new hope preschool
The content covered in our classrooms varies based on age, but the overall curricular philosophy remains consistent throughout each classroom at New Hope Preschool.
We offer hands-on, thematic curriculum based on the principles of Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory. Each learning activity is designed with a particular “intelligence” in mind. In our youngest classroom(s), socialization is the overall curricular goal. Children learn the classroom routine, how to listen to adults outside the home, how to take turns and share, and how to be away from the home environment for short periods of time. All of this is practiced through engaging learning activites that keep the children active and interested as they move from one learning area to another.
Our older classroom(s) continue to structure their themes around Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences Theory, but also incorporate the “Get Set for School” program, which includes the “Handwriting Without Tears” curriculum. With these additions, children further refine skills necessary for kindergarten readiness.
All classrooms also use the "Amazing Action Alphabet" phonics program, through which children are taught an action for each sound which helps them attach meaning to letters and sounds.
Play is another important component of our curriculum. Each classroom incorporates a minumum of 45 minutes of free play into each day. Research has consistently shown the value of play for young children. Through play children develop social competence, problem solving strategies and skills, imagination and intelligence, language, and perceptual-motor abilities.
Teachers also have an important role during free play. They help facilitate age-appropriate conversations between children, and assist with problem solving as conflict arises. Teachers also model "play" by joining in with the children when appropriate or necessary. Finally, teachers assist with engaging children in play activities until they are able to do so independently.
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9:00: Greeting, Check-in, Table Activities or Free Play
9:45: Circle Time
10:20: Centers (Balance between Child-Directed and Teacher-Directed activities)
11:35: Chapel Time (once a week), art, small groups, etc
12:30: Story time, Music and Movement, Clean-Up
Enrichment is offered each day from 1:00-2:00 for an additional fee of $10.00 or
10 sessions for $95.00. Enrichment subjects vary, and will be posted on the Enrichment Board
on the Website.
a typical day
(actual times vary from class to class)