Our Program is
designed to provide the child with a loving, happy atmosphere in which
they can grow and develop, feeling good about themselves and school.
The students are
grouped according to age;
( Chipmunk Group ) is the youngest members of our preschool. This
group of children is made up of 2 & 3 year olds who participate in a
loosely structured circle time, emphasis on gross motor, speech, fine
motor and sensory skills.
Group ) is made up of 2 1/2 to young 4 year olds. This group of
children demonstrate readiness for a longer circle time, able to
participate in learning games and discussion of basic skills and our
units of study.
Bear Group ) are the children who will be going into kindergarten in the
coming year. This group receives a great deal of readiness skill
training. In the spring, our teaching staff evaluates each child
individually and in conferences with the parents explains where the
child may need help and in which areas they excel.
These are the children who just
miss the October 1st
cut off for kindergarten.
For a fuller explanation of this important part of the program please
see the Kindergarten Page.
These children are in a formal full or half day session. For a fuller
explanation of this important part of the program please see the
As you look over the
general schedules for our groups most of the activities will be
self-explanatory. For those that may not be, a brief description is
MUSIC Children enjoy
a variety of music, e.g. Farmer in the Dell, Hokey Pokey, counting,
alphabet & marching songs. Music & movement is an essential part
of our program, which include lessons in movement, dance, rhythm
instruments and exercises. We play instruments in our own make believe
band, which includes a conductor.
group time is set aside each day to prepare our PreKindergarten children
for the more structured requirements of a Kindergarten program. Making
use of our Circle Time we meet in the Kindergarten classroom, in small
groups, to work on a lesson pertaining to the current Unit of Study or
to practice a basic skill such as cutting, the alphabet and printing.
this time we study a particular unit, such as plants, learn about
holidays, do rhymes and finger plays, discuss the weather and seasons,
and learn about community helpers, such as dentists, police officers and
children do their arts & crafts (painting, drawing, cutting &
pasting) to take home. Such projects fit in with the unit being taught
(once a week) make foods, such as egg salad, pizza, milk shakes, and eat
STORY & SNACK
During this time children listen to a story read by their teacher while
enjoying a snack, which we provide, in the morning and afternoon.
children learn how to cooperate, share, take turns and absorb social
skills that provide the basis for important interactions.
Children work all those growing muscles as they run, climb and ride
their way around our spacious, cheerful, enclosed playground.
NAP & MOVIE TIME
A cozy cot combined with a favorite pillow and blanket from home provide
the perfect setting for a peaceful nap. Add a few G-rated video/DVDís
and our non-sleepers enjoy a contented quiet time.
The activity, in which
a group is engaged, is always age appropriate. There are times however
when all the students are brought together to participate in an activity
such as Music, Socialized Play or a special Event.
Please visit our
individual group pages for each group's schedule of activities.