How does this program prepare our child for Kindergarten?
What sets this preschool program apart from the others?
What is emphasized in each small group?
The four year old students balance their day, there is an emphasis on becoming familiar with learning in different settings; individual choice time, large group time, and small group time (the same settings that will be present in Kindergarten)! All students participate in choice time and large group time. Children are broken into three groups of eight students each, for small group time. We rotate the students so that they meet with each small group instructor once a week.
Ms. Bev’s group – The main focus is placed on The Letter of the Week. Students learn each letter’s sound, what the upper and lower case letter looks like and what words begin with the letter. There is also time spent learning to properly write each letter, both upper and lower case. The students also get to enjoy a letter based coloring book story!
Ms Nicole’s Group- Ms. Nicole spends the morning teaching the children Math, Science Topics, and Language Arts (Handwriting without Tears). Then works the Afternoon, with Ms Tiffany!
Ms. Joyce’s group- Discovery Room provides a wide variety of enrichment activities for the children! My curriculum lessons are heavy literature based. Supplemental activities are given to compliment the weekly literature. Children will also participate in dress up/dramatic play, computer center, play-doh, painting, water and sand play are just a few of the choices available!
- Morning Arrival8:30am
- Self-Selected Activities8:30am - 9:15am
- Large Group Time9:15am - 9:30am
- Small Group Time9:30am - 10:00am
- Sharing Circle10:10am - 10:25am
- Snack Time10:25am-10:40am
- Story Time11:15am-11:25am
- Positive Closure11:25am-11:30am
- See Begindergarten Schedule12:30pm-4:00pm
How Will my Child be Disciplined?
The form of discipline that is used in the classroom is positive reinforcement. We encourage students to be kind at all times. Each student is given a sticker chart and a sticker book to fill. Every child receives two stickers everyday they attend school; 1. for hard work and 2. for being kind to others. If a student exhibits unacceptable behavior, first a warning is issued. The second time a friendly reminder and a second warning are given. If the student reaches 3 warnings, they lose one of their stickers for the day. It is a very rare occasion that a student looses a sticker and we like to keep it that way! School needs to be a positive environment! By offering three chances (and two stickers), a child still feels control over the way their day progresses and can make conscious decisions to make better choices.
In the rare instance, a behavioral issue regarding the safety of another child occurs, (hitting, kicking, biting, etc) the student will have a thinking break (generally 2 minutes long). This processes is used to separate the children, to avoid further conflict. This time also allows the child to calm their emotions, so the problem solving process can occur. Following this time, the teacher and students will engage in a discussion of their behaviors, an explanation as to why their behavior was unsafe, destructive, etc. Then the student usually apologize to the student(s) involved.
All teachers and care givers maintain full CPR Certification
All teachers and caregivers maintain the required 16 hours of annual CEU’s (Continuing Education Credits)
All teachers and caregivers maintain perfect records with the Central Registry and ICHAT!