Ages: 3 years to 4 years
Teacher to Student Ratio: 1 to 7-10
Preschooler Care at YWCA Minneapolis
Our 3- and 4-year-olds are bursting with imagination, creativity and responsibility. As they form friendships and develop conflict resolution skills, they also focus on early literacy and pre-math skills. By the time they graduate preschool, over 90% of our children are fully ready to succeed in kindergarten (compared to 73% of Minnesota peers).
YWCA Teacher Role with Preschoolers
The role of the teacher is to know as much about each child as possible in order to provide the variety in the classroom. Our teachers prepare appropriate experiences to match each child’s individual likes and learning styles. The teacher’s role during play time is connected to the child’s learning and developing.
Helping Preschoolers Master Skills
To help our children develop toward each learning standard, we provide materials and activities that they may not have used or mastered. These activities are appropriate to each level of ability and challenging but not frustrating. The materials in the classroom provide immediate feedback to the child. Building with blocks, throwing a ball, pounding play dough, and pouring water all provide immediate feedback. Preschoolers learn by doing, not by being told what to do.
Creative Experiences and Exploration
We provide creative experiences that encourage exploration – finger-paint, water colors, paper, glue, markers, etc. We provide enough time to explore, play, and experiment. For preschoolers, 70 minutes of uninterrupted time can give children enough time to create and build and pretend over and over again.
Learning Through Play
For learning to take place, it takes time and repetition. Children learn as they engage in sustained amounts of play. We extend children’s learning by routinely sharing in activities chosen by the children. We observe, share, converse, and extend learning during the shared activity.
Preschooler Language Development
Sharing language with preschoolers is part of the learning process. Socially constructed knowledge is knowledge that our children and teachers create together. We provide many opportunities for conversation, sharing ideas, asking questions, and helping each other.
Learning From Each Other
We watch for times when children can become peer tutors; each child is an expert at something. We help children use that expertise to help others in the classroom.
Early Learning Standards for Preschool Children
- Social and Emotional Development
- Development of Curiosity and Imagination
- Language and Literacy: Children develop listening and speaking skills
- Math and Science: Children understand amount, including use of numbers and counting
- Physical Well-Being: Children understand healthy and safe living practices
- Children develop large motor skills