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  • 2017-2018ParentHandbook

    751 SW 121st Ave Davie, FL 33325 954.424.5070 (director) 954.424.5059 (preschool room) Preschool@youngatartmuseum.org

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    TABLEOFCONTENTS

    I.INTRODUCTION

    A.ProgramOverview/Whatwebelieve ArtInfluencesLearning ArtandLiteracy ArtistStudies AuthenticArtandMusic

    B.InvolvingFamilies

    IntheProcess CultureandTraditions ConsciousDiscipline

    C.SchoolReadiness

    FloridaEarlyLearningDevelopmentStandards BrowardCountyPublicSchoolKindergartenexpectations

    D.MuseumPreschoolLearningEnvironment

    Days&HoursofOperation DailySchedule

    II.ADMISSIONSA.AgeRequirementB.HowtoRegisterC.AnnualTuitionIII.PROGRAMPOLICIESA.ChildDropoff&PickUpB.BirthdaysC.Uniforms/DresscodeD.OpenDoorPolicyE.SecurityF.ChildAbuseMandatoryReportingG.MedicalInformation

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    I.Introduction

    A.ProgramOverview

    WelcometotheYoungatArtMuseumPreschool.TheMuseumPreschoolemploysanart&literacyfocused,museum-based,experiential,educationalpre-schoolprogramdesignedtopreparechildrenforkindergarten.

    Whatwebelieve

    ArtInfluencesLearning

    Mostpeopleareawarethatartenhancesachildscreativity,imagination,andself-esteem,butdidyouknowthatartalsoinfluencesintellect,criticalthinking,andlearning?

    Ourcurrenteducationsystemplacesgreatemphasisonacademicdevelopment;asaresult,artprogramsarereducedoreveneliminated.When,inreality,ifwearetotrulyimproveacademicachievementastrongerfocusonartisnecessary.Arteducatorsandchilddevelopmentspecialistsrecognizethattheartsarenota"frill"orenrichmentactivity;artisbasictothefoundationsoflearning.

    Throughart,childrenlearncomplexthinkingskillsandmasterdevelopmentaltasks.Artengagesachild'ssenses&emotions,hisbodyandmind,todevelopcognitive,social,emotionalandsensory-motorskills.Artcanalsobeacooperativelearningexperiencethatprovidespleasure,challenge,andasenseofaccomplishment.

    Artprovideschildrenopportunitiestopracticeskillswithinadevelopmentalstagewithalltheirsenseslearning,experimentingandeventuallymasteringtheskill,attheirownrate.

    Artisanoutstandingtoolforteachingnotonlydevelopmentalskills,butalsoacademicsubjectssuchasmath,science,cultureandliteracy.Themosteffectivelearningtakesplacewhenchildrendosomethingrelatedtothetopictheyarelearning.Whenchildrenstudyanygivenconcept,theylearnitbetterandretainitlongeriftheydoartthatreinforcesthatlearning.ThisinformationhasbeenrecognizedbyteacherssincethetimeofConfucius,whenhesaid:

    "IhearandIforget.IseeandIremember;IdoandIunderstand."

    Artpromotesliteracy

    YAAisamuseumandpubliclibrary,fromthedesignofthebuildingtotheactivitywithinit;weunderstandtheprofoundeffectthatthemeldingofArt&Literacycanhaveonchildren&families.

    Whenchildrenlistentostoriesandviewartisticillustrationstheydevelopexpressiveandreflectiveskillsthatenhancestorytellingandfuturecreativewriting,promoteprintawareness,spatialrelationskills,visualliteracy,andverbalcreativity.Arttoolssuchaspaintbrushes,claycuttingutensils,crayonsandmarkersintroducepre-writingexperiences,asearlylearnersgrasptoolsthatlaterhelpthemholdapencilforwriting.

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    ArtStudies&Shows

    AttheMuseumPreschool,on-going,structuredartprojectsintroducechildrentofamousartists,arttechniquesandrealartmediums.Regularlyscheduledartexhibitsdisplaychildrensworkintrueart-galleryformat!

    AuthenticArtandMusic

    TheMuseumPreschoolbelievestheenvironmentisthethirdteacherintheroom.Childrenbenefitfromexposuretodisplaysofprofessionalartandbeautifulmusic.Solisten,youwillhearclassicalmusic,cultural/ethnicinternationalbeatsandlivelyrhythmstoaccompanythechildrensday.Similarly,theartworkdisplayedaroundtheroomiseithertheworkofchildren,displayedinarespectfulartisticmanner,orrealartbyrealartists.

    Childrenloveartbecauseit'sfunandprovidesthemwithauthenticself-expression:Thefreedomofchoice,thought,andfeeling.AtYAAweunderstandthatartalsoteachesimportantskillsforlivinganddevelopsyoungmindsjoinusastheart-venturebegins

    B.InvolvingFamilies

    ItstheProcess

    TheYAAcurriculumincorporatesartacrossthecurriculumandalsoencouragesartasafamilyactivity&value.Parentsareencouragedtoenjoytheirchild'sartinvariousways-atshows,inclassroomdisplaysandinindividualartportfolios.Weoftenhearparentsgetexcitedabouttheirchild'sartandtalkabouthowsurprisinglybeautifulitis.Whileproductsareoftenstunning,wecallattentiontotheprocess.Itistheprocessofdoingartthatissoimportanttolearning.Weinviteeveryfamilytoexpandtheirvalueofartandtokeepartsuppliesathome,designateahouseholdareafor"messyart,"andbecomemoreinvolvedgenerallyinart.

    CultureandTraditions

    AtYoungAtArtMuseumPreschoolwechoosetocelebrateallchildrenenrolledinourprogram,theirfamiliesandtheirbackgrounds.Inordertodothis,weinviteeachfamilytosharealittleaboutthemselvesthroughouttheyear(yourclassroomteacherwillsupplyasign-upcalendarforthispurpose).Thismightmeansharingaspecialfood,atraditionalethniccelebrationoraculturallysignificantartprojectwithchildren.Eachwayyouchoosetoshareaboutyourfamilywillhelpchildrenunderstandtheirfriendsandthusacceptdifferencesinallpeople.

    ConsciousDiscipline

    TheMuseumPreschoolstrivestofosteranenvironmentoflove,trust,creativity,andrespect.Withthisinmind,weinviteparentstolearnwithusandtheirchildrenabouttheconceptsandprincipalsinherentintheConsciousDisciplinetechniqueofinteractingwitheachother.

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    ConsciousDisciplineisacomprehensivepreschoolprogramthatintegratessocial-emotionallearninganddiscipline.ConsciousDisciplineempowersadultstoconsciouslyrespondtodailyconflict,transformingitintoanopportunitytoteachcriticallifeskillstochildren.ConsciousDisciplineisevidence-based,andwasnamedasanationalmodelforcharactereducationbytheFloridaStateLegislature.

    Parent/TeacherCommunication

    Webelievethatgoodcommunicationbetweenparentsandteachersisessentialforthesuccessofourstudentsandourschool.Goodparent/teachercommunicationwillensurethatweareabletoidentifyandmeettheneedsofourstudentsandtheexpectationsoftheirparents.

    Inadditiontotheongoingdialoguebetweenparentsandteachersregardingdailyschoolhappenings,wewillalsoutilizevariousotherformsofcommunicationtokeepparentsinformedaboutindividual,class,andschoolnews.Thefollowingaresomeofthewaysinwhichwewillcommunicateevents,progress,andgeneralnewsaboutourstudentsandourpreschool:

    o Email:Teacherswilluseemailtorelayinformationtoparentsaboutissuessuchasschoolclosings,reminders,schoolnews,andannouncementsforspecialactivitiesatthepreschool.AllteachershaveYoungatArtMuseumemailaccounts,andparentsmayemailtheirchildsteachersatanytimewithquestionsorconcerns.

    o Telephone:Allteachersandstaffareavailabletospeakwithparentsbytelephonewhenneeded.Parentswillbeprovidedwithallrelevantpreschoolphonenumbers.

    o Conferences:Parentsmaysignupforone-on-oneconferenceswiththeirchildsteacherstodiscussdevelopmentalprogressandsetindividualgoals.Conferenceswillbeofferedtwiceayear.

    o PreschoolEvents:Openhouses,familyactivities,andspecialeventswillalsoprovideparentswiththeopportunitytoengageinfurtherdialoguewiththeirchildsteachers.

    o ParentQuestions,Suggestions,andConcerns:Weencourageparentstodiscussanyquestionsorconcernstheymayhavewiththeirchildsteachersandthepreschooldirector.Wedoaskparentstoreservediscussionofmoredetailedmattersforafterschoolhours,sothattheteachersmayensurethesafetyofthechildrenduringclasstimeandoffertheirfullattentiontoparentconcerns.Weencourageparentstoshareanyrelevantinformationconcerningtheirchildthatwillhelpteacherstobettermeetthatchildsneeds,suchasmajorchangesinafamilysituationorrecentchangesinthechildsbehaviorordisposition.

    C.SchoolReadiness

    FloridaEarlyLearningandDevelopmentStandards

    Whendevelopingcurriculum,lessonplansandactivitiesforchildrentheMuseumPreschooladherestotheFloridaEarlyLearningandDevelopmentStandards.TheStandardshelptoguideteachersastheyplanintentionalandappropriateexperiencesforyoungchildrenbasedonanunderstandingofeachchildsdevelopmentalaccomplishmentsandanticipatednextsteps.Toviewthesestandardsgotohttp://www.floridaearlylearning.com/EarlyLearning/Documents/Policy-ProposedRules/Form_OEL-SR_30_Child_Peformance_Standards_(Workshop)_02-17-12.pdf

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    FloridasEarlyLearningandDevelopmentStandardsareorganizedintofivedomains,weaddressthesedomainsasweworkwithyoutomonitoryourchildsgrowthanddevelopment.

    o PhysicalDevelopmento ApproachestoLearningo SocialandEmotionalDevelopmento LanguageandCommunicationo CognitiveDevelopmento GeneralKnowledge

    VPKchildrenwillbeassessedthreetimesayear:inthefall,winter,andspring.AllscoreswillbesubmittedtoELCBroward,aswellasaprintoutthatwillbegiventoyou.

    BrowardCountyPublicSchoolKindergartenexpectations

    Wealsomonitoranddocumenteach4-year-oldchildsprogresstowardtheBrowardCountyPublicSchoolschool-readinesscriterion.UponenteringKindergarten,teachersliketosee5-year-oldswhocan

    o Countoutloudto10o Recognizenumbers0-10o Recognizecapitalandlowercaselettersofthealphabeto Recognizethesoundthateachletterofthealphabetmakeso Recognizeanddrawthe4basicshapescircle,square,triangle,rectangleo Recognizeandwritetheirfirstname(startingwithuppercase,followedbylowercase)o Button,zipandbegintotieo Colorwithcrayonsandcutwithscissorso Uselisteningskills:Payattentionandfollowdirectionso Understandsharingandtakingturns

    D.MuseumPreschoolLearningEnvironment DaysandHoursofoperation8:303:00MondayFriday,everydaytheBrowardCountyPublicschoolsareopen

    o VPKHours8:30-11:30am&12:30-3:30pm3:006:00Aftercareisofferedforanadditionalcost

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    Daily Schedule Time Activity Description

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