Children must be an older four-year-old or younger five-year-old in order to enroll as a Barn Owl. This program focuses on preparing children for kindergarten while adhering to the Earthplace Preschool Philosophy of Education.
A day in the life of a Barn Owl is Monday through Friday, 8:45 am arrival and 1:00 pm departure. There is an extended day option from 1pm-3pm.
There is a maximum of 16 children and two teachers per class. The Earthplace Preschool standard of one teacher per six children is maintained.
The Barn Owls classroom setting provides a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum for 4-year-olds turning 5 years old. The Barn Owls classroom curriculum supports positive reinforcement creating a safe healthy physical environment for preschoolers. Active family involvement helps build connections between families and school throughout the child’s preschool year. Four-year old’s have mastered the basics of movement. They are constantly testing physical limits to improve their skills. Fours are using sophisticated words and sentences. Fours are highly interested in how things work, constantly asking questions and exploring the world. The Barn Owls developmentally appropriate curriculum creates lessons and activities that meet the needs of all the children. Teaching through play outdoors and indoors throughout the entire school year.
Barn Owls Social and Emotional developmentally appropriate practice supports self-regulation during early childhood development. The preschoolers are moving from a state of near total dependence on others to do more and more on their own. The Barn Owls classroom supports focus, self-control, self–care, and self-help. This growing the child's skills and confidence. During the Barn Owls preschool year, each child will learn the value of cooperation, communicating effectively, quality play behaviors (balances needs and rights of self and others). The Barn Owls preschoolers learn cooperation, sharing ideas and materials in socially acceptable ways.
The Barn Owl 5’s class experience provides Kindergarten Readiness skills. Children become Kindergarten Ready by gaining knowledge of expectations, rules, limitations, and boundaries. Expanding their daily routine knowledge, including but not limited to, morning routine unpacking backpack & afternoon routine packing backpack, toileting, hand washing, knowing what happens next, and being prepared for transitions.
Social and Emotional Goals of the Barn Owl Program
Take turns and handle disappointment
Mastered toileting/hand washing
Independently dress themselves
Cooperatively clean up
Creative Curriculum Expression in Barn Owls
Books, stories, and rhymes
Explore and take appropriate risks outdoors
Build, make and create their own fantasies
Artwork and ideas
Free Expression Journal pre -writing and pre -reading