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Our Preschool Programs

                                     Your Child's Day

The Children’s House offers a variety of educational opportunities, depending on each child’s social and emotional needs.  Click on the links below to learn more about each of our programs.

                
                                  A Typical School Day

Our School-Age Programs Our children's learning experiences consists of open-ended activities that are appropriate for a wide variety of children’s developmental levels and interests. Activities which are always available include block construction, creative dramatic play, gross motor activities, water interaction, and creative art. The Montessori areas in the classrooms consist of many activities, each having a built-in control of error so every child may work independently. Activities such as large group music and literature are more structured, but are planned to encourage individual participation by the child. Small group time is established to enable children to talk, listen, and share concerns.

Long uninterrupted periods of time are reserved for exploration and discovery. This allows children to learn by trial and error through first hand experience, and to make activity selections based on their own interests. Most children learn to plan a day’s experiences that meet their developmental needs with little or no intervention from adults, however, guidance is provided when teachers feel the child needs assistance.

The following program are available. Click on the links below to learn more about each of our programs.
Great Beginnings Introductory Summer Orientation
Your annual tuition allows for your child to participate in the Children’s House summer orientation Program. This program is an important and vital part of your child’s entry into a new classroom environment. Our orientation is specifically designed to allow teachers opportunities to learn about your children’s interests and needs to design emerging curriculum for their new class. Our goal during this special time is to introduce children to new classroom expectations and routines and to group children into productive and socially interactive family groups with a teacher. In addition to this our summer orientations are designed to help ease the transition from home to school for the new child or from one classroom to the next for a returning child. We use this time for getting to know you and your child and for grouping and assessing the needs of our students. Much of our classroom curriculum is also formulated as we become more acquainted with your child’s interests during this time. Your annual tuition commitment of 11 months includes your child’s summer orientation as it is an integral part of your child’s year.
Encouraged Cognitive Curriculum  
In order to build a foundation of success, we have set forth curriculum goals that are clearly defined and shared by our teaching teams. Our curriculum, activities, and teaching strategies are designed to help achieve these goals in a coherent way. Our Encouraged Cognitive Exploration curriculum includes goals for the knowledge and experiences set forth by the California Learning Foundation and Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines. We emphasize effective use of groupings, settings, schedules and materials in our classroom and outdoor environments.

Our curriculum is evidence based, draws on research, and is developmentally, culturally, and linguistically relevant for the children who will experience it. It is designed around sound principles of child development and learning. Encouraged Cognitive Exploration guides teachers to plan learning experiences that foster children’s growth across a broad range of developmental and content areas. Our curriculum helps ensure that teachers plan a daily schedule that maximizes children’s acquisition of desired knowledge and skills through the effective use of time and materials. It offers opportunities for children to learn through play and through structured activities, individually and in groups, according to their developmental needs and interests. You will see many philosophies of renowned educators incorporated including those of Dewey, Piaget, Elkind, Montessori, Gardner, Reggio and Waldorf.
  • Social-Emotional Development
    We give each child opportunities fostering and developing children’s healthy social and emotional growth through the development of friendships, self-regulation skills, empathy, and the ability to resolve conflict in positive ways.
     
  • Physical Development
    We provide each child equipment, space, and practice of skills, for the support of large-motor development. Gross motor and fine motor skills are closely intertwined. Refinement of gross motor skills enhances and refines your child’s fine motor skills. Fine motor skills build muscles to complete self help tasks, beginning writing skills and drawing. The refinement of gross motor skills also increases your child’s use of his senses in learning. Your child will begin to discriminate sounds, visual images, tastes, smells and textures.

          Cognitive Development

  • Language
    Our goals include language acquisition in both verbal and nonverbal communication. We appreciate that language is rooted within family and community traditions as we encourage children to expand communication skills. Our curriculum also supports early literacy through developing beginning reading skills such as learning letters and sounds and immersion in a print-rich environment.
     
  • Mathematics
    Learning numbers, operations, recognizing attributes and patterns, making comparisons and using simple concepts of geometry, measurement, and time are all a part of beginning mathematical learning. Using mathematical vocabulary, understanding quantity and sequencing help your child begin to identify relationships.
     
  • Science
    We support children’s scientific inquiry and knowledge through observation, the use of simple tools, representation of findings, and the use of basic scientific terminology and vocabulary. Science encourages your child to explore, respond to questions, make discoveries, apply information and find more than one solution to a problem.
     
  • Health and Safety
    We practice sound health, nutrition and safety practices through our science activities, our gross motor program, and enjoying a healthy snack together with friends.
     
  • Social Studies
    Encouraged Cognitive Exploration helps children understand social roles and rules, the local community, and their own contributions to the well-being of the social and physical environments in which they live.
     
  • Practical Life
    encompasses several different important areas of a young child’s early education experience.  Practical Life activities are ones that your children use in their everyday life such as: setting a table or sweeping the floor or helping to wash and cloth a baby. We will show your children how to perform these practical tasks and then in turn the child will be able to join mom or dad in completing these jobs at home. When a child learns a skill at school that can be used in everyday life it build self confidence and they begin to understand that the role they play in life is quite purposeful.

    Areas we target:

    • Social Emotional Growth
    • Fine Motor Skills
    • Grace/Courtesy
    • Self Help Skills (Independence)
    • Global Awareness
    • Building Community
    • Care of Environment
    • Sensorial Experiences
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