Learning Through Play

It is a widely accepted fact that early childhood is a crucial time for children's cognitive development. During this period, a child’s brain develops faster than at any other point in their life. More recently, it is becoming  understood that very young children are ready - and eager - to develop skills and understanding in language, literacy, mathematics, and science. Preschool learning experiences in these domains can help children build a foundation that will prepare them for future academic success.

Using the following programs, we will teach to the whole child, addressing their cognitive, social, and emotional needs. Each of these programs was developed for preschool age students and can be taught through play, which is the most important part of preschool!

Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive classroom management program and a social-emotional curriculum. It is based on current brain research, child development information, and developmentally appropriate practice. Conscious Discipline is a way of organizing schools and classrooms around the concept of a School Family. Each member of the family—both adult and child—learns the skills needed to successfully manage life tasks such as learning, forming relationships, communicating effectively, being sensitive to others’ needs and getting along with others.

Creative Curriculum

Infants and Toddlers: The Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers & Twos, allows teachers to create daily routines and meaningful experiences that respond to the strengths, interests, and needs of the youngest learners. 

Preschool: The Creative Curriculum for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills using 38 different objectives for development and learning based on state early learning standards.

Handwriting Without Tears

Research supports the active teaching of handwriting for preschool age children. Handwriting without tears provides a curriculum that allows students to move, sing, talk, and experience each lesson.  All materials are designed to be intuitive, engaging, and developmentally progressive. This program is used in many kindergarten classrooms as well.

Zoophonics

A kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts, including vocabulary development and articulation, based on phonics and phonemic awareness. Zoo-phonics is a method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing), “oral” (speaking), “visual” (seeing), “kinesthetic” (moving), and "tactile" (touching)—whole brain approach.