Preschool at Calhoun

Our preschool program is a positive social experience with a rich variety of activities that teach children how to become part of a larger community.

We foster an environment in which children learn to express their needs, solve problems creatively and communicate comfortably with a variety of people. Children form deep friendships with teachers and classmates, and gain an appreciation for the diversity of individuals in their community.

At Calhoun, preschoolers have the freedom to discover who they are. We emphasize tactile, emotional experiences that allow students to develop self-confidence and cultivate a curiosity for the world around them.

3's Program Overview

Cognitive Development

Language Arts
  • Acquiring language—building and retaining vocabulary
  • Communicating effectively through listening, understanding & self-expression
  • Comprehending, retaining and making predictions when being read to
  • Recognizing rhymes
  • Relaying incidents and creating narrative
  • Recognizing letters and learning that language involves symbols
  • Understanding directionality—reading is left to right
Mathematical Thinking
  • Shape, color and size recognition
  • Exploration of spatial relations, weight, and balance
  • Comparing, sorting and categorizing
  • Recognizing patterns and sequencing
  • Counting and comparing quantities
Science
  • Being curious, observing and measuring
  • Observing the natural world
  • Learning about weather, growth and life cycles
  • Observing the physical world
  • Learning about texture, flow and other properties of materials
  • Experiencing changes through mixing and baking during cooking
Social Studies
  • Learning about the self in relation to family and the school community
  • Developing friendships
  • Exploring fairness and justice
  • Working toward cooperation, problem solving and reading non-verbal expression
  • Learning about other cultures as well as similarities and differences between individuals and families
  • Recognizing another language, specifically Spanish
Arts
  • Developing fine motor dexterity, handedness and directionality
  • Engaging in creative self-expression, creativity, color exploration, coordination, spatial relations and visual discrimination
  • Engaging in multi-sensory exploration, storytelling and self-expression
  • In music, coordinating rhythmic movement and song

Physical Development

  • Developing gross motor skills such as hand-eye coordination, stamina, balance, body awareness, strength and agility
  • Learning about rules and taking turns
  • Developing rhythm through movement to music
  • Developing awareness of self-space and moving without bumping others

Personal and Social Development

  • Learning to trust and take comfort from new adults
  • Separating from caregivers and making transitions throughout the day
  • Learning to follow directions
  • Self-care such as putting on one’s coat and toileting, self-respect and independence
  • Using words to convey feelings, ideas and needs
  • Sharing materials and ideas
  • Learning to follow and to lead, to delay gratification and develop healthy boundaries
  • Learning to listen to others (self-regulation) and to speak (leadership) during meeting time
  • Becoming aware of others’ feelings and needs and learning to negotiate
  • Developing independence, self-confidence and the ability to self-direct and make good choices
  • Developing a sense of responsibility to the community

Routines/Weekly Schedule

Meeting
  • Developing listening and speaking skills
  • Learning to take turns
  • Lengthening attention span
  • Singing
Choice/Work Time
  • Introducing a new concept, skill or material
  • Utilizing imagination and creativity
  • Working independently or in a small group
  • Exploring the learning centers (eg blocks, dramatic play, manipulatives, art)
  • Encouraging conversation and the sharing of ideas
Outdoor Play
  • Developing social skills
  • Learning to share and take turns using outdoor equipment
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • Taking appropriate risks
Storytime
  • Strengthening listening skills
  • Allowing children to make predictions
  • Encouraging discussions
  • Asking questions
  • Developing pre-reading skills
Music/Movement
  • Singing, dancing, finger plays and movement games
  • Developing coordination, rhythm and different ways of moving
  • Introducing Spanish songs and music
Physical Education
  • Developing spatial awareness
  • Cooperation and listening skills
  • Responsible social behavior in a physically active setting

4's Program Overview

Cognitive Development

Language Arts
  • Developing a love of literature
  • Comprehending language and story
  • Recognizing names and letters
  • Developing sight word vocabulary
  • Strengthening listening and talking skills
  • Retaining and recalling information
  • Developing sound-symbol correspondence
  • Developing handwriting, directional sense of text and the writing process through journal work.
Mathematical Thinking
  • Counting and one-to-one correspondence
  • Identifying numbers, sequencing
  • Measuring, recognizing shapes and other attributes
  • Sorting and comparing quantities and attributes
  • Exploring simple addition and subtraction
  • Recognizing patterns and symmetry
  • Extending a pattern
  • Exploring visual/spatial puzzles
Science
  • Questioning, predicting, testing, observing and validating ideas
  • Observing and learning about growth and life cycles and the needs of a living organism
  • Cooking and experiencing the transformation of ingredients
  • Learning about gravity, buoyancy, conservation and the properties of water
Social Studies
  • Appreciating and caring for self and others
  • Increasing awareness of similarities and differences amongst peers
  • Increasing comfort with classroom routine and care of materials
  • Exploring family, community and culture
  • Developing a sense of justice and kindness
Arts
  • Exploring various materials and spatial relationships
  • Engaging in the artistic process
  • Discovering science and mathematics in art
  • Making choices and enhancing creativity, invention, initiative, independence and self-expression
  • In music, introducing culture through song and continuing to explore rhythm, pitch and melody
  • In theater/movement, playing roles, developing imagination and creativity and being introduced to ensemble work

Physical Development

  • Developing gross motor skills, control of body in space, eye hand coordination, balance, endurance and awareness of self-space
  • Developing fine motor and graphomotor skills with attention to grip
  • Recognizing when to stop during rough and tumble play
  • Taking appropriate risks

Personal and Social Development

  • Demonstrating comfort in school and the ability to separate and make transitions
  • Building relationships with peers and adults
  • Building community through cooperation, socialization and empathy
  • Developing negotiating skills
  • Building independence, confidence, risk-taking, curiosity and facing challenges
  • Appreciating self and others
  • Identifying feelings of self and others
  • Learning to manage feelings, resolve conflicts, take turns, appreciate boundaries, take directions and share

Routines/Weekly Schedule

Meeting
  • Developing listening and speaking skills
  • Promoting turn-taking
  • Lengthening attention span
  • Development of literacy and mathematics skills
Choice/Work Time
  • Introducing a new concept, skill or material
  • Utilizing imagination and creativity
  • Working independently or in a small group
  • Exploring the learning centers (ex. blocks, dramatic play, manipulatives, art)
  • Encouraging conversation and the sharing of ideas
  • Introducing writing skills
Outdoor Play
  • Developing social skills
  • Learning to share and take turns using outdoor equipment
  • Developing gross motor skills
  • Taking appropriate risks
  • Participating in group games
Storytime
  • Strengthening listening skills
  • Exposing children to different genres of literature, authors and illustrators
  • Allowing children to make predictions
  • Encouraging discussions
  • Asking questions
  • Developing reading skills
Cooking
  • Promoting cooperation and turn-taking
  • Developing mathematical skills of counting, measuring, estimating
  • Exploring scientific concepts such as predicting and observing changes
  • Developing language skills and vocabulary
  • Discussing nutrition
  • Exploring and sharing food from other cultures
  • Exploring the five senses
  • Being a risk-taker by trying something new
Music/Movement
  • Singing, dancing, finger plays and movement games
  • Developing coordination, rhythm and different ways of moving
  • Utilizing basic instruments
  • Introducing Spanish songs and music
Physical Education
  • Developing a sense of spatial awareness
  • Encouraging cooperation and good listening skills
  • Developing responsible social behavior in a physically active setting
  • Introducing ball handling skills