"The teachers are amazing. I can't express the joy and gratefulness I have for them and what they accomplished with my children. I believe the advantages this program gives over public kindergarten will help my children overcome any challenges they might encounter in further educational opportunities and life's challenges."

PRESCHOOL

Three year olds possess a variety of developmental capabilities and skills. Their classroom is structured and equipped to provide a balance of active and quiet activities. Our preschool curriculum, reflecting the Colorado State Preschool Standards, provides a combination of child initiated and teacher directed projects in which children act in individual, small-group, and large-group situations each day. The daily schedule is organized to meet the children’s need for a balance of active and quiet play, large and small group interaction, academic and developmental learning, indoor and outdoor time, and of course, our enrichment activities.

Classroom activity/learning centers offer art, science, dramatic play, gross motor, manipulative, language/listening, and music. A wide range of theme based activities are presented each day to help meet the varying developmental needs of the preschool age child.

SCIENCE/SENSORY

The preschool classroom environments allow the child to feel, smell, touch, hear, and sometimes taste the medium that teaches the concept. Measuring, pouring, discovering physical properties, and volume are all aspects of this center. This small, hands-on area enforces the social concepts of cooperative play! Math, science, and motor development are all added benefits of learning in this sand, water, oatmeal, and tactile learning mediums.

BLOCKS

This area helps children learn math concepts like proportion – two triangles make a square. It also assists children in forming ideas about cause and effect, gravity, and problem solving. Children learn quickly that in order for a tower to “reach for the sky” it needs a large base. The block area is also a great place for children to socialize and work together while developing motor skills. Using their imagination and fellow-builders, children can turn this area into an airport, castle, or even their own neighborhood!

DRAMATIC PLAY

In this popular area, children make great headway in areas of language, social, and emotional development. Imaginative play in this area allows children to take on and explore new roles and to associate between real and the imagined. Learning to function in a group, take turns, and play cooperatively are outcomes for children who master this center.

MATH/MANIPULATIVE

These activities are designed to build fine motor control, spatial awareness, eye-hand coordination, problem solving skills, and social interaction. Typically set up with tables, children work together in small groups or singularly with puzzles that challenge, Legos® that create, lacing cards that teach, and anything else that requires the children to think while using their fingers!

CREATIVE ARTS

While playing in this area, children learn the concepts of form, shape, line, and color. They also gain increased muscle control. One of the benefits of this center is the fact that when they create something here, it is lasting, not like a block tower or finished puzzle. Children need to have their accomplishments and creations become tangible so that they have that “I did it!” feeling validated. Building self-esteem, one piece of artwork at a time, is what this center is all about.