IDEAL Preschool Experience

  • AN IDEAL PRESCHOOL LEARNING DAY BEGINS WITH A HUG

    Preschool 3/4 Age Requirement

    Children must be three years old by September 1

    Pre-K Age Requirement

    Children must be four years old by September 1

    Note: Both programs will be referred to as IDEAL Preschool

    At IDEAL Preschool, the program will provide each student with a challenging education where emotional and cognitive intelligences are of equal importance. Your child will be intrinsically motivated and will continue to develop into a passionate learner.  Our teaching team ensures all students become optimistic thinkers, compassionate people, goal oriented risk takers, and innovative problem solvers by providing the following five elements:

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    Trust and Belonging – Each child feels that he/she belongs, can contribute, is considered important by the teacher and his/her peers, and is challenged by high, consistent expectations. Only positive statements and directions are used.

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    Meaningful Content– Teachers present academic lessons with enriched language, using the eight intelligences along with clear goals and a relevant purpose for learning a skill. 

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    Enriched Environment – The environment is conducive to higher level thinking because the learner feels comfortable and never threatened. Every object and person is strategically placed to allow the child to be “set up for success” and feel empowered. The children are made to feel that they are important members of the group and contributors to their learning.

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    Intelligent Choices – The teachers structure many choices into the student’s day. Building on the trust theme, the teachers outline parameters and opportunities for choice. Students may choose which activities to do to accomplish the goal, how to do a task, how to reflect on an activity and how to transfer what they learned. The choices provide opportunities to grow in the different intelligences. 

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    Adequate/Productive Time – Teachers show children how to learn new information and only present curriculum that is relevant to the student’s development. The teaching team places emphasis on helping students make meaningful connections – taking the focus off rote information (fact drills) and placing it on the making of relevant products and the solving of problems. Projects and activities are the most important elements in our multiple intelligence school program. Our teachers are trained in Dr. Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory and take pride in their profession. The ratio of Preschool teachers to students is 1 to 6.

  • IDEAL is a utopian learning environment.

    — Dr. Howard Gardner, Professor of Cognitive Theory and Education, Harvard University.
  • Enrollment Facts:

    IDEAL Preschool- Educating & Nurturing children since 1993

    • M-F 8:15a.m.-2:00p.m.
    • Precare 7:30a.m.
    • Aftercare 2:00PM- 5:30p.m.
    • Teacher student ratio in each classroom 1:6
    • Advanced Brain Based Multiple Intelligence curriculum created by school founder Wendy Soderman B.A., B.Ed.
    • Since its inception in 1993, students have typically scored 130 and above (gifted) on the IQ tests at the completion of the two-year IDEAL early childhood education program. Contact or tour our school for a summary of IDEAL’s specific cognitive and developmental goals and curriculum overview

    Note:  Our Preschool curriculum, readiness skills and subject concepts are advanced (typically kindergarten level or above). We are currently in the process of publishing the IDEAL Early Childhood Advanced Curriculum.

     

  • WHY SEND YOUR THREE AND FOUR YEAR OLD TO IDEAL PRESCHOOL?

    FACT: Recent research on brain development states that the brain’s foundations for all later learning are established in the first four years of life.

    IDEAL PRESCHOOL’s early childhood program plays a vital role in the development of a healthy, well-constructed brain that is able to successfully navigate the challenges and wonders of the academic journey. IDEAL teachers use current brain research to create an advanced, academic program that establishes loving, nurturing relationships so that the children learn emotional and social skills (EQ) in an enchanting learning environment with intriguing activities and experiences that challenge and encourage students to problem solve and want to learn (IQ).

  • Innovative Differentiated Enriched Active Learning

    The IDEAL Preschool is an academic program that is designed by owner Wendy Soderman. The curriculum encompasses current brain research and is based on Dr. Howard Gardner’s (Harvard University Professor of Cognition and Education) Theory of Multiple Intelligence.

    BRAIN-BASED MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCE CURRICULUM

    At IDEAL Preschool each child is a unique individual who is valued for his/her individuality. 

  • The students spend their time doing relevant activities called Performances of Understanding that require higher and critical thinking skills such as explaining, making generalizations, classifying and ultimately transferring and applying understanding independently.  The program is activity based to ensure learning is both engaging and relevant for a young student. The preschool students learn through small inquiry groups, whole class multiple intelligence lessons and independent “discovery” centers. The multiple intelligence lessons are academic theatrical shows led by the teachers who are actors in costumed character.

     

  • Critical Thinking Skills

    Involved in Performances of Understanding

    Comparing and contrasting

    Analyzing

    Relating facts

    Assessing

    Presenting evidence

    Inferring

    Generalizing

    Diagnosing

    Synthesizing

    Evaluating

    Interpreting

    Explaining

    Creating Models

    Theorizing

    Making Analogies

    Categorizing

    Defining Distinctions

    Judging

    Making connections

    Deciding

    Classifying (chunking)

    Predicting

    At IDEAL the students “own their knowledge”.  The philosophy of early childhood education at IDEAL Preschool concurs with Dr. Gardner’s definition of intelligence as the ability to use learned information to find and solve problems and create relevant products (visible understanding of learned concepts).

  • Theory of Multiple Intelligence

    Multiple Intelligence is cognitive theory that states that each student has varying levels of the 8 intelligences and thus each student uses a unique cognitive profile to learn.
    These intelligences are:

    • verbal/linguistic……………….word smart
    • logical/mathematical……….logical/math smart
    • visual/spatial…………………..art/space smart
    • musical/rhythmic…………….music smart
    • bodily kinesthetic…………….body smart
    • natural intelligence………….nature smart
    • interpersonal…………………..people smart
    • intrapersonal…………………..self smart

    IDEAL believes that all children possess multiple intelligences (MI).  Not all students know, understand and learn in the same way!  Research shows that the more we can match students to congenial approaches of teaching, learning and assessing, the more likely it is that these students will achieve educational success (understanding). Rather than a single generalized ability called “intelligence understanding”.

    At IDEAL, all information is taught using the eight intelligences.  Each student possesses all eight intelligences and it is IDEAL’s goal to develop each intelligence to its full potential. IDEAL believes that intelligence is not fixed.  In fact, recent brain research now proves that intelligence can be strengthened and that stronger intelligences may be used to strengthen weaker ones.  Not all students know, understand, and learn in the same way.  Therefore, IDEAL’s philosophy of education focuses not only on how “smart” a child is but, rather how is the child “smart.”

    The students at IDEAL are treated with respect and love.  They are encouraged to make their own decisions and are taught that they are responsible for the choices they make.  Students are motivated with genuine praise and encouragement rather that external rewards.  The goal at IDEAL is for students to develop an intrinsic passion for knowledge and to learn for understanding.

  • IDEAL PRESCHOOL MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCE

    KEY LEARNING FEATURES

    The Early Childhood program at IDEAL SCHOOL has been referred to as “The Disney World” of schools because each day our children and their families encounter a learning journey of endless wonders and discoveries.

    Our day begins with a festive musical entry as each child and family is greeted at the classroom door with enthusiasm and joy. It’s showtime!

    The early childhood program opens with an intimate group gathering where all teachers and children hug, shake hands, greet one another, sing and share excitement about the upcoming day’s activities and experiences.

    IDEAL Multiple Intelligence DISCOVERY

    When you see children together creating and imagining, they are not just playing, they are learning.

    Once we have all connected on a personal level in our second home, IDEAL School, then the children are off to DISCOVER all the academic multiple intelligence activity centers in their Disney- like learning environment. All children transition to thematic Discovery centers by getting mindful and selecting activities of their choice. Everyone will think and chant, “I clap up high, I clap down low. I stop, and use my Prefrontal Cortex (point to front of brain). Make a plan, and away I go!”

    Discovery time is an integral part of the IDEAL curriculum because play sparks learning. When we talk about play, we are describing moments when the control of learning transfers from the teacher to the students.

    Each thematic Discovery center is designed to incorporate multiple intelligences, to reinforce a Readiness Skill (e.g. numeracy, phonics, sequencing, etc.) and, more importantly, to provide an opportunity to use critical thinking skills to solve a problem ( e.g. sort and classify dinosaurs as carnivores or herbivores and validate your thoughts).

    IDEAL teaching professionals create an enchanting setting to meet student’s need for a sense of belonging, significance and curiosity.  At IDEAL preschool, children are empowered by the opportunity for an unstructured time of academic choice and play.

  • During the discovery segment of the IDEAL program, the educators look for opportunities to enrich play by modeling higher level thinking and academic concepts, and to use rich vocabulary (e.g. teacher will pair the word “water” with H20). Teachers observe and record children’s interactions, language, and thinking as they role play and participate in academic game activities.  IDEAL professionals know that a child’s developmental growth is directly influenced by those around him or her.

    At IDEAL, educators are models and facilitators, ensuring that the child’s cognitive and interpersonal growth comes from the “give and take” of everyday academic and social interactions at multiple intelligence “hands on” activities with peers.

  •  Exploring activities using eight intelligences allows for self awareness and cognitive connections.

    Play is the child’s way of coming to terms with personal experiences in, and knowledge of, the world.

  • Discovery in the IDEAL learning day is unstructured time in which children get to develop both their intellectual quotient (IQ) but more importantly their emotional quotient (EQ).

  • MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCE INTERACTIVE LESSON     

    Each day IDEAL School uses current brain-based research to energize advanced curriculum instruction with a multiple intelligence interactive lesson.          

    View a Sample Lesson Plan Here: 

    Multiple Intelligences Lesson: Building a “You Can” Snowman In The USA
    Task Analysis: Students and teachers review steps needed to obtain goal of completing Visible Product of Understanding (academic center): https://youtu.be/e9_o8Qvj6eY
    Pre-K Students (4-5yr.) working in groups on Visible Products of Understanding (academic center): https://youtu.be/L_XGBoTVJbU
    Preschool Students (3-4yr.) working in groups on Visible Products of Understanding (academic center): https://youtu.be/qJ6DVBZhoyc

    Each day, the Multiple Intelligence Lesson is truly an interactive production that includes eight entry activities to ensure true understanding of advanced curriculum content:

    • Linguistic: Read, Write, Talk about it
    • Logical- Mathematical: Quantify, Conceptualize and Think about it
    • Spatial: See, Draw, Visualize, Chart, Color it
    • Bodily- Kinesthetic: Build, Touch, Dance , Act it out
    • Musical: Sing, Listen, Chant, Find music to express it
    • Interpersonal: Collaborate, Interact, Share it with someone else
    • Intrapersonal: Connect it to personal life, feelings or memories
    • Naturalist: Relate it to natural world in someway

    During this scripted academic production a blast of positive learning energy stimulates and engages children ensuring high levels of enjoyment and learning. IDEAL SCHOOL’s multiple intelligence lessons align instruction with how the brain learns best, creates a brain friendly, joyful classroom environment where all students can learn and ensures student mastery and understanding that accelerates student knowledge beyond early childhood traditional expectations.

  • IDEAL Visible Understanding

    At IDEAL School, the founder Wendy Soderman creates authentic activities and projects that motivate young children to demonstrate true understanding of their knowledge gained from each Multiple Intelligence lesson. These academic centers are an extension of the Multiple Intelligence lessons and are a visible measurement of the student’s higher order thinking and cognitive retrieval skills. After each academic objective M.I. lesson, students work with a team teacher (1 teacher: 6 children ratio) at a table on a novel activity center that incorporates both relevant readiness and critical thinking skills.

    Each student completes their creative learning product in sequential steps to show comprehension and transfer of newly taught academic concepts. The IDEAL teachers encourage and guide the children at their tables (often in theme character costume e.g. astronaut for space theme) to ensure each learner feels successful. The student products are designed to be modified to every child’s ability level.  IDEAL’s advanced brain based student products are fun, meaningful, and afford the children the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge through a variety of ways, therefore strengthening all of the learners intelligences (3D models, cutting, illustrating, writing, singing, role playing, etc.). Parents and children treasure their IDEAL student products as heartfelt tokens of childhood long after their preschool years.

  • PRESCHOOL SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

    • Festive Entry
    • Emotional Intelligence Gathering  (Home Sweet 2nd Home)
    • Discovery M.I. Activities (Play) art, building, role play, writing, reading, etc.
    • Multiple Intelligence Lesson/Production
    • Teaching for understanding/problem solving
    • Music and Movement
    • Language of abundance (H20, canine, sphere, etc.)
    • Technology (Smart Board, Youtube videos, brain games)
    • Spanish and Sign Language
    • Visible Understanding Student Product (Ratio 1-6)
    • Snack and Outside Large Motor Play
    • Story Queen – Literature Appreciation (music and movement).
    • Math and/or Reading Skill Groups (Ratio 1:7)
    • Outside Play (Brain Break)
    • Violin/Piano lessons
    • Fine Dining Lunch
    • Quiet Time (books on tape or video)
    • Recapitulation and Reflection – A joyful creative recall and summary of enchanting day
    • Dismissal