In our preschool, we strongly
believe the learning process for each child initiates naturally through his
or her personal interest.
Children need to explore on their own and can observe others to build that interest. Once the interest is captured, a child will learn through experimentation of the material.
Also, by letting children explore, observe and experiment provides our teachers the opportunity to learn what each child’s interests are and how he or she learns.
This helps us develop the best way to individualize our instruction to determine the best way of teaching them.
We want our children to feel they are safe and secure in every way so they can focus their full energy on learning.
Our first step is to help the child build a strong social and emotional foundation. This helps children develop relationships with peers as well as adults, which will serve as a reliable support system during difficult times.
It is incredible what words of encouragement from a peer can do for a discouraged child.
We believe there is no such thing as a “bad child”; if a child does not know how to behave
– we teach.
Love What You Do
We believe once you enjoy something, you will put your heart into it. As important as it is for our children to have fun learning, we also make sure our teachers have fun teaching.
After all, what’s life without laughter, smiles, and fun!
Our curriculum is mainly based on the New York State Early Learning Guidelines and the Common Core Standards.
We utilize these standards to create our own curriculum centered on the current children’s interests and skill level.
We track each child’s progress by utilizing the Teaching Strategies Gold Development and Learning checklist to ensure our children will be ready for their next level of learning as they progress in their education.
Each month we will provide learning materials in a large group and small group setting based on themes. These themes will be used to teach skills in areas such as:
Problem Solving and Critical Thinking Skills
Every day there will be an even
balance between large and
small group instruction.
During large group instruction, direct teacher instruction is provided. This is when the teacher will “teach” specific skills to the children.
Then teachers use small group instruction to fine-tune the skills taught. Small group instruction may be on a 1 to 1 basis, or a 4 to 1 basis.
Small group instruction is also used by teachers to observe a child’s interests and let the child lead as an active learner.
The teacher will support the child’s current level of development and then offer support to help the child move to the next level of development.