UPK at the Center
Development of Social Skills
Cooperating, taking turns and empathy are life skills children need for school and for adulthood. Courtesy and manners are also an essential part of life in the classroom. Emotional support and secure relationships help children acquire both self-confidence and the ability to function as a member of a group. As children are encouraged to use their words, listen to one another and problem-solve, optimal learning takes place.
Language & Literacy
Language development empowers children to actively and positively participate in both the cognitive and social aspects of the classroom. Experience with written and oral language provides children with the tools to interact with others and to clearly present their thoughts, feeling and experiences. Emerging literacy is heavily stressed in the classroom. Children work on their pre-reading skills through letter recognition, sound-symbol correspondence and exposure to books and book making.
Children learn mathematical concepts such as counting, sorting, patterning, numeral recognition, estimation and graphing. They are introduced to these concepts via games and manipulatives and when problem-solving situations occur.
Physical Development and Health
Children are given many opportunities to develop both fine and large motor coordination. Writing, coloring, cutting with scissors and using manipulatives help develop fine motor skills. Running, hopping, climbing and sliding develops balance and coordination. Keeping an attentive eye on each child’s health and physical development, while helping each develop physical fitness, allows the individual to engage in daily activities in a healthy, happy manner.
Working together and independently
Our learning centers include block building, dramatic play, art, computers, reading and writing, musical instruments, math and science, and sensory. Children are active learners and need purposeful play that invites participation and exploration of their environment. Our teachers create experiences and play stations that foster each child’s natural curiosity, initiative, engagement and creativity. Children can repeat tasks and revisit learning centers as they wish in order to afford them the opportunity to explore further. Children are encouraged to work together and independently. Our teachers support students in their endeavors which allows them to explore the different areas of the room on their own as well as with others so each child has the opportunity to develop his or her own interests.
We learn what our children are learning, what they enjoy and what they have mastered through careful observations of their play, work, and interactions with others. We rely on good communication with parents so that we can share information. As parents and teachers listen and converse with children, as well as examine and comment on their creations, valuable information about individual learning and development is gained. We meet regularly throughout the year with parents in scheduled conferences, but also hope that you will call whenever you want to share a joy or concern regarding your child’s time spent here. Working together we can promote positive self-esteem, expressive and receptive language, physical fitness, self-motivation and a love for learning in each child. After all… At Whitney Point Preschool & Daycare the future begins here, and it is a bright one for each Universal Prekindergartner!