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Our children will find meaning in what they do both at and outside of school, with site visit work in our community. Leaving preschool each day with new vocabulary, a heightened sense of curiosity, persistence to problem solve, cooperative play skills, and excited to communicate their new learning.
The role of the teacher in our preschools is to facilitate and pose questions designed to support the natural curiosity in each child, scaffolding their learning of new vocabulary and foundational academic skills in authentic ways using hands on project work in the natural science areas. Project work that includes the integration of traditional academic skills feeds children’s cognitive development. Developing the thinking, questioning, and investigation skills to be ready to enter kindergarten as independent and confident learners.
Each quarter, teachers will introduce broad topics, and children will initiate learning experiences integrated within the topics across all subject areas. Through interests and the Indiana Preschool Foundations, children and staff will engage in in-depth investigations that maximize each student’s potential and develop them into 21st century learners and leaders.
While all students in the HSE Preschool of the Natural Sciences will be exposed to the overall content each quarter, the learning experiences may vary from classroom to classroom or student group to student group. For example, during the Quarter 1 Family experience, one class may talk about family members that live in their home while another may talk about different types of residences. They will investigate and study and learn from their interests.
During each quarter, read a louds, study trips, and hands-on activities will be used to deepen children’s knowledge.
Curriculum 18-19 pdf
Author studies, Community of Fishers, Weather, Seasons
Quarter 1 Experiences
All About Me
Quarter 2 Experiences
Animals: Zoo, Farm, Water
Quarter 3 Experiences
Community & Community Helpers
Quarter 4 Experiences
Seeds, Trees & Plants