TLC's Preschool Care
Preschool Care & Curriculum
Many of the important skills that prepare young people for a successful future originate from interactions during play. Through research-based activities and academic games selected by TLC’s highly trained teachers, children have experiences that help them develop an understanding of the social and physical conditions that define the world around them. Structured and unstructured social interactions play a fundamental role in the development of cognition.
Listening, speaking, reading and writing (language arts skills) are developed by a variety of activities. Reading books, singing, and finger plays are designed to build verbal skills, phonemic awareness and listening comprehension. During language-based play, children develop receptive and expressive language skills which also build vocabulary. Our curriculum also includes the highly regarded reading readiness program, ABC Music & Me. The program is a "research-based language and early literacy program built around music." TLC also uses the Handwriting Without Tears® program which incorporates hands-on activities and multi-sensory teaching strategies that build good handwriting habits early.
Like many elementary schools in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, TLC uses Everyday Math curriculum and materials. “Everyday Mathematics is a structured, rigorous, and proven program that helps students learn mathematical reasoning and develop strong math skills.” Science skills are honed by experimenting with materials of various size, shape, and texture. Activities such as puzzles stimulate and advance problem solving skills. In addition, the complexity of block play exposes children to lessons of force, gravity and motion. TLC teachers expose children to the games, songs, and cultural holidays of the many heritages in our community.
Social and emotional interactions, physical skills, and creativity also improve with educational games. TLC’s teachers encourage play-based learning by designing extended independent or play-group periods, and providing appropriate materials and resources that encourage and challenge children in their play. Teachers provide the appropriate assistance or scaffolding that will give the child enough of a boost to achieve and eventually master the task.
Preschool and Pre-K Staff