Grace PreschoolYou'll Love Us!
If you need high-quality preschool, part-time or full-time child care for a child between the ages of 2 and 5, we hope you will consider Grace Preschool. Our experienced and professional staff provide a nurturing, caring environment with age-appropriate learning experiences that will allow children to develop an enthusiasm for learning. Our Year at a Glance will provide an overview of the program for the 2014-15 year. For classroom and rate information, please view the Grace Preschool Class Chart & Fee Schedule.
Grace Preschool is also a partner site for the Des Moines Public Schools Early Childhood program. For more information on this program, please visit http://www.dmschools.org/academics/programs/early-childhood-education/preschool-locations/.
What is Project Based Learning?
Project based learning is the in-depth investigation or research of real world topics (trees, pets, wheels). It includes highly motivated activities and experiences that allow a student to be an active participant in his/her own learning.
Why are we doing Project Based Learning?
Both themes and units have an important place in early childhood curriculum. However, they are not substitutes for projects, in which children ask questions that guide the investigation and make decisions about the activities to be undertaken. Unlike themes units, the topic of a project is a real phenomenon that children can investigate directly, rather than mainly through library research. Project topics draw children’s attention to questions such as: How do things work? What do people do? What tools do people use?
How Can Parents and Families Get Involved?
• Share knowledge of the topics (Gardner comes in and demonstrates gardening, Chef or Home Cook demonstrate cooking, Author shares the writing process)
• Bring in materials related to themes (family photos, rake, old cookie pan etc.)
• Volunteer time in the classroom or on field trips.