Carlton Academy Preschool (3 to 4 years)

Big Kids With Bigger Ideas.

Preschoolers’ have truly left babyhood behind- not only in appearance- but also in their many added skills. They now have increased balance and control, construct more complex sentences, speak more intelligibly, engage in conversations, and indulge in make believe play. Most of the time it seems that Three to Four year olds are mostly full of questions, constantly asking “Why?” or “What for?” or “How come?”

This is a time when school experiences can be met with enthusiasm and enjoyment as their budding skills allow them to enjoy an ever-widening array of activities and peer interactions. Our preschool curriculum introduces language, math, science and social skills in a logical, sequence to encourage learning one step at a time, building upon those learned in the Two’s Program. Our teachers provide considerable individual attention to support your child’s unique needs, yet will encourage your child to continue developing their recently acquired social skills and social problem-solving skills in a safe exploration environment.Our program encourages children to explore, practice self-help skills, and challenges them to learn, while making new friends and developing confidence in themselves and their relationships with others. Because children learn by doing, we provide ample opportunities for hands-on experience.

To meet our program objectives:
At this stage of your child’s learning, our curriculum is designed to meet early learning standards established by state departments of education and national professional teaching organizations

  • Your child will develop math and science skills with our hands-on experiments.
  • Themed weekly programs (units) engage interest, encourage curiosity, self-direction and confidence.
  • Daily language skills are introduced to support literacy and language development.
  • Reading is integrated into each day as a group activity and as an opportunity to expand vocabulary as well as for self-directed activity.
  • Learning Centers that are developmentally appropriate and progressive are in each individual classroom to stimulate imagination and promote cognitive development. Some such Learning Centers are for Math Manipulatives, Art Center, Science & Small Animals, Writing Center, Block Center, Book Center, Music Center, Dramatic Play Center, and Computer Center.
  • Portfolios are used to collect your child’s work. Your Preschooler most enjoys and takes such pride in these opportunities to show you their achievements!
  • Observation-based assessments are used to monitor learning for monitoring attainment of Learning Objectives in each domain of development.
  • You will have regular communication with teachers, including daily notes and verbal updates, so that you are informed about your child’s day. Of course, you are encouraged to use our fully interactive and integrated website as an effective source of communication at your convenience, day or night.

Our curriculum is organized into theme based units which begin with topics most familiar to the children, then progress to more complex topics as the children develop their skills and self-confidence as active learners. These thematic approach prompts discussions about their world and their involvement in that world. Each learning unit incorporates mathematics, science, language, creative arts, music, motor skills and social development.

Language Development/ Early Literacy
This is a critical time to begin development of children’s fundamental reading and writing skills, so we introduce high-quality and award winning children’s literature to promote a love of reading. Repetition of stories and words remains the cornerstone to early literacy.

Foundational Math Skills
Children are introduced to the rich world of numbers, including sorting, grouping and as well as more advanced math skills.

Scientific Discovery and Creativity
Teacher -led group experiments using progressively more complex, but harmless materials and instructions, allow your child to explore basic scientific concepts. They predict outcomes, discuss results and hypothesize new experiments to prove their concepts. Our program offers a sensory-rich environment to stimulate your child’s curiosity and to encourage cognitive and brain development. We encourage all children to express themselves creatively, thereby strengthening their intellect, building social skills, and enhancing self-esteem. Children also have an opportunity to demonstrate their abundant creativity through dramatic play, music and art. Creative activity develops imagination and independence, and fosters confidence.

Physical/Motor Development
Our classrooms, unique indoor and outdoor playgrounds and equipment are designed for your child to safely explore as he or she improves coordination and builds motor skills. Children develop their large motor skills, such as running, jumping, throwing and kicking as well have opportunities for learning to pay cooperatively with others.

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