3 - 4 years
Preschool—Mom, Guess What We Did at School?!
Your child will thrive in our preschool learning program! Children learn best by doing which is why our program combines planned learning experiences and structured play in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. We are honored to partner with you to provide the first introduction to your child’s lifetime of learning.
Building a Strong Foundation Your preschooler’s cognitive skills will be enriched through a variety of challenging math, science, social studies and literacy activities that will take place within our program’s predictable yet flexible daily schedule. He will fine tune his social skills through dramatic play, group times and independent interactions with other children. His proficiency in language arts will be increased through reading and being read to, storytelling, puppet play and ample opportunities for fine motor development.
Making Decisions, Fostering Confidence Your child is naturally curious about the world around him and ready to learn all that he can about it. Our program has been designed to specifically meet the diverse interests and needs of preschool children. Your child can choose to play and work in seven different learning centers, each one equipped with developmentally appropriate materials designed to entice and challenge him. He’ll be able to explore numbers, colors and shapes through a myriad of projects and activities. He’ll solve problems and engage in many planned and spontaneous learning experiences. With our teachers there to guide and support him, he’ll make decisions about what materials to use and when to use them, helping to dramatically strengthen his decision-making skill and greatly increase his self-confidence.
Speaking and Listening Throughout your youngster’s preschool experience, we will provide a variety of opportunities and activities designed to increase his vocabulary and improve his listening skills. His teachers will engage him in rich and interesting conversations all through the day and ask thoughtful questions that will stimulate his thinking. Ample opportunities for dramatic play experiences will help him further develop his speaking and listening skills which are the very foundations for learning to read and write.
Love of Literacy Our literacy enriched environments will provide your preschooler with many valuable language and print experiences, helping him to develop all of the skills he will need for a life-long love of reading and writing. Stories and books will also be introduced as part of the art, math, cooking, science and gross motor skills components of your child’s curriculum. Incorporating stories that he already knows and loves will give him many opportunities for hands-on experiences based upon them.
Learning Spanish The importance of learning a second language cannot be underestimated. Your preschooler will be exposed to the sounds of the Spanish language through a variety of enjoyable listening and speaking activities. Our teachers will weave Spanish words into your child’s favorite activities, songs, stories, games and pretend play throughout the day. Fun-filled lessons will introduce greetings, numbers, food, clothing, animals and weather vocabulary. In order to ensure consistent awareness and repetition, Spanish will also be blended into our other educational programs as well.
Growing Up Fit Our unique health and fitness program was created with today’s hectic and hurried lifestyle in mind. In this stimulating and fun educational daily program, your child will not only learn the importance of keeping physically active and but also about good nutrition and making healthy food choices. In addition to a myriad of daily fun and challenging physical activities and games, your child will be able to try healthy, new recipes that he’s helped to prepare as a part of classroom cooking projects.
Computers and Other Technology Using computers is an everyday component of our preschool program, allowing your child to practice and develop new skills through a variety of language, literacy, math and science lessons. In select Gateway Academy schools, children will also experience the excitement of building their cognitive and fine motor skills on a Smart Board–an interactive tool that combines the simplicity of a white board with the power of a computer.