|Preschool 1 – Extension 3
Sandra Fernandes RECE
|Preschool 2 – Extension 7
Emily Mallett RECE
Stacey O’Neill RECE
Preschoolers are 2 1/2 to 4 years of age.
The preschool group does so much learning and growing in their program. They go from the sensorimotor stage of development, to the preoperational stage. They begin to be able to pretend and their worlds open up. They will become more independent and begin to focus more on people outside of their family. Their interactions with family and those around them will help to shape their personality and their own ways of thinking and moving.
When you enter our preschool classrooms, you will find children constructively engaged and teachers busy observing, facilitating, and challenging the children. Areas are set up to accommodate, facilitate, and challenge the children’s thinking. In this way, they act as extensions of the teacher, who can’t be everywhere in the classroom at once.
The program is set up so there is a cycle of familiar and novel experiences, building upon each other. The children explore materials to gain understanding, and the teacher observes children using the materials. When the children have gained understanding of what is set up in the area, the teacher helps the children extend their learning and challenges them by adding or replacing a part of the familiar materials that are set up.
During this stage, children build on all of the areas of development and learn to ride a tricycle, use safety scissors, notice a difference between girls and boys, help to dress and undress themselves, play with other children, recall part of a story, and sing a song.
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