About 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: 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. 

 

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. 

 

Curriculum

 

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 as they engage in literacy and math learning (ABCs, counting, shapes, patterns, etc).

Some of these areas are:

 

  • All about me and my family

  • Friendship

  • Space and the sun, moon, and stars

  • Rainbows

  • Winter weather and holidays

  • The body and how we move and play

  • Pumpkins and changing leaves

  • Community helpers

  • How plants grow

  • Dinosaurs

  • Birds and Nests

  • Baking

  • Insects and other bugs

Snack
 

Each family will occasionally be asked to send snacks for their child’s class. We are a peanut free school and enjoy snacks such as fruits, cheese sticks, applesauce, and pretzels.

 

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. 

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