22 November 2019

Challengers, Pathfinders & Eagles

Promoting the Healthy Growth of Each Child

Challenger and Pathfinder Rooms

Challenger and Pathfinder Rooms

Our preschool program consists of three classrooms. The Challenger Room and the Pathfinder Room are structured for the optimal preschool experience with wrap around childcare. These classrooms are opened from 6:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Eagles room is structured around the traditional school day. Class begins at 8:30 and is over at 2:30 p.m. The goal of the Pathfinders, Challengers and Eagles classrooms is to promote healthy social and emotional development of each child through play-based learning.

Our teachers focus their daily activities on both individual learning and quality group experiences for the children with a fun, exciting hands on approach. Pre-Kindergarten skills are incorporated into these classrooms, exposing each child to both the learning skills and the social skills to needed for kindergarten.

Our Pre-Kindergarten classrooms are equipped with developmentally appropriate materials and equipment to enable the children to learn and grow. The classrooms are set up with interest centers, which include the following areas: art, dramatic play, blocks, fine-motor, library, listening, sensory, writing, math and science. Placement of equipment and materials is structured to encourage maximum independence for each child. Each center is designed to stimulate a child’s curiosity and contains activities to help the child practice new skills through play.

Lesson Plans That Meet Individual And Group Needs

The Pathfinder Pre-Kindergarten Teachers have weekly lesson-planning time where they develop a study-based curriculum that meets the needs, interests, and abilities of the group as well as each individual child.

Language skills are primarily strengthened through play in the interest centers as children talk with each other and with their teachers. A few short periods are set aside each day for group times. These experiences focus on listening and comprehension skills, and other pre reading skills. Teachers introduce children to new library books at story times, which are scheduled throughout the day. Children are also encouraged to “write” or dictate both individual stories and group created stories relating to the study. Children are also given the opportunity to journal on a regular basis.

To enhance children’s physical development, large motor muscle play is available both morning and afternoon on our large, fenced playground. Pre-Kindergarten children also have many opportunities for music and movement in the classroom environment.

Learning During Snacks And Lunch

A nutritious breakfast, morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack are provided. Meals are served in a family style where the children and the staff sit together. Mealtime also serves as a time for children to practice social and language skills through conversations with their peers and teachers. Children are also learning to be independent as they are encouraged to serve themselves and to clean up after themselves too.