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    All About the Pre-School Program

    The Pre-School Program

     The preschool program is a language-based program. Throughout a typical pre-school day, the teachers, aides, and therapists are all working together to help develop your child's language, social and readiness skills.

     To make school a success for children, we believe that the communication between parents and teachers is an integral part of your child's education.  There is a weekly newsletter which outlines the activities your child will do that week.  This newsletter can be accessed on the school website.  As I have learned in the many workshops that I have attended, preschoolers by nature tend to shift gears often.  The staff recognizes this tendency.  Accordingly, there may be times when we change our plans for that day if the children have a different interest. 

    Below is a sample of what a typical day in preschool looks like.

     CIRCLE TIME:

    Each day we begin with circle time. During circle time, we work on developing social skills and language skills. We work on using full sentences, taking turns, asking/answering questions, listening to others when they speak and waiting our turn to speak.  We take attendance during circle time where we work on recognizing the names of all the students in the class, positional concepts, and colors.  We also review the calendar where we go over the months of the year (sing a song) and the days of the week (also a song).  We count the number of days of the month.  During calendar time we work on phonemic awareness (understanding the sound of each letter).  For example, in September, we will go over each letter of the month and also what the sound of each letter is.  We will also work on what words begin with that same sound.   

            Another component of the preschool curriculum is addressing each child's individual needs through a variety of activities. These skills are addressed through group activities, games and center activities.  These centers consist of the following: 

    Readiness (teacher directed); blocks; dramatic play; toys/games; fine motor/arts & crafts; library; discovery; sand & water; music & movement; cooking; computer time and gross motor/sensory.

    Below are just some of the things your child will experience in these centers: 

    READINESS:

            -       colors, shapes, math (counting, number recognition, one-to-one correspondence, number matching, sequencing, weighing, comparing, graphing, more/less), letters, patterning, phonemic awareness, handwriting, positional concepts, directional concepts.

    FINE MOTOR/ARTS & CRAFTS:

    -       painting with brushes, sponges, colored water and fingers (to increase fine motor strength and dexterity; increase sensory tolerance);

    -       coloring with markers, crayons, dot paint (practice staying within the lines; increase color recognition);

    -               play-doh (increase fine motor strength and dexterity, increase sensory tolerance);

    -               cutting/snipping and gluing (increase hand dominance, eye-hand coordination, proper hand positioning);       

    -       whiteboard (lateral drawing, crossing mid-line);

    -       stamps  (Increase finger control (pincer grip);

    -       dressing boards (develop skills of buttoning/unbuttoning, zippering, snapping, etc.).

         Also at the art center, the children will work on both individual and group projects to encourage cooperative participation.

     GROSS MOTOR/SENSORY:

     -     using the parachute, scooters, balls, hoops for jumping, playground, trampoline; rice, sand, shaving cream and pasta.

    SOCIAL/PLAY SKILLS:

     -       Puzzles:  floor puzzles and individual board puzzles.

            -       Pretend Play:  kitchen, puppets, dress-up, felt board, firehouse, doll house, barn, sand table, cars, and roadway.

    -              Building Play:  legos and blocks.

    -              Games:  cooperative play, following directions, taking turns.

    At the end of our day, the children eat their snacks.  We ask that each child bring a healthy snack as well as a drink.

     CLASS TIMES:

    The class hours are 9:00-11:30 a.m. class, and 12:45-3:05 p.m. class. The drop-off and pick-up will be at the Kindergarten entrance (by the playground).  At the start of school, we will come to the doors to meet your children and walk them down to class. 

          On Tuesdays, morning class will dismiss at 11:15 and afternoon class will begin at 1:00.  This modified schedule is to allow a common meeting time between teachers, child study team and therapists. 

     

      ILLNESS:

    It is school policy that any child who has a fever is not permitted back into class until they are 24 hours fever free.  If your child is sent home sick, please keep them home until they feel better. 

     GIVING TREE:

    On my website, you will notice a Giving Tree page.  These items are used during the preschool day.  If you would like to donate an item to the class, it is greatly appreciated.