Family Flex Early Education Center  |  1005 Acoma Street  |  Denver, CO 80204  |  Phone: 303-571-1005  |  Fax: 303-200-8903

Family Flex is an early education center located in the downtown Denver area that provides infants, toddlers, and preschool age children and families with quality education and convenience to help ease the demands of modern parenthood.

Preschool


Overview.  The Preschool program at Family Flex is a mixed-age experience for children between 3-5 years old.  Our preschool classrooms do a "studies" based approach where we do in-depth projects based on the children's interests.  Through these projects we work on different goals and objectives to prepare for Kindergarten.  Our program emphasizes the development of social and emotional competence, critical thinking skills, and problem solving.  We incorporate hands-on learning in the areas of literacy, math, science, social studies and the arts in ways that are fun and exciting.  The preschool classrooms also use outside experiences to shape what we learn: we do monthly field trips, library visits, and in-house workshops/presenters that relate to the projects that we are working on.

  

The Learning Environment.  The learning environments in each preschool classroom uses community as its focal point.  The children take part in setting up the rules, choosing what displays go up, and help shape the daily routine.  The classroom is arranged by interests areas such as a "dress up" or dramatic play area, a block building space, a math and science corner for exploring, a library for reading and relaxing, and an art and writing area to work on our fine motor skills.  There is also a space in the classroom to work at tables, either in individually or in small groups.  The rooms are set up to be accessible to children so that they can gain independence and autonomy in their daily routines.  Shelves and cabinets are lower and open, cubbies, coat hooks and mailboxes are within reach and accessible, and there are also "child sized" tools for children to take part in daily cleaning and organization routines (small brooms, dustpans, etc).  The displays in the classrooms showcase what the class is working on and gives a sense of the classroom community.  You will see children's art work, 3-D projects, various measuring and learning graphs, and family picture boards displaying familiar faces. 

 

What Children Learn.  The preschool program incorporates goals and objectives into the classroom through play and child-centered experiences.  For example, rather than just learning about butterflies, we incorporate the study of butterflies into a bigger topic of metamorphosis.  We bring in real butterfly larvae and grow them from caterpillar until they come out of their chrysallis as a beautiful butterfly.  Throughout the experience, we do different projects such as making and testing a hypothosis (what happens if we stick a chryssalis in the fridge?  Will the butterfly still come out?), playing butterfly counting and classification games, or doing songs/fingerplays to explore literacy and butterflies.  These projects help us to identify and work on the eight different areas of development that will help us prepare for Kindergarten.  Some of the developmental skills are identified below:


Social/Emotional: Regulating our behaviors, creating positive relationships with our peers, and participating cooperatively in a group

Physical:  Working towards more refined skills with both large motor (running/jumping/hopping) and small motor (writing, manipulating small objects, etc).

Cognitive: Developing positive approaches to learning, learning to use classification skills, and beginning to symbolic representation in our play.

Language:  We work on expanding our vocabulary and engaging in more detailed conversation.  This includes learning about following multi-step directions and learning to appropriately express our thoughts.


Literacy: Introduction to phonological awareness (rhyme and alliteration), letters and numbers, knowledge of print, and emergent reading and writing skills

Math: Foundational number conceptions such as counting, quantifying, and connecting numbers to quantities, learning about spatial concepts (shapes), comparing and measuring, and knowledge of patterns

 Science: scientific inquiry, learning about characteristics of living things, physical properties of objects and materials, and knowledge of the environment

Social Studies: Learning the basic understanding of people and how they live, how change affects people and places, and basic geographical concepts