Preschool and 3’s & 4’s Programs

A Sandbox Child is a Well Loved Child

Caring for your child’s health, safety, feelings of security and trust is the most important crucial responsibility of the Sandbox Staff and the families in Sandbox care. Sandbox Preschool and 3 & 4 year old program accepts children from 3-1/2 – Kindergarten.  Preschool and day care are available for this age group of children.

This program is designed to meet the needs of the child ready for a Preschool program.  A hands-on approach is most often utilized, with developmentally appropriate materials and both one-on-one and group learning.

A SANDBOX CHILD WILL FEEL:

1.       Comfort in connecting with a trusted staff.
2.       An expectation that his/her needs will be met.
3.       An assumption of his/her right to move, explore and express emotion.
4.       Understood in expression, communication and needs.
5.       Encouraged in interaction and exploration of the environment.
6.       Facilitated in social interaction and peer relationships.
7.       Comfort in the developmentally appropriate activities.

GOALS FOR THE PRESCHOOLER / 3 & 4 YEAR OLD:

  1. To prepare the way for future learning.
  2. To open the door to educational opportunities and experiences.
  3. To maximize the learning appropriate for the development age.
  4. To assist the child in continuing to develop a positive attitude towards school and learning.
  5. To know the child is unique, important, loved and successful.
  6. To encourage the joys of social interaction and continue to build the understanding the feelings of self and others.
  7. To develop warm and trusting attitude towards others.
  8. To improve self-help skills and love of learning.
  9. To nurture that wonderful perceptual and persistent  curiosity.
  10. To learn good health habits.
  11. To be competent and confident in certain areas.

CURRICULUM

1.      Freeplay – is planned and stimulating environment allowing exploration, experimentation, and problem solving.
2.      Music  and Finger Plays involving rhythm, action and interaction, socialization and self-awareness.
3.      Early Readiness involving increased vocabulary, phonological awareness, letters and words, number concepts, patterns, measurement and spatial sense.
4.      Motor Development –movement for large and small muscles encouraging body awareness, coordination and flexibility.
5.      Snack – a time for social interaction, good manners, proper procedures and getting to know about healthy foods.
6.      Art Awareness – reinforcement of  color, size, shape, as well as continued exploration of the many wonderful materials and tools used in creative art.

SCHOOL PROGRAM:

Is designed to meet the total needs of the child by coordinating activities and experiences at the child’s pace, allowing space and equipment and movement necessary for overall early childhood development.  It is also to provide a balance between quiet and active periods, between academic awareness and comfortable relaxation, always allowing the joy of self-discovery and the pleasure of social interaction.

CLASSROOM ORGANIZATION:

The children are divided into small groups, designated by stages in development.  The groups move from one learning activity to another in a stimulating and prepared environment, within the confines of one room.

SANDBOX KNOWS THAT:

1.      Positive child care prepares children for future success in school and life.
2.      A young child’s “well being” is strongly related to, and makes a difference to other areas of development.
3.      The child’s brain, which continues to develop at an astonishing rate, is directly influenced by the quality of relationships and experiences provided.
4.      A young child’s environment should be set up for each child to feel successful.
5.      Parents and caregivers help young children to be understood and emotionally involved in their world.
6.      Doing things with children has emotional relevance.
7.      Children must be allowed to express feelings openly.
8.      Parents and caregivers encourage children to be aware of other’s feelings and interests.
9.      Parents and caregivers need to offer empathy to children to validate their feelings.