Welcome to Corbett Preschool! Thank you for your interest in our program. After reviewing the materials contained herein, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or comments and we will work to respond to you as soon as possible.
The goal of Corbett School District is to foster intellectual development, social awareness and civic responsibility among the members of our school community.
Corbett Preschool is a play-based school that fosters the intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development of 3 to 5 year old children in a nurturing, school-based environment through developmentally appropriate and research-based practices.
“Education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences upon the environment.” –Maria Montessori, on constructivism.
Corbett Preschool is a play-based, constructivist preschool that borrows elements of the Reggio Emilia Approach in its day-to-day adventures.
At Corbett Preschool, we use play as the foundation of our learning, and believe that preschool students are inherently able to process, understand, and gain meaning from their environment through the avenue of play and exploration. We believe that play fosters cognitive growth, curiosity, creativity, and promotes problem solving skills.
We are a school based in constructivist theory – we believe knowledge is actively gained through building on existing knowledge. We believe the environment plays an important role in this learning process, and strive to create an environment that is ripe with opportunities for exploration and experimentation. Students are taught elements of respect and caring through the creation of a ‘democratic classroom,’ in which the students themselves are responsible for developing rules, performing real work to care for their room, taught to listen to one another and empowered to find their own voices.
Corbett Preschool also borrows elements of the Reggio Emilia Approach. We encourage students to explore their own interests at their own pace, and believe that the process and experience of learning is just as important as the final product. Following the Reggio Emilia Approach, we believe it is the duty of the classroom teacher to celebrate and document these learning experiences, making learning visible to all. This also allows for further reflection and continuous professional development as educators.
Corbett Preschool believes that children need to learn how to behave in appropriate ways. It is the job of teachers, staff members, and volunteers to model these appropriate behaviors and maintain a classroom full of love, trust, and consistency. We encourage students to explore their social world whenever possible, and give them reasonable choices throughout the day. We strive to create an environment where students are empowered to develop their own classroom rules, feel safe enough to make mistakes, and gain independence through asserting their own needs and boundaries. We have found that fostering these skills discourages behavior problems.
At Corbett Preschool, we don’t emphasize choices as good or bad because we believe students are still learning what constitutes a “good” or “bad” choice. When a child needs extra support, we use redirection to correct behavior, along with giving the child clear choices with clear consequences. Should a child’s behavior need more adjustment than this, we will provide the child with natural and logical consequences.
Should a child exhibit behavior that is threatening to themselves or others, they may be taken to the office for some cool down time in a calm environment until they are ready to return.
Corbett Preschool samples elements of its curriculum from several sources, its major influences being Letterland and Creative Curriculum. We are, at our core, a child-led and play-based school. We trust all children to learn at their own pace when provided with an enriching learning environment and surrounded by adults who trust and respect the learning process. Above all, Corbett Preschool relies on the judgment and choices of its qualified educators to provide developmentally appropriate and engaging day-to-day experiences that build on student curiosity. We strive to provide a cohesive education that incorporates literacy, mathematics, social skills, science, health, art, and the ongoing study of the Columbia River Gorge.
Regular school hours are from 7:45 am to 3:00 pm. Before and after care are available for an additional cost.
Disclaimer: Preschoolers are task oriented, not time oriented beings. We try to follow this routine daily, but times are subject to change.
- 7:30-8:00 : Before Care
- 8:00-9:00 : Welcome and free play
- 9:00-9:30 : Circle time and Letterland
- 9:30-9:40 : Morning snack
- 9:40-10:15 : Gym
- 10:15-11:15 : Outside, adventure, or choice time (on bad weather days)
- 11:15-11:25 : Closing circle
- 11:25-12:00 : Lunch
- 12:00-12:40 : Rest time and quiet reading
- 12:40-1:40 : Rest time and outside time for non-nappers
- 1:40-2:45 : Art studio, free play, or adventure if weather permits
- 2:00-2:45 : Open snack, students get food out when needed as hungry
- 2:45-3:00 : Closing Circle and goodbye song
- 3:00-4:30 : After Care