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Prepare Your Preschooler for Kindergarten at Somerset Academy

Somerset Academy Early Learning Center offers an exciting half-day or full-day, 12 month preschool program that provides a dynamic and fun learning environment. Our Philadelphia preschools are open from 6:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Preschool enrollment is open to all children from infancy through 5 years old and is granted without discrimination in regard to sex, race, color, religion, ability or beliefs. Parents/Guardians are required to complete all required enrollment paperwork and ensure student information is accurate and current. Required medical reports and emergency contact information must be current at all times and submitted prior to enrollment.

Additional Support for Preschoolers with Special Needs

Individualized, expert support is provided for children with special needs in Philadelphia. Family support specialists are available to support the family system with community resources, advocacy and early intervention.

Kindergarten Readiness in Philadelphia

Transitioning from Preschool to Kindergarten is a major step. If your child isn’t old enough to start kindergarten, or just needs additional skill development, then Somerset Academy Early Learning Center’s preschool is the perfect program.

Our Preschool program is designed to introduce your child to the structure and format of a typical kindergarten day, focusing on the needs of the young five year old. This program builds on skills gained in preschool with an enhanced focus on extended seat work and kindergarten-level instruction in literacy, math and handwriting.

Somerset Academy Early Learning Center focuses on helping our young Philadelphia preschoolers, solve problems, listen responsively, use language, build vocabulary, and develop social and collaborative skills.

The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is an award-winning curriculum for preschool success. Comprising The Foundation, five research-based volumes that provide the knowledge base of the curriculum, and the Daily Resources, which offer step-by-step guidance in the form of Teaching Guides and additional daily teaching tools, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and state early learning standards.

Using exploration and discovery as a way of learning, The Creative Curriculum for Preschool enables children to develop confidence, creativity, and lifelong critical thinking skills.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool is based on 38 objectives for development and learning, which are fully aligned with the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework as well as early learning standards for every state.

  • Presents knowledge-building volumes and daily practice resources in tandem, giving every educator the “what,” “why” and “how” of early childhood education.
  • Offers daily opportunities to individualize instruction, helping teachers meet the needs of every type of learner.
  • Addresses all the important areas of learning, from social-emotional and math to technology and the arts, and incorporates them throughout every part of every day.
  • Offers daily, built-in opportunities for observation, helping teachers and administrators clearly see the strong relationship between curriculum and assessment.
  • Offers complete support for working with English- and dual-language learners, including detailed guidance that helps to build teachers’ knowledge about best practices.
  • Contains guidance for working with all learners, including advanced learners and children with disabilities.

 

 

Components of The Creative Curriculum® for Preschool

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool: The Foundation provides the theory and research foundation of the curriculum and helps teachers set up their classrooms. They contain everything teachers need to know in order to build and implement a high-quality preschool program.

The Creative Curriculum for Preschool: Daily Resources provide step-by-step guidance in the form of Teaching GuidesIntentional Teaching Cards™, and additional daily teaching tools. These resources offer a wealth of ideas and detailed plans for filling every day with meaningful and engaging experiences for all of the children in your program.

  • Six Teaching Guides provide daily support for the entire school year, offering comprehensive, detailed plans that each span several weeks and guide teachers moment-by-moment through the day.
  • Intentional Teaching Cards provide playful and engaging activities with directions to help teachers individualize each activity to meet the unique needs of every learner.
  • Mighty Minutes™ help teachers turn every minute of the day into learning opportunities, intentionally promoting language, literacy, math, science, social studies, and physical skills during “in-between” times.
  • The Teaching Strategies Children’s Book Collection features beloved classic tales, contemporary works by award-winning authors and illustrators, and original nonfiction titles for use during high-quality read-alouds.
  • Book Discussion Cards™ explain how to read and talk about selected books in the Teaching Strategies Children’s Book Collection, helping teachers make the most of repeated, interactive read-alouds with children.

Somerset Preschool Curriculum Themes

Each month, our preschool curriculum at Somerset Academy has a featured theme. Thematic investigations allow children to play, explore and learn about different concepts in their expanding lives. Themes allow children to organize new information and further develop their growing imagination.
Each theme creatively integrates colors, shapes, numbers and letters of the month. Plus, each month features a different song

Assessments at Somerset Academy Philadelphia

Assessing Somerset Academy Children

Our assessment of young children is play-based and observes the natural flow of the day. At Somerset Academy, we gather authentic assessments every day to document experiences and chart learning over time. Additionally, we recognize that each child is unique and develops at his or her own pace. Our lesson plans clearly identify which skills are integrated within a given learning activity so that we can observe a child’s use of the identified skill. Assessments are shared with parents/guardians through the use of a Child Portfolio and a Child’s Report of Skills.

Assessing the Somerset Academy Environment

The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) authored by Yash Bhagwanji, is a tool used by Somerset Academy to provide a collaborative tool to discuss early childhood environmental education program goals, consider strengths and areas in need of improvement, and chart a future direction for development. It is a formative evaluation tool designed to assist programs in improving their environmental education curriculum.

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