Our Preschool Program

Our preschool program begins at 33 months and goes through kindergarten, Since there is a difference between a three year old and a five year old, we provide two preschool rooms. Each room is licensed for 20 children, and the staff to child ratio is 1 to 10.

This time is crucial for kindergarten readiness. Our theme-based curriculum is used by the teachers when planning daily activities and includes monthly themes and letters of the week. Learning also consists of: letter and number recognition, writing, reading, basic mathematics, science, colors, shapes, arts and crafts, and dramatic play.

There is also opportunity for educational computer games. Our preschoolers also spend time outdoors on the playground. Each class is scheduled for both areas for 30 minutes both in the morning and afternoon.

Children are busy and we know the importance of rest. Therefore, after a nutritious lunch, our preschool friends have a quiet/nap time every day.

What We Believe About Preschoolers

Learning to be a preschooler: my imagination.

Preschool, spanning approximately the years between 3 and 5, is often called the “age of play.” At this stage children explore the world and begin to understand themselves primarily though imaginative play. Play really is the “work” of children. It is how they work on new skills, how they work in new understanding, and how they work out their problems. That’s why at Little Acorns we schedule daily guided and enriched playtime in order to help children learn they way that they learn the best, through creative play.

At this age, children also continue to gain independence as they play. This independence is different from that of toddlers in that they are not only attempting to do things, but also attempting to understand how things work and to change their environments to meet their needs. At Little Acorns we support them in this stage by encouraging their questions and ideas. We follow their lead as they discover themselves and the world around them. We provide purposeful opportunities and activities to allow them to experiment, change, explore, create, and understand the concepts that are of interest to them.

While realizing this undeniable importance of play and free exploration, we also realize the need for school readiness. Therefore, we make language and literacy a priority by introducing academics early on in the preschool years and increasing awareness and proficiency as kindergarten nears. By the time a child is off to school, he or she will be able to do all that is required in kindergarten and more. We believe that this jump-start will give the children valuable confidence in their academic abilities. This is confidence will remain with them throughout their school days and provide them with the self-belief needed to have success in school.