Each activity in our curriculum is designed to enhance
the pre-school experience for our students and to help them in their development.
Play is so hard to explain and yet, because it is how children learn, it is so important!
Any "curriculum" for pre-schoolers
needs to be introduced through the medium of play so that children can explore at their
own level. There is no right or wrong way to play; play
just is. In general, it happens without any strictly utilitarian purpose
and without coercion. Our professional staff can extend the play without taking over and
keep it productive without over-controlling or being judgmental.
Young children are obliged to play. It is
not simply a pleasant pastime, but largely their major reason for living. Children
play, not to avoid reality, but to encounter it. Play is the way in which
children express themselves and the avenue through which they explore, experience, and
interpret the world around them. They do not play to avoid learning, but rather to
engage wholeheartedly in the learning process.
Young children approach things on a
sensory-motor level. They need contact with real objects -- to see, feel,
hear, taste and smell those objects over and over again before they can get to know all
that they want to know about them. That isn't really so hard to understand.
After all, learning is a lifetime process. No matter how old we
are, most of us are still learning too. Why should our children be any different?
There are many, many kinds of learning
experiences. Children learn by repetition, discovering something new each time that
they repeat an activity hands-on. Pre-school can provide them with
opportunities for exploration and learning. A good pre-school program will
place heavy stress on play as an instructional device, adapting curriculum to a child's
needs as revealed through play. That is what we strive to do.
To learn more about our daily activities, go to Our Days.
Emergencies, for the purpose of
school closing, can include severe weather conditions of any kind as well as
problems with the school building. Where it may be unsafe for children to
remain in the building, or to travel to and from school, we consider closing the school
for that day or that session.
circumstances were to warrant evacuating the building or parking area for any reason, the
staff would walk children through the back of the property to a residence on Rustic Trail.
If police and/or fire personnel were not already on the scene, we would notify the
appropriate department, and then coordinate with the command personnel on the scene to
direct parents how and where children should be picked up.
UNSCHEDULED SCHOOL CLOSINGS
For the latest
information on school closings, parents can check the local stations, television channels
7, 2, and 22; or radio station WHIO (1290) A.M. These are updated through the day
during emergency and severe weather situations.
Snow days are difficult to call no matter when they
occur. Even if the school remains open, we encourage parents to remember that they
themselves must consider the particular driving conditions that they will face when
traveling with their child, and make their own decisions about school attendance
during weather emergencies.
FIRE AND WEATHER ALERTS
We do everything in our power to protect the
children in all safety matters. We practice fire drills
every month, varying both the time of day and the day on which
the drill occurs; and we practice weather alert drills during
the tornado season. Records are kept concerning all
drills; these are available upon request.
In preparing for emergency procedures, we aim to have children respond
immediately to emergency instructions, follow in an orderly safe manner, and feel
comfortable and confident. We monitor a weather alert radio which notifies us when
to evacuate or move to a prescribed safe area.
Fire and weather alert procedures are posted in
each room of the school building. Fire procedures are designated in red, and weather
alert procedures are designated in green.