"Young children develop best in an environment which:
fosters a warm and accepting atmosphere;
affirms each person's uniqueness and respects individual differences;
encourages freedom within established limits;
promotes discovery, experimentation, and creative activities;
values and promotes play, the child's work;
allows children to learn comfortably from failures and successes.
Goals for the children enrolled in Westminster Weekday Kindergarten include:
Development of a positive self-concept, a sense of responsibility, and some degree of self direction.
Growth in health and safety habits, ability to get along with others, and ability to meet and solve problems.
Increased interest and appreciation in art, music, literature, and science and development of self-expression through art, music, and language.
Increased vocabulary, word and number concepts, and facts that are of use and interest.
Improvement of large motor abilities and sharpening of fine motor skills.
Centers of interest are set up in the classroom to meet the needs of different children by providing a variety of experiences and allowing for choices. Using these centers, children investigate the raw materials of life by feeling, touching, seeing, listening, smelling, and dramatizing.
Parent support and involvement are recognized as important aspects of a child's development and are essential to the successful operation of the Kindergarten program. The preschool years are important for what a child needs now, and they serve as a preparation for kindergarten or first grade only to the degree that any experience supports a later one. It is found that children who have good learning experiences in the early years are more ready for learning the skill subjects. In the Westminster Weekday Kindergarten, we strive to develop a PERSON who will later become a child enrolled in kindergarten or first grade.
Westminster Kindergarten is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and has earned a Three-Star rating from the Department of Human Services of the State of Tennessee.
Excerpted from the preschool's website