Our Philosophy + Curriculum
Our mission is to provide a healthy, safe, positive learning experience for all our children by encouraging their natural curiosity about the world around them. We know that in giving them a strong foundation, their love of learning will continue to grow. We also embrace the family as an essential part of the LTS experience. We model a celebration of individuality and each family’s uniqueness. This results in a wonderful feeling of self-confidence.
Getting Ready for Kindergarten
Our goal is to ensure that each child who graduates from our program is prepared for kindergarten and the grades beyond. We will work with parents, the public school system, and when necessary, community resources, to assure each child’s future success in their education. Our program’s goals and objectives include supporting families as they are their children’s first and most important teachers.
Our classrooms are set up to encourage exploration through various hands-on activities. At this age, children learn through play. Our teachers develop curriculum as teams so that drawing upon each other’s strengths and experience is inherent to the process. Teachers also develop lesson plans by listening to their children. To enhance children’s natural curiosity, they are exposed to a curriculum filled with many different topics. They are given opportunities to be creative, independent thinkers and decision-makers.
The curriculum at Little Treasures focuses on the whole child. Cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development is all included in our planning. At LTS we will build a learning foundation out of playful experiences. Children will broaden their horizons with different topics and activities such as music, art, dance, literature, science, cooking, math, social studies, poetry, rhymes, nature, sand, water, dramatic play, and personal growth (i.e., respect, responsibilities, and manners). Our curriculum also focuses on families, cultures, the environment, and much more.
Our staff of professional teachers plans an emergent curriculum that the children find educational, enriching, and fun. Each teacher will work with the children in their class and their families to include their cultures and interests. At Little Treasures, we embrace all cultures. We work to diligently promote a learning environment of inclusion and respect. To this end, teachers will work with each family to ensure that their classroom environment and curriculum reflect the world around us and the variety of cultures and beliefs represented in the classroom. Teachers also plan their curriculum with a letter and number of the week, and the shape and color of the month. Themes are changed monthly.
Our goal is to understand each child’s method of learning and prepare the environment for each child’s success. Children are diverse learners. Some need more sensory stimulation, others need to be more active, and some children prefer quiet space. Our educators and administrators recognize that not all children learn the same. We prepare the curriculum and the learning environment to assure each child a successful and educational preschool experience.
To facilitate a smooth transition to Elementary School, we use the Wilson Reading & Writing Program which is used in the Reading Public Schools (RPS). Letter recognition and phonics are taught with the same terminology and tools which are used in the RPS. Our writing centers are equipped with the early writing tools which use the same icons and lettering style as used in the RPS. This is part of our commitment to working with our community to ease the transition to public school. “Writer’s Workshop” is a scheduled block of time dedicated to encouraging writing or dictating stories. Children create books either as whole class projects or individual projects. Classrooms are set up to encourage pre-reading skills through the use of labels.