BCD’s preschool program uses language arts and literacy as the framework for our curriculum. Preschool faculty members use books as a catalyst for teaching curriculum goals and objectives. This “storybook” method of promoting curriculum objectives is developmentally appropriate and uses best practices in education while supporting major objectives in language arts and literacy, number concepts, science, social studies, self-help skills, fine and gross motor skills, and character development. Books also provide meaningful learning experiences which teachers and children use as springboards for cross-curricular connections and exploration of interests and ideas.
Promoting language arts and literacy skills is an important part of BCD’s preschool program. We believe in the importance of exposing children to upper and lowercase letters, letter-sound relationships, and phonemic awareness. In addition, beginning reading and writing skills are highlighted as teachers model conventional skills and actively engage in building children’s conceptual understanding of the printed word in relation to spoken language. Teachers also facilitate discussions in which the children talk about featured books and share knowledge, while making comparisons, predictions, inferences, and characters.
In addition, BCD’s preschool program promotes children’s beginning understanding of numeric concepts such as number recognition, counting, patterning, one-to-one correspondence, part-whole relationships, sorting, and sequencing. Manipulatives (small objects that children can manipulate to represent number) are used throughout the program to support learning. Teachers strive to keep learning fun while promoting true understanding of number concepts. Science is taught using age appropriate reading materials and hands-on, experiential learning activities. Children use sensory tables, science kits, field trips and their surroundings to interact with the physical, natural and chemical world. Furthermore, preschool children attend a special science class in our science lab every week.
Social studies curriculum features literature and experiences that encourage children to discover the world, its cultures, geography, and history. Respect for people and the world are focal points and problem solving, character education, and conflict resolution skills are fostered on a daily basis.
In addition to our strong academics, Boulder Country Day’s preschool incorporates a “Specials” curriculum. This curriculum includes instruction in world language (French and Spanish), movement, music, and library skills, science lab, and computer lab (pre-K only) on a weekly basis. Our specials curriculum helps to ensure that every preschool child begins to discover his/her excellence.
small class sizes and low child/adult ratios
Our small class sizes provide individualized attention for each preschool student. There is truly a personal relationship that develops between the children and their teachers. Our knowledge of each child’s strengths and goals helps teachers to meet individual needs. Classrooms are organized by age and are class sizes are well below State of Colorado Division of Childcare ratio guidelines. Each preschool classroom has two dedicated faculty members.
providing structure and routines designed to with children in mind
Our classrooms and routines are structured and follow a general “flow” each day. However, our routines are flexible and maintain a balance in all that we do. We challenge our students to reach their highest potential by using research-based curriculum and differentiated teaching practices.
BCD’s motto, “Respect yourself. Respect others. Take responsibility for your actions,” is emphasized throughout the school, and supporting character development is an important part of each day. Problem solving, communication and respect for people and the world are focal points and BCD’s program helps students learn to navigate their social world. Conflict resolution skills are taught on a daily basis as teachers consistently model appropriate communication, behavior, words, and strategies for expressing emotion.
fostering a flourishing faculty
Our faculty is the “heart and soul” of BCD. All members of our teaching staff are committed to the school and many have served our community for extended years. Preschool lead teachers have either a Bachelor or Master’s Degree in early childhood education or elementary education. Preschool assistant teachers are all qualified early childhood teachers in the State of Colorado. BCD encourages professional growth by providing our faculty opportunities to engage in on-going professional development and continuing education.
supporting and including families
BCD promotes strong family/school connections. Parents are always welcome and encouraged to actively participate in classroom activities, field trips and school events. Furthermore, our program supports working parents by offering early arrival, extended day (After 3 at BCD), and summer programs.
maintaining an outstanding campus
BCD is safe and secure. We maintain beautiful campus buildings, facilities, and outdoor spaces that enhance learning and education. Our preschool program is housed in its own building and serves children ages three to five years and their families. The preschool building is set up for young children and our classrooms and outdoor spaces solicit children’s active participation in activities designed to enhance social, emotional, intellectual, and physical growth. The preschool classrooms contain numerous learning centers and materials which support curriculum and encourage exploration. Classrooms contain a variety of reading and writing materials that facilitate language awareness, phonetics, sound recognition, vocabulary development, and emergent reading and writing skills. The classrooms also feature hands-on materials such as blocks, dramatic play props, dress-up clothing, as well as art and craft materials which support social, emotional, and cognitive growth.
We believe that it is a privilege to educate your child and that your child will have the opportunity to discover his or her own excellence at Boulder Country Day.