The Preschool Classroom

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From the programs, the classrooms, the curriculum, and the teachers, Monarch is a place where children are nurtured and engaged.
— Heidi W.


In preschool, we will be introducing your child to the process of working with others within a structured classroom environment.  The structure of the preschool classroom is a child-directed format that allows students choices during activity centers.  The opportunity to make choices throughout the day helps children to feel engaged in the activity of their choice, that they have control over their learning, and that they are valued members of the classroom community.  In preschool, your child will:

  • Be expected to choose and participate in learning centers

  • Learn to sit, listen and participate in group activities and discussions

  • Learn strategies for cooperative play and conflict resolution

  • Learn to participate in learning centers within small rotating groups (second semester)

Social & Natural Sciences Curriculum

The monthly thematic structure provides students with the opportunity to explore the world they live in from a "child centered" perspective.  Monarch's thematic structure incorporates science and social studies into the curriculum.  The thematic units for the preschool program include:

  • All About Me: Developing a sense of self awareness through exploration of physical and emotional characteristics, preferences, and similarities and differences among peers.

  • My Body: An exploration of the five senses, similarities and differences in physical characteristics, the inside of our bodies, nutrition, and safety.

  • My Family: The child's role in their friendships in the home environment and within their families and close relatives. Students explore the concepts of community and how they have a role in their neighborhood, school and family system.

  • My Community Helpers: An exploration of the characteristics of a community and the people that work to help others. Students explore many common helpers and their roles including: police and fire fighters, doctors and nurses, teachers, librarians, and postal workers.

  • Transportation: An introduction to the types of methods people use to travel around the globe including travel by air, by land, and by water.

  • Animals: In introduction to the animals that live in specific regions of our world; the habitats they require for survival; the foods they eat; and their lifecycles.

  • Insects: A discussion on insects; their lifecycles and their role in our eco-system.

  • Bodies of Water: Understanding the characterisics and differences of oceans, lakes, marshes, rivers and ponds. Students review the animals and insects that live in these different habitats.

  • Weather: An exploration of the four seasons (spring, summer, autumn and winter) and the weather characteristics of each.

  • All About Me: A comparative look at the ways each child has grown and changes over the course of the school year.

Language Arts and Math Curriculum

The language arts curriculum incorporates lessons and practice activities that build specific pre-reading and writing skills including:

  • alphabet recognition

  • beginning phonics

  • phonemic awareness

  • story-telling and sequencing

  • book anatomy & print awareness

  • vocabulary

  • name recognition

  • pencil & paper work (handwriting)

  • rhyming & poetry

  • beginning comprehension

  • dictation

Hands-on math activities are used to explore early math skills and to build a well-rounded concept of numbers and number sense.  Skills include:

  • number recognition

  • tracing/writing

  • early counting

  • shape recognition

  • sorting

  • quantity

  • opposites

  • matching

  • sequencing

  • calendar concepts (time references)

  • order of numbers

  • beginning number relationships

Academic & Enrichment Schedule

                                                                    Weekly Academics:

  • alphabet recognition & phonemic awareness activities

  • phonics practice

  • thematic unit introduction

  • math concept practice

  • fine motor practice (tracing/coloring)

  • calandar & counting

  • listening comprehension

  • extension activities (center concept practice)

  • social skills

Monthly Academics:

  • Share Day

  • Dictation

  • Enrichment Activities

Enrichment Curriculum Schedule:  Enrichment activies provide students with the opportunity to practice academic concepts and expand thematic awareness in multiple formats throughout the month.  The enrichment curriculum, like the academic curriculum, is structured to incorporate planned activities within learning centers.

  • Geography

  • Music & Movement

  • Tinker Time

  • Explore Science

  • Art Smart

  • Story Theater

  • Food & Fitness

  • Super Sensory

  • Improv

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