Our Preschool provides whole group activities, small group activities, and individual activities for the children. Various art media are presented daily and are used by the children to create their own product. The classroom is divided into learning areas which include the art center, science or discovery center, block center, manipulative or fine motor center, library corner, quiet corner, sensory table, dramatic play, writing center, listening center, and the music center. Children are encouraged to participate in self-selected activities in these centers, which are pursued either on their own or with teacher guidance and assistance. Each class plays in one of our 3 playgrounds every morning and afternoon for at least 1/2 hour each time. Nature walks and outdoor learning activities are integrated into the curriculum and current themes. Group 1 and Group 2, also known as the Two Year-Old Classes, have Spanish and Music bi-weekly.
Children in Group 1 and Group 2 are provided with many opportunities to practice their self-help skills, fine and gross motor skills, and socialization skills. Receptive and expressive language is encouraged to develop further in circle time and every-day interactions between the students themselves, and between the student and the teacher. Materials and time are provided for children to explore and learn about the environment, to exercise their natural curiosity, and to experiment with cause and effect relationships, thus promoting cognitive development. Creativity is fostered through all of the classroom centers and language and literacy skills are an embedded part of the curriculum.
The Group 1 Lead Teacher is Mrs. Renee with an assigned Teacher's Assistant.