- Parent Category: Our School
- Published: Thursday, 22 October 2009 15:03
Our half-day Preschool Programs are offered for 3- to 5-year-olds who are potty-independent. Our Extended Day Preschool Program is a choice for preschoolers who are ready for a longer day, staying until 2:30PM.
In the Extended Day Preschool Program, children and teachers from the two morning Preschool programs combine into one group at noontime. Children must be potty-independent and bring a lunch, separate from their morning snack. The goal of the Preschool Extended Day Preschool Program is to create a consistent experience for this smaller group of children who stay into the afternoon. Teachers provide a quiet, calm space for children to eat lunch and relax. The afternoon is devoted to play, primarily outdoor play, which allows children’s' relationships, independence, creativity, active exploration, and individuality to flourish.
In Oak Grove's Preschool Program, an environment is created where learning takes place naturally and intellectual growth flourishes, but is never forced. Through stories, art, nature, indoor and outdoor activities and movement, children are supported as they explore their world and become more independent.
As children become more at ease with separation, they begin to form peer relationships and increasingly become part of a group. Preschool provides challenge and intellectual stimulation within a warm emotional climate. Teachers and children create experiences together that arouse curiosity, inspire discovery and stretch muscles. Through observing children closely, teachers determine needs, temperament, and readiness for next steps.
There is a special emphasis on social-emotional development in Preschool, based on the values of community and empathy. Children are given the tools and skills needed to participate in cooperative interactions, to resolve conflicts peacefully, to stand up for themselves and others, and to be active, responsible members of a group.
At Oak Grove we are committed to fostering in children the sense of well-being and confidence that enables them to appreciate others and instills real understanding across cultures.
Kindergarten at Oak Grove is a time when children and their families enter a larger, more diverse community; when children are discovering their autonomy, yet still need supportive adults to help them make sense of the world.
This is a time when the transition between play and learning is still seamless. Kindergarten provides children with an opportunity to learn (and practice) the essential problem-solving and communication skills that they will use throughout their schooling. Through immersion in a participatory and inquiry-based curriculum, students develop a sense of autonomy and internalize a feeling of safety.
Kindergarten teachers encourage children to communicate their ideas, ask their questions, express their feelings and share their knowledge of the world in which they live. Kindergarten at Oak Grove is a step from Preschool into the wider school community. It builds the foundation for social maturity and academic learning while remaining responsive to the here-and-now of the young child's experience.
The Oak Grove Kindergarten classroom provides a balance of small group, whole group, and individual activities, which nourish a sense of wonder and reverence for all life. The children experience a balance of active exploration and periods of quiet work in small classes of approximately 16 children. The curriculum goals are appropriate to the developmental level of the child, beginning with the manipulation of concrete objects and moving toward more abstract skills. A solid relationship between the Kindergarten and the elementary school curriculum provides a gentle transition to the elementary school.
Our intention is to nurture an affectionate partnership between teachers and parents. To encourage open communication between home and school, parent education and discussion time is offered twice a month during school hours with the ECP Director.