We provide vocabulary rich daily opportunities for large group, small group, and individual learning throughout the day.
Preschoolers 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 follow CACFP; meals and snacks are offered every three hours. We are also the highest level (3) of TOPStar; healthier food and snack options are offered with more physical activities.
We use Utah’s Early Learning Guidelines: Birth to Age Three and Utah’s Pre-Kindergarten Entry and Exit Profile (PEEP) when writing curriculum for this class. The results help us include materials, activities, and concepts in our curriculum planning to improve deficits; we provide engaging learning opportunities in each of our learning centers to teach about curriculum topics. Curriculum is also tailored to meet each child’s individual, various social-emotional and academic needs.
Our educational day begins with circle time, where we practice skills like sitting with attention on the teacher, raising our hands, and taking turns speaking. We also practice counting, colors, new vocabulary, emotions, listening to stories, focusing on all pre-reading, writing, and math skills.
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 important skills: gross and fine motor, pre-writing, math, 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.
We perform periodic screeners to determine if any of their developmental learning areas are falling behind. If they do, we provide parents with enriching activities to do at home as well as work on them here in class.
Reaching Potentials through Recommended Practices, or RP2, uses predictable schedules, routines3 – routines within routines within routines – and focuses on enhancing engagement levels between the student and their peers, adults, and materials used. If more individualization is necessary, observations help teachers create individual opportunities for learning and growth.
Brightwheel allows us to send info on your child’s day, with pictures and messages between teachers and parents. It’s a great communication tool!
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 develop the social 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!