Curriculum, Communication, Assessment
Our curriculum focuses on the School Readiness Performance Standards. Children engage the learning process through developmental experiences that relate to the ways they think, reason and create.
Creative Curriculum published by Teaching Strategies is our core curriculum. The objectives are aligned to published early learning standards. The curriculum is “integrated with ongoing assessment, professional development and family resources to create a developmentally appropriate program that promotes children’s social-emotional development .We facilitate learning in the core areas of language, literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, physical, emotional and social development. We empower children to become confident, lifelong learners who “love to learn”. We help children approach school and academics with competent readiness skills, a positive self esteem, and the drive for success.
We create developmentally appropriate environments in which each child at every age discovers and learns. The daily schedule and learning centers are organized to teach and optimize the experiences of each child throughout their day. Labeled shelves and classroom displays use colors, symbols, creative expression and enriched print. Scientific exploration, math concepts and language experiences are built into every aspect of the day in the classroom, outside on the playground and even at mealtimes. Teachers prepare and rotate the learning centers providing a wide range of materials where the children can learn several different skills in each center. These centers include creative art, dramatic play/social studies, fine motor/manipulative, blocks, gross motor, language/literacy library, music and science/sensory/math. We provide whole and small group activities, extended projects, and both “on campus” visitors and “off campus” field trips (older students) to enrich children’s learning.
Children individually grow and mature at their own unique rates. Our activities support this developmental continuum for each child. Developmental standards emerge into “hands on” themes that engage all of our active learners.
Assessment information is essential to planning appropriate learning experiences that respond to children’s individual interests, learning styles, and abilities. “Teaching Strategies GOLD" blends ongoing, authentic, observational assessment across all areas of development and learning with intentional, focused, performance- assessment tasks for selected literacy and numeracy objectives. Evidence of children’s knowledge, skills, and behaviors during meaningful everyday experiences are collected. The online system is inclusive of children with disabilities, children who are developing typically, and children who demonstrate competencies beyond typical developmental expectations.” Child portfolios are kept for each child in the assessment system and may consist of developmental checklists, observations, progress reports, examples of child’s work, anecdotal notes, conference sheets, etc. Together, parents/guardians and teachers use observations, developmental checklists, anecdotal notes and child’s portfolio to complete the assessment tool.
*INFANTS and TODDLERS: We recognize that the first three years of life are an extraordinary time that set the stage for all the years to follow. From birth, babies are marvelous learners, immediately investigating the sights, sounds, and feel of the world. We provide a safe environment rich with opportunities, responsive caregivers and interactive language experiences.
Large/Small Motor Experiences: Kick, crawl, pull up and stand, grip, throw, manipulate, climb, push and pull, walk, run, track, reach, grasp, hand-eye coordination.
Sensory Experiences: Explorations of texture, color patterns, size, shape, smell, sound, taste, weight and balance.
Cognitive Experiences: Object permanence, spatial relationships, visual discrimination, classifying, collecting and dumping, cause and effect and problem solving.
Language and Music: Babble, discriminate sound, mimicry, rhyming, adult-child conversations, enriched print, reading and language play, explorations in music, instruments and singing.
Personal Expression: Art, dance/rhythm, movement, imitation, pretending with dolls, stuffed animals and dramatic play accessories.
Imagine if every child learned to have healthy relationships, felt safe at school and treated others with respect. Envision children choosing to be helpful instead of hurtful. At Peter Pan, we create a school family that moves beyond just rewards and punishments. Peter Pan Preschool intermingles POSITIVE GUIDANCE and CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE methods in our Disciplinary Policy.