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Little Explorers Preschool

11740 Brooks School Road
Fishers, IN 46037

Phone:
(317) 288-7882

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Our approach to learning is that children learn best in an environment where they are allowed and encouraged to try new things, test their own hypotheses, and get a little messy! We are firm believers that there is no "wrong" way to learn, there is only "your" way!

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
  • Dry erase boards, journals
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • Lacing beads, patterning sets
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Microscopes, magnets
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • Music playing in classrooms during center times
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Evironmental objects as art materials
Physical activity more

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  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Computers

From the Director:

Our teachers are very involved in the activities taking place in our classrooms. However, we do not want children to be introduced to learning as "You must wait and be told what to do." It is important that children use their surroundings and environment as learning tools every day! Our teachers will ask questions, assist in creating solutions, and help pass over difficult obstacles; but they are not here to tell a child how to learn, or that his way of learning will not work. Every child is different, and every child needs a different level of instruction. We work from each child's individual level.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Every child is encouraged to learn at his own pace. Our teachers formally assess children 3 times per school year. Our lesson plans span across all levels of the spectrum. We will ensure that every child is being challenged, but no child is being left behind.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Little Explorers is a place of learning and fun! Our children use hands on experiences and exploration to discover preschool academics in their daily lives. We concentrate on a thematic unit each week, accompanied by a letter of the week. We want every child who enters our doors to develop a life-long love of learning!

A Typical Day

Children begin each day with a welcome activity, allowing them to socialize with friends and staff members before jumping into our first activity. Each class takes part in a group snack time, outside play, circle time, and learning centers. Computer Lab is offered several times a week, as well. Large group learning takes place everyday, and each day wraps up with a closing circle.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

The director communicates with parents through regular emails, monthly newsletters, and daily conversation. Little Explorers has an open door policy to all of our parents. They are welcome in our center and in our classrooms at any time.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

Children who show signs of separation anxiety are handled on a case by case basis. Some children need a parent to remain in the classroom for a little bit each day. Some children may need to start with one or two days a week and work their way up. Some children need a support staff to help them through this difficult time. We will work with families to ensure a smooth transition into our classrooms.