Children learn best when they are interested and engaged in activtities. Young children thrive on active, hands-on experiences. We believe in child-centered and play-based learning. We encourage children to explore by using their senses and imaginations. Children learn by "doing" in a safe and developmentally appropriate enviornment. Many opportunities, including a healthy balance of teacher-directed and child-lead activties, allow for the development of social, emotional, cognitive, language, creative, science, sensory, and motor skills. We believe in authentic learning experiences, taking advantage of "teachable moments."
RCW preschool offers a developmentally appropriate learning experiences that fosters the skills children will need in kindergarten, including social and emotional skills, cognitive, language and literacy, math and science, fine motor and gross motor skills and many other exciting experiences. Because play is a young child's "work", play and many other hands-on experiences are an important part of your child's day. During play with other students, children learn problem solving skills, sharing, creativity, imagination, development of relationships, and much more. We offer a fun, safe, and caring learning enviornment that seeks to meet the needs of every child, enriching their days with endless learning opportunties.
Preschool students in Skills for School will be learning from World of Wonder curriculum. World of Wonder curriculum has comprehensive lessons and high-interest activties that engage children and meets developmentally learning goals. The curriculum places emphasis on a set of foundational skills that predict sucess in kindergarten. Children will be assessed using the Early Growth Indicators Bechmark Assessment and Works Sampling Asessment.
Also, the Early Learning Second Step Curriculum is taught throughout the school year. It's knowing how to learn and get along with others. The Second Step program teaches skills in the following areas: Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management, Friendship Skills and Problem Solving.
Key learning standards (essential standards):
Social and Emotional Development: (see quarter 1 skills)
Verbal Number Recongition: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Domain: mathematics-number knowledge M1.9
Verbal Letter Recognition: Aa, Mm, Ss, Pp, Tt, Ii, Nn, Cc, Oo, Ff Domain: Language, Literacy, and Communications L6-Cogntive L6.6 & 6.7
Counting to: 1-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20. Domain: mathematics-number knowledge M1.8
Positional Words: above, below, between, next to Domain: mathematics-geometry & spatial thinking M11.6
Verbal Shape Recognition: circle, square, rectangle, triangle Domain: mathematics-geometry & spatial thinking M9.5, M9.6, M9.7
Social and Emotional Development: Demonstrate self-confidence, shows self-direction, follow simple classroom rules & routines, manage transitions, shows eagerness and curiosity as a learner, attends tasks & seeks help when encoutering a problem, approaches tasks with flexibility & inventiveness, interacts easily with one or more children, interacts with familiar adults, participates in group life of the class, indentifies some feelings and responds to those of others, begins to use simple strategies to resolve conflicts.
Verbal Number Recognition: 1,2, 3, 4, 5 Domain: mathematics-number knowledge M1.9
Counting: 1-5, 5-10, 10-15, 15-20 Domain: mathematics-number knowledge M1.8
**MN's ECIPs (Early Childhood Indicators of Progress) can be found here: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/dse/early/ind/
How you can help at home:
*Review letters: Nn, Ii, Tt, Mm, Cc, Hh, Ff, Pp, Ss, Aa, Oo, Dd. Have your child identify and name each letter in a mix up group.
*Review numbers: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Have your child identify and name each number in a mix up group.
* Use household materials that let your child count, measure, and find patterns, such as setting the table or sorting laundry.
* Have your child organize household items or natural materials by color, size or other catergories.
* Point out the size, shape and locaion of everyday objects.
* Read children's books together about numbers, counting and shapes.
* Help your child experience the world of nature outdoors. Play in the snow, go on walks, visit a city park.
* Encourage play with sand and water.
* Ask your child why she thinks something happened and discuss.
*Provide blocks and other items that encourage building projects.