Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. ~ Mr. Rogers
The first five years have so much to do with how the next 80 years turn out ~ Bill Gates
CPCP knows that critical thinking skills are crucial in the success of students. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) is intentionally woven into every classroom. We have a STEAM resource teacher trained at the Erickson Institute and a STEAM resource center with materials available to teachers. The resource teacher provides monthly STEAM lessons to teaching teams who plan weekly lessons incorporating STEAM lessons into their curriculums.
• Preschoolers are naturally interested in many activities that “fit the bill” of STEAM, so we’re trying to capture their natural curiosity and excitement to learn, and set them up with a good learning foundation for these subjects.
• STEAM activities help work on all areas assessed under the Creative Curriculum for Preschool (large and fine motor, cognitive, social/emotional, and literacy).
• STEAM activities also build early problem-solving and critical thinking skills, which are such important skills for them to have and develop throughout their life.
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Did you know that 90% of a child’s brain is formed by age 5? (First things first).
Activities that encourage problem solving and critical thinking are amazing for brain development and robotics is a fantastic way to develop the brain. Coding is becoming an integral part of many future careers. When students have an understanding of coding they can become producers, rather than just consumers, of digital technology. Coding can be thought of as a new literacy for the twenty-first century that provides different ways of thinking, communication and expressing ideas. Our technology teacher leads small group 30 minute sessions. During these weekly meetings, students will: expand problem solving skills, work on sequencing, use their imaginations, plan and test strategies, build confidence, design things, strengthen their motor skills, and have fun! How do we accomplish this? We have three tools for learning coding: Beebots, KIBO, Scratch Junior
With The Creative Curriculum®, children are immersed in learning through purposeful play-based experiences on topics they’re familiar with from their everyday lives. Children find opportunities for rigorous skill development like counting, measurement, and language comprehension while also developing positive relationships, gross-motor skills, and problem solving abilities.
Our Pre-Kindergarten Classes are structured to prepare children for kindergarten. Our classes provide experiences that allow the children to be successful and to practice the necessary pre-reading and pre-math skills needed for kindergarten, while interacting with peers in a social setting. A “letter of the week” program gives exposure to the alphabet with emphasis on recognition and phonemic awareness. Handwriting Without Tears curriculum teaches children how to correctly form letters. Our STEAM program introduces children to patterning ( a pre reading skill), one to one correspondence, addition, and subtraction.
Music Together is a research-based, international music and movement program that supports many types of learning and believes that Music Learning Supports All Learning™. Although Music Together’s primary goal is to support children’s music development (specifically, tonal and rhythmic competence), the Music Together Preschool program model also supports children’s cognitive, emotional, social, physical, and language development. During music class days, your child will have the opportunity to sing, dance, play instruments, make up words to songs, invent new ways to move, practice language skills and cooperate with other children, so he or she will be growing in many different ways while having fun.
Central Preschool offers art enrichment classes as part of the curriculum. We cover the concepts as outlined in the Maryland Core Curriculum, including emphasis on line, shape, form, and color. We use our imagination and “travel” around the world and through history. Some of the art we have studied and created include cave drawings, American quilts, African masks, ancients mosaics, still life drawing, and architecture.