Preschool

Our preschool program runs 9am – 12pm. We offer programs with 2, 3, 4 and 5-day attendance, with flexibility as to which days your child attends, depending on space and availability. Enrollment is limited to 24 children in the classroom, with a child-to-adult ratio of 5:1. Students must be 2 years and 6 months by the first day of school.

The preschool program includes easel painting, collage, play dough sculpture, chalk, markers, water/rice play, manipulatives, movement, block building, art projects, music, developmentally appropriate group times, science experiments and much more on a rotating basis. Throughout the year, we study such things as the five senses, self-concept, ocean life, bugs, dinosaurs and fossils. Outside play includes a log cabin, play structure with slides and climbing, and many fun-filled planned activities. Indoor dress-up materials provide gross motor skill activities, role-play and make believe. There are puzzles, games and other manipulatives, a library, musical instruments and songs at circle time. Blocks, cooking projects and fieldtrips into the community are all an integral part of the group experience.

Pre-Kindergarten
We provide age and developmentally appropriate activities for our pre-K aged children to explore and start working on the skills need to succeed at their next level. While these are not just open to those entering K, we have a more focused approach on them at this time. This year we have set up specific activities peppered in through the school day to focus on their skill set and help to set them up for a successful transition.

Curriculum
“Under the Director’s guidance and with parents ideas and children’s feedback, we plan an exciting child centered and child focused curriculum”.

Daily Schedule
Our preschool runs 9am – 12pm, with the optional addition of an extended-care program (Lunch Bunch). This schedule allows time for creative and imaginative play, gathering time, outdoor play, language time, nutritious snacks, movement, music, child-directed as well as teacher-directed art activities, and more (see sample schedule).

8:45 am Working Parents arrive for their work day – morning meeting with Director
9:00 – 10:15 am

Children are immersed in play-based learning with multiple options for activities both indoors and outdoors. The options change from day to day and may include: sensory play, free play, art projects, STEM activities, assisting with daily snack preparation, water play, painting, etc.

 

10:15 – 10:30 am

Children attend a daily circle time.

10:30 – 11:00 am Snack time
11:00 – noon

Children are engaged in outdoor (weather permitting) play.

Pre-K children are invited inside for Pre-K activities on selected days of the week

12 pm Dismissal; Lunch Bunch Begins

School Year
School is in session from approximately September 1 – June 15. We adhere to the calendar of the Novato Unified School District.