At Carebear Preschool, we prioritize an enriching learning experience for our students. Our teachers are dedicated to fostering their growth and giving them the tools they need to confidently think for themselves in and out of the classroom. We believe it’s important that your child feels excited about each day at school – creating a positive mindset around education!
Phonics is an essential part of our pre-reading activities. Phonics skills play an important role in helping a child become a 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 building, zoo phonics, music & movement, sound matching games, stories and songs.
Handwriting Without Tears
This program enhances the child’s well-being and school readiness. It builds pre-reading, and pre-writing foundations skills; as well as identifies development stages for handwriting.
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 pad.
Show & Tell
Show and tell is a favorite activity. Students are allowed to bring 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 storytelling 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 inf front of a group.
We feature the Promethean Interactive Whiteboards to further your child’s learning journey in today’s high-tech world!
Scholastic Classroom Magazines help student 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 received the Let’s Find Scholastic magazine twice a month and 3-year olds get the Clifford Scholastic magazine twice a month.
Reading Books & Bob Books
Bob Books are 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 pattern 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 it out, our teachers practice these books with your child and encourage you to have copies at home or 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.
Our language arts curriculum utilizes the Arizona State Standard for Early Learners. It addresses five knowledge areas: oral language, phonological awareness, concepts of print, knowledge of alphabet and writing, and comprehension.
Free Time Activities
Free time is a time for students to make free choices, 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, housekeeping, 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, teamwork, and fair play.
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 lesson. Students will observed communicate, estimate, measure, and classify. We also promote this by using sand and water tables, butterflies, frog, fish, classroom animal care, gardening, nutrition, bugs, sea life, and dinosaurs.
Circle time is a time to reinforce the preschool fundamentals: colors, shapes, letters, numbers, days of the weeks 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, color words with fun and engaging songs. This is also a time to read engaging stories that stimulate 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.
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.
Our math curriculum uses the Arizona State Standards for Early Learners. With the aid of hand on manipulatives, children practice: writing, recognizing, and counting numbers, graphing, sorting, and adding. Hands-On Standards offer engaging lessons so student 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.
Clean Up Time
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.
Art & Crafts
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, watercolor. We encourage adventure and creativity along with a child’s imagination!
Technology In The Classroom
Carebear Preschool is keeping up with current trends in technology. Traditional classroom instruction is balance with the latest educational based high-tech 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 latest technology. Ipads off Apps with endless enjoyable educational opportunities. The ipad can help students master skills and different levels 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. Promethean 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 into 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 student line up to learn on. Becoming comfortable using technology at the preschool level benefits students as they enter a technologically advance future.