Welcome to Preschool!
|Layla El-Sayed Shalaby
Head of Preschool
Young children arrive in Preschool from diverse backgrounds
and with a variety of experiences. They develop through similar stages, but at
individual rates. They need differing amounts of time and support to develop
common understandings. The Preschool program provides learning experiences that
meet individual and group needs, interests, and developmental levels.
Additional support is provided to children with special education needs to help
them increase their potential for learning.
Young children are naturally curious and eager to learn.
Learning is enhanced by interaction and cooperation with others, including
adults and children. Through interactions, organized activities, interactive
technology and purposeful play in the Preschool program, children explore and
experiment with their environment to add to their knowledge, learn new skills,
and practice familiar ones.
Parents are their children’s first and most important
teachers and play a central role in the lives of their children. When children
begin Preschool, parents and teachers form a partnership to support learning at
home and at school. In Preschool the values and beliefs of the home are
acknowledged, and the cultural diversity of families is recognized.
Children begin to develop independence, initiative,
decision-making ability, creativity, early literacy and numeracy skills, the
ability to learn, the ability to relate to others, verbal communication skills,
and feelings of self-worth! What young children learn at this stage will have a
major impact on successful learning experiences in school, on personal development,
and on future participation in society.
The Preschool Program Statement describes clear expectations
in seven learning areas:
The learning areas focus on the early learning in English
language arts, mathematics, science, physical education, French, and the fine
and performing arts. They provide a transition to the subject area expectations
of elementary schooling.
Our Preschool program provides early childhood education and
care for children, and help them develop a range of skills that make them ready
for their learning journey:
- Social skills: the ability
to empathize and interact successfully with their peer group, and also relate
easily to adults.
- Language skills: the
ability to have adequate language skills in order to benefit from experiences
facilitating their cognitive, educational and social development.
- Emotional self-regulation
skills: the ability to adapt behaviors depending on the situation, to control
impulses , and to shift attention.
- Fine and Gross motor Skills:
the ability to perform complex muscle-and-nerve acts that produce movement.
Through activities such as writing, drawing, painting, walking, jumping, and
hands on activities- we help students develop the skills they will need in
their future years!