It is our belief that preschool classes should be heterogeneously grouped with disabled students integrated with non-disabled students. By beginning interaction at an early age, the progression into school-age years occurs naturally.
The program serves students eligible for special education services as preschool with disabilities; as well as, typically developing 3, 4, and 5-year-old children.
In a caring and positive atmosphere, we create a warm and happy place for preschoolers to learn. As we bridge the gap from home to school, we guide children to a continued good self-image while building social skills in a school setting. Sensory, motor, perceptual and language skills are introduced through materials and activities that are both child-centered and teacher-directed. Work is planned which emphasizes the process rather than the product, fostering a sense of accomplishment and pride.
Based on the theory that children learn through play, classroom routines encourage active involvement and meaningful experimentation. Schedules are designed which balance structure and free choice, as well as active and quiet times. The intent of this program is to formulate a diverse, yet age appropriate set of active learning experiences that will allow children to engage in: exploration and discovery; self expression through music, movement and art; active listening to reading by adults; organized play; independent play; and multi-sensory stimulation.
The educational opportunities provided will reflect the view that all areas of development (cognitive, language, social emotional, physical, and adaptive) will be enhanced through a variety of planned and research based learning activities and instructional strategies. Our program is an active partnership between the school, the student, the home, and the community.