When children begin walking, we introduce them to this class to explore the open free choice learning centers available to them.
Students receive a Progressive Preschool Backpack! We’ll provide a keychain with his/her name, and a folder for sending information home and back; this is also for a labeled change of clothes & accident clothes.
We provide vocabulary rich daily opportunities for large group, small group, and individual learning throughout the day.
Our learning day begins with circle time, where we practice skills like sitting with attention on the teacher, singing songs that have hand actions, and taking turns speaking. We also work on counting, colors, vocabulary, and listening to stories. The remainder of the day is spent in open and free choice time, engaging in hands on learning activities of the student’s choice. The classroom is strategically divided into several learning centers. No matter what they choose to engage in, they will be gaining various skills: fine motor, pre-writing, problem solving, critical thinking & reasoning, and social-emotional.
Teachers help further student learning during free choice time and do individual instruction using the interests a child has in the activities throughout the class setting.
Daily activities are logged much less in Brightwheel as this age group is much more autonomous, active, and the student to teacher ratio is higher. It’s a great communication tool, with pictures and messages between teachers and parents.
We perform periodic screeners to determine if any developmental learning areas are falling behind. If so, we provide parents with enriching activities to do at home in addition to class.
Potty training is one of the biggest skills learned in this age group. Once a student shows readiness signs, parent participation is required as we help children acquire this new autonomous skill.
Our goal is that your student will learn new things each and every day and have the social-emotional and physical skills to help them successfully begin kindergarten. This fun free choice approach has proved the best method to teach them to want to learn and be engaged in learning!