Our CurriculumValley View Early Childhood Center uses Creative Curriculum and follows the Illinois Early Learning Standards as the framework for the preschool program. This is one of the three developmentally appropriate curriculum recommended by The Illinois State Board of Education. Teachers also develop units of study that thematically compliment the children, culture and community of Valley View District 365U. The curriculum is designed to assist with the portfolio/assessment component of our preschool program. The Individual Growth and Development Indicator (IGDI) is an assessment tool used 3 times a year to assess the children's growth in vocabulary and rhyming skills.Children will:
Our StaffEach of our classroom teachers holds Professional Teaching Licensure certified by the Illinois State Board of Education, with an Early Childhood Special Education Approval.
- Participate in a variety of centers, large groups, small groups, and one on one opportunities.
- Receive progress reports in the areas of literacy, language, math, science, social-emotional development, & motor skills.
- Work towards becoming independent learners & problem-solvers & be actively engaged in learning.
- Experience field trips in the community.
- Become prepared for kindergarten.
Family InvolvementValley View’s philosophy embraces family involvement through the school and family enrichment activities. Parents are the key to a meaningful experience for the development of the total child. Families are always welcome at Valley View Early Childhood Center. We offer a monthly newsletter plus a variety of programs that bring parents together for education, enrichment, fun and support.
- All classrooms are supported by one teacher and a teacher’s assistant.
- In classroom support staff include Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, and Physical Therapists.
- All programs are supported by the Curriculum Coordinator, the Parent Liaison Coordinator, and the Student Resource Team Leader.
A Typical Day At VVSD
Arrival: Children enter their classroom, hang up their coats and backpacks, and get ready for the day.
Circle/Large Group: Everyone comes together to hear about the day’s activities. Each child decides what centers he or she would like to become involved with for that day, and what they plan to do in the center. Vocabulary development is also incorporated during this time.
Center Time: Children choose from activities in the centers, which include dramatic play, table toys, blocks, art sensory table, library and computers. Learning is child-centered through play facilitated by the Early Childhood Team.
Small Group Instruction: Curriculum objectives, state standards and individual goals are taught and practiced through activities in a structured setting.
Snack Time: Identify letters in own name and those of peers; Increase communication by requesting items\ through words, pictures; Develop positive relationships with peers and adults through conversation; Retell experiences of the day.
Motor Time: Throwing, catching, kicking balls and other objects; Running, jumping, galloping, climbing, and hopping skills; Balance activities; Riding a tricycle; Fine motor activities; Following directions (single and multi-step)
Music Time and Movement: Large motor skills are enhanced through the excitement of music as well as physical games enjoyed both in the classroom and out on the playground. Children also learn self control by following rules and safety guidelines.
Story Time: Teachers read to children in both large and small groups. Reading enhances listening skills and memory, stimulates thought-provoking questions and helps children discuss the differences between the world we live in and the fantasy worlds we read about.
Dismissal: Follow verbal directions to pack backpack; Small motor – zip coat/backpack, put on mittens, boots, hat; Increase overall independence and take care of own belongings.
Transportation: Families of community preschool students are required to provide their own transportation.