The School Facility

The preschool is loaded with fun and stimulating opportunities. The activities are all designed to provide for the natural development of basic skills that a child needs to learn by the age of 5 years old to be ready for kindergarten. The uniqueness of this program is the emphasis placed on parent education and a developmental approach to education for the children.

The school is divided into five areas:

Front room: (Area 1) The emphasis of the front room is imaginary play. Singing, music making, dancing and role-playing take place here as part of the daily routine. The child of the working parent responsible for the front room may help decide on the activity. Often activities relate to weekly themes. For example, the children help to build a rocket or space ship (out of a versatile climbing structure complete with decorative accessories and space travel equipment) in the front room when planets and space exploration are being studied. Blocks and trains are also favorite activities in this room. A parent may also choose to do an art project in this room.

Kitchen: (Area 2) Activities such as cooking and art projects take place simultaneously in this room. The kitchen offers a variety of art mediums to help strengthen small muscle and hand-eye coordination: clay, play dough, scissors, glue and various textured medium. The parent responsible for the kitchen also prepares a nutritious snack for all the children.

Science room and doll/role-playing room: (Area 3) In the science room, parents are encouraged to prepare simple science experiments to heighten the children's interest and exposure to science. Children enjoy experiments in static electricity, water density, color explosions, fossil identification, animal care, puzzles, pattern recognition and sorting. This room is also the school library which contains hundreds of books for the children to enjoy. The school pets live here.

For the PMers, the child whose parent is working in area 3 can become "author of the day". There is a story box with stickers. The child dictates a story to the parent, and decorate each page with colorful stickers and/or drawings. Children learn about the process of making a book the meaning of the words author, illustrator, and title - all important literacy concepts.

The doll room is actually a play house with a loft, kitchen, crib, table and chairs. Children are able to transform themselves into their favorite heroes and heroines with dress-up clothes, shoes, hats, capes, and many accessories (jewelery, magic wands, etc).

Back yard: (Area 4) This is where most children spend their time on sunny days. On rainy days, the children are allowed to go out, if they have proper attire. There are multiple opportunities for developing large motor coordination here including: tricycles, scooters, a sandbox with a digger and attached playhouse, and a VW bug permanently parked (without wheels) for climbing and pretending. A large play structure provides opportunities to slide and climb. A water table is filled when the weather is hot for children to play with various water toys such as small plastic whales and boats. A rope that kids imagine to be a vine hangs from a tree and is a favorite for many kids.

Front yard: (Area 5) The front yard has swings, slides, and climbing/ bouncing structures, painting easels, and a carpentry area. The carpentry area is closely supervised as children learn to handle hammers, nails, vices, manual drills and saws. The children gain a great deal of confidence as they handle "grownup" tools. They develop hand-eye and small/large muscle coordination through carpentry. There is also a wet/dry tray for touching different textures such as seeds, dried coffee grounds, rice or dirt. A small vegetable and flower garden provides opportunities to plant, dig, and harvest for the children. They also learn about the natural process of composting by using and visiting the worm bin.