The Preschool at Evening Rose features two acclaimed preschool curricula, Beyond Centers & Circle Time and Conscious Discipline. Nationally recognized screening and assessment tools enable us to evaluate each child's progress.
Beyond Centers & Circle Time
Developed by renowned educator Dr. Pamela Phelps this curricula features monthly themes:
- January – Winter Time and Arctic Animals
- February – Loving Literacy and Our Favorite Authors
- March – Amphibians and Reptiles: Slippery and Slimy Animals
- April – Birds in my Neighborhood, Celebrating Spring and Gardening
- May – Insects and Spiders: Not-So-Creepy Crawlers
- June – Oceans and Ocean Life: Creatures that Live in the Sea
- July – Animals Around the World
- August – Dinosaurs and Volcanoes: A Blast from the Past
- September – Me and My Family: Celebrating Diversity
- October – Nocturnal Animals and Nighttime
- November – The Farm and The City and Thanksgiving
- December – Winter Celebrations and Festivals
Each day, children have access to well-planned hands-on educational learning centers.
Children learn many concepts, especially math concepts, through block play. Playing with blocks provides an excellent opportunity for social and physical development and enhances creativity.
Dramatic play helps children accept and assign roles, and then act them out. It's a time when they break through the walls of reality, pretend to be someone or something different from themselves, and dramatize situations and actions to go along with the roles they have chosen to play. While this type of play may be viewed as frivolous by some, it remains an integral part of the developmental learning process by allowing children to develop skills in such areas as abstract thinking, literacy, math and social studies in a timely, natural manner.
Most children learn quickly that eating is fun. They also enjoy helping adults cook. Put the two together and you have the perfect recipe for learning. Children learn best when they’re busy and interested in what they're doing. When children are scrubbing, mixing, stirring, kneading, spreading, tossing, squeezing and pouring, they don’t realize there’s a special ingredient being added: learning! When children cook, they learn about counting and measurement, reading and writing recipes, social skills through taking turns helping with the recipe, and scientific principles as they see how things change when heated or cooled.
When children paint, they develop more spatial awareness as they try to cover the entire area they're working with. They're able to combine different shapes, work with curved and shaped lines, and more. Kids also learn more about volume with the paints while learning about how much paint is in a container and more. Further, children learn more about colors and how they look. They can experiment with colors by mixing them to get other colors. With different paint forms, they can mix the paints to get different textures and thicknesses as well.
Teachers focus on pre-reading and writing development through phonics and rhyming games, great children’s literature, and by encouraging children to write and illustrate their own books. Teachers also work with kids on skills they’ll need as kindergartners – using scissors, following directions, sharing, self-help skills, being a good friend and helper, and much more.