Learn 'n Grow Early Childhood Education Center
What an exciting time to be a part of a wonderful beginning in Otsego Public Schools! Learn 'n Grow is an educationally-based preschool program that will teach all of the academic and social skills needed for school readiness.
The Learn 'n Grow Early Childhood Education Center will house our Learn 'n Grow Preschool and may include GSRP and Head Start. This center is part of Otsego Public Schools and offers preschool and wrap-around daycare services for our students Monday - Friday. Learn 'n Grow Preschool offers both tuition and tuition-free sessions for those families who qualify.
The Learn 'n Grow ECEC will be a nature-based program where we focus on the whole child. They will be outdoors throughout the year, exploring the wonders of the seasons here in West Michigan. Our center is nestled in a 5-acre wooded area so the natural environment lends itself to an abundance of nature-based and outdoor learning opportunities. Our educational units will be embedded into exploring different habitats and we're excited for students to connect with their surroundings through social, emotional and physical play.
Preschool plays an important role in a young child's growth and development. Children learn socialization skills that are so important for future peer relationships. They learn there is more than just "me" and that others have needs and feelings, too. Children learn to share their toys, their space, their thoughts and their love. They learn rules and limits in relation to their surroundings.
Our teachers will introduce alphabet letters/sounds using the same methods used in kindergarten. Children will learn that letters are in their name and will begin to write their names. Children learn about numbers and counting, they learn to cut, paste and paint. These activities are part of our program but are not the focus of the program. The program is age- appropriate and children all have different developmental levels.
Preschool is a time when young children sing, play, make friends and learn a little more about their world.
Most of the areas covered during our school year are based on a set curriculum. Activities include art, music, finger plays, discussions and hands-on learning revolving around specific units of study.
Learn 'n Grow Preschool is operated under licensing requirements of the State of Michigan, and administered by Otsego Public Schools. The school is operated solely on the basis of tuition with the exception of our at-risk classrooms.
Learn 'n Grow Curriculum:
Seasons, bus safety, naming parts of the body, fire safety, personal safety, nutrition, five sense, magnets, simple machines and living and non-living things.
Counting, shapes, sorting, spatial relations, sizing/comparing words, patterning, graduated order, one-to-one correspondence and following three-step directions.
Literacy: Recognizing first name in print, scribble writing, concepts of print, letter sounds, letter identification, write some letter from own name, recognizing last name in print and rhyming.
Beginning scissor skills, introduction of writing tools nad pencil grip.
Running, jumping, hopping, galloping and catching a ball.
Self Help Skills:
Personal health and role-playing
Solving conflicts, interactive social skills and manner throughout the year.