CHALK’s philosophy is quite simple. Our first and foremost goal is to provide a positive, safe, and inclusive environment that instills a love for learning. Since 2004, CHALK has successfully combined both the developmental and traditional philosophies to provide a well-balanced approach to learning.
With this approach, we ensure children have a supportive and engaging introduction to school while focusing on their academic preparation for kindergarten. CHALK Preschool embraces a curriculum with theme-based lesson plans that nurture the whole child from academics to health & wellness and social/emotional growth.
Our collaboration with My Gym is one of a kind, incorporating an innovative program that enhances our students’ gross motor development. In order for us to successfully implement two philosophies into one unique experience, each of CHALK’s highly skilled teachers holds, at minimum, a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Development or a related field.
Focuses on the more social and emotional components of play. We encourage the children to explore their interests and tap into their creativity, engage in cooperative play, and utilize their imagination. These activities build confidence, creativity, and a love for school while kids learn in an age-appropriate way. Different stations are set up around the classroom, such as a reading corner, a dramatic play area, and a puzzle table. Teachers facilitate learning while children play and explore. For example, if children start exploring the sand table, the teacher may take that opportunity to talk about pouring and measuring. CHALK considers these “teachable moments” critical to incorporating education into a child’s everyday situations making connections easier.
Happens during the more structured aspects of our day, which include Circle Time as well as Centers. Circle time is when we discuss the calendar, weather, letter/blend/digraph for the week as well as introduce the topic of the week. Centers include the implementation of theme-based lesson plans. They include an art, literacy, and math or science activity each day. These activities work to achieve the curricular goals that we have set for each age group. With a structured approach to learning, academic schools promote formal reading and math readiness skills. The idea is that preschoolers benefit by preparing for kindergarten and beyond at an early age. Similar to what children can expect in kindergarten, there is a daily schedule of planned activities, making the school day consistent and predictable.
ENERGIZED BY MY GYM
The “My Gym Healthy Lifestyle Preschool Curriculum” introduces such important life values as goal-setting & tracking and self-motivation. In addition to introducing My Gym’s gold standard physical fitness program for children, the My Gym/CHALK program also features a rounded wellness curriculum that includes nutrition and hygiene for youngsters along with the development of healthful lifestyle habits. My Gym, as the fitness professionals, has formally trained the CHALK directors and key staff to implement the curriculum to the highest of standards.