday/Friday 8:30am-1:30pm or all five days per week. Extended day program runs from 8:00am to 5:30pm.

Preschoolers are usually most responsive to activities in which they are involved in a “hands-on” manner. Our teachers accept that and design their classroom with learning centers at which children can freely choose whether to participate or not and for how long. Our staff rotate and add materials frequently to maintain and extend the child’s interest. Often our teachers create their own games and materials if commercial ones do not offer the challenge needed or do not reflect the interests of the children. The schedule allows children to engage in both non-pressured child-centered activities and structured learning times. Our program is carefully structured to provide optimal learning opportunities for children, based on their own developmental rhythms, interests, preferences and abilities.

The preschool classroom environment and materials are designed to promote and cultivate selfimage, self-esteem, creativity, independence and confidence. They teach specific skills in fine and large motor movements, practical life skills, speech and language, communication, mathematics and science. They promote the development of visual, aural, tactile and neuromuscular discrimination and appreciation, respect for both the natural and indoor environments, and appreciation and curiosity about different cultures.

Our Preschool Program offers a fun filled and enriching environment that will foster social, physical and intellectual development of the child. The Curriculum integrates Mathematics, Language, Science and Social Studies, Art, Music, Literature and Theatre.

Language Development

Each day we will be encouraging children

  • to use words to express their needs, wishes and feelings
  • ask different types of questions (why?, where?, how?, when?)
  • encouraging conversation between peers and adults
  • participation in story time, songs, finger plays and drama activities
  • to describe, make a small story about picture or event
  • to make word association and sequencing
  • memorizing small poems/rhymes
  • to understand and use positional, sensory and action words

Our teachers will be working on children’s listening skills, ability to follow the directions (listen, remember and do). There will be plenty opportunity to master their comprehension skills (not only listen to stories but analyze them. What will happen next? Who is your favorite character and why? etc.). Preschoolers will also be working on letter recognition, beginning sounds and phonemic awareness, reading, beginning writing and alphabetical crafts

Mathematics

During math activities children will be learning

  • about sizes, shapes, colors and numbers
  • to make comparisons between size, weight, volume, temperature, shade of color
  • to describe positions, directions, distances
  • beginning information about the time and clock, calendar and seasons, money
  • beginning measurement, fractions (whole and 1/2), simple addition and subtraction

Children will be practicing important learning skills:

  • counting, sorting and matching
  • classifying by category, patterning
  • analyzing, establishing cause and effect
  • making data tables and graphs
  • sequencing and predicting.

Science and Social Studies

During these classes children will be learning about

  • Humans and Human’s health, safety and nutrition
  • Nature and Living Things
  • Weather and Seasons
  • Basic Geography and Ecology
  • World Culture and Astronomy
  • Society (family, community, holidays and traditions, professions and hobbies, famous people, places, transportation, simple machinery, etc.)
  • Building character, moods and emotions, senses

Preschoolers will be doing a lot of fun and exciting science experiments, explorations and discoveries which will foster children’s logical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Art

Our teachers will involve children in a rich variety of art projects that will instill confidence and pride. We will use open-ended art materials and techniques that will express children’s individual feelings and ideas. There is no “right” way to create or use art materials. The child is free to decide on his own how he will create. Children will enjoy and be successful in creating with crayons, markers, paint, paper, glue, play dough and clay, pencils and collage materials. Children will be using variety of art materials: paint rollers, stampers, scrapers, eye droppers, sponges, bingo dotters, stencils, brushes and many-many more. Children also will be painting with their body parts. So, don’t be surprised to find a little of green paint on your child’s toes! As children paint, make collages or draw, they experiment with color, shape and size and develop fine muscle control needed for future writing. Artwork nurtures both children’s creativity and self-esteem. esteem.

Literature and Theatre

The Preschool Program is literature based, with many opportunities for children to see, hear, and eventually read quality children’s literature. We have a wonderful selection of paper back, hard cover, board and audio books here at the center. Books are always within the reach of children. Children will be exposed to reading every day. During our storytelling times, we will be using hand and finger puppets, flannel board stories and tabletop storytelling kits. Children will be encouraged to participate in drama activities and create small plays. Children will be exposed to different types of writing (poetry, nursery rhymes, fairy tales, magazine articles, discovery and scientific stories, etc.) Children also will be making their own books!

Music

During our music sessions children will be playing and making their own musical instruments, playing games about different characteristics of sound (rhythm, tone and tempo, level of the sound: loud noise and whisper). Children will be exposed to different types of and styles of music such as classical, pop music, instrumental, Nature sounds, children’s music, music of different countries and cultures, etc. And of course, children will be singing and dancing a lot, engaged in finger plays and body movement games.

Physical Development

Gross Motor Skills

Every day (outside and indoors) children will be involved in active play to work on their large muscle development: coordination, endurance, balance and proper posture. We will be playing games using different sport equipment: bowling, beanbag toss, jump roping, parachute play, hoops and balls, scarves and streamers. Outside children will be playing with push toys, big cars and trucks, balls, playing in the sand box, drawing with the sidewalk chalk and gardening. There will be plenty of opportunities to walk, run, crawl, climb and dance.

Yoga

Our children grow up in a crazy-paced world with busy parents and all the stresses of school and schedules. When children are surrounded with constant unhealthy stimulation of the modern world, the practice of yoga and mindfulness offers them an opportunity to gain a sense of peace, centeredness and self-confidence. Regular yoga practice enhances focus, improves behavior, releases negativity and excess energy.
During our yoga classes instructors will use individual, group and partner exercises, stretching and movement games, music, meditation and breathing games. The asanas we use during our classes have been specially selected for their appeal to young children most being derived from nature and animals. Each posture will be introduced with a brief story, followed by step by step instruction.
During our yoga sessions children will roar like a lion, fly like a butterfly, coil like a cobra and crawl like a crab, all the time enhancing their senses, improving their coordination and balance, and most of all, having fun.
We ask parents to provide loose comfortable non-restricting clothes (tee-shirt and shorts/pants). Children will be barefooted during our classes.

Fine Motor Skills

Children will develop fine motor skills, an important prerequisite for writing, through activities such as:

  • building with blocks, manipulating with puzzles and small cause and effect toys
  • various art projects and writing
  • sewing and weaving
  • play dough activities and sensory table experiments
  • participating in finger plays and reading books
  • self-help skills (dressing and undressing themselves)
  • water and sand activities
  • cooking and practical life activities
  • sorting and transferring
  • loose parts activities

Dramatic Play

As the children act out roles, they develop many new skills. They will learn about themselves, family and society. They will learn to cooperate with others by negotiating roles and acting out scenes. Here at our center we have attributes/dress up clothes and toys for playing a variety of games: “Family”, “Hospital”, “Sailboat and Fishing”, “Picnic”, “Postal Service”, “Supermarket”, “School” and more.
During everyday activities children will be encouraged to practice their “self-help” skills, such as dressing and undressing, feeding themselves, washing hands and brushing teeth and helping others (carrying sand toys outside, raking playground, watering plants, clean up, setting table for meals and snacks, help preparing and cleaning learning materials, etc.) Children also will be encouraged to use their manners and friendly attitude. Our teachers will guide children as they learn to take turns, share and resolve conflicts, be respectful of the rights and thoughts of others.