The Preschool House is focused on helping children learn and grow in a engaging and supportive environment. Relationships are at the heart of everything we do here, but there are so many more things that make our school special. Here's a few...
What I love most about preschool is the chance to get to know each of the preschoolers and their families. You'll get to know me pretty well too. That's one of the very nice things about a small in-home program. It's wonderful to have that connection, and through various activities and our "open classroom" policy you'll have many opportunities to know who your preschoolers friends are and their families also. Preschool is one of the first times in a child's life where their world extends beyond their family. Your preschooler is going to make a lot of new friends, and hopefully you will too!
As I grow to know your child I'll want to do what you want to do, talk about them! I find it frustrating that many schools make parents feel like there is a wall between them and the classroom. I want all of my preschool families to always feel like they can reach me and discuss any questions, concerns or issues that they may be having. I also pride myself on being able to have an easy and up front dialogue with parents about anything concerning their preschooler. When you have a child in my class you have a partner who, just like you, is eager for your preschooler to have the best experience possible and the strongest foundation we can give them. That requires us to have a great relationship.
Excellence In Every Child
Each child is unique and brings something special to the table. I've found that true with every single child that I've ever worked with. I'm excited to discover what's special about your preschooler and helping them appreciate their strengths. This helps them feel value, worth, self-esteem and confidence. It also helps provide insight into how they best learn.
A Commitment to Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
Children learn best while doing what they do best and that's play. Don't mistake play as just goofing off. Thoughtfully planned centers and learning experiences engage all senses and create excitement about various concepts while supporting all types of learning styles. Printing off a worksheet is the most passive type of learning, and not at all conducive to how young children best explore their world. That's why you'll never see us doing one. Math, science, language, literacy, fine and gross motor along with a whole host of other skills will be taught in an engaging, fun and thoughtful way. Your child will leave not only ready for kindergarten, but excited about learning.
Child Directed Learning
Even as adults we know that we learn more when we are interested in what we're doing. At The Preschool House we use what the preschoolers are interested in as vehicles to teach important concepts, keeping the preschoolers enthusiastic about what concepts we're trying to master. Art, music, dance, blocks, sensory experiences, group games, and various other "fun" activities are our tools to spark their interest and feed the preschooler's natural desire to learn.
More Than Just ABCs
Successful learners know more than just how to count and recognize their letters. They know how to interact with adults, follow directions, negotiate with peers, control their emotions and express their feelings. I could go on and on and on. At The Preschool House we approach Early Childhood Education with an eye to the whole child. That means helping them not only master academic skills, but also giving them support as they master all the tools to help them be successful in any learning environment. I frequently conduct assessments to see where each child is headed and what they still have left to master. I'm constantly adjusting our curriculum based on what I've found out. Both you and I will always know where your preschooler is at, what they've learned, and what we still need to work on.
A Research Based Classroom
Not all classrooms are created equal. Clear standards for excellent Early Childhood Education are set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. When followed closely, these guidelines ensure an education that supports your child in all areas of growth and creates an environment where they feel excited and engaged when it comes to learning. At The Preschool House I'm committed to providing the best possible education by aligning what we do to what top scientists and researchers have found to be the most effective strategies for supporting preschoolers as they learn. You can read more about the NAEYC and what to look for in a preschool program here.