Pre-Kindergarten

By , August 20, 2009

Our preschool curriculum incorporates large and small group activities that help children with social and emotional, physical, cognitive and language development.

We use the Creative Curriculum as a blueprint for planning our days with the children.  Our goal is to effectively help children acquire social competence and the skills they need to succeed as learners.

We structure the environment and activities based on the children’s cognitive development.  We vary the complexity and levels of prompts, choices, comments, and questions for individual children.

Our preschool program effectively reaches goals by:

  • Offering children choiceskm
  • Giving ample opportunities for creative expression
  • Allowing children freedom to explore the environment
  • Permitting children to get messy during play
  • Encouraging children to work independently
  • Valuing each child’s ideas
  • Promoting problem solving and appropriate risk taking

Social interaction is the key to children’s learning.  Stay & Play is a community where learning takes place with positive relationships between and among child and adults.  Children are taught the skills they need for making friends, solving social problems, having empathy and sharing.

Physical development includes large and small muscle motor skills.  Our goals for children are that they will achieve control over both sets of muscles through activities that move the muscles consciously, deliberately and with dexterity.

Cognitive development involves how children think, view their world, and how they use what they learn.  Children are encouraged and challenged to be purposeful about acquiring and using information, thinking logically, and representing and thinking symbolically.

Language is the principal tool for establishing and maintaining relationships with adults and peers.  Stay & Play’s goal is to continue the language development with frequent experiences in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

What Children Learn

Our activities and centers touch upon domains of what preschool children should be learning. The content areas we focus on to prepare your child for further schooling includes; literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, and process skills. Children experience these areas through purposeful and thoughtful interactions and experiences supported by teachers.  Our activities and center areas include blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery and sensory, music and movement, cooking, and outdoors.  Parents will receive letters home on how each of these areas are being used in the classroom, what content areas they are addressing, and how you can continue with development at home.

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