Curriculum

Parker-Chase Preschool is proud to offer the highest quality preschool education.  Our school focuses on the developmental needs of all children and we structure our environment with respect to each child’s particular learning style.  The environment, inside and outside, is rich in the materials young children require in order to grow physically, intellectually and emotionally.  Every day your child will have the opportunity to explore, discover and delight in language arts, math, science, art, music—all of the educational disciplines—through their play.

Our curriculum is based on our knowledge of the developmental process, the individual child’s needs and interests, and the child’s family culture.  We integrate our curriculum into our routines and transitions; planned and spontaneous activities; indoor and outdoor play; interactions between children and between children and adults; child-led and teacher-directed activities; and implemented individually and in small groups and large groups.  The curriculum focuses on the development of the “whole child”, that is, it considers all areas of development—physical, language, social/emotional, and cognitive.  The curriculum also teaches concepts and develops skills that are meaningful to the child’s developmental understanding.

Teachers use a planning process that includes observation, assessment, developmental goals, developmentally appropriate practice and reflection.  Based on this information, the curriculum emerges over time and guides how we set up the environment, the activities, experiences and interactions provided, and the routines and schedules within the classroom.

Our daily schedules allow for blocks of time for indoor and outdoor free-choice activities; small and large group activities; snacks and lunch; clean-up, toileting and other routines.  Classrooms are arranged in interest centers.  During “center time”, children are encouraged to move around the classroom at their own pace and select activities of interest.  During this time, teachers interact with children to extend or enhance their play by asking questions, supporting problem-solving, offering ideas or materials, and observing or assessing what children know.

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