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Preschool

Preschoolers are full of energy and curiosity. They learn by doing. Our caring teachers will keep small hands busy and young minds engaged through plenty of cognitive activities. Your child will be encouraged to interact and develop their social and motor skills while exploring the educational world that surrounds them. This age group learns better expression of thought; some preschoolers start to exert independence. Each day will be a new learning experience as we concentrate on the full development of your child.

As your child approaches school age, preschool is a critical time. At this age, children need to learn to think independently and in a more organized atmosphere. Our learning curricula promote academic growth while challenging your child to learn more. Caring and highly skilled teachers provide a rich, nurturing environment to help ensure your child is ready to learn in Kindergarten.

Our preschool commitment includes:

  • Preparation for future success in school
  • Hands on experiences to promote creativity
  • Vocabulary development of letters and words
  • Small group instruction in math and literacy twice each day
  • Group activities to develop social skills, listening, sharing, and cooperation
  • Regular teacher communication to keep you informed about your child's day
  • Nurturing and supportive environment that fosters confidence, self-esteem, and a love of learning
  • Daily curricula focused on the whole child, and balanced with nurturing, playtime, and learning
  • Daily instruction that promotes skill development in small groups
  • Learning that incorporates language, math, science, creative arts, motor skills, and social development
  • Teacher assessments (observation-based) that demonstrate progress of each child
  • We encourage curiosity, self-direction, and confidence
  • Child portfolios that capture your preschooler's creative expressions

 

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Preschool Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs)

MVCDC applies HighScope's eight content areas, which include 58 key developmental indicators (KDIs) that define important learning goals for young children.

Each KDI is a statement that identifies an observable child behavior, reflecting knowledge and skills in areas such as, language and literacy, math, creative arts, and physical development. Our HighScope-skilled teachers keep these indicators in mind when they set up the learning environment and plan activities for your child.

 

A. Approaches to Learning

  • Initiative: Children demonstrate initiative as they explore their world.
  • Planning: Children make plans and follow through on their intentions.
  • Engagement: Children focus on activities that interest them.
  • Problem solving: Children solve problems encountered in play.
  • Use of resources: Children gather information and formulate ideas about their world.
  • Reflection: Children reflect on their experiences.

B. Social and Emotional Development

  • Self-identity: Children have a positive self-identity. 
  • Sense of competence: Children feel they are competent. 
  • Emotions: Children recognize, label, and regulate their feelings. 
  • Empathy: Children demonstrate empathy toward others. 
  • Community: Children participate in the community of the classroom. 
  • Building relationships: Children build relationships with other children and adults. 
  • Cooperative play: Children engage in cooperative play. 
  • Moral development: Children develop an internal sense of right and wrong. 
  • Conflict resolution: Children resolve social conflicts. 

C. Physical Development and Health

  • Gross-motor skills: Children demonstrate strength, flexibility, balance, and timing in using their large muscles.
  • Fine-motor skills: Children demonstrate dexterity and hand-eye coordination in using their small muscles.
  • Body awareness: Children know about their bodies and how to navigate them in space.
  • Personal care: Children carry out personal care routines on their own.
  • Healthy behavior: Children engage in healthy practices.

D. Language, Literacy, and Communication1

  • Comprehension: Children understand language.
  • Speaking: Children express themselves using language.
  • Vocabulary: Children understand and use a variety of words and phrases.
  • Phonological awareness: Children identify distinct sounds in spoken language.
  • Alphabetic knowledge: Children identify letter names and their sounds.
  • Reading: Children read for pleasure and information.
  • Concepts about print: Children demonstrate knowledge about environmental print.
  • Book knowledge: Children demonstrate knowledge about books.
  • Writing: Children write for many different purposes.
  • English language learning: (If applicable) Children use English and their home language(s) (including sign language).

E. Mathematics

  • Number words and symbols: Children recognize and use number words and symbols.
  • Counting: Children count things.
  • Part-whole relationships: Children combine and separate quantities of objects.
  • Shapes: Children identify, name, and describe shapes.
  • Spatial awareness: Children recognize spatial relationships among people and objects.
  • Measuring: Children measure to describe, compare, and order things.
  • Unit: Children understand and use the concept of unit.
  • Patterns: Children identify, describe, copy, complete, and create patterns.
  • Data analysis: Children use information about quantity to draw conclusions, make decisions, and solve problems.

F. Creative Arts

  • Art: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through two- and three-dimensional art.
  • Music: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through music.
  • Movement: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through movement.
  • Pretend play: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through pretend play.
  • Appreciating the arts: Children appreciate the creative arts.

G. Science and Technology

  • Observing: Children observe the materials and processes in their environment.
  • Classifying: Children classify materials, actions, people, and events.
  • Experimenting: Children experiment to test their ideas.
  • Predicting: Children predict what they expect will happen.
  • Drawing conclusions: Children draw conclusions based on their experiences and observations.
  • Communicating ideas: Children communicate their ideas about the characteristics of things and how they work.
  • Natural and physical world: Children gather knowledge about the natural and physical world.
  • Tools and technology: Children explore and use tools and technology.

H. Social Studies

  • Diversity: Children understand that people have diverse characteristics, interests, and abilities.
  • Community roles: Children recognize that people have different roles and functions in the community.
  • Decision making: Children participate in making classroom decisions.
  • Geography: Children recognize and interpret features and locations in their environment.
  • History: Children understand past, present, and future.
  • Ecology: Children understand the importance of taking care of their environment.

1Language, Literacy, and Communication KDIs 21–29 may be used for the child's home language(s) as well as English. KDI 30 refers specifically to English language learning.

In addition to the HighScope Preschool Key Developmental Indicators, we apply the Office of Head Start's comprehensive Early Learning Outcomes Framework for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Together these learning modules help to ensure your child is taught the key domains that are essential for school and long-term success.

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Preschool Key Developmental Indicators (KDIs)

Within HighScope's eight content areas, listed below, are 58 key developmental indicators (KDIs) that define important learning goals for young children.

Each KDI is a statement that identifies an observable child behavior, reflecting knowledge and skills in areas such as, language and literacy, math, creative arts, and physical development. HighScope teachers keep these indicators in mind when they set up the learning environment and plan activities.

HighScope Preschool Curriculum Content — Key Developmental Indicators

 

A. Approaches to Learning

Initiative: Children demonstrate initiative as they explore their world.

Planning: Children make plans and follow through on their intentions.

Engagement: Children focus on activities that interest them.

Problem solving: Children solve problems encountered in play.

Use of resources: Children gather information and formulate ideas about their world.

Reflection: Children reflect on their experiences.

 

B. Social and Emotional Development

Self-identity: Children have a positive self-identity.

Sense of competence: Children feel they are competent.

Emotions: Children recognize, label, and regulate their feelings.

Empathy: Children demonstrate empathy toward others.

Community: Children participate in the community of the classroom.

Building relationships: Children build relationships with other children and adults.

Cooperative play: Children engage in cooperative play.

Moral development: Children develop an internal sense of right and wrong.

Conflict resolution: Children resolve social conflicts.

 

C. Physical Development and Health

 

Gross-motor skills: Children demonstrate strength, flexibility, balance, and timing in using their large muscles.

Fine-motor skills: Children demonstrate dexterity and hand-eye coordination in using their small muscles.

Body awareness: Children know about their bodies and how to navigate them in space.

Personal care: Children carry out personal care routines on their own.

Healthy behavior: Children engage in healthy practices.

 

D. Language, Literacy, and Communication1

Comprehension: Children understand language.

Speaking: Children express themselves using language.

Vocabulary: Children understand and use a variety of words and phrases.

Phonological awareness: Children identify distinct sounds in spoken language.

Alphabetic knowledge: Children identify letter names and their sounds.

Reading: Children read for pleasure and information.

Concepts about print: Children demonstrate knowledge about environmental print.

Book knowledge: Children demonstrate knowledge about books.

Writing: Children write for many different purposes.

English language learning: (If applicable) Children use English and their home language(s) (including sign language).

 

E. Mathematics

Number words and symbols: Children recognize and use number words and symbols.

Counting: Children count things.

Part-whole relationships: Children combine and separate quantities of objects.

Shapes: Children identify, name, and describe shapes.

Spatial awareness: Children recognize spatial relationships among people and objects.

Measuring: Children measure to describe, compare, and order things.

Unit: Children understand and use the concept of unit.

Patterns: Children identify, describe, copy, complete, and create patterns.

Data analysis: Children use information about quantity to draw conclusions, make decisions, and solve problems.

 

F. Creative Arts

Art: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through two- and three-dimensional art.

Music: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through music.

Movement: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through movement.

Pretend play: Children express and represent what they observe, think, imagine, and feel through pretend play.

Appreciating the arts: Children appreciate the creative arts.

 

G. Science and Technology

Observing: Children observe the materials and processes in their environment.

Classifying: Children classify materials, actions, people, and events.

Experimenting: Children experiment to test their ideas.

Predicting: Children predict what they expect will happen.

Drawing conclusions: Children draw conclusions based on their experiences and observations.

Communicating ideas: Children communicate their ideas about the characteristics of things and how they work.

Natural and physical world: Children gather knowledge about the natural and physical world.

Tools and technology: Children explore and use tools and technology.

 

H. Social Studies

Diversity: Children understand that people have diverse characteristics, interests, and abilities.

Community roles: Children recognize that people have different roles and functions in the community.

Decision making: Children participate in making classroom decisions.

Geography: Children recognize and interpret features and locations in their environment.

History: Children understand past, present, and future.

Ecology: Children understand the importance of taking care of their environment.

 1Language, Literacy, and Communication KDIs 21–29 may be used for the child's home language(s) as well as English. KDI 30 refers specifically to English language learning.

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