"Education is teaching our children to desire the right things." - Plato
Our curriculum is designed to nurture the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of preschoolers. These components are equally important in building a child's kindergarten readiness. A child needs to function well socially with peers, to feel confident in a group setting away from mom or dad, to coordinate body movements with ease, and to experience a curiosity for learning. We want them confident in their ability to thrive in a kindergarten environment where academic demands are higher and independent skills are necessary. When our graduates come back to tell us confidently that kindergarten is “great,” we know that we are doing our job!
A typical day includes time for each of the following:
-circle time/show & tell
-snack/lunch (3's, 4's & T-K)
All GFCC classrooms are equipped with centers for blocks, playdough, sand & water, easel, free art, books and listening, literacy, handwriting, home living, tabletop manipulative toys for fine motor skills, and creative play.
Everyday your preschooler will enjoy 25 minutes of playground time. Each class will also meet 3 to 4 times a week with the school's music and creative movement teacher.
Our teacher-directed activities foster skills in listening and following directions, along with the development of fine and gross motor skills as well as spatial concepts. Each age level has a set of developmental goals that teachers use when making their lesson plans. These goals help guide teachers in planning activities that help children achieve the appropriate developmental benchmarks for the year. Formalized individual evaluations are done in January. These results are shared with parents on Parent Conference Day of the same month. Evaluations help teachers realize areas a child has mastered and areas that need additional work throughout the remainder of the year. Teachers, at each age level, plan together for that month's activities. The final decision, concerning classroom activities, is left to the discretion of the teachers. In other words, class activities are customized to the needs and interests of each class.
Your child's teachers will provide a specific schedule for their classroom's monthly activities.
Our classrooms are ready for young learners. Bright and large, they offer room for a circle area, play spaces, and many learning centers. Classrooms are situated in suites, which offer a bathroom between every two classrooms.
Classrooms are arranged with 6-8 different learning centers open each day at “center time.” They create an opportunity for experimental learning. Each center includes activities related to the day’s learning theme and appropriate for the child’s kindergarten-readiness program.