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Morning Star Preschool

331 S 85th Ave
Omaha, NE 68114-4260

Phone:
(402) 393-8215

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

Learning through play is the heart of our curricullum. The emphasis is on helping children to interact, cooperate and grow together in community.

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
  • We encourage language rich activities
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • We provide numerous math activities that are accessible during center times.
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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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
  • Each Spring we plant flowers in our 3 Age Appropriate Play Areas.
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
  • We offer a Rhythm & Music class that helps children understand characteristics of sound such as pitch, dynamics and duration. In Rhythm & Music Class, Children us instruments, hand motions, body movements and also bean bags, parachutes, scarves, rhythm sticks, and of course vocal exercises to experience the fun side of music. We also off Move & Groove Class that teaches children song and dance, basic gymnastics and body movements throught music, stretching and arerobic exercise.
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
  • Fine Arts-This special explores all aspects of the fine arts. For example in year's past, students experiemented with painting in the style of Van Gogh and French Impressionists. Art can enhance children's sense of self-image and self-worth while encouraging creativity and independence.
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • 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
  • New this year is our Tricycles Park. We also provide our Children with a large Nature Area to explore. Research concludes that the absence of nature in many children's lives is key when it comes to problems they increasingly face, such as obesity, attention disorders, depression and stress. Exposure to nature can help prevent these ills and enhance our children's academic and emotional growth. Research concludes that the absence of nature in many children's lives is key when it comes to problems they increasingly face, such as obesity, attention disorders, depression and stress. Exposure to nature can help prevent these ills and enhance our children's academic and emotional growth.
Other subjects taught

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Working together, teachers, caregivers and families can assure that every child is supported to reach his or her potential, and that the trasition to kindergarten will continue to support a lifelong love of learning.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Learning through play is the heart of our curricullum. The emphasis is on helping children to interact, cooperate and grow together in community. We create a healthy environment for children to learn problem solving skills and explore the world around them. children can develop caring relationships with their classmates and teachers while feeling safe and loved.

A Typical Day

Children learn through experiences with people, objects and things in their world. Experience through play, knowledge, curiosity and sense of wonder are foundations for childrenâ??s learning. Childrenâ??s ideas about themselves impact their interactions with adults, with other children, and with how they view themselves as learners. Specials provide Morning Star Children with multi-learning environments in addition to their preschool curriculum.
Besides our Preschool Schedule from 9:00 - 11:45, we include our Specials; Fine Art, Rhythm & Music, Computer Lab, Cooking, Move & Groove.
We also provide our Children with plenty of fresh air outdoor on our Age Appropriate Play Areas! Each classroom includes an art area, block center, quiet area, fine motor, library and dramatic play center.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents will be kept informed consistently through daily conversations with the staff, notes in parent folders and a monthly newsletter.

A Parent bulletin board is provided for information regarding special events and health issues.

An Open House is held for arents and children at the begining of each school year.

Parent/Teacher conferences are held on a per request basis in the Fall and Spring.

Opportunites for parent involvement during the year is announced accordingly.

Parents are always welcome to visit at anytime and observe.

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

Each child is an individual and each situation differs. Pre-entry meetings with the Child and Parent elimanates most separation aniety moments.