in the Preschool Program learn in a warm and caring atmosphere - one that is both
nurturing and goal oriented. Our program is staffed by certified teachers
of the Deaf and serves children from three to
five years of age. The program focuses on the development of the whole child.
The curriculum include pre-academic and reading readiness skills, math, social studies, science, social
skills, and practical life (self-help skills). The
students also are exposed to the arts, literature and music.
During the preschool years, children engage in the learning
process and learn in different ways. Each child develops his/her
own learning style. Our program enables each child to develop this unique learning
style, and acquire the pre-academic skills necessary for learning success. These
pre-academic skills include: Visual Memory, Visual Discrimination, Spatial Relations,
Figure-Ground Discrimination, Visual Closure, Object Recognition, Visual
Perception, and Whole/Part Recognition.
Our bilingual philosophy, utilizing both English
and American Sign Language in instruction, exposes our students to all aspects
of learning through both the visual and auditory learning channels. Our Speech
and Language program includes: auditory training, speech reading, speech
production, articulation, and communication skills. Speech therapy is provided
in both individual and group settings.
Preschool Program allows children to socialize and interact
with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing peers. The younger students have the opportunity
to interact with the older students in the lunchroom and planned group
activities. This interaction provides the students exposure to age and
level appropriate language models.
Additional exposure to
language modeling is provided by the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing staff members
employed in the nursery and is a key component for language and communication
skill development in the young child.
Parents are regularly informed of their
child's progress and developmental milestones through the use of a communication
book. This book is a valuable source of information sharing between school
The children end their stroll through our hallways armed with
the skills that will enable them to be successful learners and prepared for
the challenges of the Elementary School.
Mrs. Margaret Provost