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 activities 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 minimum 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.