Preschool (3 – 4 Years)

Overview

The Preschool program at GTA is carefully planned to keep your child busy and learning through a variety of hands-on experiences each day. Our daily classroom practice and programming objectives are designed to support GTA’s philosophy and establish long-term goals.

Curriculum

GrowingTree_193The curriculum in the Preschool classroom is based on current early childhood education theory and methodology and is organized around the basic tenet that children learn first about themselves, their close environment and their families, and then build upon that learning to expand their horizons according to interests and experiential opportunities.

To encourage the development of the whole child, GTA teachers select developmentally or age appropriate activities from seven main areas of concentration:

  • Language arts and early literacy skills
  • Fine motor and large motor skills
  • Sensory experiences
  • Science and pre-math
  • Self-help
  • Kindergarten readiness skills

These activities involve thinking, muscle coordination, imagination and problem solving skills which form the building blocks laid in preparation for formal education and higher reasoning used later in life.

Program Highlights

Art – Children create lots of art in the GTA class. In doing so, besides being creative and expressive, they are also learning fine motor skills, practicing with scissors, learning letters in a fun, dynamic fashion and having fun!”

Music – GTA teachers use music to enhance their large motor and language arts curriculum. There are instruments to play, songs to sing, tumbling tools (foam blocks, scarves, etc.), and extra-large balls, rings, hula-hoops and lots of times to dance. We sing during transition times for lunch time and to clean up. We listen to soothing music at nap time and dance with our friends during music time.

Second Languages – Simple French words, Spanish and Sign Language as well as other languages a teacher may know are included in the curriculum.

Gardening – The Preschool class plant, tend to, and harvest their vegetables/fruits during the spring and summer months. Gardens give kids the experience of being in nature and taking care of living things. It is an environment where children can interact with and get curious about the natural world. They will develop a sense of curiosity, patience, and observation. Teachers will also discuss math, science, and weather as it relates to planting and harvesting.

Special events – Throughout the year GTA children participate in a variety of special events from holiday pageants and costume parades to a Mother’s Day with mommy.

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