Our Programs: Preschool
3 to 4 Years
ENRICHMENT:
PIANO
SOCCER
BALLET
KARATE
MUSIC & MOVEMENT
Pineview Preschools

Our preschool program continues to build upon the foundations established in our toddler program. During this stage, children begin to develop interests and our teachers are prepared to foster those interests with hands-on activities and active learning.

 

The Early Childhood Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum is intended to engage children in experiences that foster the development of the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity. Through developmentally appropriate, hands-on activities, children develop these skills while simultaneously building the academic knowledge needed to be successful in kindergarten. Further, highlighting the connection between what they are learning and real life, children will apply a simplified engineering design cycle to solve problems related to the content they are learning.

 

The Environment:

Our classrooms are organized around learning centers. These defined areas allow children to play and explore materials with the guidance of the teacher, either individually or in small groups. We believe that a classroom for young children benefits from having clearly defined; well-equipped interest areas that are arranged to promote independence, foster decision-making and encourage involvement. Learning centers include: blocks, math manipulatives, housekeeping, music, science, computers, art and library.

 

Character Development & Life Skills:

At Pineview Preschools, we believe that a character development component is essential in an early childhood curriculum and program. Our character development program includes our Tree of Life Skills which focuses on building a positive sense of self in each child, while building positive relationships with their peers. Each month our teachers focus on a different life skill including: courage, kindness, respect and patience. These life skills are incorporated in the children's daily classroom routines through books and planned activities, in a meaningful way that children can relate to. In addition to our monthly life skills, we reinforce these skills by having the children participate in charitable events such as the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Annual Trike-a-Thon.

 

Computers & Technology:

Today, computer knowledge is vital in our society and we believe that the earlier children begin to use the computer, the better. Some experts suggest that allowing preschoolers to have computer time can be beneficial because computer use: introduces educational skills, teaches spatial and logical skills, prepares children for future computer use, increases self-esteem and self-confidence, boosts problem-solving skills, stimulates language comprehension, improves long-term memory and manual dexterity.

 

  • Smart Board Technology in every PreK3, PreK4, and VPK classroom
  • Computers and iPads in classrooms

 

Language Program:

We believe that learning and speaking a second language is important, especially in our multicultural community. Preschoolers receive lessons by our language teacher weekly as part of the academic curriculum. The educational model that is used to present the language is an immersion program. The teacher conducts the lesson in the language, using a variety of creative materials to motivate and instruct the children. Traditional songs, games, rhymes, movement activities and story books provide the core of the lesson, which is based on thematic units. The language program's primary goal is the acquisition of a basic, age appropriate vocabulary while using hands-on learning techniques.

 

Additional Details:

  • Circle time, small group time, large group time and outside play, give each child
    an opportunity to grow emotionally and cognitively
  • Structured hands-on learning environment
  • Age-appropriate toys, materials and furniture
  • Educational software in computer learning center, that helps children build pre-reading
    and pre-math skills
  • Character development program, featuring monthly life skills
  • Home literacy program
  • Math program includes the daily use of graphs and charts
  • Gardening, sand and water play are used as part of our weekly activities
  • Ages and Stages Questionnaire is given every 3 to 6 months, to test for developmental
    benchmarks and track student progress
  • Parent conferences featuring progress reports, held 3 times per academic year
  • Photos and videos of children are updated weekly on the private class web page