Preucil Online Preschool Making Connections. Connecting Ideas.
Can children really learn through online programs? Yes, we believe with careful planning and intentional use of digital tools, children can learn using these methods. Our program will combine the use of online connections and at-home activities and projects for extended learning.
My children did not do well in the spring with online learning, how will this be different? In the spring, we were all thrown in a state of confusion—teachers, parents, and children. Our Fall program is well-planned and organized around what we know about child development, appropriate practices, and digital tools. Teachers will work to engage all children in our online spaces and with parents as partners, we will discover what individual children need to be successful.
What if we can’t make it to a scheduled Zoom? No problem! You can view a recording of the zoom later or get all caught up with your teacher using SeeSaw.
Will we need to follow a schedule? No. You set your own pace based on your child’s interest. We will have regularly scheduled zooms times, but everything else is on your own schedule. We provide an example schedule for those who like the routine.
My child gets distracted on Zoom, will there be Zoom meetings? Yes, we will be using Zoom as a method for engagement and connection. Our teachers have prepared methods to engage children using Zoom. We will Zoom in small groups, keep the meetings short, and utilize the Zoom tools to keep outside distractions down. We understand that children’s levels of participation are unique to their development and experiences. We believe children can successfully participate at a level that is right for them.
Will my child make friends? Our aim is to foster relationships not only between teachers and children, but among the children. Your child will be placed in a small pod of children that they will see regularly on Zoom. We will incorporate collaborative projects and group-building activities that will foster friendships and community.
Will parents be involved? Yes! Teachers will communicate with you about their plans and goals for your child’s class. You will receive weekly updates, plans and materials lists. We will offer parent group zoom times for support and connection. Your child benefits when we work together.
Will my child ever see their teacher or friends in-person? We hope so! If it is safe to do so, we will consider meeting outdoors in very small groups with teacher/child/parent for distanced activities. We will continue to monitor science-driven data and information from health agencies. We welcome the time when it is safe for us to continue our learning in-person.
Who will be teaching? We have a team of our beloved Preucil teachers ready to go! The team consists of classroom, art, and music teachers. These teachers have been engaged in online trainings/webinars/discussions (‘Teaching Young Children Virtually Bootcamp,” “Digital Humanity,” “Messing About: What it means to develop distance learning with young children,” “Training for Teachers—SeeSaw,” “Boulder Journey School Summer Virtual Conference”)
What materials will I need? Included in your tuition, you will receive a one-time kit of art supplies. In addition, you will be offered regular at-home kits with materials needed for upcoming activities/projects. These kits may be picked up curb-side. Other materials used will be regular household items. We will let you know in advance of anything special you might need (i.e. food coloring, vinegar).
What curriculum will you be using? At Preucil Preschool, we follow an Emergent Curriculum philosophy. That means curriculum is developed based on observations, interests, and experiences. During this time, however, we feel it will be useful to center our learning around some themes. Learning will still be open-ended, hands-on, and play-based.
What kind of activities will be offered? We know that children learn in many different ways and forms and so we will offer a variety of activities utilizing different methods. Children speak 100 languages (drawings, songs, sculpture, dance, words, stories, construction, paint, dramatics,..). We will offer many activities so your child is able to tap into something that interests and excites them. Basic concepts of math, literacy, and science will be offered through a variety of playful activities. Art and Music will be a regular part of our days.
I don’t like my child to have a lot of “screen time.” How much will they be on screens? Aside from the Zoom times, we will offer short videos. You may chose how many/for how long you want to use those videos. During most of these videos, your child will be invited to participate in a hands-on playful activity from a variety of topics. We think that rather than focusing on total screen time, it is important to understand the use of our screens. We will be using our screens to nurture human connection and active learning rather than passive consumption.
What if my child doesn’t like it? You may drop the program at any time. We just ask that you give us a few weeks to work our magic. If your child is disinterested or struggling, please talk to us! Together we will work to make it a successful and joyful experience for your child.
I don't live in the Iowa City area, can my child still participate? Absolutely! We welcome diverse experiences. We will help you obtain materials (or a good substitute). If your child's pod meets for an occasional in-person activity, we will make sure your child participates in some way or has a similar experience.