OUR PROGRAM

 

The children will experience many different activities from field trips to story time with Pastor Joy.  The curriculum will provide a Christian base as children learn developmentally appropriate skills.   This program provides small student to teacher ratios allowing children to get the best experience possible.  Our program creates continuity allowing children to retain and build on the skills they are learning.  The mixed-age classroom setting allows children to experience and increase their ability to share, listen, and take turns.  Mixed-age classrooms more effectively reinforce learning, promote leadership skills, and foster relationships of respect.  

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The GOALS of U Are U Preschool:

  • Guide each child in recognizing God’s presence in everyday life experiences

  • Assist each child in developing a positive self-concept

  • Develop number awareness through sorting, counting, and manipulating objects

  • Expose each child to a large variety of books, stories, and writing experiences to develop early literacy skills

  • Develop an awareness and coordination of the child’s body through large motor and fine motor activities

  • Help each child develop the skills needed to interact with others, work toward a common goal, cope with conflict and express feelings

  • Enable each child to express him/herself through a variety of artistic media

  • Provide each child with a wide range of activities that promote effective communication

  • Help each child to feel safe, secure, and cared for

  • Promote each child to utilize reasoning in problem solving

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Benefits of mixed-age classrooms include:  

  • Children spend more than one year with the same teacher, allowing the teacher to develop a better understanding of the child’s strengths and needs so that she can better support the child’s learning. 

  • Children are viewed as unique individuals and the teaching focuses on each child according to his/her own strengths, unlike in same-age classrooms that often expect all children to perform at the same level. 

  • Children become a “family of learners” who support and care for each other.   

  • Older children and children with higher skill levels have the opportunity to serve as mentors and to take leadership roles. 

  • Children are invited to take charge of their learning, by making choices at centers and with project work.  This gives them a sense of ownership and self-direction, which are the foundation for lifelong learning. 

  • Children are more likely to cooperate than compete, making it possible for children to help each other as individuals, not see each other as competitors.  (The Association for Childhood Education International, ACEI) 

  • Research indicates that children in mixed-age classrooms have achievement levels that are as high, or higher, than their peers in a same-age classroom.   Children in mixed-age classrooms also appear to have more positive attitudes towards school, themselves, and others, when compared to peers in same-age classrooms (Stone, 1998; Veenman, 1996).

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Call Us: 1-815-468-6652   /   uareupreschool@gmail.com   /  255 W 2nd St. Manteno, IL 60950