The Louise Hizer Early Childhood Center includes three sections: PreSchool for 2- and 3-year-olds; PreKindergarten for 4-year-olds; and Kindergarten for 5-year-olds.
Classroom work extends to other parts of the campus and the community, including the Great Room, where imaginations flourish; the state-of-the-art playground, where lifelong friendships evolve; and the Outdoor Classroom, where nature speaks and young minds listen. Each individual is expected to develop in all areas through a plan rich in diversity.
Our PreSchool 2* and PreSchool 3 classes introduce a broad range of intellectual, physical, artistic, and social skills to provide a solid foundation. Goals include reading readiness; a basis for understanding mathematics; good physical and personal habits; appreciation of music, art, and poetry; cultural and environmental sensitivity; and responsible sharing and conversation with other children and adults. World language instruction in Spanish begins immediately, and Mandarin Chinese is introduced in PreKindergarten. The entire program fosters the joy of learning.
The formal academic curriculum begins in PreKindergarten for 4-year-olds with language arts, math, social studies, and science instruction occurring on a daily basis, aligned with national and international preschool learning expectations. Technology lab and media center visits are scheduled weekly. Physical education classes and dance experiences add to the total child emphasis.
In Kindergarten, students further develop oral and written language, expand their logical thinking skills, and extend their understanding of social and physical sciences. Excitement for learning is nurtured through a design that matches the many learning styles and interests.
Family involvement is a hallmark of the Early Childhood division, with 8-10 themed days when parents participate with children in engaging activities. Favorites include Father’s Day Olympics, Fall Hoe Down, International Morning, Big Truck Day, the Easter Parade, and Mother’s Day Picnic.
Key elements of the Early Childhood program include:
Polk County's beyond-today, beyond-classroom, beyond-expected independent learning community for students in Preschool 2 through 12th grade.
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