At Carousel Preschool, we pride ourselves on our carousel quality teacher-student interactions. We utilize Teaching Strategies' Creative Curriculum in all classrooms, though each group follows a different age-appropriate approach. This advanced level curricula encourages quality interactions through meaningful activities. Additionally, we focus on the following areas to ensure children are well-prepared for elementary school.
Approaches to Learning
Approaches to Learning includes characteristics such as curiosity, problem-solving, maintaining attention, and persistence. Children with positive approaches to learning perform better academically and have more productive interactions with others. While some of these skills seem to come naturally to some children, researchers believe that others can be nurtured and developed through a supportive, high-quality learning environment.
Through music, movement, visual arts, and dramatic arts, young children are encouraged to explore and express themselves creatively. Creative expression supports children’s cognitive growth, problem-solving skills, and growing insight into the world around them. Creative arts provides children with an opportunity to explore and express him/herself in ways that stimulate brain growth and experience in many expressions of human intelligence.
The preschool years are a wonderful time for children to become interested in mathematics. Mathematics helps children make sense of the world around them and helps them find meaning in the physical world. Through mathematics, children learn to understand their world in terms of numbers and shapes. They learn to reason, to connect ideas, and to think logically. Young children develop mathematical concepts through meaningful and concrete experiences that are broader in scope than numerals and counting.
Young children are natural scientists. Through varied and repeated opportunities to predict, observe, manipulate, listen, experiment with, reflect, and respond to open-ended questions, young children make inferences and become higher-level thinkers. We encourage children to use all of their senses, and pay attention to the process they use to explore as well as the specific information they need to know. In addition to science inquiry skills, young children can begin to acquire a foundation of science concepts and knowledge on which they can build a clear understanding of their world.
The primary purpose of social studies is to help young children become good citizens and deepen their understanding of the world around them. When children enter an early childhood program, they begin to develop a sense of community outside of the home. When children interact with people outside of the family – classmates, teachers, caregivers – their understanding of the world changes and expands to include others. This process gradually helps children learn about the community in which they live and eventually they come to see themselves as citizens of that community.
Language and Literacy
The Language and Literacy domain includes children’s listening, speaking, writing, thinking, and reading development. These skills are critical to children’s success in school, as well as their success later in life. Although children continue to develop language and literacy skills throughout their lives, what they learn in the early years establishes the foundation for later language, reading, and writing skills. Young children who have rich language and literacy experiences early in life are less likely to have later difficulties learning to read.
Health and physical development skills are the foundation for the future health and well-being of all children. This domain fosters children’s sound nutritional choices, health/safety practices, and physical activity for optimal learning. Our program incorporates outdoor play periods and several structured physical activities per day.
School readiness not only means that children are intellectually prepared for school, but also that they are socially and emotionally prepared for success in the classroom. One of our primary goals is to foster healthy social and emotional development in young children.