The preschool prep program is dedicated to children between the ages of 18 to 30 months or until toilet trained, whichever comes first. This is not a nursery room, but rather a place where your child will enjoy the freedom to move around, learn and work with the direction of his directress. The ratio is 8 to 1 which allows wonderful one-on-one attention for your child. When you the parent, have decided that your child is ready to begin using the toilet, our staff will assist him and help you maintain consistency between home and school behavior.
The apparati are Montessori based, and include sensorial, preliminary practical life activities, preliminary math, language and cultural activities which satisfy your child’s need for imitation, work, and order. These activities are designed to fulfill your child’s curiosity about the real work that they see done by the adults around them. The child finds satisfaction in learning to care for himself as more and more independence becomes possible for him. The activities are designed to provide the child with the skills they need to be successful in our preschool program. The child will scoop, spoon, sort, grasp, make comparisons, and will be introduced to the concept of phonetic sounds and quantities. What the child does not know is that they will be developing the small muscle skill that it takes to become a successful writer and the cognitive skill that he needs to feel fulfilled.
Children in the preschool prep class participate in art activities several times a week. These activities provide a link to the cultural or thematic topic that the children are exposed to during their circle and work time activities. The teachers take time to prepare meaningful activities for the children in the preschool prep program.
The children in this program have many opportunities to practice their large motor skills each day. The children have two scheduled outdoor activity times daily. During this time the children climb, slide, swing, run, ride tricycles and scooters and have an opportunity to socialize with their peers. The staff provides instruction and supervision during this time.
Details on your child’s behavior and the activities that your child participated in during the day are provided to you on our daily report.