are active and avid learners, which is evident in the classroom
routine, activities, and experiences designed to address all learning
styles. The preschool utilizes the Creative Curriculum for Preschool,
which is a comprehensive, scientifically-based Early Childhood program
for young children ages 3-5 years. The curriculum has been carefully
developed and rigorously researched to ensure its alignment with the
National Association for the Education of Young Children and the
National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in the State
Department of Education.
The teachers utilize studies that prepare the lessons that
implement investigative, project-based learning in the classroom. The
areas of development emphasized in the studies include literacy, math,
the arts (music, art, dance, dramatic play), social studies, science,
motor (gross, fine, sensory), and social/emotional development. The
studies utilize areas of interest derived from questionnaires to parents
and observations of the children. Each study then will have a specific
subject focus (i.e. families, fish, colors, buildings, etc.) lasting
three or four weeks in length.
The teachers are using the Creative Curriculum Developmental
Continuum for Ages 3-5 that is designed to assess each child's progress
and guide program planning. The teacher monitors the continuum for each
child with assistance from the entire preschool team. This team consists
of the General Early Childhood Teacher, Teaching Assistants, an Early
Childhood Special Educator, Speech/Language Pathologist, Mental Health
Professional, and an Occupational Therapist. This team meets regularly
to plan and develop studies and individualize learning opportunities for
all children in the classroom.
Information will be shared with parents regarding their child's
progress at twice yearly parent/teacher conferences or at any time
parents would like an update on how their child is progressing.