306 W Brookside Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
|Play- based||mostly teacher led||not formally in curriculum||conducive environment|
|Nursery rhymes, poems, songs|
|Emerging literacy skills|
|Math & number sense||
|Time & space||
|Sci. reasoning/physical world||
|Other subjects taught||French Social skills Conflict management Ice skating|
From the Director:
Our French classes are taught by a Native of France so the children learn it from someone without an accent.
Our teaching is individual and non judgemental. We work with each child on a concept until (s)he learns it. When a child has
difficulty we implement alternative ways of presenting the subject matter. Our aim is always to enhance the child's self esteem and foster a relaxed attitude in the child.
We believe that every child has the right to be in a place where (s)he feels wanted. Preschool children's abilities vary wildly and need to be ad- dressed individually without judgement. Preschool is a place to prepare not only for academic life but for all of life. The Practical Life activities in our kitchen are a vital part of our educational program. We believe that foreign language is an essential part of preschool learning as people increasingly live in a global environment and also knowing more that one language greatly increases brain development.
7:30 Breakfast or assisting the teacher with class- room preparation or individually selected activity.
8:30 Outside play
9:00 Group Lesson
9:30 Individual work time or small French group.
10:30 Group Lesson
11:00 Outside play
12:30 Nap or kitchen cleanup (for kindergtnrs)
12:45 outside time for p.m. students & 5yr olds
1:10 Group lesson
1:30 Work time
2:30 Group lesson
3:00 Outside time
3:15 Pick up time
4:00 Group snack
4:15 Individual and group games and crafts
5:30 School closes
Individual snacks are available all during the work times.
We attempt to communicate with parents daily about the children's progress. We send out a newsletter every other month or more to keep parents informed about the curriculum, about special activities, and about
suggestions for parenting. We work with the director of the Family Attachment Center when we have behavior problems. We have open house parent meetings and we do an extensive annual written evaluation and conference with the parents of each child.
We discuss separation with the parents in advance. We start new children one or two each day so we can give them much individual attention on their 1st day of school. We have a "heart" ceremony that parents use to say goodbye to their children. We ask parents to leave quickly after saying goodbye so they don't prolong the painful moment of separation. We have the children wave goodbye through the window (even if they are crying) and we immediately do an individual activity with them.