Understanding the different learning styles of children, we facilitate learning through the use of their senses: touch, taste, sound, sight and smell. We not only want to provide a safe and stimulating environment for your child but desire to minister to the needs of your whole family as we have opportunity.
Spanish is part of the curriculum that is taught to the children beginning with our 3 year olds through our PreK 4’s on Thursday afternoons. This is fun time of learning words and songs for the children.
Handwriting Without Tears Preschool Curriculum
The Get Set for School program has so many child-friendly, developmentally appropriate materials and activities. Children play, build, sing, color, and learn while developing important skills for kindergarten:
• Language Proficiency
• Color and Shape Awareness
• Social Skills
• Letter and Number Recognition
• Fine and Gross Motor Control
The program suits a wide range of children and adapts to their changing needs as they grow. Pre-k is a joyful time to grow and get ready for school. Preschool should be about preparing children so they can succeed when the start school. They need dressing up, playing outside, riding toys, finger-painting and finger-plays. They need play to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and mentally.
Children love to sing. On Wednesday mornings our 2’s, 3’s and 4’s have a time of learning new songs and singing some old songs in the music room, led by our music teacher. The children have a time of praise and worship along with some silly songs during their planned music time. Depending upon the planned music time for that day, instruments are sometimes incorporated into the day.
The ASQ System
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ), initially called the Infant/Child Monitoring Questionnaires, were specifically developed to address the challenges described in the previous section. The ASQ system addresses the dynamic nature of development by offering multiple assessment. Inclusion of parents is ensured either by having parents actually complete the questionnaire or by having program staff assist parents. The need for cost accountability is addressed by using parents to monitor their children’s developmental progress.
The ASQ system has three components:
1) a set of questionnaires,
2) procedures for efficient and effective use of the questionnaires, and
3) support materials for use with the questionnaires.
The ASQ system can be implemented in three phases:
l) planning the monitoring program,
2) using and scoring the questionnaires, and
3) evaluating the monitoring program.
Advantages & Limitations of The ASQ System
The primary advantage of using the ASQ system is that it is designed to assist parents in monitoring the development of their children. This feature allows enormous flexibility in the application and implementation of the system. The diverse goals of programs that screen and track children require a system that can adapt to the needs of a variety of families.
By involving parents in the reporting of their children’s developmental progress a program has more flexibility in information gathering; this of course is affected by the Commitment and abilities of the parents.
The ASQ system’s involvement of parents not only makes economic sense but also meets the mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990 (PL 101-476) and its 1997 amendments (PL 1 05-17) including with the use of the ASQ:SE- the mandate for early detection of social and emotional problems in young children . Flexibility is built into completing, scoring, and implementing the ASQ system.