Inside Our Classrooms
Classroom instruction begins at 9:00 am, which is why on-time attendance is so important. Students participate in guided instruction and academic-based play at a variety of learning centers within the classroom. Math, Science, Blocks, Art, and Dramatic Play are just a few of the options available. Large and small-group instruction allows them to learn from their peers and strengthen social-emotional, problem solving, and language skills.
Social / Emotional Learning
Dr. J. L. Kemp provides social-emotional analysis of various forms of audio and visual media directed towards children - with the goal of assisting them in properly processing the themes and messages within the imagery, making determinations between appropriate and inappropriate behavior, and adjusting their own behavior according to school, family, and community expectations.
Preschool music education supports development at a critical period in children's lives. It ignites all areas of child development and skills for school readiness, including intellectual, social-emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy. It helps the body and the mind work together. Exposing children to music during early development helps them learn the sounds and meanings of words.
The school library offers several hundred titles which allows students to expand their vocabulary and imagination. Participation during daily storytime allows students the opportunity to ask questions and offer their interpretation of a story - while actively strengthening their communication skills.
Outdoor play strengthens growing muscles and helps develop gross motor skills. In addition to the color-coordinated play structures, our play areas allow room to run, ride bikes, play ball, jump rope, and more. When inclement weather is forecast, many of those activities are easily moved into the village hallways.
It has long been shown that physical development contributes to cognitive development. The process of moving and exploring the world around you, helps strengthen bones, muscles, the heart and lungs. It also helps improve coordination, balance, posture and flexibility. Children benefit from this type of instruction by maintaining a healthy weight, which reduces the risk of getting heart disease, cancer and type-2 diabetes later in life.