At the Good Life Preschool we use our beliefs to guide our decisions and changes. We have chosen to use Starfall Curriculum in combination with Montessori Learning to provide the best of both styles of learning. We use Starfall Curriculum because it is research-based, Common Core based, and developmentally appropriate. It includes curricular activities throughout each day that meet the following developmental areas: Physical, Social Emotional, Math, Pre-Reading, Pre-Writing, Science, Fine Motor and can be assessed regularly through the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) & TS Gold The curriculum is progressive and builds throughout the year as children increase their abilities to learn through each activity. We use the lessons from the research based Second Step Life Skills to help us teach social skills and the Kelso’s Wheel of Choices, a tool that is used in our local elementary school to aid them in developing life skills and self-esteem. We combine the two methods to really create the best of both worlds for your child to experience.
We believe that a love of learning and of literature at an early age can give them a great benefit all their future schooling. We provide a children’s lending library of over 3,000 books that each child has access to throughout the year and changes weekly to go along with each lesson. We believe that the development of a child comes from a combination of Nature (their unique personality and traits) as well as Nurture (the influence of others and the environment). To ensure that, we as Child Care providers and Preschool Teachers have the role to help each child feel accepted and loved, to help them identify their individual strengths, and give them the opportunity and support to work on areas that need some development.
We believe that the family is the most important part of a child’s life, and we strive to support the family through community resources, family activities, and continuous open communication using the Tadpoles Parent app and ongoing assessment of your child’s development with the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) and the Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment tool (TS Gold).