Fraser School®’s quality pre-K program strives to maintain a child-to-staff ratio of 8:1 ratio, based upon criteria set forth by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation.
We are accredited through the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) and are Four Star Parent Aware rated. Our teachers use The Creative Curriculum®, which is considered the gold standard for infant, toddler, and preschool curriculum.
Children are also assessed twice a year with Teaching Strategies Gold to monitor social/emotional, cognitive, physical and language development. We utilize Incredible Years for social and emotional curriculum.
Prekindergarten classrooms are for children who will attend kindergarten the following year. These classrooms are more structured and focus on skills needed for a successful kindergarten transition. The curriculum is still play-based. Classrooms also include learners with a wide variety of abilities.
It is especially important in prekindergarten to build independence. As the year progresses, we stress more independence in dressing, toileting, and eating. We also increase children’s attention spans by having longer large group and activity times. Each classroom has learning centers that children rotate through to build academic, fine motor, or other skills. Each classroom incorporates a journaling time, where children practice writing their name and other literacy skills.
In addition to using The Creative Curriculum for Preschool, teachers reference the MN Department of Education’s Early Childhood Indicators of Progress. During assessments, each child is evaluated on numeral, lowercase letter, and uppercase letter recognition. Teachers also complete the developmental assessment of the Teaching Strategies Gold. Teachers provide various experiences with music, movement, and exploration, weekly for more formal music times.
Extended day arrival
Breakfast is served until 8:00 a.m. Age appropriate play activities and stories are provided. Most children arrive by 9:00 AM.
|9:30 – 10:00 a.m.||
Conversation, music, story
Books and puzzles
Small group stations
Teachers set up specific areas of learning (art, music, fine motor activities, dramatic play, cognitive). Children are given the opportunity to explore, experiment and make choices.
|11:20-12:00 p.m.||Gross motor time (either on the playground or in the gym, depending on weather)|
|11:20-11:30 a.m.||Clean-up and toileting/diapering|
|12:00 p.m.-12:30 p.m.||Lunch|
Books and puzzles
|1:10-1:40 p.m.||Gross motor time in the gym or outside|
|1:40-2:50 p.m.||Child-directed activities|
|3:00-3:15 p.m.||Snack time|
|3:15-3:50 p.m.||Gross motor time (either on the playground or in the gym, depending upon weather)|
Free play/Child-directed activities
Teachers set up specific areas of learning (art, music, fine motor, gross motor, dramatic play, cognitive). Children may move from one area to another as they choose.
|5:00-6 p.m.||Free Play/departures|