"The Carriage House Schools offer a warm, nurturing environment for children to grow and learn. Each child's self concept is greatly enhanced by the teachers' interacting with him/her on an individual basis, identifying his/her unique needs and abilities. The developmental philosophy of the Carriage House Schools offers a secure environment in which a child experiments while forming a basis for successful relationships and fostering an openness to learning, so crucial in later years. Based on the theory that children learn through play, our self directed activities allow children to "discover for themselves" while the staff act as enablers of learning. Activities and daily routines are presented to challenge sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills, as well as offering practice of social and self help skills throughout each day.
We advocate a love of learning by allowing each child to experience his/her own stage of development and helping them to feel success without pressure, moving one step at a time. Each child's level of cognitive development will be respected and challenged. Just as a child cannot run before they strengthen their leg muscles by standing, creeping, crawling and walking, they cannot do elementary school math, before understanding the spatial relations, serration and classification concepts best learned through hands-on building, sorting, filling, emptying, investigating and collecting in the preschool years. Our learning center activities offer developmental challenges to the child in reading, math and social readiness, thus preparing him for success in future schooling.
Excerpted from the preschool's website
The children free to play with a variety of materials. Each week they work as a group to select several free play activities for that week. This process encourages decision-making, sharing, and working within a group. Children are free to work with the chosen materials alone or with friends.
Our approach to language arts combines whole language and phonics. Each child is challenged to their own ability to recognize, write, and identify the sounds in letters and words. Just as you must babble before you talk, you must scribble and draw random shapes before you write letters. You must experiment with random letters while absorbing the concept of words. Activities include journal writing, word games, labeling objects and rhyming. Books are an intricate part of the classroom. Stories and books are worked into every unit of study in order to hear literature, as well as generate discussions. Each year we study an author and compare his or various works, characters and illustrations.
10:00-10:15 M/W/F 10:00-10:40 Tues. /Thurs.
We strive to help the children develop an interest in examining their environment: the weather, birds, water, motion, countries and other cultures. Children learn to recognize and celebrate important people and events through stories, discussions and songs. M/W/F stories about current units.
10:40 - 11:00 Tues. Candy Math Thurs. Math fun
Children are introduced to numbers into the double and triple digits they are exposed to counting and how numbers are formed. They work with manipulatives to learn about simple addition, patterning, measuring, comparing quantities, graphing and classifying.
11:00-11:30 Everyday weather permitting
This is a chance for the child to develop social skills, and fine and gross motor skills as well as have fun. Our playground has many areas for succeeding with these skills. There are climbing structures, slides, places to be imaginative, bikes, open space for games and sand to play with when the weather permits.
Art and Music
Are integrated throughout our activities to make them fun and to encourage creative development. The children use a variety of mediums for art projects and learn songs that relate to holidays and seasonal units throughout the year as well as various social studies, science and language arts activities.
Excerpted from the preschool's website