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**
At Square Roots Preschool, we love to garden! And on this day, we made greenhouses!! The children get really excited every time we plant something, they just love to watch it grow. Learning through gardening connects kids to their food and engages them in nurturing a healthy planet. The children learned what a plant needs to grow and flourish…Soil (here it was a paper towel), water, sun and of course, seeds. We planted beans and peas in our greenhouses and every day they get to see their plants sprout roots, stems and leaves!
Children’s sense of responsibility begins with taking care of their belongings and toys. Give your child a sponge or scrub brush and bucket of soapy water to wash his tricycle or bike. Let your child help you wash the car. While you wash the car, provide your child with a sponge and bucket of soapy water or a push broom so she can scrub the driveway with soapy water. Have her scrub outdoor furniture or anything that needs a little cleaning.
Children get excited about learning to write when they use writing or scribbling for a purpose. Have your child mark special events on the family calendar. When she receives a birthday invitation, let her make a mark on the correct date by drawing a picture or writing her name or the first letter of her name. She can cut out small pictures from magazines to glue on the calendar for birthday parties or holidays. Or she can even help with menu planning by placing stickers on the calendar to indicate favorite lunches or dinners; use pizza stickers for pizza night!
Children are encouraged to read when they make their own books! Help your child make a book of some of the chores she does at home by drawing pictures, cutting examples out of magazines, or taking photos. Paste the chores on paper and staple the pages together. Read the book to her and then have her read or tell the story to you.