Preschool Curriculum

Education is not the fillling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."  - William Butler Yeats

Preschool children possess a wide range of abilities. We provide an enticing learning environment using The Creative Curriculum, The Iowa Early Learning Standards and study topics of interest to young children to enable our preschoolers to interact positively with others and become enthusiastic, independent and self confident learners!
 
We believe that a child's first and most important work is their play and that much learning occurs through play. Our daily schedule allows for large blocks of time for play with a large variety of "centers." We set up a diverse classroom learning environment that includes:
 
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binoculars
 
                ♦ literacy
                 math
                ♦ science
                ♦ writing
                ♦ dramatic play
                ♦ blocks
                ♦ creative art
                ♦ music/movement
                ♦ sand/water/sensory table
                ♦ fine/large motor
 
 
 
The Creative Curriculum is a well regarded, research based early childhood curriculum identifying thirty-six goals and objectives in the developmental process during the preschool years. These are not rigid expectations or benchmarks, but guidelines on a loose continuum as a child moves through our program in preparation for kindergarten.
 
Our preschool provides for a good balance of teacher and child initiated learning, large and small group activities and purposeful play experiences that help children grow in all of the areas detailed below.
 
Social/Emotional--helping children develop independence, self-confidence and self control, follow simple rules and routines, make friends, and learn what it means to be part of a group.
 
Cognitive--acquiring thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to ask questions and to think logically: predicting, experimenting, sorting, classifying, comparing, counting and making patterns, and to use materials and their imagination to show what they have learned.
 
Language--using words to communicate with others, listen to and participate in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize letters and words, begin writing for a purpose and enjoy and value reading.
 
Physical--increasing large muscle skills such as balancing, running, jumping, throwing, and catching. Also using the small hand muscles to do tasks like buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing and writing.
 
Faith--we are attentive and sensitive to nurturing children's spiritual growth. The Christian beliefs of our staff permeate our program. We value and incorporate opportunities to pray and talk about our faith by teaching children God made them, he loves them and wants to be their friend. We recognize Christian holidays, pray before our snack and talk and sing about God as we move through our day. Once each week our director or Children's Pastor leads "Chapel Time," where we read a Bible story, sing together and pray with the children.
 
At Meredith Drive Preschool we teach children how to learn, not just in preschool, but as a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning. It is our goal that through the activities we plan, the way we organize our classroom and our positive interactions with the children, we will give your child a well rounded, successful start in school.
Last Published: November 10, 2017 3:38 PM