Whitmore Lake Facebook Whitmore Lake Twitter WLPS ● 8877 Main St. ● Whitmore Lake, MI 48189
Early Start = Bright Future

Whitmore Lake Early Childhood Center Develops Learning and Growth at a Young Age

Offering a number of developmental programs for young, preschool-age children, the Early Childhood Center of Whitmore Lake Public Schools is committed to bettering our students in a welcoming environment. Learn all about our programs and our Creative Curriculum to find which will be beneficial to your young learner.

Early Childhood Center Logo

Fall 2017 Registration

Enroll Today!

March 16, 23, and 30 5-7pm

Download PDF

Explore Our Creative Curriculum

How Children Learn in Preschool

Children are learning every minute of the day. They learn from the way we organize the classroom, the daily schedule, activities to when they play outdoors. Our classrooms are set up to be developmentally appropriate for learning, offering our children many opportunities to make choices, come up with ideas, experiment, and take responsibility for their work.

Here’s what you’ll see when you visit:

  • Materials are on low shelves, in containers, and on hooks so children can get them independently and put them away.
  • Shelves are neat and uncluttered so materials are easy to see, remove, and replace.
  • Picture and word labels are on containers and shelves so children know where materials belong and learn to use print.
  • There are distinct interest areas–blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, discovery, library, sand and water, music and movement, cooking, computers, and different play spaces outdoors – so children know what choices are available and make decisions.
  • A variety of learning materials is in each area so that no matter where children choose to play, they learn.
  • Similar materials are grouped together to teach children to sort and classify – skills that are important to understanding and solving math problems.
Early Childhood Center Daily Schedule

The Daily Schedule

We aim to provide a variety of learning experiences for a well-rounded education, so we plan a daily schedule with these goals in mind. We follow this same schedule, in picture format, day after day. The picture schedule helps children feel secure because they know what comes next. After a few months, children are amazingly independent and begin to communicate what they are supposed to do next!

Early Childhood Center Classroom Activities

Classroom Activities

When you visit your child’s classroom, you see a room full of children playing. You may wonder what we are doing to help children learn. As children play, we watch how they use materials. We listen. We talk with them to find out what they are thinking and trying to do. We then help the children become aware of their actions, offer suggestions, and think about what materials to offer next. By challenging them to think further, we encourage the development of skills children will need in elementary school.

Here Are Some Examples of What Children Learn in Preschool:

Blocks

WHEN CHILDREN DO THIS:

Use blocks and wooden people to create rooms in their home

Make bridges for cars

THEY ARE LEARNING TO:

Make maps of their world (social studies, math)

Use shapes to build (math)

Plan ahead (study skills)

Recreate structures they've seen geography, problem solving)

Dramatic Play

WHEN CHILDREN DO THIS:

Use a stethoscope to examine a doll and write a prescription

Pretend to be a firefighter

THEY ARE LEARNING TO:

Pretend with objects (abstract thinking)

Write for a purpose (literacy)

Recall what they know about workers in their community (social studies)

Act out roles (the arts)

Games & Toys

WHEN CHILDREN DO THIS:

Finish a puzzle

Group pictures that are the same

THEY ARE LEARNING TO:

Complete a task (study habits, self-confidence)

Learn about the alphabet (literacy)

Match and classify (math)

Art

WHEN CHILDREN DO THIS:

Gather paper, scissors, and glue for a project

Draw a picture of their family

THEY ARE LEARNING TO:

Plan and carry out a task (study habits, independence)

Use symbols to represent their ideas (literacy)

Gain an understanding of what "family" means (social studies)

Discovery

WHEN CHILDREN DO THIS:

Plant seeds and measure each plant's growth

Use eyedroppers to add colors to containers of water

THEY ARE LEARNING TO:

Measurement (math)

Plant life cycle (science)

Mix colors (science)

Small muscle development (writing)

Sand & Water

WHEN CHILDREN DO THIS:

Pour water onto waterwheels to set them in motion

Discover how many cups of sand fill a pail

THEY ARE LEARNING TO:

Cause and effect (science)

Coordinate eye-hand movement (writing)

Count and measure volume (math)

Computers

WHEN CHILDREN DO THIS:

Try out a computer program together with another child

Type the letters of their names

THEY ARE LEARNING TO:

Share and play cooperatively with others (social skills)

Recognize and use alphabet letters (literacy and pre-reading skills)

Library

WHEN CHILDREN DO THIS:

Scribble on paper using some letters and tell what the scribble says

Listen to a story and talk about what happened

THEY ARE LEARNING TO:

Use writing to communicate (literacy)

Make a connection between letters and the sounds they make (literacy)

Love books, remember details, and express ideas (language development, literacy)

Music & Movement

WHEN CHILDREN DO THIS:

Sing or do a finger play with other children and the teacher

Create different sounds by putting more (or fewer) items in cans and shaking them

THEY ARE LEARNING TO:

Participate cooperatively in a group (social skills)

Recognize rhymes (phonological awareness, listening)

Explore cause and effect (science, logical thinking)

Cooking

WHEN CHILDREN DO THIS:

Follow directions in a recipe that calls for adding ingredients by teaspoons, cups, etc.

Watch bread dough rise or melt butter

THEY ARE LEARNING TO:

Understand measurement (math)

Read a recipe (literacy)

Understand that foods can change their physical states (science)

Outdoor Time

The time children spend outdoors every day is just as important to their learning as the time they spend in the classroom. Large muscle activities are essential for children’s health and well-being. As many of us know, too many children today are overweight and one reason for that is they don’t get the large muscle activity essential for healthy development. Children need time each day to run, leap, hop, jump, slide, and climb. These activities build strong muscles and a sense of pride. They are also important as brain research shows that physical activity actually wakes up the brain for learning.

The outdoors greatly increases our learning environment which is a natural setting for scientific investigations. Children find and study bugs and butterflies, plant seeds and watch them grow, and compare the feel of the bark on different trees. In some climates they notice the leaves change color and fall to the ground and learn about ice and snow. In other climates they learn how plants survive on almost no water. We talk with children about their discoveries and encourage them to continue investigating what they find outdoors.

When Children Do This: They Are Learning To:
Follow each other up climbers, down slides, through tunnels Develop an awareness of shapes and space (math and social studies) Make friends (social skills)
Work together to build a tunnel in the sandbox Pretend with objects (abstract thinking) Share space (social skills) Communicate ideas (literacy) Explore the properties of a natural material (science)
Pretend to be police stopping tricycles "cars" Understand community roles and rules (social studies)
Notice color patterns on caterpillars Recognize patterns in nature (math) Sharpen observational skills (science)
Catch and throw balls Coordinate eye and hand movements (physical development)
This is an excerpt from A Parent's Guide to Preschool, by Diane Trister Dodge and Joanna Phinney, Teaching Strategies, Inc., copyright 2002

Contact Our ECC Teaching Staff

We encourage parent involvement within and beyond the classroom. With the young ages of our students, it is crucial that their education and socialization be encouraged within and continued outside the classroom. If you have any questions regarding out Creative Curriculum, your child’s progress, or anything else, please don’t hesitate to contact our ECC staff.

Contact Our ECC Staff

Find Out If the Early Childhood Center is Right for Your Child

The Early Childhood Center of Whitmore Lake Public Schools is a safe and comfortable place for children to begin their educational journey. As children are learning every minute of the day, we provide them with environments and activities where they will feel secure and independent. We aim to provide a well-rounded education and use Creative Curriculum to plan each day around each child’s unique style of learning. We value high achievement and encourage children to think further while developing skills needed for elementary school.

If you’re interested in learning more about the Early Childhood Center of Whitmore Lake Public Schools, visit us at 8845 Main St., Whitmore Lake, MI 48189, or call us at 734-449-4464 ext. 4000.

Copyright © 2017 Ignite XDS. All Rights Reserved. Ignite XDS