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Preschool at a Glance

Overview:

Our preschool serves children of preschool age starting at 2 and a half years old through age 4. We offer 3 to 5 day a week classes, depending on age, as well as before and after care as needed. These classes generally meet from 9am to 1pm with before care starting at 8 am and extended classes or after care ending at 3pm.

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Our classrooms are stocked with teaching tables, building blocks, manipulatives, games, and puzzles, kitchen toys, dolls and accessories, and a reading area. In addition to our classrooms, we have large indoor play areas that are used for music, creative movement, and library time. When weather permits, each class spends daily time outside with a variety of activities including playing with water tables and enjoying our playground.

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Our class offerings include the following:

Lambs – 3 day a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) 9 am to 1 pm class offered to children starting preschool at age 2 and half years old.

Bunnies – 3 day a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) 9 am to 1 pm class offered to children starting preschool at age 3 years old.

Owls – 4 day a week (Tuesday to Friday) 9 am to 1 pm class offered to children starting preschool at age 3 years old.

Bears – 5 day a week (Monday to Friday) 9 am to 1 pm class offered to children starting preschool at age 3 years old.

Frogs – 4 day a week (Tuesday to Friday) 9 am to 1 pm class offered to children starting preschool at age 4 years old.

Tigers – 4/5 day a week (Monday/Tuesday to Friday) 9 am to 1 pm class offered to children starting preschool at age 4 years old.

Butterflies – 5 day a week (Monday to Friday) 9 am to 3 pm class offered to children starting preschool at age 4 years old.

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Curriculum

Our classes are comprised of a variety of activities to meet your child’s developmental needs. Our teachers utilize the ABEKA curriculum in an effort to streamline our education process. We also use ACSI's Purposeful Design for our Bible portion of the day. We also strive to give our students a fun, stress-free, playful environment. Our teachers are able to cultivate skills the students need to be successful the following year. They provide them a safe environment to grow socially, through such skills as sharing and creating friendships. Below we’ve detailed a few of the skills focused on in our programs.

Note: This is not a comprehensive list. Please see your child's teacher for a detailed description of all skills worked on throughout the year.

Students who have enrolled in our 9-3pm class are able to participate in our Spanish curriculum as well! For Spanish we use Sonrasis Spanish.

Early Childhood Education (3 and 4 day options)

A child must be 2 and a half at the time of enrollment to begin in our school. The children in these classes are often experiencing their first year of preschool. The primary purpose of the youngest classes is to acquaint the children with a preschool environment. There are several goals for our first timers! Some of these are:

In the later years of our early childhood education classes many of these students are often 2nd year preschoolers. These classes continue to acquaint the children with a preschool environment, as some are first-timers. However, these classes also lay the foundation for Pre-K. In addition to the goals for our youngest classes, we want our older students to:

Pre-Kindergarten (4 – 5 day options)

Our Pre-K program has flourished over the last 3 decades and remains the most highly-sought after classes on our campus. Our classes each have their own unique style. Each teacher brings his/her personality and teaching style to the classroom to achieve classroom goals. When selecting a Pre-K class for your child, our school considers: the number of days you’d like your child to attend, your child’s age, whether or not your child has attended preschool in the past, your child’s social skills, and your child’s overall school-readiness. We have set out goals for our pre-K classes to ensure each student is Kindergarten-ready at the close of the year.

A few of our goals are:

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Enrichment Program

Our preschool prides itself in offering enrichment classes to our students. Our students have music class twice each week and they visit our church library each week for an engaging and creative story time! In addition to these classes, our students also attend chapel once each week. Our enrichment classes are engaging, creative and uniquely different!

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Assessment

Our preschool uses Phonological Awareness Literary Screening (PALS) to determine how children developing literary skills and inform our instruction. PALS is a scientifically-based screening that measures preschoolers’ developing knowledge of important literacy fundamentals and offers guidance to teachers for tailoring instruction to children’s specific needs. The assessment reflects skills that are predictive of future reading success and measures name writing ability, upper-case and lower-case alphabet recognition, letter sound and beginning sound production, print and word awareness, rhyme awareness and nursery rhyme awareness. The assessment scores indicate children’s strengths and those areas that may require more direct attention. The assessment is designed to be administered to four-year-olds in the fall of Pre-K in order to guide instruction during the year. A second administration in the spring of Pre-K serves to evaluate progress. Scores from an entire classroom can inform teachers’ curriculum planning so that they can provide and enhance opportunities for exploration and language-based literacy instruction for all children.