I believe that children learn the best through play. It is my responsibility as a teacher to provide a learning rich enviornment. I have a center based preschool, meaning that I will provide different areas in the classroom to help children explore and discover their world at their own pace and in their own intrests. Centers include: Art, Science, Math, Dramatic Play, Writing & Literacy, Gross Motor, and Blocks & Building. While the children are encouraged to explore all areas, try new things, and take turns, they can spend the majority of their time doing what they find interesting to them.
Basic overview of my school: Each week will will focus on a theme that is relevant to the children and the world around them. We will have a color of the month where one day a week we will have a wear and share day where the children can wear the color of the month and bring something into school to "show and tell" with the other children. Each week we will focus on a letter of the alphabet. Children are encouraged to bring in pictures from magazines or newspapers, or drawings that begin with the letter to add to our letter board. 3 year olds will focus more on letter recognition where 4 year olds will focus on begining sounds and writing the letter.
I use the Frontline Phonics program to teach letters and letter sounds, this is the same program that is used at Learning Dynamics. This program is easy for the children to follow and keeps them excited about learning their letter names and sounds.
I have adapted my curriculum to follow the new Utah CORE guidelines. I have attended seminars and conferences to learn these new practices. By doing this I hope to help the children have a smooth transition into Kindergarten by teaching them the same way as they will be taught in the Elementary Schools.
We will take 4 field trips during the year that will support the theme we are learning for the week. Please see my policies and procedures for more information on field trips.
As far as goals are concerned please click the link below to see my specific goals for the children before they go into Kindergarten.
Preschool Development Goals