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Early Preschool

Early preschoolers (typically 2 -3 year olds) enjoy a day full of activities. We offer a full day and half day program. We also offer a 2 ½ hour preschool program which is available throughout the year.  

We focus on encouraging language development skills. During circle times, the children sing about the days of the week and the months of the year. They review colors, shapes and numbers daily. Children are also learning to recognize their written name and other common words.

The children explore art, music, sensory activities and exercise their motor skills in a variety of developmentally appropriate small and large group activities.  The children enjoy making their own color, number and shape books. An important accomplishment for this age is learning self-help skills including toilet training, dressing themselves and developing self-confidence and a positive self-image.

On a biannual basis, we do an evaluation based of age appropriate benchmarks in order to assess each child’s progress and development.

Below are some of the basic objectives we look for, in addition to specific academic and developmental achievements:

Social and Emotional Development

  • taking turns and sharing
  • communicating with peers and teachers
  • following rules
  • developing self-control of emotions
  • encouraging self-confidence and self-esteem
  • learning to communicate emotions through the use of words
  • self-help skills
  • starting to dress themselves
  • helping to clean up toys, snack, and lunch

Language Arts Development

  • Listening, speaking, pre-reading, writing
  • recognizing their written name
  • letter recognition
  • expanding vocabulary through centers and teacher directed activities
  • increasing listening skills
  • increasing ability to hold attention for longer time lengths
  • recalling parts of stories with help from teachers
  • expressing needs and thoughts by use of sentences
  • learning color awareness

Math

  • identify/ name geometric shapes (circle, square, triangle, rectangle,
    diamond, crescent, oval, heart)
  • counting to 20 by ones
  • sorting by color and size
  • number recognition

Science

  • using hands on activities in different areas of science
  • using senses to observe
  • understanding body parts and their uses

Fine Motor Skills

  • learning to repeat rhythmic patterns
  • increasing strength in small motor skills through cutting, coloring,
    play dough, puzzles and blocks
  • learning the correct grip in holding pencils and scissors
  • learning to manipulate zippers, buttons, and snaps
  • learning to use materials properly

Gross Motor Skills

  • increasing overall body coordination through alternating feet on
    stairs, galloping, skipping, balancing, kicking, and throwing
  • encouragement in class participation through circle and music

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