Council Oak Preschool bases its curriculum on the philosophy that children learn through play. Our curriculum emphasizes a “hands on” approach to learning. Classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation, and reinforcement through repetition. Schedules are designed to balance structure and free choice, as well as active and quiet times. Sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills are introduced through materials and activities which are both child-centered and teacher-directed. Work is planned which emphasizes the process rather that the product, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride. Equipment, materials, and activities are selected based on the appropriate ages and stages of the children.
Classrooms include learning centers, which vary somewhat for each age level. Examples of these centers include dramatic play, art, books, science, math, blocks and manipulative. The teachers base their weekly plans on different themes or units. The units chosen are relevant, understandable, and suitable for the children’s age level, and capable of leading to many activities and discussions.
Bible stories are included in our curriculum and are chosen to enhance the units or themes that the teacher may be working on. A short prayer is said at lunch with all the children. Positive character traits are also a focus in our curriculum. Council Oak encourages loving, caring relationships with others in a Christian environment.
In addition to singing in the classroom, children in all classes attend music twice a week with our music teacher. Emphasis is on enjoyment of music and movement. Children are exposed to instruments, rhythm, finger plays, singing and music from other cultures.
Wee Sing week is scheduled for February. This fun-filled week allows parents to attend music with their child and enjoy sing along fun.
Art has a daily place in all of our classrooms. Children enjoy doing crafts and artistic activities related to our planned themes. In addition to these projects, children in our threes, fours and Ready Rockets will attend art class twice a week. The emphasis is on developing a love of art, learning the fundamentals of art and free expression.
Physical development is an important part of growing for all children. Our Physical Fitness class will be offered to all children three, four and five years of age. This program will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday each week. Our goal is to develop our gross motor skills and our love for physical fitness to maintain healthy lifestyles.