At Woodinville Family Preschool, the educators plan the curriculum to include six major categories of experience for the children:
Using multiple senses at once increases brain activity and raises a child’s level of understanding. We plan preschool experiences for children to see, hear, taste, touch, and smell.
Real objects are brought into the classroom or children are taken to see actual items to be discussed. By having the concrete experience first, a myriad of mental and sensory images will be recalled in later, more abstract situations.
Opportunities for discovery learning
Through his/her own exploration, manipulation, and discovery, the child practices and sharpens mental skills that are at a deeper level than rote learning. Experiencing the joy of his/her own discoveries provides an essential base for later learning through intrinsic rather than extrinsic motivation.
Opportunities for divergent thinking
Divergent thinking involves the production of many solutions to a given problem. Providing daily opportunities for the child to practice divergent thinking skills enables him/her to sharpen cognitive and creative powers.
Emergent literacy experiences and mathematical language and concepts
We encourage one-on-one conversations with children, reading stories to individual children during free play, and teaching songs and rhymes that children can do at home as well as at preschool. We offer opportunity to build solid foundations for writing and reading, through artwork and books. Math concepts abound in the classroom environment, whether through the grouping of same color objects, the matching or classifying of items, or the use of different shaped blocks to build a structure.
Opportunities for sharing the expertise of parents
Fathers, mothers, and extended family members are asked to share with us whenever appropriate and possible. In the multi-day classes we like to visit work sites of parents who are involved in businesses related to our curriculum themes. In all classes, we invite parents to share with the children their jobs, family rituals, or cultural customs.
NAEYC-accredited programs meet 10 research-based standards to demonstrate that they provide a safe, healthy environment for children, have teachers who are well trained, build strong relationships with families, and use a curriculum that is appropriately challenging and developmentally sound.