What sets this preschool program apart from the others?
Academic Gardens is proud to have the lowest teacher-to-student ratios in the area. The small class sizes are just right for the little ones allowing special loving attention to those first time preschoolers. Being comfortable in this new experience is very important. Being able to work closely with a 3 year old, allows us to nurture their needs and emphasize the joys of learning. Moreover, it gives the little ones an important start to build the self esteem and confidence they need to move on to their next level of education. This is often their first opportunity to learn and socialize in a supervised, loving environment around adults that are not mom and dad. Here they can begin to learn to interact with others their age. It is a small group that allows the children to get to know each other and stress the importance of each child being a valuable participant and contributor to the class.
Everyday, all day there are 2 teachers dedicated to this class. Individualized attention remains an essential part of a child’s first school experiences! Our 1:5 ratio allows the teachers to provide the children with more comfort during times of separation anxiety, more assistance with bathroom needs, frequent examples and reminders of appropriate behavior, and one-on-one handwriting practice for more involved classroom activities!
We will introduce your child to their first school experience in a warm setting that goes beyond babysitters and chaotic daycare! By introducing sharing techniques, one-on-one teaching techniques and many other opportunities for large group play, we can show them the joy of learning. This program first meets the children’s important emotional needs of safety and belonging, and then provides ample, developmentally appropriate academic and social experiences.
Our 3 Year Old Self-Portraits
Staff attending a Starfish Services Training Session
All teachers and care givers maintain full CPR Certification
All teachers and caregivers maintain the required 16 hours of annual CEU’s (Continuing Education Credits)
All teachers and caregivers maintain perfect records with the Central Registry and ICHAT!
Choices time would include these areas:
Arts & Crafts, Blocks, Books, Dramatic play, Music, Puzzles, Sensory table, etc
Small Group Instruction is:
When small groups of children (1, 2, or 3 student(s) are working on a variety of activities. Some of these activities are Handwriting without Tears, special arts or crafts based on the letter of the week, and even gifts for you mom and dad! This makes learning more personal for your child, and ensure they are getting the necessary attention when need, to become successful. In addition, this creates a great bond between teacher and student, that we hope will give your child a promising start to their long academic career.
Large Group Time includes the following Content Areas:
Songs and movement games, Calendar (Days of the week, months of the year, and date), Theme discussion/Introduction of new activities, Letter of the week, Spelling their name, knowing the 50 states and much more!
- 8:45 - 8:50 amMorning Arrival
- 9:00-9:45 amChoice Time & Small Group Instruction
- 9:45-10:00 amStraighten the room & Bathroom Break
- 10:00-10:45 amLarge Group Time
- 10:45-11:15 amSnack Time!
- 11:15-11:40 amIndoor / outdoor recess
- 11:45 amDismissal
- 11:45-12:45 pmLunch/Clean-Up
- 12:45-1:05 pmOutdoor play/ Large Group Game
- 1:05-4:00 pmAfternoon Session starts
- Early Drop-off & Late Pick upAvailable