Our Preschool Program

Our preschool program is built on Montessori principles, uses Reggio Emilia theory, and concepts from the Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers. This exciting combination allows us freedom to create stimulating and developmentally appropriate centers. Our students learn through play, work in small or large groups, as well as individually.

Montessori

Using principles taken from Montessori we observe our students. We provide them with an environment that enables them to self-teach and explore the world around them each and every day. We model and teach good manners and understand that each child is an individual. We are able to modify a center to meet the needs of a two-year-old as well as a three-year-old classmate.

Reggio Emilia

Using Reggio as a part of our curriculum enables us to cater to the needs and interest of each child. The child is able to follow their interests and explore the objects or tools of each center. A child may ask ‘why?’ and we look to find the answer together. Our teachers respect each child, their questions of why, and their desire to find an answer. Reggio encourages the teachers to spend time outside with the students. We go on nature walks, have outdoor centers, plant and tend to a garden. Our art activities are not designed to produce a specific outcome but to enjoy the journey of the materials presented.

Creative Curriculum

Creative Curriculum is a research-based approach to educating our students. It grants the teacher the ability to teach the student and gives the student space to explore their interests. In the classroom we encourage each child to immerse themselves in their work for the day. We guide them through social interactions, build their self-confidence, and critical thinking skills. We have toy free play time during our morning outdoor play time. This permits the child time to continue building their social skills, engage their imagination, and work on problem solving.

Books from our curriculum:

  • The Tiny Seed, Eric Carle
  • There, Mary Louise Fitzpatrick
  • Mama Panya’s Pancakes, Mary Chamberlin, Richard Chamberlin
  • Are Trees Alive?, Debbie S. Miller
  • A House is a House for Me, Mary Ann Hoberman
  • A Color of His Own, Leo Lionni

 

  • My Light, Molly Bang
  • Night in the Country, Cynthia Rylant
  • The Little Engine That Could, Watty Piper
  • Planet of Trash, George Poppel
  • And Still the Turtle Watched, Sheila MacGill-Callahan
  • The Giving Tree, Shel Silverstein
  • Wangari’s Trees of Peace, Jeanette Winter

Other Resources

  • Driven to Distraction, Edward M. Hallowell & John J. Ratey
  • How to Talk So Kids Will Listen, Adele Faber
  • The Healthy Lunchbox, Marie McClendon & Cristy Schauck
  • First Day in School, Bill Binzen
  • First Day of School, Helen Oxenbury
  • The Elementary School Handbook, Joanne Oppenheim
  • Your Child in School, Tom and Harriet Sobol
  • When You Go To Kindergarten, James How