In our observations of the children’s play, we noted that puppies, kitties and birds have played a central role. As we reviewed our documentation, we realized that the play has not been focused on the animals themselves, but rather how to care for them.
There are two processes involved in writing – generating and organizing ideas and representing them on paper. It is through play that children develop experience generating novel thoughts and ideas and effectively communicating them to their peers.
I'm excited to share that our violin program has officially begun! Becky Barca-Tinus is now joining us every Wednesday at 10:00. We have enjoyed listening to Becky play, learning about the parts of the violin, identifying notes and moving our bodies to the beat.
At Chilmark Preschool, kindness, compassion and empathy are at the center of our curriculum. We recognize that we are a school community made up of different cultures, languages and religions and are committed to celebrating the diversity among us. It is our mission to build a community where everyone feels safe, valued and respected.
Our philosophy at Chilmark Preschool is grounded in a belief that children construct their own knowledge through their interactions with the world around them. Our approach to art experiences is guided by this core belief.
During the summer months, I embrace the opportunity to pull back and view Chilmark Preschool's philosophy through a broader lens. I have come to understand and appreciate the essential role that program evaluation plays in preschool programs.
"Erika Christakis' new book, The Importance of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards, ditch the tired craft projects (yes, you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word:
The above excerpt from a recent piece on nprED by Cory Turner immediately caught my attention.
Last Thursday we had our monthly visit from Phyllis Vecchia of Creative Drama. During her visits, Phyllis shares a story and then we work collaboratively to bring it to life. The children choose their roles, decide on a costume and act out the plot.