Our Preschool students enjoy varied opportunities and materials which convey mathematical concepts and language such as more and less, big and small. They see and touch different shapes, sizes, colors, and patterns. Reading books that include counting and shapes and using objects in the classroom environment builds early number awareness. Children also begin to categorize by attributes such as shape, size, and color. Preschool students develop math readiness in concrete and engaging ways.
The Preschool classroom is designed to instill an early love of literature, to enrich and increase vocabulary, to develop a desire for reading, and to encourage even our youngest children to begin using writing and art implements appropriately. Children have varied opportunities to experience books, songs, and rhymes through play, which encourages independent exploration and a developing understanding that words and pictures represent real things in their environment. Each week, students will have story time with the Library Director. Preschool students develop early literacy foundation skills in developmentally appropriate and enjoyable ways.
The Preschool curriculum introduces basic science concepts to our children. The are provided an array of materials and activities that encourage them to use their senses to learn about the environment. They discover that they can make things happen and solve simple problems. Teachers choose books and daily activities that respond to the curiosity and interests of children in their natural world.
Social studies in the Preschool classroom is designed to develop a child’s positive identity and an emerging sense of self and others. We offer children many opportunities to become a part of the classroom community so that each child feels accepted and gains a sense of belonging. Class materials are chosen to build understandings of social roles, family, community, and diversity through appropriate play. Beginning in Preschool-3 Discovery, students participate in Civilization Fair, where students immerse themselves in an ancient civilization.
Music is integrated into every part of our curriculum. Teachers provide varied opportunities for children to sing, dance, and listen to music. Songs and movement expand their exposure to language, rhythm, and creative expression. Children enjoy time to play with and explore appropriate musical instruments. A music teacher visits the classroom twice a week. They sing, dance, move, and play simple instruments.
Technology in the Preschool classroom includes the use of audio players, which children enjoy with teachers and in small groups. Children also enjoy viewing digital photos and videos to recall classroom experiences and activities. Due to the overwhelming availability of digital media outside the classroom, we focus on hands-on experiences while at school. Use of passive technology or media such as television, film, or DVDs is rare and limited to developmentally-appropriate programming.
Art in the Preschool classrooms is integrated into every curriculum area and focuses more on process than product. Children delight in a variety of artful experiences each day involving varied media, such as tempera, watercolor, clay, dough, glue, paper, and markers. They experiment with forms of collage, drawing, printing, and construction. Immersion in the art experience through hands-on activities develops improved motor skills, enthusiasm, and an appreciation for art.
Physical education in our Preschool classrooms is constant. The safe, appropriate environment allows them to move freely and achieve mastery of their bodies through self-initiated movement. They practice coordination, movement, balance, and perceptual-motor integration when they climb, build with blocks, sift and shovel sand, measure and pour water, and engage in art activities. Children enjoy the playground each day for large motor development.
Preschool students enjoy varied opportunities and classroom materials that encourage their natural interests in pretend and imaginative play. Books, puppets, dress-up clothes, home living centers, block centers, and dramatic props engage children in creative play as they explore new concepts in language, literature, and relationships.
Starting in Preschool-4 Readiness, students receive instruction in French twice weekly from a fluent French teacher. This content-based program centers upon the use of stories and music as contexts for language acquisition. Children learn greetings, responses, simple commands, weather words, and other basic conversational French.