Generations Preschooluses the Core Knowledge Preschool Program. The Core Knowledge Preschool Program provides a research-based, teacher-tested curriculum that builds young children’s emotional, academic, artistic, and physical abilities. Core Knowledge is carefully organized and systematic, to provide knowledge and skills that inspire teacher and student creativity. Through engaging read-alouds paired with class conversations and developmentally appropriate activities, the curriculum exposes children to a wide variety of literature and rich topics that put young children on the path to reading comprehension and critical thinking—the keys to educational success.
With challenging, yet appropriate content, the Core Knowledge Preschool Sequence is unique among early childhood programs. It outlines a cumulative and coherent progression of knowledge and skills in all developmental areas and integrates developmentally appropriate practices for instruction.
Movement and Coordination
Research shows that children need the chance to move as an important part of their development. Self-awareness, range of motion, balance, muscle strength, coordination and endurance are all established in the preschool years. That’s why movement and coordination are an integral part of the Core Knowledge Preschool Program, and a vital part of each day at Generations Preschool.
Social and Emotional Development
A tremendous amount of social and emotional growth occurs in early childhood, when children learn to manage their emotions and get along with others. Generations Preschool supports this development by modeling and reinforcing appropriate behaviors. In this way, children learn to show empathy, share generously and express their feelings in a health way. As they cooperate, interact and play with their peers, they are building emotional intelligence that will serve them well as they grow.
History and Geography
Past, present, future. Yesterday, today, tomorrow.
Here at home or far away.
The world is an amazing place, with people and places to discover, and preschool is the perfect time to start.
By giving our students a sense of time and place, we help them develop a sense of self, then we open their eyes to the idea that the world extends beyond our own neighborhoods, and we take the journey into that world together.
Children are born scientists, always asking questions and trying new things as they discover how the world works. As we study light, air, water, plants and animals, our science curriculum encourages students to ask questions, plan an activity and see what happens, make hypotheses and test them, observe, classify, reflect, and finally share what they’ve found.
In this way, our science program is integrated into the rest of the curriculum, reinforcing language and literacy, math skills, and fine and gross motor ability.
Language and Literacy Development
It is almost impossible to overemphasize the significance of early language development and its impact upon nearly every aspect of future development. We live in a culture in which, in a very real sense, an individual’s ability to “use language” is synonymous with the ability to think. Words and the way that they may be linked together in sentences to express and relate ideas provide the lens or filters through which we perceive, understand and analyze our world and experiences.
Because of the importance of literacy in every area of a child’s educational development, we focus on language more than any other subject. Using storytelling, nursery rhymes, poems, fingerplays and songs, we help students understand the world and their place in it while filling their minds with rich language and word pictures. Then we introduce print and phonemic awareness and practice fine motor skills to develop emerging literacy.
Our math program builds on the natural curiosity of preschoolers, who are naturally drawn to touching, manipulating, and examining the objects they find around them.
First using concrete objects, then moving to pictures and abstractions, our students find similarities and differences, classify objects and shapes, recognize and create patterns, and use simple measurement skills. They count, add, and subtract, and learn the language of mathematics that will carry them into their elementary years.
Music plays a powerful role in early childhood development, building important connections in the brain and improving the emotional well-being of preschoolers.
Our students learn patterns, rhythm, sounds and melodies as they listen to, follow and create music.
More than just arts and crafts, our art program provides rich opportunities for sensory exploration and manipulation as students make their first attempts at creating original projects.
They will also copy great works of art, and will practice focusing their attention and develop skill in discriminating visual differences in objects, images, print and letters.
All of this helps develop not just their appreciation for art, but the skills necessary for writing and categorizing.
Along with this excellent curriculum, we believe that young children should have ample time to explore their world, to learn, grow, and engage at their own pace. To this end, we spend a great deal of time outdoors and in free play, encouraging children to discover the incredible world around them.
We are also a Christian school, and faith-based teaching is integrated into the curriculum. Your child will know that he or she is loved and cared for, both by our teachers and staff, and by the God who created them. Biblical literacy is taught through Bible stories and character is developed as we learn who God made us to be and how we can honor Him in the way we treat ourselves and each other.
As a church-based preschool, our faith in Jesus Christ is integral to everything we do.
It’s in the way our teachers care for their students, in our daily prayer time, and in the structured way we teach Biblical literacy. It informs the way we model and teach character as we encourage patience, joy, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self-control and selflessness.
Our Bible curriculum corresponds with our academic program, and daily Bible lessons are part of our routine.
What You Can Do to Help Your Child in School
• Read aloud to your child. Have fun by acting out the book as you read or by using different character voices to make the book come alive.
• Enjoy music, nursery rhymes, and fingerplays with your child. Learning to identify sounds as same or different, associating sounds with sources, and playing with rhyming and alliterative sounds support foundational skills required for reading.
• Provide enrichment opportunities for your child to learn about the world—trips to libraries, museums, music venues, and children’s theaters.
• Provide your child’s teacher with feedback about circumstances that might affect the classroom learning experience.
• Keep a scrapbook of schoolwork and achievements.
The Core Knowledge program extends into the home with materials available for purchase that can be used by parents to reinforce what children are learning at school. We encourage you to explore their website at www.coreknowledge.org.