At Peacock Family Center, all children ages 2.5 through 5 years have days that are rich with cognitive, social, and physical experiences; full of the comforts of good friends, loving caregivers, and familiar routines; and busy with child-centered, developmentally appropriate activities. By providing a balanced program honoring multiple intelligences and learning styles, and an anti-bias curriculum, we support the growth of the listener, speaker, reader, writer, mathematician, scientist, artist, musician, dancer, and friend within each child. Our Preschool Program is geared for children 30 months to 6 years with movement to our Pre-K program based on a child’s individual readiness. In the Pre-school classroom we combine developmentally based teaching with the textural world of sensory stimulation. We introduce more formal study concepts such as Montessori style work stations, and themes areas for dramatic play, manipulatives, art, science, mathematics, language and literacy. All our preschoolers enjoy an engaging circle time in the AM and in the afternoon. We have music, Spanish and sign languages, and creative movement. For students with us all day, opportunities for naps and peaceful resting are provided and meals and snacks are enjoyed “family style”.
Four areas of intentional “educaring”– care designed for a child’s optimal development occur within the program.
- Caregivers facilitate children’s exploration of ideas, guide children’s work on projects, lead children in skill-building activities and provide occasions for discovery and joint problem solving.
- The design and use of the preschool space encourage exploration, communication and relationship.
- Caregivers practice consistent and deliberate daily observation of the emotional, social, physical and cognitive development of each child, documenting the development in words and photographs.
- Caregivers and parents regularly share their observations to further their understanding of the child and his/her world.