CONWAY DAYCARE - Child Enrichment Program
Preschool Program
3-5 years old
preschool activities
The preschool program focuses on developing the total-child while nurturing each child’s potential, building upon successes and mastered skills. Emphasis is placed on the role that social skills and interactions play in building a foundation for meeting future academic challenges.  Some of the milestones that mark Preschool abilities and interests include:
  • show interest in senses and sensory discrimination activities - color, shapes, sound, smell, taste, weight
  • show increasing interest in simple number and quantity activities - counting, measuring, observing more/less and larger/smaller
  • show interest in literacy activities - pronouncing letter names/sounds, copying letters/handwriting, doing activities with books
  • engages in goal directed activities, use of a plan
  • sorts and matches using more than one quality at a time (ie.. color and size)
  • engages in first representational art
  • shows increasing awareness of realistic detail in models, dress-ups, dramatic play, and construction play
  • shows interest in nature, science, animals, time and how things work
Child's Choice Classroom Rotations
Children’s attention spans are short. They need a constant exchange between passive and active activities. At Conway Daycare, children move between enrichment activities that work in concert with their ability to maintain attention.
Brain development research findings indicate that the brain is more receptive to information and pays closer attention to information when things are new and different.When the brain grows accustomed to a particular activity, or space, it has a tendency to tune it out. It blocks learning.   According to Dr. Gold Scheible, former Director of the Brain Research Institute at UCLA, unfamiliar activities are the brain’s best friend.  Researchers believe that children placed in novel and stimulating environments, but not over-stimulating, are more focused and more likely to process the information they are learning. Our enriching classrooms are designed to encourage learning. 
Dr. Kay Albrecht, author and advocate for quality care and education says that children benefit from a wide variety of experiences: child-initiated, teacher-directed,large group, small group, indoor, outdoor, quiet and active. The Center's unique approach to early childhood education offers children all of this in a highly enriched environment.
Children ages 2 and older begin their day in their primary classroom. They are encouraged to select from a menu of child-initiated activities as they socialize with their peers and with their teacher. Choice is a critical component of the classroom. Choices allow children to match their instructional goals with their personal goals and that provides children with a strong motivation to participate. It allows children to feel more positive about their work. Positive feelings result in an increase in body chemicals that in return increase the potential for memory. We certainly want children to remember what they learn.
When children move about their primary classroom to participate in activities in the enrichment areas, the teachers move with them, constantly facilitating play and encouraging conversation with open ended questions. This ensures continuity of care and keeps children from feeling stressed. In the enrichment areas,the children will participate in a teacher-directed lessons lead by the teachers. Children are allowed to practice and reflect on what they have learned before moving to another area. According to Dr. Pam Schiller, practice and reflection are critical steps in learning. Each step plays a role in assisting the brain in its attempt to process information and store it in long term memory.
Our overall goals for the children in our care are:
·       Building healthy and positive self concept
·       Providing opportunities to enhance social skills
·       Encouraging children to think, reason, question and experiment
·       Promote language
·       Encouraging and demonstrating sound health, safety, and nutrition habits
·       Respect cultural diversity
·       Developing initiative and decision making skills
·       Provide opportunities for physical development
·        Develop fine motor skills
·       Promoting muscular control
·       Develop eye-hand coordination
·       Respond to sounds
·       Enhance emotional and social development
·       Enhance locomotion and manipulation
·       Awareness of the senses
·       Discovery through the senses
·       Develop language skills
·       Promote physical development
·       Awareness of object permanence
·       Investigate cause and effect (causality)
·       Copies behaviors of others(imitation and play)
·       Uses words to identify objects
·       Identifies familiar pictures / objects
·       Develop fine motor skills
·       Increase muscular control
·       Helps dress and undress self
·       Expand social relationships
·       Begins to understand the concepts of quantity, number, space, and time
·       Has begun or completed toilet training
·       Plays cooperatively
o   Cut paper
o   Uses fingers to pick up small objects
o   String beds
o   Buttons and unbuttons buttons
o   Completes six piece puzzle
·        Develop gross motor skills
o   Run, walks, jumps, and gallops
o   Hops on one foot
o   Catches ball with hands
·        Copies most letters
·        Recognizes A-Z
·        Writes first name
·        Recognizes numerals 1-20
·        Writes numerals 1-10
·        Begins to take turns
·        Shares
·        Asks a question
·        Has a “friend”
·        Awareness of “bad/ inappropriate” and good/appropriate” behavior
·        Washes hands before meals
·        Understands the concepts of quantity, number, space, and time
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