Our Learning Philosophy
Francis Howell Preschool operates under the philosophy that children of all abilities can learn. Together they will develop a strong educational foundation built on good character that promotes independence, appreciation for diversity, a healthy self-concept, and positive socialization skills. All learning is child-centered, process oriented, and choice driven. Learning is guided by setting clear limits, redirecting, modeling, providing positive praise, and encouragement.
Francis Howell Preschool is guided by the Missouri State Standards for pre-kindergarten education in conjunction with research and best practices on a child’s ability to learn. The Francis Howell Preschool provides instruction and assessment of a child’s growth in the following learning domains:
- Personal-Social Development
- Language & Literacy
- Mathematical Thinking
- Scientific Thinking
- Social Studies
- The Arts
- Physical Health and Development
Our Preschool programming is aligned with the elementary level and follows curriculum that is tailored to meet the needs of each child.
We utilize the following curriculum:
- Growing with Mathematics
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Early Childhood English Language Arts Curriculum
All lessons and activities are crafted into theme based units that encompass all aspects of learning, to best ensure success for each child at their appropriate level of development.
The Francis Howell Preschool employs teachers certified in Early Childhood and/or Early Childhood Special Education, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and Educational Support Counselors. We also employ classroom assistants and para-educators to support students in the classrooms.