"Educating Tomorrow's Leaders One Hug at a Time"
520-575-6565 1310 W. Ina Road Ina and La Canada
Preschool is not only a fun and exciting experience for children, but also for their teachers. In our Explorer class, we continue the approach that the best way to teach a child is through play and exploration. Although we do begin to introduce more teacher directed activities, the schedule has been created to purposefully maintain a balance of structured and unstructured activity time. In this class, the teachers strive to support your child’s ever growing desire for independence by promoting self-help skills as well as, rallying around both you and your little one as they begin to tackle potty training.
Our Explorer class has been specially created as a transition for children who are between the ages of 2 and 3 and are eager to continue making new discoveries about the world around them.
With the use of our multi-experiential curriculum, teachers will keep their small hands busy and minds engaged with activities that foster Cognitive Learning, Imaginative Play, Physical Development, Creativity, Self-help Skills and Spiritual and Character Development.
We use a theme based curriculum, which is written to follow the Arizona Early Learning Standards and is changed weekly. Carefully selected themes have been chosen around subjects that are not only interesting, and are also relatable to previous knowledge and experiences they may already have.
Learning Activities throughout the Day
Our day starts with a short circle time, where the children are invited to join into songs, games, and stories. We also introduce concepts such as: ABC’s, Colors, Shapes, Opposites, Body Parts and Counting. Next, we offer a creative art project, where children are encouraged to create freely, emphasizing the process by which our children create rather than the actual product that they are making, and are provided with various art materials to do so. The children will be encouraged to continue developing their fine motor skills through a teacher planned center that will change daily. Some activities will include learning to pour from a pitcher, cutting with scissors, using tweezers, holding and using markers with their pincer grasp, lacing, zipping, and buckling.
Our Explorer’s and their teachers love to take part in imaginative play. Within the classroom, we have a dramatic play area that has a play kitchen complete with pots, pans, dishes, and a variety of culturally diverse food. We also have babies, a high chair, lots of dress up clothes, along with other various props to spark the children’s imaginations. As the months change, the teacher will also change some of the props and dress up clothes. This will not only keep things fun and interesting, but will help the children expand their knowledge and language, as well as build from and share their own life experiences.
We feel that music and movement is a fun and integral part to a child’s development. Although we do have a set time in the schedule where the teacher will lead the children in an activity with instruments, scarves, beanbags, dancing and songs, our teachers love to inject music all throughout the day. In fact, you will often hear Ms. T, our Director, singing her way through the classrooms! As the weekly theme changes, our teachers will incorporate new songs or finger plays as well as expose the children to different types of music heard around the world. With the use of music we help children to increase their language and social skills, develop a sense of self, and creatively express themselves.
Preschools love to run, dig and climb, that is why we offer plenty of outside time, throughout the day. To support your child’s gross motor development, the children are able to enjoy free play time outside on our playground complete with slides, swings, a play house, a basketball hoop, and the tricycle path with several tricycles. Teachers will also plan group games to enhance this development as well as their socialization skills.
Creative Kids Preschool is more than a preschool or daycare. It is a place that develops a child’s academic, emotional and developmental skills. We have two children enrolled, both since they were only months old. We do not have family in town, so we had to find childcare and we’ve received so much more than just childcare. Our youngest daughter has special needs and the way the staff at Creative Kids rallied around us to help her be safe and succeed has touched our hearts. Creative Kids doesn’t just watch your child, they invest in them to give them a strong academic foundation built on God’s guidance. Thank you, Creative Kids for the peace of mind we have while we’re at work and for all the care you give to our kids.
Potty Training and Self-help Skills
If your child is not yet in underwear, we will continue working with them to become masters of the potty. We know that children potty-train at their own pace but when they are ready, we work hard to support and motivate the children to want to use the toilet on their own. It is our goal to help your child successfully reach this milestone.
We also promote self-help skills, such as pulling up their pants, putting on their shoes, washing hands, throwing their trash away, and cleaning up toys. Our teachers providing the children with tons of support and encouragement while offering just the right amount of help to not only teach these skills but also to build each child’s confidence.
Positive Guidance & Social Skills
At Creative Kids Preschool, we all believe in teaching the children to respect, to listen and to be kind to each other. In our Explorer class, children are encouraged to use their words and to ask for help when a problem might arise. We have worked very hard to train our teachers to be positive in the classroom. Many times throughout the day, our teachers give the children a verbal praise, a hug or a high five when they are observed making good choices. When a child does makes a sad choice, the teacher primarily uses re-direction by showing or providing the child with many interesting alternative choices that would be better. Time out is seldom used, but if it is, it is followed up by the teacher talking with the child about how they could make a better choice in the future. At this age children are moving from playing alone to the beginning stages of interacting and playing with others. These social skills are encouraged through teaching our children to take turns, to use gentle hands, and with each other.
Communicating with our Parents
In the classroom we have a communication board, on which the teacher will write about some of the fun activities your child engaged in that day. We have an open door policy, and invite our parents to come by anytime. Our teachers also work hard to ensure that they capture and document many of your child’s developmental milestones, through photos, art projects and anecdotal notes by creating an individual portfolio for each child. At the end of the year, we offer a parent-teacher conference, where the teacher will share the portfolio with you and discuss all the accomplishments your child has made.
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1310 W. Ina Road
Tucson, AZ 85704
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