Curriculum & Philosophy

The Fort Meadow Early Childhood Center Preschool Program is designed to promote the physical, social-emotional, cognitive, and language development of children. Every child is a unique person with an individual pattern and timing of growth. We believe in respecting and responding to each child’s learning preference. We take pride in our program’s ability to foster positive feelings towards learning. We strive for excellence through Painting
a developmentally appropriate, nurturing environment with highly trained staff and exceptional and curriculum based on the DESE guidelines for preschool and K learning experiences. 
Numbers  Our preschool addresses skill development through developmentally appropriate activities. We follow a cross-disciplinary thematic approach with units that revolve around the seasons, science topics, special interests, and literature. We use age-appropriate materials/activities and implement a variety of specific teaching strategies and methods to target children’s individual  learning styles. The classroom environment is designed to be stimulating and motivating by utilizing a wide range of both teacher-created
 and purchased materials and activities.
The teachers in this program are highly skilled at serving as guides and facilitators. Play is a young child’s “work” as they touch, manipulate, and experiment with materials, explore and observe the environment, and interact with adults and one another. Children are also highly encouraged to initiate their own activities and learning. Observations of the children at work and play allow the teachers to present additional challenges to assist  Dress Up
individual children in pushing their thinking further. Children are never expected to compete with or match other children’s rate of growth or development.

All of these components help to create a relaxing, non-stressful, yet challenging environment where children learn at their own individual stage of development. Ultimately, the goal of our preschool is to develop a positive self-image and a love of learning.

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The classroom day is broken into several blocks to meet the needs of the whole child while taking into consideration children’s attention spans, physical, and emotional capabilities. Each day you will see a variety of activities that prepare children for their elementary school experience as they enter kindergarten. Videos are occasionally used to accompany a theme or skill area. Current technologies are also incorporated into the children’s 
daily experiences and are used to enhance learning and to provide exciting opportunities for children to develop additional skills.