Preschool to Kindergarten
Check out the article in the Spring 2015 issue of Clarke Speaks, featuring Clarke's Preschool Program.
Learning as a Family
During the preschool years, the family continues to be the most influential factor in a child’s life. While our preschool and kindergarten students are learning to observe actively and interact with new concepts and people, their parents and other family members are learning, too. Parents, grandparents and other adults in the child’s life find a support network of families and professionals at Clarke where they can share and learn.
Families are actively involved in learning through frequent communication, classroom observations, participation in school activities and parent workshops/support groups. Guidance and support is also provided to families as children transition into mainstream schools.
Curriculum and Classroom
All Clarke educational programs are led by creative and committed professionals trained in early childhood education, speech-language pathology, education of the deaf and the auditory/oral method. All Clarke educators hold a Master’s Degree, and children receive daily auditory speech and language therapy provided by speech-language pathologists and/or teachers of the deaf.
Stimulating classroom activities enhance children’s listening, speech, language and pre-literacy skills while fostering their social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative development. Children engage in creative problem solving, discovery, exploration, reasoning and hands-on activities in a fun, nurturing environment. Classrooms are designed for the unique acoustical needs of children with hearing loss, and curriculum is aligned with state and national standards.