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, healthy food and conversation.
Outdoor Time: Students play outside and enjoy nature. They practice independence and grow in social and gross motor skills.
Story Time: 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 is explored.
Discovery Learning: Students learn about the world around them through question asking, hands-on experiences, and scientific exploration. Students grow in their care for their community and environment.
During the school year the children will learn about themselves, others, and the world around them. In the preschool classroom, the teachers will be helping each child enjoy this learning process through a variety of methods: play, art, music, stories etc.
Each class will explore several broad areas of study geared to the interests of the three, four and five year old child.
Some of these areas are:
ALL ABOUT ME – SELF AWARENESS
ALL ABOUT SCHOOL
FAMILIES AND FRIENDS
FEELINGS / SOCIAL SKILLS
SEASONS & WEATHER
HEALTH, NUTRITION AND SAFETY
LETTERS / NUMBERS / SCIENCE AND MATH
PEOPLE AT WORK AND AT PLAY
AWARENESS OF PEOPLE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
COOKING AND BAKING
ART & MUSIC EXPERIENCE
Field trips are an exciting part of your child’s preschool experience. You will be notified of the monthly schedule of events through the Newsletter. Each child is required to have his/her car seat for field trips. Parents are always needed to transport and supervise children on these trips. However, to allow for best adult participation on these field trips, it is not advisable to bring other small children.
All volunteers to drive children to field trips must have Washington State Patrol Criminal background check form approved PRIOR to the event.
In order to provide some variety for the children, each family will occasionally be asked to send snacks for their child’s class. We ask that our snacks be of a nutritious nature as some children have difficulties with sugary foods. We will be stressing healthy eating in our preschool curriculum.
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, The Colors of Us by Karen Katz, Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud and David Messing.
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.
According to the Preschool Policy, all children will participate in two Fire Drills and all staff will be knowledgeable of the Emergency Evacuation Procedure.
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