Preschool Program

 

Pre-School 1

Our preschool classroom provides care to children 3 to 4 years of age.  The classroom provides structure, routine, and consistency to preschoolers as they learn to play and interact appropriately with others.  This is the age where children are learning their boundaries and what is socially acceptable and what is not.  The teacher’s guide the children in making appropriate choices and interacting with those around them.  They also demonstrate and encourage play with various materials.  The teachers in our preschool classroom help the children build on their self-help skills, social experiences, fine and gross motor abilities and cognitive development.

Preschool Curriculum

Kidz Paradise offers an Emergent and Integrated Curriculum Model to all the children in the building.  We encourage the children to use their senses to explore and learn about the world around them.  We look at the interests of the children in our care and research activities that will help these interests to flourish in each child.  All the teachers in our program extend the educational experiences across each developmental domain.  Our goal is to provide the children with the gradual progression of educational and self-help skills they need to succeed in future schooling.

In the preschool classroom, this means that the teachers base their lessons and activities off the current interests of the children.  Preschoolers want to know how the world around them works.  The teachers in the classroom build off of that curiosity and allow the children to explore those interests in a safe and encouraging atmosphere.  We provide sensory opportunities for the children to see, hear, feel and smell to learn about their world.  We use books, toys, nature, real life, pictures, and technology to provide the children with the opportunities to connect learning to life. We strive to use the interests of the children across each developmental domain.  The teachers also help the children to create fun artwork for the parents to see the progression and growth of their child.  Our goal is to provide the children with the foundation they need in all developmental areas to prepare them for Kindergarten.

Emergent curriculum emerges from the children, but not only from the children (see “Sources of Emergent Curriculum,” p. 68). Curriculum emerges from the play of children and the play of teachers. It is coconstructed by the children and the adults and the environment itself. To develop curriculum in depth, adults must notice children’s questions and invent ways to extend them, document what happens, and invent more questions. The process is naturally individualized.  http://www.naeyc.org/yc/files/yc/file/201203/Heritage_v67n2_0312.pdf 

Integrated curriculum is a way to teach students that attempts to break down barriers between subjects and make learning more meaningful to students. The idea is to teach around themes, or “organizing centers” that students can identify with, such as “The Environment,” “Life in School,” or more traditional areas like “Myths and Legends.”  http://www.archeworks.org/projects/tcsp/ic_guide_p2.html

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