Ages 3 to 4 years old
At the center of a Child Centered Learning Environment for preschool is a balance of child-initiated and teacher-guided activities that help learning evolve from play. At this level, we provide our children with more enriched age-appropriate experiences, yet still within a safe, nurturing environment. Teachers strive to motivate children though encouragement, suggestion, positive language, and effective praise.
"The Creative Curriculum for Preschool" makes up the main curricula in our Preschool and PreK classrooms. This is a comprehensive curriculum using clear objectives for development and learning that align with the State of Ohio Department of Education’s Early Learning Development Standards. Our developmentally appropriate curriculum is organized into 9 areas of development. Social-Emotional, Physical, Language, Cognitive, Literacy, Mathematics, Science & Technology, Social Studies and The Arts.
Our teachers continually assess children’s learning through observations, photographs, collecting facts, analyzing writing and work samples, and asking open ended questions to spark thought and encourage problem solving. Teachers create a portfolio that tracks your child’s progress. We work with families to create educational goals for each child and closely monitor and update these goals quarterly through parent conferences.
Interest areas or centers such as Blocks, Dramatic Play, Toys & Games, Art, Library, Science & Discovery, Sand & Water, Music & Movement, Cooking, Computers & the Outdoors make up the child’s classroom environment and support all developmental domains. These interest areas are created in the classroom and this purposed environment acts as your child’s second teacher.