Preschool Curriculum
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The Preschool program promotes the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, physical and social growth of the young children we service.  The curriculum is developed using a “hands-on” approach to learning.  Multi-sensory activities that enhance the total development of the child are planned in a sequential manner that follows a theme, or is part of a unit.
 
 
Language
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Language is the development of communication skills that enable a child to share his/her world with others.  At the preschool level, these skills include listening, speaking and thinking.  Transferring thoughts into words is the primary skill upon which future language development is based.  Learning experiences that promote an understanding of the sense of self-help the child express his/her thoughts and feelings in various, appropriate ways.  An awareness of the five senses will stimulate a child’s curiosity as to different ways his/her body receives information about life in his/her environment.  Visual discrimination and memory, auditory discrimination and memory are important readiness skills that can be taught through play activities.  Listening to and sharing stories, poetry and finger plays enhance the love of language.  An awareness of the written word is developed through alphabet activities and writing classroom stories about field trips, events, etc.
 
 

Math Readiness
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Math at the preschool level involves the development of cognitive skills.  Piaget calls the way in which a child perceives relationships between two objects “logico-mathematical knowledge”.  This knowledge comes from the understanding of colors; shapes; quantitative concepts, such as size differences; basic counting skills through practical application; classifying; forming sets and recognizing numerals.  These concepts are taught through manipulative and play experiences.
 
 

Motor Skills 
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Motor skills are a vital part of the young child’s development and are crucial to the learning skills he/she will need in the future.  The preschool child learns with his/her body.  These motor skills are not to be overlooked in favor of cognitive skills.
 
 

Gross Motor
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Body coordination, as appropriate to the child’s physical development, is enhanced through large muscle activities of walking, running, jumping, hopping and skipping.  Arm-eye coordination is attained by throwing a large ball or beanbag, catching, or aiming at a target.  Rhythm and movement provide an outlet or creative expression and the joy of using the body in dance, games and organized play.
 
 

Fine Motor
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Eye-hand coordination is developed through manipulating clay, stringing beads, hammering, pasting, painting, pouring, lacing, and using crayons and scissors.  Dexterity and strength of the small muscles are developing skills that enhance reading readiness.  Use of the natural hand preference is observed and encouraged, although hand dominance is not achieved yet.  Eye tracking is another fine motor activity that promotes the left-to-right progression skill required for reading readiness.
 
 

Personal-Social Development
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Personal-social development is the primary goal for the young child entering preschool.  A positive self-concept is essential to successful learning.  The more a child understands himself/herself, the better equipped he/she is to relate to other children and adults.  Basic social interaction:  between two children, the teacher and a child, and group interaction provide ways in which the child establishes autonomy and learns skills to help him/her relate to his/her world.
 
 

Personal Development
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Personal development includes knowing name and age, eventually learning address, phone number and birth date; caring for toileting needs and washing hands; separating from parents with relative ease; caring for one’s belongings and respecting others.
 
 

Social Development
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Social development includes cooperative play, sharing, following directions, initiating conversations and play situations with peers; entering into group activities; developing a positive relationship with teachers and caring about others.
 
 

Art
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Art at the preschool level should be a joyful, creative experience full of self-expression.  Creative art activities will come from the use of manipulatives that develop fine motor skills:  clay, paint, paste and crayons.  Also, sand and water play are excellent activities that encourage multi-sensory learning.
 
 

Music
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Music is a channel creative expression in two ways:  the manner in which sounds are communicated by the music maker, and the emotional and physical response that music evokes from the listener.  Singing, dancing and other rhythmic activities, listening to music, using rhythm instruments and making instruments are ways of developing a love and appreciation for music.
 
 

Cooking Experiences
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Cooking provides many learning experiences in the areas of math, language and fine motor skills.  The children will pour, measure and stir.  They will observe changes that occur during cooking, and note what senses they are using to detect changes:  smell, taste, touch and sight.
 
 

Play
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Play is a child’s work.  The value of free play indoors and outdoors cannot be overstated.

Contact us for a comprehensive Preschool Handbook at the School Office (412-661-9425).