The Daily Programme
At Step By Step we offer a three-year programme. There are five classrooms and children are placed according to age not ability.
Children may enter at any time in the programme. Each year is a continuation and building of skills taught at the pervious level. Children engage in structured activities in the day, as well as independent play. Our programme is based on learning through themes, which incorporates all areas of our programme.
Language and Reading Readiness
Through hands on learning we teach:
Letter recognition, beginning phonics, vocabulary building, comprehension skills, and the development of good listening skills. We encourage the development of reading by promoting a love for books.
• Learning to count
• Number recognition
• One to one correspondence
• Sorting and classifying
• Comparisons (more or less / big and small)
• Introduction to basic addition and subtraction.
Exploring nature and figuring out how the world works is one of the most challenging yet rewarding tasks of childhood. Our water exploration room allows children to explore the dynamics of water. Growing vegetables and flowers in our garden allows children to become directly involved with nature. Caring for our pets allows children to learn the value of every living thing.
Art and Crafts
Creative expression through all media including paint, collage, and clay.
Sign Language helps develop eye –hand coordination in hearing children.
Spanish songs , finger plays and games will develop an awareness of different languages.
Dramatic play includes acting out stories, dressing up in our dress up corner, playing with puppets in our puppet theatre, and singing and dancing in our Christmas concert, Easter Bonnet parade, and Graduation concert.
Dance and Movement
Dancing, Jumping, Crawling through tunnels, growing like flowers, blowing like the wind. Parachute play, beanbags, hula-hoops, giant gymnastic balls, ands balancing on stepping-stones.
Musical appreciation with percussion instruments
At Step By Step one of our main goals is to make learning fun. Preschool is the transition between home and school. It is a time to create, to explore, to experiment, to discover, and to grow. A time to play. A time to be a child.