What We Do
We believe that preschool age children have an
infinite capacity to learn and a natural curiosity about the world around them.
We only have to create an environment that serves this purpose. This is how we
We have a work room where children work with hands-on
learning materials. These materials cover a broad range of subjects, the phonetic
alphabet, Montessori math concepts, geography, world and space, training of all
the senses, spacial relations, visual perception, and numerous other concepts.
All the materials stress organizational skills and step-by-step procedure. They
foster self-motivated learning and staying on task.
For creative problem solving,
we encourage children to really explore the materials. Children can work individually,
or with another 1 or 2 friends in this organized form of play. The teachers are there to help children master the materials,
keep them on task,
thinking creatively, relating well to other children in their learning activities,
and to give them new projects for ongoing progress. We keep this progress recorded
for each child.
In this room all children have a group lesson where the above
subjects are taught. Children learn to listen and participate in the group.
In the group, the phonetic alphabet is used to help children learn to build and
recognize words as beginning readers. The math program shows children the whole
number system by using beads, blocks, rods, and geometric shapes. We have had
very great success in these areas of development, as we have been told by many
Kindergarten teachers over the years. Our children are very strong in the phonetic
approach to reading and have math skills that carry through into their elementary
In the group lessons we also cover many other subjects and concepts,
including language and vocabulary development, attention span, and listening skills.
in the work room we provide many paper projects which children can choose to
enjoy and which help them develop their fine motor skills for writing and drawing.
Children can do paper work everyday that they choose individually, and each week
we sit down as a group to do a project which teaches how to work on paper, with
a group, directed by a teacher. We emphasize creativity, as well as following
directions. Learning how to draw is also encorporated. Our children are very
well prepared for this aspect of elementary school.
We have two other rooms
which all children are in class every day. One is for small motor creative play.
Toys in this room encourage imagination, building skills, puzzles, paper skills,
and other play concepts. Children learn to share and communicate with each other,
and have fun. Also in this room all children have a group lesson every class
time. These lessons cover science, (science projects are on display for children to
observe and discuss), language, community, crafts, and a music program that encorporates
singing, rythym, movement, musical instruments, the musical notes, and music appreciation;
an excellent music program! The activities in this room add to and enhance our whole
Our third room is primarily for large motor play, climbing,
ball activities, balance, large blocks, and imagination toys. All children can
have time in this room. It is orderly and well supervised. When weather permits,
we have an outside lawn, where we conduct some of our activities. Our school
is well structured and at the same time, offers children creative freedom to
learn and grow. We have found that when children are engaged in meaningful learning
and play activities, not only do they grow academically, but their social and
communication skills grow accordingly.
Within this learning program we strive
to evaluate each child, and meet individual learning styles and social needs.
Our classroom atmosphere is caring, and is one of positive interactions. Therefore
we have little need to discipline children because they are happy and self-disciplined.
Most problems can be easily reasoned out. In this atmosphere much learning takes
place and we have great fun! We hope your child can join us.