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The early childhood school readiness programs at VES follow developmentally appropriate practice. We maintain accreditation through NAEYC.
Throughout preschool and kindergarten, the teachers tailor their activities, centers, and lessons around each child's needs and interests. One of
the main goals of preschool is to teach children social skills such as getting along with peers and listening to adults other than their parents.
Our goal is to focus on all developmental domains. The State of Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (CT ELDS) is used. Here are some specific social milestones you can expect from your 3- to 4-year-old. Keep in mind that children develop at different rates so, your child may not do everything on this list. In preschool, your child will learn to: ~Separate from you fairly easily, saying good-bye without too much fuss ~Adjust to new situations, especially the school routine ~Trust and take direction from teachers ~Express emotions verbally to adults and other children ~Show independence and stand up for herself when facing conflict ~Follow classroom rules and routines, such as sitting quietly in a group, raising a hand before speaking, and helping to clean up after themselves ~Play well with other children and be willing to share ~Recognize the feelings of others. ~Demonstrate a sense of humor, and be silly in an attempt to make other people laugh ~Play with other children, rather than just side by side ~Help with chores, such as sweeping or putting toys/clothes away Preschool teachers provide opportunities for children to learn through play. *To help develop social skills such as taking turns and getting along with others, they organize group activities such as building a Lego town or singing songs in a group. *To foster independence and enthusiasm about learning, they set up activity areas throughout the classroom and encourage children to follow their own interests and work on whatever projects interest them. Activity areas can include musical instruments, art supplies, books, toys for building and pretend play, plants, and even animals. Preschool teachers also encourage children to talk about their feelings and to resolve conflicts by using words instead of physical aggression. The "peace table" is used for a quiet place to work through their problems. If you have any questions or concerns, I am always available. Thank you! :) Mrs. Wyland

An effective teacher holds the key to the future of their students. It is a profession that demands great responsibility; yet, holds the ability to reap 
benefits on a much grander scale. There is satisfaction in knowing that you have made a difference in a child’s educational journey. As a properly, 
prepared teacher, I strive to focus on the whole child. Therefore, all developmental domains are nurtured. This is accomplished through appropriate 
teaching methods, preparation of the environment, and continual evaluation. 

Each student’s academic advances are important; therefore, their classroom activities must be interesting and relevant. Furthermore, different learning 
styles and abilities need to be addressed. The inclusive classroom dictates an environment of acceptance and flexibility. Active participation will occur 
within the classroom when students are valued. Students learn best when the environment and curriculum are relevant and individualized.

Through interdisciplinary units and a structured environment, students will develop at their own pace. Each child will take ownership of their learning 
because they feel safe and part of a team. Cooperative learning will be promoted. Any discipline should be based upon logical consequences. Problem 
solving skills will be nurtured and respected. Students must be allowed to explore their environment without the fear of failure. I will encourage all 
students to try new things within my dynamic, nurturing classroom. 

The teacher’s role is a facilitator and guide. Through carefully planned equipment, activities, and lessons the students are able to develop to their 
intellectual, social, moral, and physical potential. Displaying students’ work and peer conferencing will help build self-esteem. In addition, 
environmental print, easily accessible materials, and learning centers will be relevant to their needs and interests. Differentiated instruction in the 
context of a structured environment will assist the child. The basis for learning selections will be close supervision and assessment of students. I 
will insure that curriculum and the environment are modified and adjusted when appropriate. Evaluation will be ongoing and authentic. Student 
portfolios are a wonderful vehicle to show progress of individuals.

As a teacher, my goal is to be there for each student. In order to meet this goal, parent involvement should be encouraged. Frequent correspondence with 
home and parent volunteers will help establish a relationship between home and school. This link will promote individuals as life long learners and 
encourage parents to be partners in their child’s education. 

A positive experience in my classroom will happen because the students will be thought of throughout the planning, implementation, and assessment. I 
will develop lessons and activities that engage the children. Each student will reach goals that are self-paced and appropriate to them. Above all, I 
want them to enjoy learning and coming to school. It is so important that their first experiences with school are positive and rewarding. Their success 
in preschool will lay a firm foundation for the rest of their educational journey.