MORNING DAY SCHOOL (9:15am-12:20pm)
Morning Half-Day Preschool begins at 9:15am. Our school security doors open at 9:10am. Morning Preschool ends at 12:20pm. Our school security doors open at 12:10pm for pick up. All students attend chapel everyday and a Music class once a week with a Music Specialist. Children enrolled in Full Day 2s, 3s and Pre-K also attend a Movement class once a week.
The 2s Program is a wonderful introduction for children to build a love of learning. Our program uses the Creative Curriculum and the Milestones of Child Development. Our teachers work on a variety of developmentally appropriate milestones with the children along with providing opportunities for socialization and emotional development. Some of these developmental milestones include showing more independence, using words to express themselves, playing with others, sharing and taking turns, following one and two-step instructions, sorting colors and shapes, completing sentences and beginning rhyming, imaginary play, and potty training. Research shows that children learn best through play, so the largest portion of their day is spent in Center Time. Center Time allows children to explore the classroom so they can learn and grown to reach their full potential. Teachers plan the curriculum and structure the centers to enhance the learning of a variety of concepts.
We have limited enrollment for children under the age of 2.5.
The 3s Program continues to grow the love of learning while still allowing for social and emotional growth through developmentally appropriate interactions. Teachers continue to use the Creative Curriculum and Milestones of Child Development to prepare their lesson plans for the students. The curriculum is designed to support children reaching their developmental milestones. Some of these milestones include taking turns, showing concern for others, buttoning and zipping independently, problem solving, confidence in own abilities, following 2 and 3-step instructions, recognizing and pre-writing name, recognizing and naming shapes and colors, beginning to recognize numbers and letters, using scissors, copying shapes and patterns and retelling stories. Teachers are committed to using a variety of modalities to support learning such as reading, beginning writing, singing songs, imaginary play and role playing, water and sand play, playing games and exploring the world around them through science and nature experiments.Their schedule includes center time to allow for self interest and concept development along with small and large group activities. All children must be potty trained to enroll in the 3s program.
Pre-K Classroom (4 and 5 Year Olds)
The Pre-K students continue to grow their love of learning while preparing for their next chapter through the teachers’ implementation of curriculum based on reaching their developmentally appropriate milestones and developing their kindergarten skills. Our program uses Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning along with the Creative Curriculum. We are partnered with Virginia Beach GrowSmart to participate in the Kindergarten Transition Assessment which is a coalition that formed to bring preschool and kindergarten educators together to ensure we are a true team working together for the success of every child entering their elementary years. Our program allows students to explore through teacher directed and child centered activities to build on their letter, number, color and shapes recognition while starting to articulate the letter sounds and identify words that start with specific letters. Students math skills are growing to count ten or more objects, sorting and classifying, sequencing and counting to at least 20. They will start to increase their attention span, retell stories, build story comprehension, use reflection and prediction thinking skills and recognize words through small group and story time. Their fine motor will be excercised through writing their names, copying shapes, art, small building manipulatives and puzzles. Their large motor will be experienced through indoor and outdoor activities planned to reach such milestones as standing on one foot for more than 9 seconds, hopping, climbing, throwing and catching and kicking balls, and pedaling a tricycle. A few more milestones included in their days is learning their phone number and address and independently zipping and buttoning. These are just some of the milestones students will accomplish while exploring the world around them and their place in it through a child centered schedule that allows for the students to learn, socialize and reach their full potential in a high quality focused program.