Program and Curriculum

Olmsted Community Preschool provides a comprehensive hands-on program to promote the growth of preschoolers socially, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and physically.  While the primary focus of our school curriculum is the social and emotional development of the child, readiness activities are included so that the children are prepared for transition to a kindergarten program.  Our curriculum is supported and enhanced by outstanding teachers, age appropriate equipment, learning resources, and stimulating activities.

Daily activities include free play, story time, art, science, math, language arts, music, circle time, and theme activities.  Children work and play both in groups and individually.  The curriculum incorporates teacher directed and self-initiated activities.  Interactive, hands-on activities inlcude water and sand tables, painting, puzzles, easels, playdough, blocks, and construction toys.  Each classroom is equipped with a computer to provide opportunities to develop technical skills while having fun.

Imaginative play is encouraged through our ever-changing dramatic play construction centers.  Opportunities are provided for large and small motor development.  Supplemental learning experiences are provided through classroom visitors and special activities.

ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM

Three-Year-Old Program

The primary focus of our three-year-old program is to enable children to develop strong self-esteem and independence, enabling them to separate from their parents with confidence.  We introduce the children to a classroom structure and a supervised routine where they can learn to be part of a group.  Age appropriate activities are planned as an introduction to academics.  The classes are conducted in a caring manner providing an ideal preschool classroom setting.

Pre-K Program

Our four-year-old program is designed to prepare the child for kindergarten.  We work to further develop the child’s self esteem and promote his or her growth socially and emotionally.  Our program provides an environment and activities to develop readiness skills related to school success, such as following directions, learning to work independently, listening, expanding attention span, staying on task, and controlling impulses.  An introduction to academics is provided as well.

Pre-K Extended Program

This program is designed for five-year-olds who are not yet ready to start Kindergarten and four-year-olds who may require a more challenging experience.  It is not a substitute for Kindergarten, but rather a time to allow for growth in a caring, nurturing environment.  Designed for children with previous preschool experience, it provides each child with more independent choices, and more responsibility.  The Pre-K child will be expected to follow multiple directions.  A more in-depth introduction to academics is provided as well.  Enrollment into the Pre-K extended program is by teacher recommendation or screening.  Age requirement must also be met.

Any questions call the Preschool at 440/235-3869.

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