Preschool

“In our view the role of the teacher remains essential but very difficult to gage; it consists essentially in arousing the child’s curiosity and in stimulating the child’s research. It accomplishes this by encouraging the child to set his or her own problems, and not by thrusting problems upon the child or dictating solutions. Above all, the adult must continually find fresh ways to stimulate the child’s activity and be prepared to vary his or her approach as the child raises new questions or imagines new solutions. In particular, when these solutions are false of incomplete, the role of the teacher will consistent primarily in devising counter examples or control experiences so that child will be able to correct his or her own errors and find fresh solutions through direct actions.” – Jean Piaget

What Do We Do in Preschool?

Gross-motor activities give children the opportunity to use their large 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 children creatively express their thoughts and feelings. They help reinforce fine-motor skills and concept development in areas such as color, 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.

Music activities promote listening skills, creative expression and social skills. In music, children can explore sounds, volume, tempo, and rhythm.

Science offers children many hands-on opportunities for observation, exploration, investigation, making predictions and experimentation.

Sand and water activities allow children to experiment with textures and the properties of different substances. These activities also promote the development of other skills, such as math, science, and language.

Block play give 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.

Our Jersey City sites use the High Scope curriculum with the COR Advantage assessment tool.

Our Newark sites use Creative curriculum with the Gold assessments tool.

Both follow the NJ Preschool Learning Standards.