Our Preschool classrooms are organized around areas of interest and learning centers. These defined areas allow children to play and explore materials with the guidance of the teacher either individually or in small groups. The children are allowed to move freely through the centers at designated times. Skills that lead to reading, writing and math are not confined to specific centers, but rather reinforced in different ways throughout the centers via communication, exploration and play. Your child’s classrooms will have many of the following learning centers, but the arrangement and composition of the centers will vary.
Literacy: Here, children explore the world of books and feel safe and secure as they are introduced to reading. Brightly illustrated children’s books are displayed on low shelves.
Dramatic play or housekeeping: Children experiment with different roles as they explore the familiar and the unknown through pretend play. This area is filled with props and dress-up clothes to encourage imagination.
Manipulative play: One child is carefully stringing beads into colorful patterns, a second is building a complex structure out of Legos, and a third is bent over a puzzle, deep in concentration. In this area, shelves are filled with puzzles, pegboards, beads, and other small construction toys. Children develop fine motor skills by using their fingers and hands in creative ways. In addition, we have areas for Blocks, Art, Large Motor, Sensory, Science, and limited Computer time. Our goal is to make learning fun!