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**
While there are many developmental milestones that are important for writing, such as the pincer grasp, at Square Roots Preschool we like to practice writing in many different ways. One way is “writing” on forms, charts, calendars, lists…all just like they see adults do. This also helps develop confidence in themselves and well as demonstrating the importance of the written word.
At Square Roots Preschool, we know that children learn in all different ways so when we are introducing new sight words we explore them in all different ways. Here the children are spelling the sight words “we” and “can” using manipulatives…some tried it by copying the word as they looked at it, some tried it from memory and some tried it by using letter sounds. Ms. Taryn loves that they got to hear, see AND feel the letters that make up the sight words!
This is such a fun and fantastic project to cherish for years! Hang a large sheet of white paper or a white cloth sheet on the wall … I do suggest putting something behind it just in case the paint bleeds through or go outside 😉 Use your imagination to let your child paint on the mural; use different palates of different colored paints, paint brushes, sponges, hands, bottle brushes, spray bottles (works great with watercolors), toothbrushes, fly swatters, cookie cutters, stencils, etc. You can also use feet…yes feet! Put the paper or sheet on the ground and have her march all over it ~ you’ll forget how little those feet are someday! If you are feeling adventurous, leave the paper/sheet on the wall and let her stamp with her feet. You will both be giggling watching her try to get her foot stamp all over the paper or sheet!
What do preschoolers need to learn to write? OPPORTUNITIES!!! At Square Roots Preschool, we give children the opportunity to “write” all throughout class time. Just a few examples are… each child has the opportunity to sign-in for the day, open art activities along with the opportunity to sign their name to their artwork, working in our writing center and my personal favorite, free-writing letter practice 🙂