Each day, your preschoolers engage in various hands-on activities designed to introduce them to the current learning objectives in a meaningful, personal way. They’ll explore and discover solutions working by themselves, with a friend, or in small groups.
Our teachers choose from hundreds of activities tied to specific Learning Objectives built into our curriculum, and they custom design these learning activities to each child’s needs.
While learning the progressive Objectives, your child engage in activities that promote Language and Communication Development, Cognitive Development, Creativity and the Arts, Physical Development, and Personal and Social Development.
ASSESSMENTS AND LESSON PLANNING
The curriculum's Learning Objectives are introduced and repeated throughout the child's time in class. Teachers track each child’s developmental progress toward the objectives in two ways:
- Ongoing assessments: They observe your preschooler in Learning Centers and other daily activities - taking notes on their progress on a day-to-day basis. These assessments are not traditional “tests” like elementary school children might experience. It's more appropriate to observe preschoolers’ behavior and skills within a typical daily activity.
- Created work: Each child’s journal entries and artwork is stored during the entire school year in their portfolio, giving teachers systematic and easy access to progress review.
Teachers use the assessment results to build their weekly lesson plans, which help them keep track of the activities that they have chosen to do with the children, as well as the materials and literature that they need.
Other IMPORTANT FEATURES
Our Preschool Program has a strong focus on emergent literacy, and the curriculum is paired with over 200 age-appropriate books throughout the year. Each book has been hand-selected based on the illustrations, the vocabulary, its focus on the current theme and its unique ability to engage the children. In addition, our literature selections emphasize diversity among ethnicities, geographies, cultures and holidays.
Your child can draw or write in his personal journal within the Writing Center every day. Each day, the teacher introduces a new journaling topic, such as “Who is your favorite artist?” The children can journal about the topic or anything else on their minds. By the time children reach preschool, they are beginning to journal on more topics than they did in early preschool. You’ll be amazed at how your child’s drawings change from the beginning to the end of the school year, as he begins to learn how to communicate through print. Through journaling, your child is working on important learning objectives, such as:
- printing the letters within his name
- drawing pictures with five to six varying details
- suggesting ideas for creative interpretation
- dictating writing to express thoughts
The teachers label and date the journal entries based on what your child said about his drawing – this way both the teacher and you know what your child’s intentions were. You are welcome to look through your preschooler’s journal as often as you like. Your preschool teacher will take you through the journal during your semi-annual parent-teacher conferences.
At the end of the year, we hope you’ll take your child’s completed journals home as a keepsake of his preschool school year.
During each unit, several items that your child worked on are labeled, dated and stored in his portfolio. This way your child’s teacher can monitor his progress and share this with you during parent-teacher conferences. At the end of the year, you can also take the portfolio home as another keepsake.
An important and unique feature of our curriculum is our introduction of Christian Character to the preschoolers. An integral part of their day, much as science, language and math, is engaging in activities teaching them about loyalty, honesty, conflict resolution and other basic Christian traits. We are proud of our Christian heritage and love sharing it with preschoolers in a fun and nurturing way.