Preschool Program (ages 2-4)
This program introduces your child to social skills, language readiness, and identification of letters, numbers, colors and shapes. We use various activities and strategies to engage young students in the development of fundamental skills for printing letters and numbers, as well as teaching them how to listen and follow directions. Developmentally appropriate activities build self-esteem and an eagerness to learn. In addition to preschool-designed lesson plans, our teachers also focus on supporting children’s interests and learning needs. The curriculum we use is based on the philosophy that is backed by current research findings and sound educational theories of early childhood learning and development. We provide a wide range of hands-on, interactive materials allowing children to experiment and explore their surroundings. This includes a lot of art to build creative thinking and have fun.
Additionally, we use ABCMouse.com to enhance the learning in our classrooms in the areas of early reading and writing skills, as well as math and social studies.
Our preschool program continues to build upon the foundations established in our toddler program. Through developmentally appropriate hands-on learning activities, children are building their cognitive and social skills to be successful in Kindergarten.
At this stage, we are introducing children to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) activities to foster critical thinking and widen their scope of academic knowledge.
Our classrooms are organized around learning centers. These defined areas allow children to play and explore materials with the guidance of the teacher.
Learning centers include: blocks, math manipulatives, home center, music, science, computers, art and library and writing center.
Our teachers are instructing children on life skills such as courage, kindness, respect and patience. Life skills are especially important as they progress toward Kindergarten.
Computer knowledge is vital today. Some experts suggest that allowing preschoolers to have computer time can be beneficial because it introduces educational skills, teaches spatial and logical skills, prepares children for future computer use, increases self-esteem and self-confidence, boosts problem-solving skills, stimulates language comprehension, improves long-term memory and manual dexterity.
- Circle time, small group time, large group time and outside play, give each child
an opportunity to grow emotionally and cognitively
- Structured hands-on learning environment
- Spanish lessons given weekly
- Educational software in computer learning center, that helps children build pre-reading
and pre-math skills
- ABC Mouse curriculum
- Assessments to track progress toward Kindergarten
Socialization and Good Manners
Among daily training in positive interactions with one another, we use the “Sparkimur Friends” curriculum to support polite behavior, working well with others and good manners.
“Sparkimurs live in an interesting, magic and fun-filled world. They are almost always happy and feel good about themselves. But like all humans – young and old – they have some bad days along the way.”