Our Learning Philosophy
Howell Preschool operates under the philosophy that children of all
abilities can learn. Together they will develop a strong educational
foundation built on good character that promotes independence,
appreciation for diversity, a healthy self-concept, and positive
socialization skills. All learning is child-centered, process oriented,
and choice driven. Learning is guided by setting clear limits,
redirecting, modeling, providing positive praise, and encouragement.
Howell Preschool is guided by the Missouri State Standards for
pre-kindergarten education in conjunction with research and best
practices on a child’s ability to learn. The Francis Howell Preschool
provides instruction and assessment of a child’s growth in the following
- Personal-Social Development
- Language & Literacy
- Mathematical Thinking
- Scientific Thinking
- Social Studies
- The Arts
- Physical Health and Development
programming is aligned with the elementary level and follows curriculum
that is tailored to meet the needs of each child.
We utilize the following curriculum:
lessons and activities are crafted into theme based units that
encompass all aspects of learning, to best ensure success for each child
at their appropriate level of development.
- Growing with Mathematics
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Early Childhood English Language Arts Curriculum
Francis Howell Preschool employs teachers certified in Early Childhood
and/or Early Childhood Special Education, Speech and Language
Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, and
Educational Support Counselors. We also employ classroom assistants and
para-educators to support students in the classrooms.