WELCOME to our DJUSD Preschool Family!
We are thrilled that you have chosen our preschool program for your child! We know it is an important step in your life as well as your child’s life to find a preschool that makes you feel comfortable – one that is warm, loving, nurturing, safe and educational. We look forward to partnering with you in the beginning stages of your child’s education. I have confidence that every staff member on this campus will do everything they can to make this transition an easy and enjoyable one for you and your child. Preschool is an exciting time filled with wonder and exploration. Here at DJUSD, our preschool programs are committed to providing a quality, developmentally appropriate learning experience for each child. Our staff is highly qualified and bring years of experience to the classroom. Each day will be filled with fun and exciting opportunities to help your child grow. I look forward to all that we will accomplish this year as we work together in building a foundation for your child’s future.
As the Director of the Children’s Center, here are my goals:
- To build positive relationships with staff and families
- To build partnerships with the community
- To build and implement a strong recruitment system
I would like you to know that I have an open door policy. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please do not hesitate to stop by my office located in the administrative office or to contact me at my direct line at (530)757-5340. Again, I am looking forward to the positive partnerships we will all build! Thank you so much for your time and for choosing Valley Oak Preschool!
Director of Children’s Center
Children learn best through hands-on activities and experiences. It is important that children be allowed to explore their environment. Learning is not just following what others do; it is successfully doing it yourself. This requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work and to learn first hand about the world we live in. For children to learn, the activity must have meaning for the child. Young children learn best in a child-initiated and child-centered environment. Within this classroom we will incorporate the developmental appropriate principles and practices that support these philosophies and were established by the Department of Education, Child Development Division (Title 5).
Child Development Programs incorporate research based developmentally appropriate curriculum and frameworks to meet the need of every child enrolled in the program. Our program puts an emphasis on project work. Projects are based on the interests of the children. For this reason, the subject of study will vary from classroom to classroom.
Anti-bias Curriculum: The focus of anti-bias curriculum is to create an environment in which we can celebrate the differences found in our classrooms. Our curriculum is designed to challenge biases and stereotypes that children encounter in their everyday lives.
Every child in our classroom is viewed as a unique individual.
The core components of our curriculum areas are aligned with the California Department of Education Child Development Desired Results for Families and Children (DRDP):
- Helping each child develop a positive sense of self (self-esteem)
- Fostering initiative; helping children to become inquisitive learners
- Guiding social development; we help children develop the idea that school is a positive environment. Children learn that they can make friends and be part of a group.
- Fostering internal control within children; we will be emphasizing social values in our classroom.
- Guiding emotional development
Environment is a large part of children’s learning. Every session will have table toys for learning, a detailed schedule, and the following core components:
- Outside area: Large motor skills & social skills developed through running, climbing, balancing, and organized games.
- Art area: Creativity is fostered through using all sorts of materials. Fine motor skills, visual perception, and social skills are developed in the art area.
- Reading area: Literacy and language arts are developed by reading. Illustrated stories are developed dictation.
- Dramatic Play area: Children practice verbal and social skills through imitation and play
- Block area: Children discover spatial relationships, size, shape, balance and practice problem solving and decision making
- Science area: Children observe and experience science
- Manipulative area: Manipulatives encourage hand-eye, fine motor control, size, shape, and relationship properties.
These areas stimulate the child’s natural curiosity. The environment will be arranged so that optimal learning can occur.