What We Do

boys building blocksThe preschool derives its curriculum from an assortment of themes with related activities, stories and finger-plays geared toward developmental appropriateness for preschool-aged children. Each student's family will receive a newsletter at the start of each month, explaining the theme(s) for the weeks ahead and summarizing the special activities that are planned.

We welcome parent and student participation and suggestions relative to current and upcoming themes. This year, we’ve had special family guests teach us songs in other languages, accompany us on walks, and help us explore the beach at low tide. Unique talents and interests are much appreciated! Just make arrangements with the teacher in advance. 

Chilkat Valley Preschool welcomes all children. We work in cooperation with the Haines Borough Schools to identify children with disabilities, then meet with specialists to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEP's) and to pursue additional staff training as necessary.

CVP advocates inclusion of all three and four year old children in a preschool program. We consider any child with a disability as a child first and foremost, and feel that disabled children will thrive most in a program with other children of the same age. Children with special needs often learn more from their peers than from any teacher (e.g. how to share, get along with others, and use language to express needs). In their preschool experience, children with and without disabilities learn to accept people with differences, to be compassionate, and to feel good about helping others.

Our goal is to prepare all preschool-aged children for a lifetime of inclusion. 

As part of CVP's commitment to excellence in early childhood education, we draw on the talents not only of our staff, but also our community as a whole.explorers From field trips to a local bakery, to visits from local fire and police forces, beach and low tide explorations, to weekly Library and music sessions, we celebrate the rich diversity of Haines.

Each year we seek talented individuals and organizations wanting to share their expertise and enthusiasm with preschoolers, and we strive to take advantage of as many opportunities as possible. 

8:45-9:30 am Arrival and Morning Activities
Table toys (puzzles, math manipulatives, blocks, fine motor activities)
Pocket Pictures (drawing, name writing, shared writing)
Craft Projects
Read Aloud/sharing books with adults and each other
9:30-10:00 am Clean up and Morning Circle
Calendar and weather
Shared reading/modeled writing
10:00-10:30 am Wash/Snack Time (Parents Welcome!)
10:30-11:30 am Free Play Areas
Art and craft
Dramatic play
Block building
Sensory play
Gross motor activities
11:30 am–12:00 pm Small Group Activities
Story time
Group games
Show and tell
Literacy skills
12:00-12:30 pm Wash/Lunch
12:30 -1:00 pm Outside Play