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CURRICULUM

 

 

We are now celebrating our 46th  year of educating children in Kosciusko County. We are not a typical preschool. We offer students an excellent curriculum that goes far beyond a safe facility to drop your child off for a few hours a day.

Our preschool program is a play based curriculum. The day is structured to foster age appropriate independence (signing in, answering the question of the day, and self chosen manipulative time), large group learning with morning meeting, and the largest chunk of time in self directed open-ended play. Play areas include dramatic play (kitchen, house, seasonal rotating specialty item), blocks, trains, cars, dollhouse, science and light table, reading nook, art center, and sensory table. During this time the children also participate in small group projects with the parent volunteers or teacher.  These high quality projects work on fine motor skills or reinforce thematic, mathematical, or alphabetic concepts. Next, the children work gross motor skills during outdoor play time. After that, they enjoy a snack, listen to a story, sing songs and other musical activities, paired with learning about the alphabet and letter sound correspondence before they head home for the day! 

Parent involvement in the classroom, hands on learning, and high-quality projects are all contributing factors that help make GWCP an unique experience in preschool education.

We also offer many other activities to enrich the GWCP preschool experience.  

Recent field trips have included:  Wagon Wheel Theater to see a musical, Combined Community Services to deliver donations and tour the facility to learn how CCS helps our community, Kercher's Apple Orchard, Pumpkin patches, and Debra Collier's School of Dance for dancing fun!

 

Our 4/5s class have the opportunity to participate in Enrichment Classes. We currently offer Spanish and Lego after school two days a week during the second semester. The Enrichment Classes align with the Warsaw Community Schools DLI and STEM schools. The two days a week of enrichment also helps with the transition and preparedness for Kindergarten by having lunch with their classmates and extending their amount of time learning with a specialized focus. 

 

The classroom setting for learning, discovery and exploration also includes:

 

  • Large Motor Skill Areas:  Multilevel loft, balance beam, floor mats, parachute play, sand and water table, blocks, music and movement.
     

  • Small Motor Skill Areas:  Sensory exploration, puzzles, and games, art activities, manipulatives and cooking.
     

  • Dramatic Play Areas:  Kitchen and housekeeping centers, dress up, role-playing activities, book nook, puppet theater and workbench.
     

  • Academic Areas:  Reading and readiness, math, science, computers and social studies.

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