Tall Pines is pleased to offer an exciting new program for children who meet the age requirements but are not quite ready to enter kindergarten.
Our Afternoon Transitional Pre-K Class is from 12:15pm - 3:00pm.
Transitional Pre-Kindergarten is a program that:
• provides children the gift of time to learn skills that will help them build a strong foundation for success in elementary school.
• serves as a bridge between Preschool and Kindergarten giving children more time for hands-on, interactive learning.
• gives children the opportunity to spend time learning important social, emotional and academic skills that will help them succeed in Kindergarten and beyond.
• Our daily schedule includes whole group instruction and activities, small group instruction, independent and "hands-on" learning. The Transitional Pre-Kindergartners enjoy snack and recess with their class and participate in activities such as music, art, and motor skills development.
The teachers provide individualized instruction by observing each child's growth patterns, learning style, and personality and adjusting her interactions & lessons as needed. Children are encouraged to explore, gain information and master new skills through real life situations and hands-on activities within learning centers and teacher directed lessons. The teacher will add to the learning experience by asking open ended questions, adding materials to further the child's involvement, and interacting in a way that promotes the development of problem solving and social skills.
A session of the Tall Pines Transitional Pre-Kindergarten class generally progresses as follows. The times for outdoorand gym play may vary so that each class can be assured ample time and room on the playground.
Our curriculum is enriched by guest presentations (e.g. a visit from a pediatric dentist highlights our dental hygiene unit). Seasonal events include fire safety week with a visit by our fire dept.; activities such as observing the formation of a butterfly.
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