“Play is an expression of our creativity, and creativity is at the very root of our ability to learn, to cope, and to become whatever we may be.”
Three – Five Years of Age
Aside from learning the “basics” of a,b,c’s, colors, shapes, and numbers, our pre-school classrooms are based on a learning theory called “Constructivism.” This is a “hands on, minds on” Theory based curriculum and is endorsed by the Missouri Department of Education.
All classrooms are arranged in learning centers, with well-defined spaces for center activities. Our teachers work interactively in our learning centers with your child to help them create knowledge. They will ask many questions to help your child learn by hands on experimentation with all areas of their education. Our learning centers provide children with the opportunity to:
- Explore and experiment
- Problem solve
- Make decisions, choices and predictions
- Role Play
- Use their imagination
- Investigate their personal interests
Center areas include:
- Building and Construction
- Dramatic Play
- Mathematics and Science
- Reading and Listening
- Sensory Play
Many structured and “common” activities are available for the children which help them develop needed skills. An example is experimenting with Play Dough; this activity will help children develop their fine motor skills in their hands and will help them do things such as hold a pencil or scissors. Another activity that is fun but provides knowledge is the sensory table. This is an area where children can have a math, science, and sensory experience. Children are provided measuring cups where they can make predictions and problem solve. Teachers are always available to facilitate the learning activities when needed.
Children enjoy learning in a dynamic and fun environment. Lesson plans are child – directed and may last from a week to several weeks depending on the interest level of the class. Teachers provide daily reports and monthly newsletters to update parents on their child and their classroom activities. Most importantly, the children have loads of fun while they are learning!
Our Pre School program offers a variety of educationally appropriate programs and activities to ensure that each child is prepared for Kindergarten socially as well as academically.
Academics such as reading, writing and mathematics are emphasized daily through printing, journaling, and hands on activities such as graphing and meassuring.
When children move from the pre-kindergarten program to kindergarten, they have the ability to:
- work in a group
- work independently
- recognize sight words
- distinguish between upper and lower case letters
- correspond letter and sound recognition
- and solve simple mathematic problems.
Most importantly they have gained confidence, have a feeling of self worth and have had a great time learning! Creative Expressions provides your child with well rounded experiences. Our Teachers enhance your child’s education by providing activities in the classroom as well as outside the classroom. Materials provided at our learning centers create real world experiences for the children. Other activities are scheduled just to bring fun and excitement to your child’s day.
Benefits of our curriculum
- Children learn more, and enjoy learning more when they are actively involved, rather than passive listeners.
- Education works best when it concentrates on thinking and understanding, rather than on rote memorization. Constructivism concentrates on learning how to think and understand.
- Constructivist learning is transferable. In constructivist classrooms, children create organizing principles that they can take with them to other learning settings.
- Constructivism gives children ownership of what they learn, since learning is based on children’s’ questions and explorations. Engaging their creative instincts develops children’s’ abilities to express knowledge through a variety of ways. The children are also more likely to retain and transfer their new knowledge to real life.
- By grounding learning activities in an authentic, real-world context, constructivism stimulates and engages children. Children in constructivist classrooms learn to question things and to apply their natural curiosity to the world.
- Constructivism promotes social and communication skills by creating a classroom environment that emphasizes collaboration and exchange of ideas.
- Children must learn how to articulate their ideas clearly as well as to collaborate on tasks effectively by sharing in group projects.
- Children must therefore exchange ideas and so must learn to “negotiate” with others and to evaluate their contributions in a socially acceptable manner. This is essential to success in the real world, since they will always be exposed to a variety of experiences in which they will have to cooperate and navigate among the ideas of others.