Our Preschool/Pre-Kindergarten Program

Children beginning at the age of 3 enjoy our preschool program which is an extension and expansion from our toddler program.  At Storyland, we have five  classrooms, two younger preschool classrooms and three older Pre-kindergarten rooms.  All share the same high quality DLM Curriculum, and focus on quality activities that prepare the young learner for kindergarten.

Each child is unique and our program understands this and tailors learning experiences to meet the needs of every student.  Children enjoy a wide range of learning experiences all provided in a structured, nurturing environment. 

Learning Experiences in our Preschool Classrooms

Whether children are indoors or out, they are learning all the time.  At Storyland we capitalize on children's natural curiosity and motivation to learn by providing a stimulating environment with many choices and opportunities to engage in meaningful learning tasks. 

Children participate in large group, small group and individual pursuits in all areas of interest.  Classrooms are set up into small sections or centers devoted to a separate type of learning.  Here children can choose activities such as math and science games, Alphablet, writing, art, computer learning, pretend and learn or music. 

We believe that it is important to address the needs of the whole child, so we provide activities that not only stimulate the brain, but excercise the body and feed the soul. We encourage cognitive, social, emotional and physical development

We participate in the Texas School Ready Project that provides curriculum materials, classroom equipment, mentoring and training for our teachers.  We follow the State of Texas, Pre-kindergarten curriculum guidelines that delineates what children should know before entering kindergarten.

You can be assured that at Storyland, your child's education is in good hands.  Play is purposeful and teachers are ever mindful of individual's needs.  We believe that education should be based on what the industry considers "best practices" and our program is state of the art.

Goals for our Preschoolers

Social and Emotional Development

GOAL: SENSE OF SELF

  1. Shows ability to adjust to new situations
  2. Demonstrates appropriate trust in adults
  3. Recognizes own feelings and manages them appropriately
  4. Stands up for rights

GOAL:  RESPONSIBILITY FOR SELF AND OTHERS

  1. Demonstrates self-direction and independence
  2. Takes responsibility for own well-being
  3. Respects and cares for classroom environment and materials
  4. Follows classroom routines
  5. Follows classroom rules

GOAL:  PROSOCIAL BEHAVIOR

  1. Plays well with other children
  2. Recognizes the feelings of others and responds appropriately
  3. Shares and respects the rights of others
  4. Uses thinking skills to resolve conflicts

Physical Development

GOAL: GROSS MOTOR

  1. Demonstrates basic locomotion skills (running, jumping, hopping, galloping)
  2.  Shows balance while moving
  3.  Climbs up and down
  4. Pedals and steers a tricycle (or other wheeled vehicle)
  5. Demonstrates throwing, kicking, and catching skills

GOAL: FINE MOTOR

  1. Controls small muscles in hands
  2. Coordinates eye-hand movement
  3. Uses tools for writing and drawing

Cognitive Development

GOAL:  LEARNING AND PROBLEM SOLVING

  1. Observes objects and events with curiosity
  2. Approaches problems flexibly
  3. Shows persistence in approaching tasks
  4. Explores cause and effect
  5. Applies knowledge or experience to a new context

GOAL:  LOGICAL THINKING

  1. Classifies objects
  2. Compares/measures
  3. Arranges objects in a series
  4. Recognizes patterns and can repeat them
  5. Shows awareness of time concepts and sequence
  6. Show awareness of position in space
  7. Uses one-to-one correspondence
  8. Uses numbers and counting

GOAL:  REPRESENTATION AND SYMBOLIC THINKING

  1. Takes on pretend roles and situations
  2. Makes believe with objects
  3. Makes and interprets representations

Language Development

GOAL:  LISTENING AND SPEAKING

  1. Hears and discriminates the sounds of language
  2. Expresses self-using words and expanded sentences
  3. Understands and follows oral directions
  4. Answers questions
  5. Asks questions
  6. Actively participates in conversations

GOAL:  READING AND WRITING

  1. Enjoys and values reading
  2. Demonstrates understanding of print concepts
  3. Demonstrates knowledge of the alphabet
  4. Uses emerging reading skills to make meaning from print
  5. Comprehends and interprets meaning from books and other texts
  6. Understands the purpose of writing
  7. Writes letters and words

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Storyland Preschool & Child Care Center
5001 Hillside Road    Amarillo TX  7909  
806-352-3322   FAX  806-331-4820
Karissa Ellison (Director)   Janice Jones (Owner)


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