Active learning is the foundation of our curriculum. Children learn best with direct, hands-on experiences with people, objects, events and ideas. Children
are encouraged to “construct” their own knowledge by pursuing personal interests and goals. They are guided by trained adults who understand
the developmental needs of children in the preschool years. Active learning is a key element in all teacher and student initiated activities. Classrooms
are divided into “interest areas” (blocks, housekeeping, small toys, books, sand/water, art, etc.) to encourage hands on learning. Domains for instruction include: Personal and Social Development, Language and Literacy, Mathematical Thinking, Scientific Thinking, Social Studies, The Arts, and Physical Development/Health & Safety. Our Pre-K classrooms provide a setting for children to explore, ask and answer questions, solve problems and interact with classmates and adults.
Daily schedules are developed for each Pre-K classroom. We understand that daily routines give children a sense of control over the events of the day. With a structured schedule, children can anticipate what happens next during their school day. Teachers typically follow a “Plan-Do-Review Sequence” to keep children informed and engaged. Other key elements planned throughout the day include morning message/greetings, small and large group learning blocks, center time, music and movement, rest time and outdoor time.
We value the opportunity to provide a high quality preschool experience for our Effingham County families. Our high expectations of our program will help build a strong foundation for our children as they become life-long learners.
-Terri S. Johnson
Early Learning and Student Support Coordinator