Curriculum content is designed to achieve long-range goals for children in all areas - social, emotional, cognitive, self-help, and fine and gross motor - and to prepare children to function as cooperative members of the school community.

Curriculum Focus

Addresses a broad range of content that is relevant, engaging, and meaningful to children.

Content reflects and is generated by the needs and interests of the individual children within the group and developed according to Preschool Standards.

Incorporates a wide variety of learning experiences, materials, equipment, and instructional strategies to accommodate the broad range of children's individual differences.

Builds upon children's unique experiences, learning styles and strengths to foster the acquisition of new skills and concepts.

Allows for focus on a particular topic or theme while integrating across traditional subject matter.

Engages children actively in the learning process. Children have opportunities to make meaningful choices.

Emphasizes the value of social interaction to learning in all areas and provides opportunities to learn from peers.

Is supportive of children's physiological needs for activity, sensory stimulation, fresh air, rest, hygiene and nourishment.

Is flexible so that teachers can adapt to individual children or groups.

Methodology

The Sun Valley Preschool will:

Utilize play activity for its value as an appropriate means of learning

Reinforce and utilize the child's prior knowledge to learn new skills and concepts

Provide a setting characterized by warmth, personal respect, positive support, responsiveness, and cooperation

Develop language and communication skills through experimental activities

Assess children's strengths, needs and progress continuously through observation and data collection based on the Preschool Standards

Create an environment where teachers work collaboratively with each other to meet the individual needs of children

Preschool Schedule

7:40am-8:00am Arrival & Attendance

8:00am-8:10am Wash Hands

8:10am-8:30am Breakfast

8:30am-8:45am Circle Time

8:50am-9:30am Specials (Mon., Tues., Thurs.) Recess (Wed., Fri.)

9:30am-10:00am Curriculum (Tues., Wed., Fri.) Recess (Mon., Thurs.)

10:00am-10:20am Learning Centers

10:30am-11:00am Lunch Time

11:00am-11:30pm Story Time

11:30am-12:00pm Bathroom Break/Transition

12:00pm-1:45pm Rest/Quiet Time

2:00pm-2:15pm Bathroom Break

2:15pm-2:45pm Snack

2:45pm-3:15pm Closing Circle, Dismissal

* This is only a sample, and may be altered on a daily basis to accommodate individual student needs, specialized services, thematic instruction and special programming.