Helping Hands STEAM preschool provides comprehensive learning with rich academic and social opportunities for general education and special education preschool students in a friendly and welcoming environment. The class is led by a highly trained credentialed Special Education teacher, Cristina Blanco and a Preschool teacher, Sophia Dominquez, providing a stimulating, enriched environment that develops each child’s love of learning, self-esteem, empathy, and respect of self and others.
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) is the curriculum focus. STEAM teaches children skills necessary to be successful in the 21st Century. STEAM education responds to children's curiosity to learn about the world around them and develops their sense of wonder about objects and events in their environment. In our Helping Hands STEAM preschool program we introduce, explore and experiment with basic science concepts through play and we teach students how to observe, ask questions, investigate, and work together to solve problems.
Our program also focuses on connecting problem solving skills learned through science activities to social situations to help build "little scientists" who are not only ready for Kindergarten, but also building a strong foundation to become socially responsible citizens in a scientifically complex and technology rich world. In addition, the Helping Hands preschool program provides a unique opportunity for children to increase their confidence and ability to work with others. This integrated approach to early education creates an enriched learning environment to strengthen academic development, social skills and inquisitive love of learning in all children!
Through STEAM, our curriculum develops vocabulary, pre-reading, writing, math and science skills. Through meaningful and relevant activities, children acquire kindergarten readiness skills and the disposition to be life-long learners.
Helping Hands STEAM preschool provides:
- Smaller class size
- Blended teacher directed and child-initiated activities; quiet and active projects; large group, small group and individual activities and indoor/outdoor time.
- Opportunities to foster a passion for learning, develop and strengthen leadership skills, confidence, empathy and problem solving skills
- STEAM curriculum that builds a strong foundation for future learning including exploration, observations, recording information and problem solving