The Preschool Program is geared towards
your child from 3-5 years of age and is intended to smoothly transition your child into Kindergarten,
encourage self dependence, boost self esteem and develop talents. Our
program provides learning experiences to enhance your child’s social,
emotional, academic, cognitive and developmental growth. The Center’s
primary objective is to link together your child, your family, and our
staff in a balanced approach to learning.
Willow Bend’s Preschool Program
provides a variety of learning experiences to foster the love of
learning through fun, exploration, experimentation and hands-on
The classrooms are bright and
cheerful for visual stimulation. The staff takes pride in
decorating the room with children’s creative art work and projects.
The Preschool environment provides a theme based curriculum, learning centers, and a variety of learning
materials. Children are taught to be independent and self reliant.
The room is divided into Learning
Centers that focus on different areas like Language Arts, Math,
Science, Home Living, Sensory, Large and Small Manipulatives, and Arts &
Each room is equipped with a Computer Center, Library, and Listening Centers. Age appropriate
computer programs, books and audio tapes enhance the curricular
A posted daily schedule, weekly curriculum, and monthly calendar of special events are posted on the classroom bulletin board, and provide parents the opportunity to be involved in their child’s
day. Daily take-home
worksheets and samples of
concept and skill activities keep parents informed of their child’s
progress. Ability profiles are regularly maintained, and parent-teacher conferences are held periodically to graph your child’s progress and ensure that
your expectations are being met and exceeded.
WBLC offers an exceptional educational
program that introduces academics through fun activities that not only
invigorate the mind of a child but also boost independence,
confidence and self-esteem. We challenge our children with a
curriculum that captures their imagination, and a learning environment
where they can make discoveries, solve problems, and think
We believe that no one method of instruction is
all comprehensive, we have drawn from several approaches like Whole
Languages, Montessori, and Phonics, and use traditional and
progressive methods of instruction to develop a well rounded curriculum
that encourages the social, academic, and emotional growth of the
The Preschool Curriculum is theme
based and covers Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social
Studies. Along with academics, our curriculum also incorporates Sign Language, Arts and Crafts, Science and Social Studies, Cooking,
Computers, and Music.
Fine, Gross and Group
Motor Activities are
encouraged with a variety of small and large manipulatives, like
puzzles, table toys, floor puzzles, pegboards, lacing, tying, folding,
buttoning, three finger-punching, and circle time activities, among
Sensory and Cognitive Skills like discriminating shapes, sizes, colors,
textures, sounds, and smells, are enhanced using award winning materials
and developmental toys.
Language Development: Our Whole Languages approach
to learning includes Letter songs, Alphabet stories, Verbal dictation,
Phonics, Letter formation, Vocabulary building, Journal Writing, and
Storytelling, puppets, flannel boards
and finger play add to the language experience and build on vocal
and language skills.
Math Concepts are taught through integrated
approaches, visual presentation, small manipulatives and hands on
activities, group activities, counting, critical thinking, problem
solving, and one-on-one instruction.
Science and Social Studies are part of the curriculum,
and help children explore a different concept each week in a hands-on
Topics focusing on Health & Nutrition promote good health and hygiene habits and
Music plays a big role in encouraging musical movements and rhythm, language
development, group plays, singing and dancing. Apart from daily music
and movement, our music teacher conducts a special music class once a
week that incorporates puppet shows, catchy lyrics, instruments,
singing, and dancing.
Hands-On theme based Arts and Crafts and Nature Walks are fun to do and develop cognitive skills, and
refine eye-hand coordination.
Cooking is the most fun part of the curriculum, where simple theme based edible
‘projects’ are a grand finale to the learning experience.
Recently we introduced “Special Activities” where the children focus on a special co-curricular activity daily with a special instructor. The special activities include TotYoga, Music & Movement, Outdoor Learning, Gardening in the Willowberetum, Computer Lab, and TotOrigami.
There is no extra charge for these activities.
The Outdoor Playground is equipped with a variety of outdoor
gyms, slides, climbing equipment, and a basketball court. “Willow Bend Village”, our indoor
play gym, replicates a village square and is meant for socio dramatic
play along with slides and ball pits, and is a wonderful refuge
especially on days when the weather does not permit outdoor play.
Preschool II classes, as well as, Pre-Kindergarten I & II classes have fun
monthly Field Trips to different
places like the arboretum, the farm, harvest patch, children’s museum
and many more. Field Trips provide excellent opportunities for the
children to learn while having fun and to put their social and group
skills to the test.