The Pleasant Valley Preschool uses the Creative Curriculum® as the foundation for it's program. It is designed for early childhood programs serving children ages 3-5. It rests on a firm foundation of research and responds to new requirements for addressing academic content. Teaching Strategies GOLD™ Objectives for Development and Learning are used to document student skill development and growth during the school year. Assessments are completing by observing students during class activities. Parents will receive a progress report at fall and winter conferences and at the end of the school year.
Circle Time is a group gathering during which we share our ideas, plans and observations. Circle activities are designed to simulate youngsters' thinking, enrich their social skills and expand their attention spans. Each week we focus on one story at circle time. This is designed to help youngsters develop an appreciation and enjoyment of literature. Reading activities enhance children's vocabulary and comprehension skills and expand their knowledge base.
Gross Motor Activities give children the opportunity to use their muscles-as well as their imaginations-as they engage in fun, healthy exercises, such as running, jumping and climbing.
Fine Motor Activities help improve small-muscle development and eye-hand coordination. Some common items found in the fine-motor/manipulative area include puzzles, beads and laces, pegboards, crayons and scissors.
Art Activities help youngsters creatively express their thoughts and feelings. They help reinforce fine-motor skills and concept development in areas such as colors, shapes and size relationships.
Dramatic-play Activities help children express themselves, practice life skills, improve social skills, increase self-esteem, build vocabulary and solve problems. And, well dramatic play is just plain fun!
Music Activities promote youngsters' listening skills, creative expression and social skills. In music children can explore sound, volume, tempo and rhythm.
Science Activities offer children many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions and experimentation.
Sensory Activities allow youngsters to experiment with textures and properties of different substances. These activities also promote the development of other skills, such as math, science and language.
Block Play gives children experience with many different concepts, such as shape and size discrimination, spatial relationships, number skills, balance, organization, cause and effect and classification. Cooperative play skills, problem solving and creativity are also promoted in block play.