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A Christian Preschool designed around the needs of military families

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Watch Me Grow Presentation For Public

  1. 1. Watch Me Grow Learning Environment Project Pre-K: ages 4-5 Serving a non-denominational Christian community of military families
  2. 2. Project Designer <ul><li>Developmental Specialist </li></ul><ul><li>Candace Parsons Orr </li></ul>
  3. 3. Grow With Me Learning Center
  4. 4. Lobby
  5. 5. Easy access button Sliding door entry Computer Center bookshelf cot Art Sink shelf Eating/ Table Activity Area Flex Play -circle time -music movement 5” Block/Platform -Flex -Dramatic Play Preschool Loft Glass paneling Welcome area/ center 2-way observation window Art Rack Base Cabinet Exit to Playground area Children’s bathroom Reading Area Wall Storage Mirror shelf Desk Food Prep/ Teacher workstation Dress- Up Sand/Water Table Children’s Trough Sink cubbies Shelf Wall Storage Shelf Easel Wall Storage Wall Storage Shelf Shelf Built-in Plasma screen
  6. 6. Features of Layout <ul><li>Welcome Area/Center </li></ul><ul><li>Dedication wall (family pictures, kids artwork, info. on projects we support) </li></ul><ul><li>Lighting </li></ul><ul><li>Soft warm natural lighting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-skylights & windows </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Windows </li></ul><ul><li>large paneled @ child’s eye level </li></ul><ul><li>2-way observation window (lobby) </li></ul><ul><li>Furniture </li></ul><ul><li>child-size: sinks, tables, chairs, couches, shelves, computer stations </li></ul>
  7. 7. Features of Layout (cont.) <ul><li>Flooring </li></ul><ul><li>Carpeted except for activity area </li></ul><ul><li>Walls </li></ul><ul><li>paintings/murals </li></ul><ul><li>Doors </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic glass paneled sliding entry/exit </li></ul><ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><li>built-in plasma screen & video cameras (streaming live video) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Placement of Areas <ul><li>Helps create an effective learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>-separation of noisy & quiet areas </li></ul><ul><li>-defined individual & group space </li></ul><ul><li>-inclusive </li></ul><ul><li>-increase interactions, decrease interruptions (traffic flow) </li></ul><ul><li>-proximity to water </li></ul><ul><li>Our learning areas include: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading corner (quiet zone) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flex play (blocks, music & movement) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity area (art/math/science) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sand/water </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kid’s Loft (dramatic play) </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Features of Playground <ul><li>Includes all the inside elements outside. </li></ul><ul><li>Sandbox area, swings with inclusive swing for severely handicapped child </li></ul><ul><li>Playground equipment has easily accessible handrails available throughout </li></ul>
  10. 12. Outside Play <ul><li>Playground features </li></ul>
  11. 13. Universal Design <ul><li>Our preschool center was designed to meet the needs of individuals with special needs. As this was part of our focal point, we choose to use innovative technology. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Automatic sensory sliding doors (into wall) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>at all entry/exit doorways </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 14. Cutting Edge Technology <ul><li>Watch Me Grow Monitoring and Recording Service </li></ul><ul><li>Parents view their child’s classroom/playground live from work, home, or overseas deployment </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome terminal in lobby provides announcements, latest events & live video </li></ul>
  13. 15. Child-size Technology <ul><li>Child-size computer stations </li></ul><ul><li>Online preschool classes </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom website </li></ul>
  14. 16. Reggio Emilia Curriculum <ul><li>Fosters a child’s ability to express themselves through art (therapeutic) </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages social interaction (extended family unit for military kids) </li></ul><ul><li>Child centered Vygotskian Learning </li></ul><ul><li>(values the child) </li></ul>
  15. 17. Christian Foundation <ul><li>Monthly lessons on fruits of the spirit (December lesson-self control) Great way to teach classroom rules </li></ul><ul><li>We teach the real meaning of Christmas - students put on a traditional Christmas pageant for parents </li></ul><ul><li>We teach the real meaning of Easter </li></ul><ul><li>We pray and say grace everyday </li></ul>
  16. 18. Anti-Bias Environment <ul><li>Instill children with a respect for themselves, their classmates, community, and nation </li></ul><ul><li>Children with strong self-identities are best equipped to stand up and fight bias against themselves and others </li></ul>
  17. 19. Anti Bias Tools for Learning <ul><li>Global Grover Multi-media Program </li></ul><ul><li>Videos that teach respect and understanding for other cultures </li></ul><ul><li>Videos that support military families through deployment and injury </li></ul><ul><li>SESAME - Global Grover </li></ul>
  18. 20. Social Justice <ul><li>Winter clothing drive Afghanistan Orphanage Project </li></ul><ul><li>Operation Christmas Child </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  19. 21. ECERS <ul><li>Why our center receives top scores in the ECERS rating scale: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-includes all five important learning centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-uses the widely recognized Reggio Emilia emergent curriculum approach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>- award winning universal design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21 st Century technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>serves families of cultural & religious diversity </li></ul></ul>
  20. 22. Narrative <ul><li>The objective of our project was to create a universal design for learning with 21 st century technology, keeping our goal in mind of serving military families. As we know, the importance of family connection is key to a child’s overall developmental well-being. </li></ul>
  21. 23. Narrative (cont.) <ul><li>Our Watch Me Grow technology helps fulfill this objective by providing parents on deployment with live video feed right from their child’s classroom. </li></ul><ul><li>We chose the Reggio Emilia curriculum supported by the Vygotskian theory of socio-cultural learning. This creates an effective environment for teaching anti-bias material and social justice. </li></ul>
  22. 24. Cont. <ul><li>In addition, we believe our Christian foundation gives us our guidance in how we promote social justice which flows from faith and brings us to a deeper faith. </li></ul>
  23. 25. Dedicated to ECH 395