What is Preschool?
Preschools aim to prepare children for the school years. They are usually geared for children between the ages of three and five. Preschools tend to focus more on early learning and academics than daycare and childcare centers. They also sometimes have less unstructured play time than these other options.
Our program provides families with a small classroom setting. In addition, parents are able to enroll their children in preschool or individualization.
What is Individualization?
Your child will take a placement test that will assist our teachers in assessing where they stand in their learning. Whether they need to catch up or are ready to move ahead, their teacher will create an individualized curriculum that fits their needs!
A Play-Based Experiential Program
We know that children learn best through play and experiences. We firmly believe that children learn by doing, getting messy, investigating their questions and problem solving with their friends. They learn by playing games, using their imaginations, expressing their emotions, creating and exploring the world around them.
The Creative Preschool implements a theme based curriculum. It is designed to facilitate learning through hands-on activities both teacher-led and student-led. Our curriculum is based on current research, state and national standards, common core and aligned with the kindergarten curriculum.
In a our program, play does not mean “anything goes.” It does not deteriorate into chaos. Nor is play so tightly structured by adults that children are denied the opportunity to learn through their own initiative and exploration. Preschoolers need a balance of child initiated play in the presence of engaged teachers and more focused experiential learning guided by teachers.
In defining our program, we review what we do in the context of current research and also by observing children. This doesn’t mean that we change in response to every new research claim, but we are aware of and consider the best thinking in the field and its possible implications for teaching and learning.
Below are a few articles we find informative: