Providing a safe, clean and nurturing environment is one of the most important things a school can do for your child. Couple that with incredible teachers and a phenomenal curriculum plan and you get one of the most effective and highest quality programs in our community.
To help prepare our students for kindergarten and beyond, and foster confidence and critical thinking, we have chosen to use the “Creative Curriculum for Preschool” in our classrooms.
Published by Teaching Strategies, the Creative Curriculum is aligned with the Washington State Early Learning Development Guidelines and the WaKids kindergarten assessment, and is based on the 38 objectives widely recognized as crucial for school readiness including cognitive, language, literacy, mathematics, physical, and social-emotional skills.
While the curriculum provides us with a solid learning and developmental foundation, it also gives our amazing teachers the flexibility to bring their own ideas and activities into the classroom, as well as offer individualized instruction to meet the needs of each student. The program also encourages family participation and we are here to help you implement strategies at home to help your preschooler!
STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is also a focused area of study at Rainy Dayz Preschool. Washington state has the highest number of STEM related jobs in the country. Unfortunately, we have the lowest number of qualified individuals with the skills to do these jobs. As a result, our state expects to see 45,000 STEM related jobs go unfilled by the year 2018.
In response to these statistics we are extremely pleased to have a dedicated STEM lab in the school. The lab’s design leads the children towards discovery by encouraging their natural curiosity. By asking open ended questions relevant to each discipline, our teachers become facilitators in this environment to allow each child to develop new skills and thought processes. We believe creating an environment specific to these disciplines will give the children a chance to explore, as well as become more familiar, confident and fascinated with, STEM.
Research and implementation of the lab and our STEM curriculum has been mainly derived from the Boston Children’s Museum and their STEM Sprouts Teaching Guide. And we are incredibly fortunate to have a certificated STEM teacher from the Peninsula School District as our mentor and trainer as we work to expand and bring STEM to the forefront of early childhood education!