PRESCHOOL

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Preschool Registration for 2018-19 is ongoing

The GRCS Preschool provides an environment where children, through active learning principles, will continue to grow socially, emotionally, intellectually and physically. Children in our program will gain greater confidence and will develop positive attitudes toward school, teachers and their classmates, while they develop skills intended to prepare them for their future school environment.

Our teachers engage the students in stimulating and challenging activities through various teaching methods. They are supportive of all student learning styles and developmental differences. All of our teachers are certified in Elementary or Early Childhood Education and are assisted in class by at least one experienced aide. We are the only preschool affiliated with the Glen Rock School District.

Application for 2 - 4 Year Old Programs
Application for Mom & Tot Program
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MOM & TOT PROGRAM

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As a local pioneer in this educational program for toddlers, the Glen Rock Community School designed Mom & Tot to provide toddlers with their first exposure to a teacher and peer group in an environment that includes a parent or caregiver. This is a special time for you and your toddler. Your 18- to 24-month-old is entering an important developmental stage. Speech and motor skills, and social and emotional skills are developing rapidly. Our Mom & Tot program is designed to encourage growth in these areas through play and group interaction, while providing moms or other caretakers a forum for exchange of ideas and information.

2 YEAR OLD PROGRAM

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We believe that “play” is an essential part of the preschool curriculum. Through a variety of activity centers, children will explore, discover, develop new friendships, increase language and mathematics skills, and continue to develop large motor skills. Children must be 2 years old by Oct. 1st.  2018 Schedule: Thursdays and Fridays, 8:45 - 11:15 am

Independence:  This may be the first learning experience in a classroom for a child. The teacher and aide will assist the child in becoming more independent through even the smallest of tasks and activities, such as hand washing, snack time and choosing a book.

Socialization:  Friendships are formed in the classroom. Children learn to share and assimilate to group environments. The nurturing and safe classroom create a comfortable atmosphere for children to express their personalities.

Creative Expression:  Through visual and performing arts,  children have an opportunity to express and grow their creativity. Participation in drawing, painting, singing and dancing will help develop fine motor skills. Special events and visitors to the class provide additional creative instruction.

Academic Growth:  Exposure to dynamic forms of both literature and science provide opportunities for letter and number recognition. Curriculum goals are taught through thematic units, with a multi-sensory approach for instruction. Children are introduced to circle time and other structured and non-structured activities.

Confidence:  Building confidence will help the students, as this is typically the first time away from parents and caregivers. Preschoolers are creative and receptive, and our program strives to nurture and encourage these qualities in its students.

Development and Growth:  During early childhood years, growth and development are highly individual. Children are encouraged to experience the world around at their own rate, but always in positive progression. Our caring teacher and aide are always available for questions and enjoy giving updates about student growth, as well as addressing any challenges.

3 YEAR OLD PROGRAM

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Children must be 3 years old by Oct. 1st. 2018. Schedule: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, 8:45 am - 12:45 pm. Extended Day Option: beginning October 15th.

Emergent Academic Skills:
  Centers are a wonderful way to engage students and grow curiosity. Math, reading, art and science centers allow the children to explore various themes where they are exposed to words and numbers.

Inquisitive Learners:  This may be the first learning experience in a classroom for a child. The teacher and aide will assist the child in becoming more independent through various structured and unstructured activities. From choosing a book to working at their own pace, students will continue to develop their curiosity.

Social Growth:  Friendships are formed in the classroom. Sharing and conversation will assimilate the children to group environments. The nurturing and safe classroom create a comfortable atmosphere for children to express their evolving personalities.

Creative Expression:  Through visual and performing arts,  children have an opportunity to express and grow their creativity. Participation in drawing, painting, singing and dancing will help develop fine and gross motor skills. Special events and visitors to the class provide additional creative instruction.

Interpretation and Reasoning: Students are asked to interpret stories and scientific findings. Through drawing and verbal expression, students build the foundation for comprehension skills.  Students are encouraged to ask questions and continue exploration through experiments and technology. 

Development and Growth:  During early childhood years, growth and development are highly individual. Children are encouraged to experience the world around them at their own rate, but always in positive progression. Our caring teacher and aide are always available for questions and enjoy giving updates about student growth, as well as addressing any challenges.

4 YEAR OLD PROGRAM (PRE-K)

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Children must be 4 years old by Oct. 1st. 2018. Class meets Monday - Friday:
AM Session:  8:15 am – 11:15 am
AM Session with Lunch Bunch:  8:15 am – 12 pm 
PM Session:  12 pm – 3 pm
PM Session with Lunch Bunch:  11:30 am – 3 pm

*Children will eat lunch from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm. The lunch program is an all school year program.

Academic Foundation & Growth:  Our program follows a curriculum that covers all key learning domains in a fun and developmentally appropriate way for young learners. Language arts lessons follow a balanced literacy approach to teaching reading and writing. Math lessons incorporate hands-on learning activities with the use of manipulatives. Social studies lessons focus on the students and their world around them. Science investigations include the study of apples, pumpkins, butterflies, colors, volcanos, seeds and plants.

Social and Emotional Growth:  Our classroom is child-centered and a safe environment for students to form relationships with peers and teachers. We nurture social interactions and work with students in resolving conflicts as they arise. We practice kindness, respect for others and good manners.

Creative Exploration: Creativity is encouraged and developed through open-ended play in centers. These centers include sensory table, puzzles, games, dramatic play and writing. During the course of the day, students also paint, sing and dance. Special events and visitors to the class provide additional creative instruction.

Fine &  Gross Motor Skills: Each day begins with students building fine motor manipulatives, constructing with play doh, lacing cards, cutting with scissors, building patterns with beads and so on. Gross motor skills are fostered through outdoor play and movement activities in the classroom.

Kindergarten Readiness:  Assessments of students’ learning are taken both formally and informally throughout the year. The assessments are shared with parents during conferences in the spring. Although, parents and the teacher may request a conference at any point during the year to discuss whether a child is socially and emotionally prepared to go to kindergarten.

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