Children's Cottage Preschool
Children's Cottage Preschool Philosophy
For over 2 decades in Napa, our program is characterized by an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development.
Educational Learning Centers
Mixed age environment student choice of activity from a prescribed range of options
Uninterrupted blocks of work time
Discovery model where children learn concepts working with materials rather than direct instruction
The large, light filled preschool room has different Learning Centers that focus on reading, math, science, and social development.
Children are taught through purposeful interaction between students and staff, resulting in cooperative play, empathy for others, and positive problem solving techniques.
Our Program helps children become effective readers, writers, and communicators and prepares them for a successful elementary experience.
Children are exposed to the concepts of number recognition, difference in size/volume, sequencing, and sorting. These concepts form the solid foundation to prepare for elementary school.
Our activity-based program explores our environment as we recognize weather and seasonal changes around us. We learn the responsibility of caring for and feeding our classrooms pets.
Art & Music
Crafts projects encourage fine motor skill development as children learn to cut with scissors, hold a pencil or crayon correctly, or color within boundries. Music & movement expose children to fine arts and provide opportunities for self expression.
Why should you invest in quality preschool?
There has been some discussion in about the long-term benefits of preschool. But let me be clear: There is no debate over the benefits of quality preschool. Extensive research has consistently shown that quality preschool programs, taught by well-trained teachers, improve not only readiness to learn, but also social skills that help children for a lifetime. We know from decades of solid research and teacher observations that children who have been lucky enough to go to quality preschool enter kindergarten excited about learning, ready to share, communicate and cooperate with others. Perhaps most important, these lucky kids have a good foundation for learning to read -- the skill they will most need to thrive through high school and beyond. Let's agree that all California kids should be so lucky. Former California Superintendent of Schools