The Westwood Club Preschool strives to nurture each child's individuality, innate curiosities and instill a desire for lifelong learning as we prepare preschoolers for kindergarten and the world beyond.
Each student comes into our school with different perspectives, interests, backgrounds, family and home lives and life experiences. We work to understand this personal history so that we can craft an educational program that is diverse, engaging and joyful. We work to foster curiosity, experiment to solve problems and ask questions. We create experiences, wonder and spontaneous moments that are relevant to each student. And, we make the learning fun!
Our curriculum provides lessons and activities appropriate to each child's age, stage of development and interests. Both classroom and playground environments are planned to encourage independence, cooperative play, and free time for creative and imaginative activities. Most importantly, we strive to imbue our children with a love of learning and encourage them to have fun at preschool! The day's activities are balanced between academic, creative and social time. Throughout the day, our teachers work one-on-one with children as well as at group learning centers to explore literacy and language development, creative free art, math and science skills, creative movement and music, dramatic play and holiday and mulricultural celebrations.
As children prepare for kindergarten they begin to learn:
• Pre-writing and reading skills: letter recognition and printing, beginning phonics and name recognition
• Pre-math skills: number recognition and printing, math skills through manipulatives and games, colors and shapes
• Science: monthly units focus on natural life cycles, chemical reactions and physics
• Fine and gross motor skills: daily classroom activities develop hand strength and coordination. Each day on the playground, children are encouraged to run, jump swing and climb. Physical education classes in our gymnasium focus on gross motor skills, flexibility and coordination.
Assessments and Portfolios
Teachers document daily learning experiences throughout the year to capture growth and development. Through observation and interaction, teachers record student quotes, interests, behaviors and skills. Photos help to illustrate play and activities as students are engaged in the classroom and learning. Each day teachers send home the students' writing, art and creations.