Butterfly and Beyond
Our Preschool program is the culmination of our delicately balanced approach with children. Teachers are facilitators who promote active learning and maximize our students' opportunities and abilities to interact with others of all ages. We encourage discussion and collaboration in our classrooms, promoting a social democracy where all voices are heard. Children's critical thinking flourishes through our pedagogical approach. Teachers help children articulate their thinking, and bring mindfulness to children's choices, thereby laying the groundwork for independent thinking, conscientious citizens of the world.
Because preschoolers are more adventuresome and curious about their surroundings, our teachers stay one step ahead of their students. Each day is thoroughly planned out with a variety of hands-on activities to encourage learning and socialization. Students will be taught to write their names and recognize letters, numbers, colors and shapes. Our teachers also begin to introduce concepts like opposites, identify emotions and basic directional skills (over/under etc.). At this time we put extra focus on self awareness for each child. We also foster independence by helping children master self-help skills.
In our Pre-Kindergarten classes, our teachers work closely with each of our students to perfect and sharpen all of the skills they will need for Kindergarten. It is our ultimate goal to ensure that all of our students are emotionally, physically, cognitively and behaviorally prepared for the demands of a Kindergarten classroom. Students need to have a well-developed self-esteem, be able to follow instructions, recognize authority, understand and follow schedules, communicate effectively, have good listening skills, practice self control, get along with and relate to others, manage bathroom needs and actively participate in physical activities.
In order to help our students master each of these fundamentals and local Kindergarten benchmarks, our teachers use fun academic reinforcements in their daily lessons. Our students will be taught to easily recognize colors, shapes, letters and numbers. A passion and love for reading will also be passed down to them through involved and interactive story times. They will be able to retell stories and in the process learn sequencing. Simple analogies (sky/blue, grass/green) are also introduced to expand thinking skills.
By the end of each student’s time in our Pre-K class, they are confident and we are proud of all that they have learned and the person they have become. It is very hard to say good-bye as they leave for Kindergarten, but we know they are well prepared to begin the next phase in their lives.
Stands on one foot for 10 seconds or longer
Hops and somersaults
Can count 10 or more objects
Correctly names at least 4 colors
Better understands the concept of time
Knows about things used every day in the home (money, food, etc.)
Recalls parts of a story
Speaks sentences of more than 5 words
Uses future tense
Tells longer stories
Says name and address
THE SCHOOL YEAR BEFORE KINDERGARTEN
Eduplay Discovery Center pre-kindergarten program has been proven to help children solidify a strong sense of personal identity through confidence in their ability to make friends and the mastery of kindergarten-readiness skills.