English Way Preschool is a daily program which runs Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 5.:00 PM. (Hours may differ for Head Start children).
Daily meeting times are essential and small, large and individual teaching strategies are used. At English Way Preschool we use the The Creative Curriculum as our underlying teaching structure. The Creative Curriculum includes developmentally appropriate goals and objectives for children within four main categories of interest: social/emotional, physical, cognitive and language.
The four developmental stages we focus on are:
- The social/emotional stage helps promote independence, self-confidence and self-control.
Within this stage, children learn how to make friends, how to have group interactions and
how to follow rules.
- The physical stage is intended to increase children’s large and small motor skills.
- The cognitive stage is associated with thinking skills. Children learn how to solve problems,
ask questions and think critically.
- The language stage deals with communication. Children learn how to communicate with others,
listen and participate in conversations, and recognize various forms of print. In this stage,
children begin to recognize letters and words and begin writing for a purpose.
In 2018 English Way Preschool adopted a STEAM approach to teaching and learning. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Children need to be engaged to learn. Because STEAM is child centered using inquiry based principles, we allow children to take ownership of their own learning. As their teacher we can support them in following their passions, and we can get creative with our lessons, making them fun and interesting. With STEAM we are teaching skills the way they will be used in the real world. At English Way Preschool we regularly assess and monitor children's progress using standardized developmental tests. On school entry we use the Ages and Stages Questionnaire as a baseline for each child, and we use the Desired Results Developmental Profile to continually assess each child's learning progress on the four areas mentioned in the Creative Curriculum. (This may differ for Community Children). We meet with parents for Parent Teacher Conferences as parent participation/involvement are essential in the learning of each child. Parents are expected to take an active part in their child's learning we school our school as an extension of your home and relationships are important in the overall well being of the child.
We also offer an English Immersion Program, where in our language rich environment children can acquire a working knowledge of English in as little as 6 months. Along with our Kindergarten Ready Program our school offers the full gamut of enriching experiences any young mind could desire.