Lana Sherman, RECE
Kun Zhang, RECE
Beth Sheach, RECE
As they pass out of the toddler years, a child has a greater sense of who they are, what they like and what they don’t like. They are ready for more independence and control over their world. They want to choose what to wear and what they would like to do. Their personalities begin to be expressed more fully and you may find your child in a silly mood, doing things just to make you laugh. They will test their boundaries, discovering what they are allowed and not allowed to do.
School readiness is a large focus of the Preschool Room. We work with your child to help him or her in the transition into a school room. We help them with things like toilet training, walking together in a line, taking turns in activities and in talking and many more skills that will help them when they begin school.
In the Preschool Room our educators are very aware and considerate of the development of your child in all areas of their life: spiritual, social, emotional, communicative, cognitive and physical. While we still use play as a large component of our program, we also use your child’s interest to channel their attention into more organized activities and crafts to ensure that they are growing in all the areas of their lives and developing into the little individuals God created them to be.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to ones such as these” (Mark 10:14). Everyday we work to help our preschoolers learn how to come to Jesus. We teach them that they are created and loved by an amazing God. We teach them that Jesus is always with them and can help them with anything. We teach them that not only does God love us, but we can love God too and do things to make Him smile. In the preschool room we don’t want your child to just know about Jesus, we help them understand that they can know Jesus.
Socially, your child is starting to understand and explore the concept of “friend.” They are taking a much more active role in their peer groups. Learning good techniques of conflict resolution and social problem-solving is a big part of what your child is learning socially. They are starting to work together for a common goal or in a common game. Our educators try not to control your child’s social experiences, but work hard to help guide them when needed in many of these important skills.
Emotionally your little preschooler has come leaps and bounds. More and more they are learning how to recognize and express their emotions. They are also beginning to have some control over them. They have a greater sense of identity. “I can…” and “I can’t…” statements show their growing awareness of their own abilities. They are eager to learn and experience new things, proud when they accomplish some task. We encourage your child in this growth, acknowledging their emotions and relating them to another child’s similar emotions, congratulating them on what they can do and promoting their growing sense of self though talking about themselves.
More and more of your child’s day becomes language focused. Conversation is a major part of our day. Your child has many opportunities to continue developing their communication. We encourage adding descriptive language to their play, their conversations and observations. We practice listening as well as talking. We allow for times where your child can tell us stories and recount things they have done. We read stories together. We also work on literacy, helping your child recognize letters and eventually their names as well as their friends’ names.
The growth in your child’s ability to think and reason has profound effects on all areas of your child’s life. It is evident in the way he or she plays with other children. It is evident in the way your child expresses their emotions. It also changes the way your child will talk and the questions they ask. At SonRise we work very hard to meet your child where they are in their cognitive development and provide them with activities and experiences that will help in the growth of the brain. Because of this in the preschool room we encourage self-regulation of attention, emotions, and behaviours. Our educators try to help your child learn how to independently problem-solve when possible. We do activities that encourage observation, classifying, putting things into sequential order and considering cause-and-effect situations. These and many more similar activities help your child’s thinking abilities and reasoning abilities to expand and grow.
Your children are little bundles of energy. Much of our day gives them plenty of time to move around and develop the muscles in their body. In gross motor (whole body movement) your little preschooler will be starting to jump, hop, and gallop. They will be learning how to throw and even catch objects. They enjoy riding toys like tricycles. Their dancing is starting to match the music. Their fine motor skills (small muscle movement) shows growth as the start dressing themselves, using forks and spoons to eat, begin drawing and learn how to use tools (i.e.: cutting with scissors, stringing beads, using paintbrushes…). Crafts, activities and free play options give them lots of opportunities to learn and grow in these areas.