Our Learning Philosophy
Howell Preschool operates under the philosophy that children of all
abilities can learn. Together they will develop a strong educational
foundation built on good character that promotes independence,
appreciation for diversity, a healthy self-concept, and positive
socialization skills. All learning is child-centered, process oriented,
and choice driven. Learning is guided by setting clear limits,
redirecting, modeling, providing positive praise, and encouragement.
Howell Preschool is guided by the Missouri State Standards for
pre-kindergarten education in conjunction with research and best
practices on a child’s ability to learn. The Francis Howell Preschool
provides instruction and assessment of a child’s growth in the following
- Personal-Social Development
- Language & Literacy
- Mathematical Thinking
- Scientific Thinking
- Social Studies
- The Arts
- Physical Health and Development
programming is aligned with the elementary level and follows curriculum
that is tailored to meet the needs of each child.
We utilize the following curriculum:
- Growing with Mathematics
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Early Childhood English Language Arts Curriculum
lessons and activities are crafted into theme based units that
encompass all aspects of learning, to best ensure success for each child
at their appropriate level of development.
Francis Howell Preschool employs teachers certified in Early Childhood
and/or Early Childhood Special Education, Speech and Language
Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and
Educational Support Counselors. We also employ classroom assistants and
para-educators to support students in the classrooms.