Come see our nurturing, vibrant and spacious classrooms. Meet with Director, Robin Slad

to review your child’s curriculum in detail. 

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Yellow Duck graduates are known for their amazing reading and comprehension levels.  Teaching emergent and effective readers is one of our top priorities, as it is the foundation for all other areas of learning.  Using a multitude of teaching practices, our students become avid readers.  The teacher reads aloud, with the students following along, while other times the students read aloud, as well as independently.  They make inferences, brainstorm with classmates, summarize, ask questions, role play, learn vocabulary, and engage in comprehension. ​

  • Preschoolers process information best by doing. Our students explore, touch, feel and manipulate objects. Having direct involvement stores the learned information in their “physical” memory. Examples include: building life-size dinosaur floor puzzles, role-playing how animals hibernate in caves, making predictions about eggs hatching into baby chicks in the incubator and even getting to hold them, and learning about the life cycle from caterpillar to butterflies and releasing them into nature.

  • Concepts are taught using rhymes and repetition to help store in their memory, which are the building blocks to the next level of learning.

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  • Yellow Duck students become writers and story tellers, understanding the relationship between letters and sounds. Their expressive and receptive language soar! For example, to learn the relationship between the letters Q and U, the students have a marriage ceremony with students dressed as the letters.  It is a fun way of teaching them that QU always go together.

 

  • Our students become creative thinkers and writers, understanding that each story has a beginning, middle and end. Using teacher prompts they are taught how to write their own story with characters and illustrations.  Each student writes and draws in a journal throughout the year compiling a story called, “All About My Year At Preschool!”

 

  • Children learn more and remember more if they can relate it back to themselves. For example, when planting a flower in a plastic cup the students learn about condensation on the cup when they add water. Then they relate it back to examples in their own lives. Where else do they see condensation? ....On the mirror in their bathroom when they take a bath, or on their windows in their house on a cold and sunny winter day.

 

  • The children gain tremendous self-confidence being able to speak in front of others, asking questions, and receiving the greatest encouragement --- Praise.

 

  • Teacher guided centers combined with independent centers encourages initiative, independence and self-confidence for young learners. 

 

  • We incorporate real life events, such as elections.  The children wait in line to go into a voting booth. Students cast their votes using a paper ballot on topics such as their favorite sight words. Our 4 and 5-year-olds also give speeches at the podium.