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Preschool Program

PROGRAMS

ARTS ENRICHMENT CLASSES: Curriculum Info coming soon!!

Music for 3’s & PreK,  Dance for 3’s & PreK,  Theatre for PreK

3’s CLASS, PRESCHOOL

In our preschool class, the students explore academic topics through weekly themes. We read stories, sing songs and finger plays, create art, count manipulatives and conduct experiments and activities that revolve around a similar idea. These experiences happen throughout the classroom in different sensory stations and are both teacher-led and peer driven. There is also time in the schedule for self-directed play and quiet time. We practice sharing and listening to the teacher and our peers to cement the ideas we’ve experienced throughout the different sensory stations of the classroom. The theme that’s woven throughout their mornings connects their learning experiences.

 

4’s CLASS, PRE KINDERGARTEN

In our Pre-K class, the students continue to explore academic topics through a weekly theme, but are able to ask deeper questions and glean more information from more experiences/sources. The Pre-K student learns their pre-writing and pre-reading concepts during large group time and individual time. Our math concepts focus on visual discrimination and quantities, patterns, matching, and number sense. Language and listening skills flourish in Pre-K as students learn they each have something unique and valuable to share. Sharing circle is a favorite at this age, and the skills they learn here cross over into studio space time in their theatre class as well. Our goal is to prepare your child for Kindergarten therefore we use the WA State Kindergarten Readiness survey as a guide for our teaching curriculum. We strive to prepare your student emotionally, socially, physically, and academically for Kindergarten.

CURRICULUM

For both classes 3’s & 4’s Prekindergarten

Our classroom is designed to introduce your child to the school learning environment. It is divided into centers, different learning stations that focus on a different set of skills. The activities in the centers are developmentally appropriate to build skills in math, pre-writing, pre-reading, fine motor skills, art, engineering/building, social/emotional play, and cooperative play with peers. Our day is scheduled to contain group time, individual choice time, and both programmed and free choice large motor play time. Our rotating center items and large group time songs/finger plays are theme based and change weekly.

ZOOPHONICS

Within this structure we use Zoo-phonics, a Multisensory Language Arts Program… read more about it on their website

  • The Zoo-phonics® Multisensory Language Arts Program is a kinesthetic, multi-modal approach to learning all aspects of language arts, including vocabulary development and articulation, based on phonics and phonemic awareness.
  • The principle of Zoo-phonics® maximizes understanding, memory, utilization and transference to all areas of the reading, spelling and writing process in a playful and concrete manner.
  • Zoo-phonics® is a method developed to make children strong readers and spellers using a “phono” (hearing), “oral” (speaking), “visual” (seeing), “kinesthetic” (moving), and tactile (touching)—whole brain approach. Students actually learn the sounds of the alphabet and advanced phonemic concepts through an easily understood, concrete method of presentation.
  • Zoo-phonics® uses animals drawn in the shapes of the letters for ease in memory. A related body movement is given for each letter. This concrete approach cements the sounds to the shapes of the letters. Lowercase letters and their sounds are taught first (needed 95% of the time in text), capital letters and letter names are taught later.
  • Zoo-phonics® also provides a springboard for all other academia such as math, art, music, cooking/nutrition, social studies, science, grooming, physical education and sensory/drama.
  • Every aspect of the program has been field-tested and found to be effective. Educational research repeatedly supports the focus of phonics in early reading programs, as well as the educational benefits of pictorial mnemonics and kinesthetic approaches to learning that are unique to Zoo-phonics®.
  • Currently Zoo-phonics® is used throughout the United States and internationally as a highly effective language arts program.

TOUCH MATH

Is a multisensory math program that uses TouchPoints (actual dots on the numeral) to give a concrete understating to numerals. As students count the TouchPoints, they associate numerals with real values. They learn that a numeral (3, for example) is not just a squiggle on a page. It represents a quantity such as three apples, three buttons, or three TouchPoints. Students count aloud as they touch the single TouchPoint once and double TouchPoints twice. This multisensory approach engages students on auditory, visual, and tactile/kinesthetic levels. The theory behind TouchMath is that children transition from concrete to pictorial and finally the abstract stage of learning at their own pace. Similarly, TouchMath students learn math concepts at the concrete level first and then progress to the pictorial level. Abstract math and memorization is introduced at higher levels of cognitive thinking.

REGGIO EMILIA INSPIRED ART LESSONS

The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy that is student-centered and uses self-directed, experiential learning in a relationship-driven environment. The program is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery. In short, students are free to put into artistic/creative form what they desire with a topic in mind but not a specific end result. In preschool this looks like giving the student free choice to create a piece of art that represents what they’ve learned about a specific topic, let’s say apples. There may be items of choice that relate to what they’ve learned, red, green, yellow paper, apples seeds, scissor, glue, markers, etc.; but it is their own knowledge and creativity that creates the product. A celebration of the process, not just the end product.

MULTIPLE INTELIGENCES

Our classroom environment and curriculum is structured to support the theory of Multiple Intelligences as developed by Dr. Howard Gardner. Like Dr. Gardner, we also believe that each child has unique learning strategies and it is our job to recognize their strategies and use them to acquire new skills but to also help them gain confidence in new learning strategies. Here is what Dr. Gardner shares about his theory…

Gardner says that these differences "challenge an educational system that assumes that everyone can learn the same materials in the same way and that a uniform, universal measure suffices to test student learning. Indeed, as currently constituted, our educational system is heavily biased toward linguistic modes of instruction and assessment and, to a somewhat lesser degree, toward logical-quantitative modes as well." Gardner argues that "a contrasting set of assumptions is more likely to be educationally effective. Students learn in ways that are identifiably distinctive. The broad spectrum of students - and perhaps the society as a whole - would be better served if disciplines could be presented in a numbers of ways and learning could be assessed through a variety of means."

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CLASS SIZE

Our class size is 10 students with 1 lead teacher and 1 assistant. A ration of 5:1 promotes a safe learning environment and a close-knit community of learners.

 

SHOWCASE

Twice a year, we will have an all school Showcase where the students share a collection of what they’ve learned in their Arts Enrichment Classes. This is a unique experience as it’s usually the first time children are invited to be “on stage” and perform songs, dance, and theatre from memorization for an “audience.” These showcases will be held in our Big Rock studio (our largest studio space with seating for all our families and friends) and are a celebration of your child’s accomplishments!

PARENT-HOME CONNECTION

Your child is your child first, our student second. We are the support staff to you and your family and believe the parent/home connection is crucial and we look forward to many partnering activities throughout the year. Periodically projects will be assigned to complete at home. These fun projects become precious keepsakes and may include “All About Me Bag,” “Thankful Feathers,” “Gingerbread Girl/Boy,” “My Favorite Things” and more. Monthly you will receive a calendar sharing our upcoming themes and any special events or days to help prepare your child with a specific item from home. These include dress in a certain color or bring in a certain shape day, sharing circle days, and the home to school projects above to name a few. We will also utilize a Facebook page to send reminders and post pictures and projects throughout our week.

NEW Preschool Program. OPEN HOUSE: Saturday Feb. 10th 9:30-11:30 & Tuesday Feb. 13th 6:00-8:00  LEARN MORE >>