Philosophy

The philosophy of the Scarboro Community Preschool is to create an atmosphere where the development of your child can be fostered in a postiive environment.  Using a wide variety of centres, creative activities, field trips, individual and group activities, etc. each area of the child’s development will be encouraged.

Self Image:  Each child has a unique personality.  They all possess different levels of emotional and social maturity as well as intellectual ranges.  Our goal is to appreciate each child’s individuality and to encourage the development of a positive self-image.

Social Development:  To encourage each child to express their feelings in a positive manner and to be in touch with the emotions they are feeling such as anger, sadness, happiness, joy, etc.

Physical Development:  To provide an environment where children have the opportunity to use and develop fine and large motor skills in an atmosphere of success and safety.

Intellectual Development:  To encourage each child to be excited and self-confident in integrating the basic foundations of learning, observing, questioning, classifying and comparing.

Creative Development:  To encourage each child to express themselves in many creative forms through the use of language, art, drama, dance and music.

Learning Objectives

The following learning objectives are intended as a guideline, not a requirement of the children and helps to direct the learning activities of the preschool program.  The children will be supported and encouraged in their learning and development through teacher modeling and guiding the children in their preschool interactions.

Emotional and Social Development:

Children will be encouraged to develop confidence and independence through actively participating and interacting with others in preschool centres and learning activities. With teacher support, children will develop an awareness of and ability to express their feelings and emotions in a socially appropriate way. Through sharing, cooperating and interacting with others in a positive manner, the children will increase their awareness of social situations and appropriate classroom behaviors.  Individuality will be encouraged by celebrating differences found in the group of children and by constant recognition of the uniqueness of each child. Children will learn respect and responsibility for each other, their preschool space and toys by cooperating and helping peers in play and cleaning up together.

Language Development:

Children need good speaking and listening skills to be successful in the classroom environment.  During the preschool program the children will learn to listen and attend appropriately.  Our preschool program encourages the children to participate in group discussions, learn songs, poems and to respond to questions. The children will use their language to get along with and play with others as well as to interact with the teacher and other adults in the classroom. They will learn to follow directions and classroom routines. Through the use of teaching themes, the children will develop and expand their vocabulary/concept knowledge.

Physical Development:

The children will be provided with opportunities to develop both their fine motor and gross motor skills. Fine motor skills include hand/eye coordination and movement such as printing the letters of your name, coloring, cutting with scissors, painting, general pencil grasp and control. Gross motor skills include control and coordination in whole body activities such as balancing, running, jumping, climbing, throwing, catching and stretching.

Fine motor skills will be guided and promoted through craft types of activities with the use various art/writing materials such as paper/pencil, painting, play dough and manipulative toys (i.e. puzzles, threading beads, lacing cards).  Gross motor skills will involve games and movement activities in a designated gym time or while playing outside (with supervision) in the school’s playground.

Creative Development:

Creative exploration plays a significant role in the preschool program. The children will be given opportunities to explore and express themselves and their unique ideas and perspectives through arts and crafts, dramatic play and musical activities.

Intellectual Development:

To prepare children for kindergarten, the teacher will provide structured and informal learning opportunities for preschool readiness skills throughout the preschool program. Early literacy (alphabet) and number skills are considered an important part of the program and will be facilitated by teacher directed activities such as circle times.

Some of the preschool readiness skills important for preparing the children for kindergarten include the following:

  • Developing print awareness  - recognizing that the written word serves a purpose
  • Listening to and enjoying stories
  • Learning and recognizing alphabet letters in their names
  • Counting from 1 through 10
  • Recognizing the numbers 1 through 10
  • Recognizing and naming colors and shapes
  • Understanding and following directions with position words such as in, on, under, between, etc.
  • Learning to recognize and categorize objects into groups: i.e. animals, transportation – this will be facilitated through the use of themes
  • Knowing how to compare things and how to describe things (attributes): how things are the same or different

(Based upon: Alberta Education: Parent Handbook: Kindergarten in Alberta)

 

 
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