Francis Howell Preschool
What do we offer? Francis Howell Preschools are one component of the Francis Howell Early Childhood Programs. It is an integrated program that meet's childrens educational needs and is developmentally appropriate for all children. Experiences are provided to stimulate learning in the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development areas so that all children may reach their potential through developmentally appropriate activities. Each child is viewed as a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth and development.
Who is working with your child? The Francis Howell Preschool employs teachers with degrees in Early Childhood or Early Childhood Special Education, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and well-trained paraeducators who prepare the environment for children and their interaction with peers and adults.
What is the philosophy? The Francis Howell Preschool operates under the philosophy that learning is child-centered, process oriented, and choice driven. A variety of learning opportunities are provided, such as dramatic play, blocks, science, math, games, puzzles, books, art, music, and motor skill development. Instruction is organized in thematic units across the content areas. Children learn through play--in a safe environment that fosters discovery while building on each child's strengths. Teachers and parent helpers facilitate the development of self-control in children by using positive guidance techniques such as modeling and encouraging appropriate behaviors, redirecting, and setting clear limits.
What is the curriculum? The Francis Howell Preschool implements a developmentally appropriate practices curriculum. The focus is on hands-on learning from experiencing a wide variety of classroom activities. Each activity is chosen based on the developmental skills of the children. This practice promotes independence and enhances thinking skills. All classrooms are well equipped with computers with appropriate games and activities to enhance language and problem solving skills. All sites have kitchen facilities and outdoor play areas designed for young children. The preschool implements the pre-kindergarten "Growing with Mathematics" curriculum which is also used in our K-5 elementary schools and the "Handwriting without Tears" curriculum. We assess developmental progress using the Work Sampling System.