CDM’s program for three-year old preschool reflects research-based knowledge of how children learn best: in play with varied materials, in a mix of child-directed and teacher-directed activities. Teachers know that preschoolers are active learners who create knowledge based on real life experiences–knowledge that is relevant and meaningful.
In three-year old classrooms, children explore their place in the community and the world, connecting knowledge to everyday experiences through play and exploration. Literacy (reading, writing, speaking, and talking) is incorporated across Learning Centers, which include Art, Science, Blocks, and others. Spanish, Music, Chapel and Movement are part of weekly lesson plans. Children’s literature is used extensively.
Teachers plan weekly learning activities which include knowledge in all developmental and skills-related areas. Activities may be drawn from existing preschool curriculum (Creative Curriculum, Dodge) or teachers may create their own activities in response to children’s interest.
Social and emotional readiness for school continues to be important to the classroom, as research tells us these are indicators of success in school and life. Research-based assessments are done routinely for planning and referral, if necessary. Parent conferences are held twice a year or more, if needed.