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Engaging Your Preschooler in Purposeful Play
Our Day Early Learning preschool program provides hands-on learning activities that will spark your child’s interest and curiosity. Within our classrooms and with the support of teachers, your child will develop and practice the social skills important for future success.
All Day Early Learning preschool classrooms utilize The Creative Curriculum, a research-based early child care and education curriculum. The learning objectives of this curriculum are aligned with Indiana’s Early Learning Foundations and include child-focused activities that address language & literacy, math, science, social-emotional, and physical development.
Your child’s classroom will have an individualized lesson plan posted every week. Each activity on the lesson plan is purposeful and intentionally planned based on the teachers’ observations of each child in the classroom.
To support language and literacy skills, teachers:
To encourage mathematical exploration, teachers:
To promote scientific learning, teachers:
To help children develop and practice social-emotional skills, teachers:
To promote healthy physical development, teachers:
Our child has been enrolled since she was an infant. She is now four years old and her brother attended from infant until he left for kindergarten. As a teacher, it is amazing how prepared for school they are. Our son is reading on a second grade level and is doing math on nearly a second grade level.
Our child is very inquisitive, curious and bright. We feel they are getting challenged in the preschool classroom. Our teachers are eager and enthusiastic to work directly with our child and to challenge them with new tools and activities.
Our child is highly competent at "academic skills" such as language and math. Our center has been good for that, but also particularly good at developing self-care skills such as hygiene, feeding, self-reliance and social-emotional skills. The good environment has helped her play well with others. The week on the solar system has taught her a love and stewardship of the planet - an important family value.
Due to our child's special needs condition, things will be different for her. Our child’s current classroom has been the best in understanding their needs. They genuinely care about our child as they do all their students. The teachers totally get it and understand that no two kids are the same. The teachers do not expect the kids to be in a cookie cutter atmosphere which is refreshing.
In the preschool classroom, you will see learning centers stocked with materials that are intentionally placed to encourage purposeful and engaging play. Dramatic play, library, blocks, creative arts, science, math, and sensory experiences are all offered to children daily.
Day Early Learning preschool teachers continue to build on the strong social-emotional foundation that starts in our infant classrooms. Teachers engage in play with children, support each child’s growing independence and peer relationships and help children brainstorm ideas about things they are interested in or want to learn more about.
Assessing Preschool Development
Each week, you will receive written observations of your child’s development on LifeCubby. These observations are used to help teachers create meaningful lesson plans that will ignite curiosity in your child and help us monitor your child’s growth and learning on a daily basis.
When parents enroll in our program and each time your child transitions to a new classroom, teachers and parents complete the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ). This tool allows us to help you track your child’s progress in language, problem solving, fine and gross motor, and social-emotional development. It also helps us ensure the right materials and supports are being used to help your child reach the next stage of their development.
In the fall, winter, and spring our teachers complete an overall assessment on your child’s progress using a tool from the Indiana Department of Education called ISTAR-KR (KR=kindergarten readiness). This assessment is aligned to the Indiana kindergarten standards in the areas of English/Language Arts and Mathematics.
In addition to measuring children’s growth, our learning environments and teaching staff are regularly assessed using classroom observation tools to ensure the highest level of teacher-child interactions. This is important because high-quality environments and teacher-child interactions encourage and promote children’s language, math, vocabulary and social skills.