Dragonfly Class

Children eligible for our Pre-Kindergarten program meet Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We accept up to 16 students in this class. The students are instructed by a team of two teachers.

Our learning guidelines for the Pre-Kindergarten (or Dragonfly) class were developed so that children will discover who they are in relation to the world around them, and that in a place of safety and encouragement, children can learn to express their growing sense of themselves.

Two assumptions underlie the development of these guidelines: First, that children learn experientially, through play and structured, child-centered activities; and second, that each child will arrive at social and academic benchmarks by following a unique path in his or her own time.

1. Social Growth - Children will work on acquiring social development tools including: the development of empathetic attitudes and responses, the use of language to identify their feelings and those of others, cooperative conflict resolution techniques, the ability to recognize the positive and negative consequences of one’s own behavior and that of others, a sense of community awareness, and the understanding of and compassion for one’s role in a community and how to find self-expression within it.

2. Personal Growth - Children will learn in an atmosphere that fosters independence, self-reliance and age appropriate self-help skills. They will be guided towards both physical and emotional self-control, an understanding of respect for others’ space, and adherence to group norms. Teachers will encourage them to develop their unique creative selves and take healthy risks.

3. Fine & Gross Motor Growth - Children will engage in developing fine and gross motor skills such as (but not limited to): demonstrating a dominant hand, mastering a tri-pod grip, using scissors, drawing representational figures, jumping with two feet, and swinging on bars.

4. Academic Growth - Children will be exposed to a variety of rich academic experiences within the play-based approach to learning through an emergent curriculum, which will strengthen their creative and critical thinking skills. These experiences will be tied to the major strands of learning, which include: mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, art, and music.

These Learning Guidelines will provide clear plan for instruction without altering the Preschool’s approach to teaching: learning will be play-based, experiential, and fun as part of an emergent curriculum. Our school will continue to be a safe and kind place where children feel encouraged and able to take risks. You can expect your child to be engaged in role playing, cooking, reading, game playing, outdoor classroom and nature exploration, kindness to the environment, playground time, together time, singing, movement and dance, exposure to a second language, learning clubs, and classroom centers - among other fun, engaging activities. Drawing on children’s natural curiosity and joy in gaining competence, our approach will lead children to master skills, express themselves verbally and artistically, and discover more about the world around them and their place in it.

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The Community Preschool of the Palisades 5200 Cathedral Avenue, NW - Washington, DC 20016 Phone: (202) 364-8424