As an investigator, your child has discovered their world and are now hard at work investigating how it works. O’Fallon Early Childhood Center will help your child learn new concepts that will prepare them for life. Preschoolers will solve more complex problems, playing creatively, and taking care of their own basic needs.
The Investigator Perspective
The milestones that 3 to 5 year olds achieve in our Investigators Room are:
- Following directions and rules
- Independently putting on coat and shoes
- Preparing and serving their own food
- Taking care of bathroom needs
- Solving conflicts with peers
- Controlling impulses
- Developing speech, language, and literacy skills
- Working cooperatively in a group
- Considering the ideas, culture, and opinions of others
- Understanding complex concepts like math and science
Nutrition & Health
At this point in life, your child may be pickier about the foods they eat, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t get the nutrition they need at OECC. Our “GOOD FOOD” Promise ensures that your child will be choosing, preparing, cooking, and serving their own food from a healthy selection like:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Lean meats
- Whole grains
At this age, your child has mastered both large and small motor skills like picking up small objects and keeping their balance. Your child can hold utensils and writing tools like an adult and will be running, jumping, and throwing and catching balls with ease.
Preschoolers realize that they must take others and their feelings into consideration. During play, they will be more cooperative with each other and should conflict arise, they can work to solve it themselves. Your child can also speak in complex sentences and understand
The OECC Environment
The Investigators Room is big, open, and arranged in exciting learning centers where your child can investigate new concepts that will be introduced to them by the staff. They will also get plenty of time outside in our outdoor classroom. There, your child can investigate the natural world through activities like gardening.
Preparing Your Children for Life
Our staff is there to help guide your child in learning the basics, including:
- Social skills
These concepts will be explored in everyday activities with other children and staff. With a basic knowledge of these important concepts, your child can be prepared for success at school and in life.
When you visit O’Fallon Early Childhood Center, you may notice that the children are playing and engaging in activities that they choose rather than working on a teacher-planned activity. This “Project Construct” approach to child care is an essential part of our methodology that promotes self-esteem, decisiveness, and confidence in children.
During the day, your child will be offered activities that will let them investigate and build important skills:
- Art projects
- Dancing and movement