Preschool A (3-4 year-olds)
Creative Curriculum Preschool Curriculum
The Creative Curriculum Preschool Curriculum will prepare your child for the eventual rigors of Kindergarten and general life skills by introducing children to learning centers that encompass a wide range of activities. Our children will be introduced to math, all aspects of literacy, social/emotional and physical skills in a creative manner. The centers in our preschool room include: blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, cooking, computers and outdoor play. Our daily schedule offers both child-initiated and teacher-driven activities. Teachers observe children frequently in order to provide stimulating experiences that meet their developmental levels. As always, this age group will continue to work with children on their self-esteem and independence skills.
Gives the opportunity to involve many skills into this interest area: social and emotional because often there is more than one child playing with the blocks; physical development: using balance and hand-eye coordination; cognitive development: using unit blocks to measure the length of longer blocks and making patterns with the blocks; language development by talking about their buildings and increasing their vocabulary by displaying books related to children’s construction.
Dramatic play is an interest area where children can play collaboratively while role playing and using props to create a plot. This interest area includes props that are of an interest for children, as well as including materials from other interest areas such as the block area, toys & games, and the library. Children experience opportunities to work in small groups and develop their language skills as well.
Toys & games
Toys and Games provide a unique opportunity for children to learn independently or in small groups often with some teacher direction. Examples of independent activities that are found in this area are puzzles, matching games, Lego blocks, lacing cards, and stringing beads. Board games, matching games, and dominoes are opportunities for children to work cooperatively with some teacher direction. This interest area provides opportunities for children to work on concept skills such as numbers, matching, and letter recognition. Children also learn problem-solving skills, patterns and relationships, and geometry.
Art invites various media for children to experiment with. There are drawing materials displayed such as markers, crayons, and chalk, as well as various paper choices for children to use. We also use a variety of doughs and modeling clays including gak. In this area, we encourage children to express their thoughts and creativity by displaying and celebrating their work.
The library is an area that children can enjoy independently or in a small group. This area provides children with books that can be in their interest choices. Books are promoted throughout the classroom and in various interest areas. The library also provides a listening area for children to listen to books on tape together. Your child will be provided with a print rich environment and will be exposed to a variety of language experiences. Circle times in this classroom will complement the library interest area by presenting books from the library area and posing questions of the children to teach them to express themselves. As well, children are asked to utilize the writing center as part of the library to extend literacy skills. There, books are created by the children as they draw pictures to tell a story and eventually add captions through sounding out beginnings of words or entire words as their development allows.
This area gives children the opportunity to become scientists through exploration, observation, and finalizing conclusions. Plants are displayed in this area, which children help to water and take care of. There are also items that teach physical science, such as magnets, prisms, pulleys, gears, and wheels. Children additionally learn social studies skills by learning about spaces and geography by using positional words. As well, they learn literacy skills by writing their observations. As well, discovery includes Math and Manipulatives: our preschool environments are filled with opportunities to think logically, to solve problems and to perceive relationships. The curriculum has many activities that promote pre-mathematic skills. Children will spend time utilizing materials in the environment to understand counting, patterns, basic geometry and probability. The teachers are trained to ask probing questions such as “How do we make blocks balance on top of each other?” or “Which is heavier, a cork or a magnet?”
Your child will also have wonderful opportunities to develop physically. We have a large variety of indoor and outdoor equipment that enhances physical development throughout the day. You will see children participating in the following activities:
- Group activities: Obstacle courses, music and movement and various exercise activities
- Small motor activities: playdough, digging and constructing
- Planting and gardening
- Eye hand coordination activities: Throwing basketballs in hoops, catching balls, and kicking a ball
- Large motor: Bike riding, obstacle courses and dancing
Milestones that are focused on in the Preschool experience:
- Be able to sort by shape, size and color
- Understand cause and effect and begin to problem solve
- Basic counting
- Make predictions based on simple information
- Recognize own name and other letters in print
- Show a genuine interest in reading books with adults
- Speak in front of a small group
- Recall events from an activity
- Artwork will become more refined and begin to look like symbols