(Approximately 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 years)
The Preschool 2 classroom features a loft, a piano, a tree, an indoor sandbox, and a large dramatic play area. It also has beloved pets, Spike (desert), Akiki (rainforest), Raphael (plains), and Baryshnikov (Russian tortoise). In addition to the indoor classroom, the children in Preschool 2 enjoy a full size gymnasium and an outdoor learning environment that features climbing equipment, art easel, bongo drums, a playhouse with flower boxes, a garden, a stage, and a giant marimba.
The children in Preschool 2 enjoy exceptional adult-to-child ratios. The National Association for the Education of Young Children suggests that an adult-to-child ratio for four year olds is 1 to 10. Our program provides a 1 to 8 adult-to-child ratio or better.
Though every lesson plan created at Peoples Church Preschool is an original, our school follows the guidance of Creative Curriculum. This curriculum divides lesson content into five areas: Cognitive, Creative, Social, Language, and Physical.
Preschool 2 teachers are also guided by The Project Approach when creating weekly lesson plans. The Project Approach requires teachers to observe, interact with, and listen to children to determine their interests and then to provide meaningful learning opportunities based on those interests. The Project Approach places weighted importance on field trips, as children are able to learn by seeing real-life scenarios and working in a hands-on manner. Each week of observing the children and aligning the curriculum leads to the next week’s changes to environment, hands-on manipulatives and open-ended opportunities for creativity, exploration and discovery.
We believe that nature has something to offer all children. Spending time outside is one of the best ways for children to develop their imagination, scientific inquiry skills, and physical health. As part of their curriculum, Preschool 2 incorporates classroom hikes twice a week. The teachers and children often visit Michigan State University's beautiful grounds, which offer many paths, trees, plant and animal life, and green space for the children to investitgate.
MSU Students and Foster Grandparents
Preschool 2 is home to a number of volunteers including students from Michigan State University and LCC, as well as senior citizens that offer attention and guidance to the children from the Foster Grandparent program. All volunteers, as well as all staff members, at Peoples Church Preschool have extensive background checks completed. These individuals, though not responsible for a specific group of children, provide additional one-on-one attention to the children in this class. Many of our bilingual college students are instrumental in enriching our program for children who are learning English as their second language.