Preschool 2 Year Olds
Give your 2-year-old a head start with our new program:
- Experienced, caring staff and administration
- Play-based as well as structured lesons
- Safe, nurturing environment for your child
- Mastery of gross motor skills
- Fostering self-esteem
- Learning through guided play
- Practice in problem solving
- Socialization at its best
Preschool 3 and 4 Year Olds
Ours is a multi-faceted prekindergarten program where our prekindergarten faculty strives to meet each student’s evolving needs. Woodland promotes the concept of learning through play to develop real life skills. In prekindergarten, play is a powerful learning process and the foundation for developing a love of learning. It is amazing what our children are capable of accomplishing with their own imaginations.
Woodland also employs a structured academic approach to prekindergarten. Daily our students will recite our school prayer, learn about the day’s weather, begin to understand the calendar and the days of the week, be responsible as ‘classroom helpers’, work together with their peers as a team, learn colors, shapes, letters, and numbers.
Our prekindergarten classes (both 3 and 4 year olds) meet for a full day from 8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Families of prekindergarten students may select to attend 3 days per week (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday), or 5 days per week. A healthy snack is provided in the morning. Lunchtime is at 12:00 noon, with recess following. Our prekindergarten students enjoy a well-deserved nap each afternoon between 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Objectives for our Preschool students:
- To instill a love of learning at an early age.
- To encourage academic and social development.
- To provide a safe and nurturing environment.
- To make life-long friends.
- To advance self-confidence.
- To make it fun while learning.
- To promote manners and respect for others.
- To love exploration.
- To enjoy arts and crafts.
- To explore music / onstage performance.
- To prepare for school readiness.
While kindergarten is the year in which our students begin to wear the Woodland uniform, they are also developing independence and self-confidence. From the little acts of getting changed by themselves for gym class to the large acts of introducing themselves over a microphone at a school wide assembly, they are growing. Self-expression is blossoming, as students share their ideas and thoughts verbally, as well as through writing, art, music, and play.
The Open Court Reading Program, which is introduced in preschool 4, continues in kindergarten as students master over 100 sight words and begin their journey as readers and writers. Everyday Math is made very real for the students by using coin values, temperature, counting of everyday objects, graphing information, drawing tally marks, and many other real life activities. Each week selected kindergarteners are assigned to be ‘helpers in the classroom.’ There is open playtime each morning as the children arrive at school, and a short nap is still enjoyed at day’s end until December.
One of the greatest treats of being a Kindergartener at Woodland is that each student is paired with an eighth grader who serves as a friend and a mentor through the school’s Big Brother and Big Sister Program. Together they work on projects, go on trips, perform community service, and develop beautiful friendships. Kindergarten is truly a time of unlimited growth.
Kindergarten objectives for each student are:
• To cultivate a love of learning and discovery.
• To play and work cooperatively.
• To develop a caring attitude.
• To emerge as enthusiastic readers.
• To develop a foundation of academic skills from which to build.