We take pride in the fact that we are centralized in the Hough and Arnada neighborhoods and do our best to take part in community activities. Our families are particularly active community members and we’ve found that this has made us not only a preschool where your students learn essential kindergarten readiness skills, but also part of village that works together to support each other.
We are excited to offer our families a program that will:
- Give children the opportunity to grow and flourish emotionally, intellectually, physically, socially, artistically, and musically.
- Enable children to explore, embrace, and become a healthy part of the world around them on both a local and global level.
- Encourage creativity and wonder.
- Teach respect and compassion for our teachers, friends, families, and nature.
- Support and meet the diverse child care needs of the families in our community.
We provide an opportunity for each child’s success through a range of hands-on activities, and by using non-judgmental language when communicating with them. We honor and nurture each child’s sense of self by listening to what they need and creatively providing it for them, and by emphasizing the importance of self-expression. We are prepared to change the environment as directed by the children’s interests, and to provide the next academic challenge for them involving that interest. We encourage each child to be actively involved in order to become able to make choices about and become responsible for their own behavior.
Our curriculum includes a weekly theme that encourages the children to explore and learn about the musical world as well as the culturally diverse world in which they live. Groups are at least somewhat mixed age, to allow some latitude for individual behaviors. A range of activities is offered to both comfort and challenge children in the class. We are a process-oriented school and offer a lot of sensorial activities. Children learn about the world through their senses and we hope to cultivate that involvement, in order that they may build upon it. Activities are dictated as much as possible by the perceived needs of children in the group. Themes are used loosely in the curriculum plan. The curriculum reflects a strong commitment to creativity, critical thinking, and respect for diversity in all its forms.
Although our preschool is music and art based, all of our learning is applicable to the kindergarten readiness benchmarks. You can find some of these benchmarks at:
Musical activities will be based around the theme. If we are learning about a certain letter or book, we will learn nursery rhymes or songs based
around the letter or book.
Rhythm will be emphasized through simple beats and fun drum circles, with our array of bongos, hand drums, maracas, rhythms sticks, shakers and our big fun Orff instruments (varied sizes of xylophones, metallophones, glockenspiels that are extremely child friendly).
At the core of each child is an innate sense to sing. Learning various fun pieces as well as the solfeggio symbols (Do Re Mi) and their relationship to melody will be a daily learning adventure.
We will explore the art world providing a wide array of art materials and prepare various art projects that reflect our weekly theme.
Children our encouraged, during free time, to dress up and use their imagination to enter endless superhero, firefighter, princess, etc. worlds. Different props may be put out to encourage a specific type of play depending on their interest. We also do mini plays almost everyday in music class with nursery rhymes and stories.
Every year we take a field trip to attend the Nutcracker at the Durst Theater. We may also have a special guest artist and will also keep parents aware of community performances.