|The Goals of Our
A Parent's Guide to Preschool
by Diane Trister Dodge and Joanna Phinney
|The most important goals of our preschool curriculum are for children to get along well with
others and become enthusiastic learners. We want children to become independent,
self-confident, curious learners who can work well with others. We're teaching them how to
learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives. We do this by creating purposeful and
productive play experiences that help children grow in all areas.
Our curriculum identifies goals in four areas of development.
*Social/Emotional: to help children develop independence, self-confidence, and
self-control, follow rules and routines, make friends, and learn what it means to be part
of a group.
*Physical: to increase children's large muscle skills-- balancing, running, jumping,
throwing and catching-and use the small muscles in their hands to do tasks like
buttoning, stringing beads, cutting, drawing, and writing.
*Cognitive: to acquire thinking skills such as the ability to solve problems, to ask
questions, and to think logically-- sorting, classifying, comparing, counting, and
making patterns-and to use materials and their imagination to show what
they have learned.
*Language: to use words to communicate with others, listen to and participate
in conversations with others, understand the purpose of print, recognize
letters and words, and begin writing for a purpose.
Through the activities we plan and the way we organize the classroom, select toys and
materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, we seek to accomplish the goals of
our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.
4527 Southwest Hwy.
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Fax : 708-424-1445