Preschool – Overview

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We understand that learning happens across developmental domains. Play is the context for learning, both reflecting and contributing to children’s language-cognitive, social-emotional, and physical-motor skills. As children actively engage in play and interaction with their physical and social environment, symbolic thinking grows, mental reasoning emerges and the use of concepts increases, preparing children for the transition to more formal schooling. We will support children in:

  1. Social-Emotional
  • Achieving a positive sense of self
  • Learning about differences and similarities among people
  • Taking responsibility for themselves and others
  • Behaving in a pro-social way, including building empathy, labeling and managing emotions, respecting their environment and others
  • Developing self regulation and sensory organization

The Greenhouse Learning Center teaches self regulation through a positive guidance curriculum by Dr Becky Bailey: Conscious Discipline®.

  1. Cognitive
  • Learning to solve problems
  • Learning to ask questions
  • Organizing ideas
  • Having experiences with units of measurement
  • Learning quantitative concepts ie. more, less, same
  • Learning one-to-one correspondence
  • Developing recognition of numerals and counting skills and understanding sets of objects
  • Developing symbolic/representational thinking by using materials and their imagination to explore abstract ideas
  1. Physical
  • Developing small/fine motor control
  • Developing large/gross motor control
  • Refining and mastering self help skills
  1. Self Expression and Imagination
  • Feeling valued and respected as they express themselves creatively
  • Experimenting with varied, open-ended materials that encourage self expression
  • Exploring the art of other children and adults
  • Express themselves creatively through art, music, drama and dance
  1. Language and Literacy
  • Developing verbal and nonverbal communication
  • Developing listening skills
  • Gaining knowledge of the alphabet
  • Responding to questions
  • Practicing conversation
  • Using language to solve social problems
  • Making sense of written language
  • Having exposure to a variety of languages (both home and other)
  • Develop concept of story through experiences with books, storytelling and poetry