Experiences Every Step of the Way
At Emerson Academy, our preschool classes prepare children for future learning by providing a foundation and an early love of learning, socialization, and fun! The Bumblebees (2 ½ to 3 ½ years) and Dragonflies (3 ½ to 4 ½ years) are grouped together based on the year that they will enter Kindergarten, making each class an inclusive mix of children of all abilities. The teachers focus on individualized math and reading objectives during one-on-one and small group instruction, while socialization and communication are promoted throughout the day.
Our Curriculum: The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool
Emerson Academy utilizes The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool, a comprehensive, research-based curriculum, which features exploration and discovery as a way of learning, enabling children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical-thinking skills. This curriculum was chosen because it focuses on the skills and knowledge that are most important for helping your child to be successful in school.
The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool is based on 38 objectives for development and learning that focus on all of the areas that are most important for school success. Throughout the year, our curriculum helps teachers plan learning experiences that are just right for your child so that they can make progress at their own pace.
In addition to a variety of classroom activities, preschoolers at Emerson Academy have weekly music classes taught by Amber Sarpy, a licensed music therapist. Ms. Amber creates lessons with Music/Movement/Art to focus on communication (verbal and nonverbal), empathy, grounding and self-regulation, compliance and following directions. Ms. Amber also teaches an optional weekly bilingual Spanish-English music-based class that teaches basic Spanish vocabulary through songs, movement, stories, and art.
Our Dragonfly class participates in the Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program every Thursday with volunteers from the local Master Gardener Club. JMG engages children in novel, “hands-on” group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment and cultivate the mind.
|7:00 am – 8:00 am||Drop-off and Health Check/ Free Choice Learning Centers|
|8:00 am – 9:00 am||Outside Play/ Gross Motor Activities|
|9:00 am – 9:30 am||Handwashing & Morning Snack|
|9:30 am – 9:50 am||Teacher-led Morning Circle (includes Music and Movement)|
|9:50 am – 10:45 am||Learning Centers/ Small Group Instruction|
|10:45 am – 11:30 am||Outside Play/ Gross Motor Activities|
|11:30 am – 12:00 pm||Bathroom Break & Quiet reading (get ready for lunch)|
|12:00 pm – 12:45 pm||Handwashing and Lunch|
|12:45 pm – 1:00 pm||Clean up for Rest time|
|1:00 pm – 3:00 pm||Rest Time|
|3:00 pm – 3:10 pm||Quiet playtime and toileting/diapering as the children wake up|
|3:10 pm – 3:30 pm||Afternoon Snack|
|3:30 pm – 4:00 pm||Child-Directed Learning Centers/ Small Group Instruction|
|4:00 pm – 4:30 pm||Teacher-led Afternoon Circle|
|4:30 pm – 5:00 pm||Outside Play/ Gross Motor Activities|
|5:00 pm – 5:30 pm||Free Choice Learning Centers|
|5:30 pm – 6:00 pm||Manipulatives/ Parent Pickup|
Lunch with a cold pack
Water bottle (Please bring a clean bottle of freshwater daily )
Nap items (blanket, pillow, etc.) can be left at school or taken home daily
2 changes of clothes (season-appropriate)
Diapers/pull-ups and wipes for potty-training children
non-aerosol Sunscreen for outside play (weather permitting)
non-aerosol insect repellant (if you would like for us to apply)