The Well School’s two Preschool classes—called the Cubs (three- and 4-year-olds) and Bears (four- and five-year-olds)—focus on the education of the whole child. With an emphasis on nurturing each child’s self-esteem and promoting social development, we help the child learn how to participate in a peer group situation. They are taught to express their feelings and needs appropriately and to work toward creating successful relationships within a larger group outside the family.
Because a child’s sense of safety and well-being facilitates learning, structure is established by means of a routine that provides a consistent and predictable environment. Structure is also attained by setting firm and reasonable limits to assure the children’s physical and emotional well-being. Within this structure children build trust for their new teacher, friends, and the school community. At the same time, children are given opportunities to make choices and practice skills that help to develop their sense of self and enhance their self-esteem.
The Preschool curriculum is guided by the children’s natural curiosity and sense of wonder about their world, and students are encouraged to engage in tasks of an appropriate skill level. The classroom and campus provide a variety of materials and experiences to enhance their understanding. Maintaining flexibility in the curriculum permits teachers, parents and children to share their special interests while adjusting activities to suit the children's developmental level. Being given the freedom to make choices within the framework of the classroom leads to a greater sense of autonomy. There are creative activities, construction projects, large and small motor activities, music, science exploration, stories, and language arts, including both English and Spanish.
We encourage regular communication between teacher and parents, who work together to build the best possible preschool experience. Each parent has the opportunity to attend two official conferences with the child’s teacher, in fall and spring, and as needed throughout the year. We strive to stay attuned to the preschooler’s development and create a learning environment that is exciting, interesting, and fun.