Preschool

  Welcome to the Preschool!

A message from Renee Hennessy, Director of the Preschool.

Thank you for your interest in our early childhood program.  We support each child’s sense of curiosity to develop a joy of learning.  Our curriculum builds on developmentally appropriate activities that promote early literacy and critical thinking.  We provide learning experiences that build confidence, independence, social skills, and conflict resolution skills.

To schedule a tour of our wonderful Preschool program, please contact our Director of Admissions, Trisha Amirault, at 502-736-1009 or our Assistant Director of Admissions, Kelli D. Carter, at 502-795-3464. Feel free to email me, if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Renee

 

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  • Dedicate ourselves to maximizing the full and unique potential of each child within a nurturing, learning community
  • Present experiences that build confidence, resilience, independence, compassion, cooperative social skills, and conflict resolution strategies
  • Promote critical thinking by encouraging children to investigate, problem-solve, and deeply experience the process of exploration and discovery
  • Extend children’s ideas and support them in making connections
  • Maintain small class sizes with expert teachers

Inquiry-Based Learning

  • Use materials that foster inquiry and exploration
  • Observe children’s interests and follow their lead in determining an areas of study
  • Cultivate self-expression through the arts and literacy activities
  • Engage the senses with materials like scented play dough, water play, and sand trays each day

Daily Schedules Allow For

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  • Snack
  • Large and Small Group Meetings
  • Outdoor Exploration
  • Music and Creative Movement
  • Block Building
  • Games
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Writing
  • Reading

Importance of PLAY

  • Play is the work of young children
  • Children are naturally curious about the world around them and eager to learn and practice the skills they have developed through playful experiences
  • Play helps children learn about the world beyond themselves and their own needs, and introduces them to working with others
  • Play has many benefits: it supports physical growth, increases language acquisition, increases confidence, and allows for practice of social skills

Music and Creative Movement Curriculum

  • Music is fundamental to each child’s experience
  • Our Music Specialist uses the Orff technique to teach musical concepts through clapping, rhymes, dances, and poetry
  • Children are introduced to a variety of pitched and unpitched percussive instruments, such as the triangle, drums, shakers, and boomwhackers
  • Our Movement classes focus on physical coordination
  • We hold monthly community sing-a-longs/performance opportunities

Natural Playground

  • A playscape that encourages and supports a connection with nature
  • Large berm that encourages big body play, such as rolling, climbing, and scooting
  • Sand pit for digging and discovery
  • A children’s garden that is planted and cared for by our Preschoolers   
  • Open-ended materials to encourage curiosity and wonder are accessible for play

Communication

  • Weekly classroom newsletters
  • Parent/Teacher conferences twice a year
  • Secure classroom website for parents  
  • Daily communication with parents of two-year-olds
  • School-wide weekly newsletters and quarterly printed publications

Preschool Daily Schedule

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Twos

9:00 – 9:35 Learning Centers                                                                                    
9:40 – 10:05 Playground

10:05 – 10:25 Snack

10:30 – 10:50 Music or Creative Movement w/specialist

10:50 – 11:25 Small Group Projects

11:30 – 11:45 Closing Circle

 


 

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Threes

9:00 – 10:00 Learning Centers and Small Group Projects

10:05 – 10:25 Music or Creative Movement w/specialist

10:25 – 10:50 Snack

10:50 – 11:20 Playground

11:30 – 11:45 Closing Circle

 

 

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Fours

9:00 – 9:25 Learning Centers

9:25 – 9:35 Morning Meeting

9:40 – 10:00 Library

10:00 – 10:20 Snack

10:20 – 10:55 Playground                                                                                                                    
11:00 – 11:15 Small Group Projects

11:15 – 11:35 Music or Creative Movement w/specialist

11:35 – 11:45 Closing Circle

Each age level visits the garden, library, gym, music and creative movement classes weekly.  
Extended Day options available from 12:00 – 5:30 p.m.