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Finding an Enriched Preschool Classroom Education

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Finding an Enriched Preschool Classroom Education

Friday, May 3, 2019

Young children are special! They come into this world without a manual, but fortunately for them, they train the adults around them to speak their language early on. As children grow from early childhood into school age, they have picked up many clues about the world around them. So, when they enter the primary classroom for the first time, they begin to understand the basics of the why. Below you will find some of the questions you should be asking when seeking out a high-quality preschool education, one that focuses on the academic and social-emotional development of your young child.

  • Are the design and layout appealing to the developmental level of the child?
  • Is there natural light and outdoor space to explore?
  • Are the students happy and engaged?
  • Are the teachers positively engaged?
  • Are there opportunities to make choices?
  • Are there centers that encourage creativity, collaborative play and the development of fine motor skills?

If the answers to these questions are yes, then you and your child are in a place that warrants deeper inquiry and understanding. Below you will find some of the things you will find in a Fay Primary Classroom that foster the social-emotional development of your child.  

MATH CENTERS FOSTERS:

  • Visual Discrimination
  • Categorizing and Sorting
  • Problem Solving

BLOCK CENTER FOSTERS:

  • Shape Recognition
  • Spatial Awareness
  • Imagination and Innovation

READING CENTER FOSTERS:

  • Letter and Word Recognition
  • Print Awareness
  • Sequencing

TECHNOLOGY CENTER FOSTERS:

  • Reading Readiness
  • Visual Perception and Processing
  • Auditory Skills

ART CENTER FOSTERS:

  • Fine Motor Development
  • Sensory Awareness
  • Creativity

CIRCLE TIME FOSTERS:

  • Rote Memory
  • Language Development
  • Attention Span

DRAMATIC PLAY CENTER FOSTERS:

  • Imagination/Creativity
  • Language Skills
  • Interactive Play

Look around the classrooms to observe the learning and growth opportunities available to your young learner. Learning takes place in what appears to be an unstructured setting. However, this setting provides well thought out opportunities for the young child to imagine, inquire, discuss, explore, and grow.

Social media can provide young parents with a gold mine of information. There is value in visiting the preschools you are interested in. Prior to your visit, you may want to explore sights such as https://www.greatschools.org and  www.houstonprivateschools.org. These are just a few of the available sights to help you find that perfect program for you and your child.

At The Fay School, we welcome and encourage prospective families to tour our classrooms for an informative glimpse into the high quality enriched preschool classroom education available. To schedule an individual tour, please contact The Fay School admissions office at 713-681-8300 ext. 8903.

About Allison Teare: Allison has served The Fay School for over 15 years as the Director of Admission. As a mother of three and grandmother of seven, she has both personal and professional experience in helping place children in an independent school setting.

About Sissy WitteSissy has served in education for over 20 years. She is currently the Principal at The Fay School. As a mother of 5 children, all of which chose independent schools as their educational path, she is a firm believer in schools and families working closely together to develop the whole child.