Our Preschool Program
Each of our incredible teachers hold space for similar learning experiences and routines. These routines are flexible as they strive to meet students’ changing emotional, social, physical, and intellectual needs. Below is a peek into what your child will experience in our preschool classes.
Arrival: Good mornings for everyone! Students arrive, put away belongings, and greet one another.
Morning Meeting/Circle Time: Students and teacher gather to share in activities such as songs, poems, counting and patterns, games, calendar, question of the day, and show and tell.
Exploratory Centers/Imaginative Play: Students have the opportunity to choose from activities that interest them: art, sensory play, imaginative play, building.
Bathroom/Snack Time: The class uses the bathroom, washes hands, and gathers together for snack time. Daily snack will consist of kid-friendly food and conversation.
Outdoor Time: Students play outside on the playground and enjoy nature in our green space. They practice independence and grow in social and gross motor skills.
Story Time and Literacy Learning: Students build their listening and comprehension skills through read alouds and movement. Literacy skills such as letter and sound recognition and fine motor skills such as writing are explored.
During the school year the children will play, imagine, create, and move. They will explore different themes that excite them, while also engaging in literacy and math learning (ABCs, counting, shapes, patterns, etc).
Some of these areas of discovery are:
All about me and my family
Space and the sun, moon, and stars
Winter weather, animals, and holidays
The body and how we move and play
Pumpkins and changing leaves
How plants grow
Birds and Nests
Butterflies and ladybugs
Each week, students will enjoy music class and explore instruments, rhythms, song, and movement.
Behavior + Social and Emotional Development
Each day is full of teachable moments at the Preschool! We intentionally teach social and emotional skills such as caring for others, following directions, active listening, recognizing and naming emotions, and expressing feelings verbally. The Preschool Director visits classes weekly to share a book that supports children’s social and emotional development. A few of our favorite read alouds include: Big Al by Andrew Clements, The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn, What Color is Your Day? by Camryn Wells, and The Colors of Us by Karen Katz.
Teachers create a classroom where students feel valued and safe. When behavioral issues arise, teachers use emotional mirroring, redirection, and modeling of appropriate behavior. Our teachers work to put expectations in positive language, give choices, and help students take ownership of their emotions and behavior. We value parent and guardian involvement and believe you know your child best. We look forward to communicating with your families so that each child has a wonderful experience at Hamblen Park Preschool.
Hamblen Park Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations including the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, children and families we serve.