The Pre-School Classroom
Program for Anna House Pre-School Children:
Anna House Preschool is just that pre-school: the period that follows the marvelous, explosive growth of the first two or three years of life and precedes the serious business of formal schooling. It is a time of enormous educational strides in language and conceptual thinking, and in the development of self and social skills. Preschool is also a time when parents and society begin to look at children differently, looking toward elementary school and beyond to cultivate future students and citizens. Preschool is both a daily place to be and a place to prepare: to be a three- or four- or five-year-old and enjoy childhood, and to prepare for the life that follows, in school and out.
Excellence in preschool education is about balancing the present and the future. It asks us to understand and appreciate the child in front us, while recognizing what the child can become. The Anna House Preschool Program is designed to align preschool program goals and practices with families' expectations of educational excellence in preparation for academic success. Each child is expected to learn all the necessary skills and understandings to succeed in kindergarten and to continue to thrive academically. At the same time, we want each child to have a terrific childhood.
The Anna House preschool program offers a rich variety of projects and activities that build upon established foundations for learning while focusing on advancing language ability, mathematical reasoning, and scientific thought. Children develop independently and in small groups. Learning centers offer guided experiences that encompass all the skills and understanding necessary for optimum development and academic success.