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Dear Parents:

Welcome! We're excited that you and your child will be part of Kurious Kids Preschool. We offer a variety of preschool activities, within a stimulating early childhood environment, to children ages 3 through 5.

The Preschool curriculum is based on themes that emphasize fun, self-esteem building, social skills, beginning reading skills, and school readiness, designed to promote the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development of 3, 4, and 5 year old children. Kurious Kids staff follows the MN Reading Corps. guidelines to increase and monitor literacy skills in all students and is part of the State Funded TASCEI program which help guide staff in making sure that all of the students Social and Emotional needs are being met which will aid in their educational l development. Two years ago, Kurious Kids also earned a NAEYC Accreditation and is a 4-star rating (the highest possible) from the state of MN for a high quality program.

Kurious Kids Preschool operates under the auspices of District #108 Community Education and Central Public Schools.

KURIOUS KIDS PRESCHOOL MISSION STATEMENT

The Kurious Kids Preschool is committed to providing learning experiences for each child in preparation for early success and school readiness. Kurious Kids Preschool provides a learning environment that supports children to develop the strengths and skills necessary for them to construct their own knowledge and prepare them for their next school environment.

VISION STATEMENT

Guided by high expectations and united with the knowledge that all children learn at different levels and speeds, our preschool staff will provide students with a broad range of educational and fun opportunities that will help each child learn to the best of his or her abilities. We will strive to develop literacy skills as well as provide experiences that enrich each child's social, emotional, physical, cognitive, intellectual, and creative abilities.

Children will have a safe, wholesome, nurturing educational experience. Children will be in a safe learning environment in which children can solve problems and express their feelings through words, art and other creative areas. Children will be exposed to positive character lessons and experiences, used to help shape them into successful members of a social world.

Parents are an integral part of the educational process. In recognition of this important role, parent involvement is actively sought, encouraged and welcomed.

Students will enter kindergarten with the necessary skills to promote lifelong learning

Core Values

Standards of ethical behavior in early childhood education are based on commitment to core values. Kurious Kids is committed themselves professionally to:

Appreciating childhood as a unique and valuable stage of the human life cycle.

Basing our work with children on current knowledge of child development.

Acknowledging and supporting the close ties between the child and family.

Recognizing that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community, and society.

Respecting the dignity, worth and uniqueness of each individual child, family member and colleague.

Helping children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships that are based on trust, respect and positive regard.

Fostering an appreciation for and building a natural connection between the arts and learning.

Curriculum Goals and Framework

The early years in a child’s life set the tone for future learning. Our goal at Kurious Kids is to stay current on research in child development so that we are able to build a foundation for each child that lasts a lifetime. Our curriculum is designed with specific learning objectives for each age level and child, integrating assessments and portfolios, which guide the teacher’s development/implementation of classroom activities, individualized learning, and a predictable yet responsive daily schedule. All classroom curriculum are implemented in a manner that reflects sensitivity to family home values, beliefs, experience, and langue as well as incorporates the following goals:

Develop safe and healthy habits in young children.

Fostering positive self-esteem.

Providing opportunities for creative expression.

Supporting the development of social skills.

Stimulating cognitive problem-solving skills.

Strengthening communication skills necessary for listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Enhancing fine motor and gross motor skills.

Offering opportunities for children to learn individually and in groups according to their developmental needs and interest.

Assessing the individual needs of each child.

Benefits of Kurious Kids Preschool:

  • Peers serve as role models
  • Encourages cooperation, self-esteem and independence
  • Develops positive attitudes towards peers, who are different from themselves
  • Teach play skills to enhance learning
  • An opportunity to learn to express his/her self and problem solve
  • Promotes diversity of friendship
  • Encourage creative expression and appreciation of the arts
  • Follows the same reading curriculum as Central Elementary

Preschool skills developed in Kurious Kids classroom setting:

Communication * Beginner Reading Skills/Phonics

Cognitive * Social skills

Gross motor * Self Help

Fine Motor * Social/Emotional Skill Development



Pre School Handbook