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Weekly Lesson Plan

The most important goal of our preschool curriculum at Square Roots Preschool is to help children become enthusiastic learners. This means encouraging children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their ideas and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners and to support the learning of others. We’re teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives, allowing them to learn at their own pace and in ways that are best for them. We’re giving them good habits and attitudes, particularly a positive sense of themselves, which will make a difference throughout their lives.
Ms. Taryn provides a consistent schedule with a balance between teacher-directed and child-centered activities. By providing a setting that fosters self-esteem, builds confidence, and is based on respect, it is our goal that the children will be empowered to take risks in their learning. Through guided discovery and hands-on learning, children will be involved in a fully integrated curriculum. The broad range of age-appropriate activities will engage preschoolers. Activities will be based on academic units of study, a weekly letter focus, and social skills themes. The children will be introduced to multidisciplinary experiences including children’s literature, dramatic play, Spanish, sign language, arts & crafts, science discovery, gardening, cooking, sensory activities, social skills development, music & singing, fine & large motor activities, and early math skills.

**Pictured is a sample weekly lesson plan**

Small Class Sizes at Square Roots Preschool

Our small class-size is just one of the many reasons to choose Square Roots for your preschooler. Did you know that a typical preschool classroom has sixty conflicts per hour, according to an article we found on Conscious Discipline. That’s one per minute! The main reason for this is larger class sizes of same-aged children who have the same needs and skills.

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Here are some of the other reasons we think you should choose Square Roots Preschool…

Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development:
Social: to help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends, and feel that they are part of the group.
Emotional: to help children experience pride and self-confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life.
Cognitive: to help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, make decisions, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
Physical: to help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do.

Global Awareness and Creative Expression Combined

For Earth Day at Square Roots, we talked about global awareness.  The children were each given a coffee filter to create an earth using markers and water bottles. This gave them the opportunity for creative expression and worked on fine motor skills with spraying the water bottles.

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We are enrolling new preschoolers for the fall. Call us today for more info and to schedule a tour 480-447-7668.

Why Choose Square Roots Preschool?

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Our curriculum identifies goals in all areas of development:
Social: to help children feel comfortable in school, trust their new environment, make friends, and feel that they are part of the group.
Emotional: to help children experience pride and self-confidence, develop independence and self-control, and have a positive attitude toward life.
Cognitive: to help children become confident learners by letting them try out their own ideas and experience success, and by helping them acquire learning skills such as the ability to solve problems, make decisions, ask questions, and use words to describe their ideas, observations, and feelings.
Physical: to help children increase their large and small muscle skills and feel confident about what their bodies can do.

Classroom Conflicts and the Benefits of Smaller Class Size

Conscious Discipline cites that a typical preschool classroom has sixty conflicts per hour. That’s one per minute! The main reason for this is larger class sizes of same-aged children who have the same needs and skills. This is a recent problem that is on the rise. When young children are in classrooms filled with conflict, there is less learning time, their social skills are hindered, and the environment can create lasting behavior problems.

In the past, young children were typically taught in multi-age groups, and conflicts were fewer. Students of different ages offered different skill sets to contribute to the group and had different needs, so there was not as much competition.

At Square Roots Preschool, our class sizes are much smaller than an average preschool. Our classes have five students maximum. Those classes have students ranging in age from 2-5. The teacher has time to attend to the needs of individual students, and there is more instruction time since conflicts are fewer. In our classes, we practice conscious discipline in order to help our students resolve conflict. We help them communicate how they want to be treated by asking them questions about the situation with the goal that they will learn to manage conflict situations on their own in a respectful manner. We help by suggesting words that they can use and talk about how we can handle a conflict situation better in the future. We practice our skills and learn to treat one another with respect.

The Conscious Discipline video, “Are Children Safe in Preschool?,” illustrates the importance of empowering children to be socially successful as well as develop cognitively during their preschool years.