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1 Inclusive Preschool Dir. of Special Education: Bonni Rubin-Sugarman Principal: Gino R. Priolo Teachers: Kim Gardine, Sheri Takakjy, Jennifer Epstein HADDONFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS

2 Agenda I.Welcome II.Program History/Overview III.Curriculum IV.A Day in the Life V.Questions/Answers

3 Program History: IDEA –Initially passed in 1975 as P.L (The Education for All Handicapped Children Act) –Re-authorized in 1991 to include preschool age children –Challenged early interventionists to seek less exclusionary and segregated placements for preschool children with disabilities.

4 Haddonfield’s Inclusive Preschool – : One half-day section – : Five half-day sections

5 Haddonfield’s Inclusive Preschool n n Children who will be three years old on or before Oct. 1, 2008 are eligible to attend. n n This is a half-day program five days a week for 2.5 hours a day. n n Tuition for the program is $ for the year. n n Applications are being accepted on a first come, first serve basis until all spaces are filled. If you are interested in having your child become part of this remarkable preschool experience please complete the application and return it The Child Study Team Office at Haddonfield Memorial High School.

6 Inclusive Preschool Benefits Everyone –Educational: Every preschool class is staffed with an experienced preschool teacher who is special education certified, two experienced Educational Assistants, and therapists who spend considerable time in the classroom providing integrated OT, PT and Speech services. This staff has a remarkable skill-set to differentiate instruction for ALL children. –Social/Emotional: Enable children with and without disabilities to form friendships and to develop respect and understanding as they begin their school experiences together. –Moral/Philosophical: Early interaction with children with disabilities serves to allay fears and clarify information about the strengths and needs of all individuals.

7 Program Overview n Half-Day Programs, Monday-Friday –8:45-11:15 –12:45-3:15 –Transportation is NOT provided n Multi-Age Classes –Approximately 15 students per class –8 typically developing children, 7 children with special needs –Taught by a certified teacher –2 educational assistants

8 Program Overview: The Curriculum n For young children, meaningful and long-lasting learning requires active thinking and experimenting to find out how things work. This is best accomplished through purposeful play facilitated by highly intentional teaching practices. n With an understanding of content and how children learn it, our teachers expand the opportunities they offer children to acquire knowledge and understand concepts. They make links between the preschool curriculum and what children will learn in elementary school. n Research supports that when the content of the curriculum is taught with children's developmental stages in mind, children are more likely to be successful learners who feel excited about and challenged by what they are learning.

9 Program Overview: The Curriculum n Addresses all areas of development: social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language. Content in the following areas are also addressed: –Literacy: vocabulary and language, phonological awareness, letters, words, print, comprehension, books, and other texts –Math: numbers, patterns and relationships, geometry and spatial awareness, measurement, and data collection, organization, and representation –Science: the physical properties of objects, living things, the earth and the environment –Social Studies: how people live, work, get along with others, shape, and are shaped by their surroundings –The Arts: dance, music, dramatic play, drawing and painting –Technology: tools and their basic operations and uses –Process Skills: observing and exploring; problem solving; and connecting, organizing, communicating, and representing information.

10 A Day in the Life n Center Activities n Circle Time n Gross Motor Activities n Snack n Manipulative Play n Closing Circle

11 Q and A

12 For More Information n Bonni Rubin-Sugarman, Dir. Of Spec. Ed. – ext. 149 n Gino R. Priolo, Principal –


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