SonLight Preschool welcomes you! Preschoolers are curious and love to experiment with their surroundings. SonLight takes a hands-on approach to learning. Children are exposed to many different materials and experiences throughout their day. Preschoolers learn through play. They will learn how to follow rules while playing fun games. Children will have opportunities to develop self-control. They will learn to negotiate and problem solve. They will develop a sense of confidence. All children in our program are exposed to teaching strategies that help them become successful learners. The most important part of our program is love. Children will feel loved by our staff and they will know that Jesus loves them very much. We offer a younger and older toddler classroom. Our classrooms provide many learning experiences using developmentally appropriate materials while providing a loving, nurturing environment. Our classrooms are set up with several learning centers which give each child choices. All aspects of learning are incorporated in every center. The Toddler classrooms allow your child to explore and discover while playing. We share the love of God in the classroom with our daily Bible stories. Children will learn through music and books. Our staff assesses children in play throughout the year. Formal assessments will be sent home in January and May. You may schedule a conference at any time during the school year to assess your child’s progress. We use Ages & Stages for screening our infants and toddlers. These screenings are sent home for families to document their child’s achievements. These forms are returned to school to be recorded. This allows us to work with our families in providing the best curriculum for your child.
The curriculum includes the following:
-cutting with scissors (fine motor development) -finger plays & songs (language development) -listening skills (reading & answering questions about the book) -walking in the halls (staying with the teacher) -manners -sharing -gluing (fine motor) -colors -shape recognition -counting to 10 -introduction to the alphabet with activities -social skills -science exploration -independence
During our day we will experience science, art, music and movement, story-time and books, math, dramatic play, blocks, and sensory fun. Children will have opportunities throughout the day to explore nature and go outside.
Science-We will plant seeds, experiment with magnets, take care of our plant, and explore God’s world. Children will view nature items in the classroom and explore outside. Children will develop new vocabulary. We will look at the weather and talk about the temperature. They will learn cause and effect. We will talk about dressing for the weather.
Art-Art experiences help develop fine motor skills needed to write and hold a pencil. Children will be introduced to paint, markers, crayons, confetti, glitter, glue, and many other art materials. Art allows children to express their feelings. Tearing paper is a beginning step to cutting with scissors. Art encourages discovery. Children will learn about cause and effect. If two colors are mixed, a new color will develop. Art encourages language development. Children will learn new words as they create.
Music and Movement-Music is introduced throughout the day. Children will use instruments to create their own music. Songs are used to transition children from one activity to the next. Movement songs like “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” are used to encourage physical exercise. Children will be exposed to many forms of music. Through these songs children will learn about their world. All music used in the classroom is age appropriate.
Story-time and books- Children will learn about our world through books. Books will come to life when we use props and music. Books encourage language development. Children will learn how to take care of books. Children will show awareness of pictures and print. Children will begin to use words to describe pictures. Repetitive books and books of songs, rhymes, and chants are used. Some books will introduce shapes, numbers, alphabet, and colors.
Math- Math is introduced throughout the day. Children will count and match objects such as animals, blocks, shapes, and colors. Children will begin grouping objects.
Dramatic Play-Children at this age learn through imitation. Dramatic Play uses props and dress-up clothing to allow children to pretend. Children will wash the babies and dishes. They will make a pizza and pour tea for all their friends. Prop boxes allow the kitchen area to transform into a post office, grocery, fire station, veterinary office, and bakery.
Blocks-Children will use a variety of block materials including cardboard blocks, soft blocks, large Lego’s, animals, people, cars, etc to build and create. Block building develops self esteem and problem solving skills. Children are encouraged to
Sensory Table-Children will play in water, dig in dirt, and shovel rice. Sensory materials are calming and fun. Children will use cups, scoops, boats, bubbles, squeeze bottles, and other fun materials to explore this area. Sensory area allows children to experiment and explore new materials.
Our goal is to build your child’s self -confidence and love of learning. You may schedule a conference with the teacher any time throughout the year.