Both locations will feature the Promethean Board Interactive
Whiteboard to further your child's learning journey into today's high tech world!
Handwriting Without Tears
This program enhances the child's well being and school readiness. It builds
pre-reading/writing foundation skills
and identifies developmental stages for handwriting.
For additional information, please click here.
Reading & Bob Books
Bob Books were developed as a step-by-step program to guide children through the early stages of reading. We need phonics to teach the child how words sound. Bob Books begin with simple phonetic patterns and add more variation as the child becomes more fluent. Since reading fluency can only be achieved when the child learns to recognize the word as a whole rather than just through sounding out, our teacher practice these books with your child and encourage you to have copies at home for practice. Also, our language is not totally phonetic and many words do not follow phonic rules, so they need to be memorized. These SIGHT words are taught in conjunction with the books being read. We also utilize The Magic of Bob
Books as a great discovery of reading program in our 4's and pre-k classes.
The Speechercise curriculum is one of the tools we use to teach
phonics with all ages of our students. We incorporate it across the curriculum to address
issues related to speech delays, etc., and to improve the clarity of pronunciation for all
of our students. We teach the letter sounds as a motor skill as well as an auditory skill.
Speechercise encourages language in a multi-sensory way, focusing on feel and sight in
addition to hearing. This is a national award winning curriculum used by many speech
therapists in working with toddlers through school-aged children. Our students love the
catchy songs and the fun facial exercises!
Phonics is an essential part of our pre-reading activities. Phonics skills play an important
role in helping a child become fluent reader. Systematic, explicit phonics instruction improves children's word recognition, spelling, and reading comprehension skills. Teachers work on phonics daily through active learning such as letter building, zoo phonics, music & movement, sound matching games, stories and
Scholastic Classroom Magazines help students practice their reading and analytical skills as well as address issues which are relevant to both their academic and personal lives. Perhaps equally important, magazines are great for motivating children to want to learn! 4 year old students receive the Let's Find Out Scholastic magazine twice a month and 3 year olds get the Clifford Scholastic magazine twice a month. For additional information, please click here.
Our language arts curriculum utilizes the Arizona State Standards for Early Learners. It
addresses five knowledge areas: oral language, phonological awareness, concepts of print,
knowledge of the alphabet and writing, and comprehension.
Our math curriculum uses the Arizona State Standards for Early Learners. With the aid of
hands on manipulatives children practice: writing, recognizing, and counting numbers,
graphing, sorting, and adding. Hands-On Standards offers engaging lessons so students can visualize math concepts. Children learn problem solving through hands on learning that links to their daily lives. Hands-On Standards has five sections: Numbers and Operations, Geometry, Algebra, Measurement and Data Analysis and Probability. These are based on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) contact strands. This program has an on-line extension. Lessons are taught in both whole group and small group. The lessons are taught using manipulatives. These tools make learning meaningful, helping children connect to the different types of knowledge.
Circle time is a time to reinforce the preschool fundamentals: Colors, shapes, letters, numbers, days of the week, and months of the year. The students enjoy music and movement activities that encourage imagination and use of gross motor skills. Children enjoy learning through music. We teach phonics, counting, and color words with fun and engaging songs. This is also a time to read engaging stories that stimulate the children's imagination and inspire questions. Circle time strengthens communication and problem solving skills while children learn to cooperate with others. Participation in this large group activity builds confidence and self-esteem.
Science for young children can be exciting. We take advantage of a child's curiosity and
reinforce this through hands on experiments with our, Hands-On Standards Curriculum. This curriculum builds students' mastery of science process skills. The lessons are based on the National Science Education (NSE) Content Standards philosophy of learning through inquiry. Hands-On investigations are accompanied by user-friendly, step-by-step lessons. Students will observe, communicate, estimate and measure, and classify. We also promote this by using sand and water tables, butterflies, frogs, fish, classroom animal care, gardening, nutrition, bugs, sea life, and dinosaurs.
We provide an exciting hands-on multi-cultural experience with our arts and crafts projects.
This includes cutting and pasting, painting, collage, puppets, picture frames, animals,
magnets, sand art, markers, drawing, and water color. We encourage adventure and creativity
along with a child's imagination!
Students experience music & movement, musical instruments, and singing. We use the MMM
as music but also, we integrate it throughout our math,
science, social studies, phonics and Spanish curriculum.
Our staff members are trained instructors in MMM and
receive ongoing training as new materials are made
available. For more information about this program,
visit us at MMMKids.com.
Physical education is an important component of a child's development. Students experience
physical fitness through games, dance and music and movement activities. Our activities are
structured to develop multiple skills (locomotion, body control, and object control). We
have state-of-the-art playgrounds and splash pads at each facility. Please click
here for pictures. We are fortunate to have Amazing Athletes, Inc.'s physical
fitness sport's program for preschoolers at our facilities. For more information on this
terrific program, please click here.
The course will be divided into modules that address familiar themes and vocabulary and
allow students to begin to understand and communicate basic concepts. These concepts and
vocabulary will then be revisited and incorporated into successive sessions, building a
foundation for further learning. Each class will contain a maximum of 12 students to ensure
that each student is getting opportunities to participate and practice the language during
the activities. Click here for
Show and Tell
Show and tell is a favorite activity. Students are allowed to bring a special item to share with their classmates. This activity encourages sharing and verbal skills. Sharing personal items and experiences provides an opportunity to practice their story telling skills. Teachers encourage conversation and questions during this time. It is an opportunity to improve vocabulary through use of descriptive words. Students practice speaking clearly and listening attentively. Students gain confidence while speaking in front of a group.
Free Time Activities
Free time is a time for students to make free choices and explore the classroom and use their imagination. They can manipulate and study toys to gain an understanding of how parts make up a whole. They learn about shapes, colors, sizes, and textures. Students can choose from: Duplo blocks, trains, dress-up, doll house, house keeping, puzzles, cars, dinosaurs, computers, art table, and sensory table. During this time children work on sharing and socializing with friends. Play provides time to learn valuable skills such as, problem solving, cooperation, team work, and fair play.
Children learn to pick up their toys and place in pre-marked bins and shelves. This will
promote confidence in their organizational skills and ownership of their classroom.
Technology in the Classroom
Carebear Preschool is keeping up with current trends in technology. Traditional classroom instruction is balanced with the latest educational based Hi-Tec tools. Student learning is complimented and enhanced by access to Mac Books, iPads and Promethean Boards. Each classroom at Carebear Preschool is equipped with this technology. iPads offer Apps with endless enjoyable educational opportunities. The iPad can help students master skills and different levels and are used in Carebears learning centers. Students can learn to read, practice writing and improve math skills through interactive games and books. Mac Books are available to the students for hands on computer experience in the classroom. The students have access to educational programs and receive hands on instructions. Promethium Boards bring advanced child friendly technology into the classroom. The interactive white boards engage students in interactive learning games, educational videos, and bring music to life with vivid imagery. Students interact with the boards using a stylus pen. The boards connect to your computer and anything your computer can do, can be done on a large scale projected onto the interactive white board. Promethean Boards come with a program called, Active Inspire. Through Active Inspire students can practice handwriting, and create colorful works of art directly on the board. Interactive white board books make learning to read a more active classroom experience for busy energetic young learners. These boards are an amazing classroom asset that students line up to learn on. Becoming comfortable using technology at the preschool level benefits students as they enter a technologically advanced future.
Print Rich Environment
Our classrooms are filled with letters, numbers, words, pictures, and labels to assist each
child's growing literacy.
By viewing these printed materials, they are able to make
a connection between the verbal and visual questions.
Samplings of each child's work is kept in our classrooms
and are maintained throughout the school year. They
are shared during conferences or classroom visits. In May,
we will send these materials home for your keepsake.