Our Program and Facilities
Our highly educated and experienced teachers have designed an imaginative and developmentally appropriate program that includes:
- Language Arts (story-telling, alphabet, writing)
- Pre-Math (numbers, counting)
- Social Skills
- Dramatic Play
- Field Trips
Facilities The Preschool enjoys exceptional facilities:
- A spacious, bright, fully-appointed classroom, with large windows, bright natural light, and a beautiful natural view. The classroom is divided into carefully designed activity areas: blocks, dramatic play, story telling and puzzles, art and science. Small group instruction takes place in activity areas, and children are encouraged to circulate freely among the areas during supervised free time.
- A large sandbox and play-yard, fully equipped with climbing structure, slide, playhouse, water play fountain, monkey bar, tricycles and outdoor toys.
- A vegetable and flower garden, planted and tended by the children
- Kitchen facilities
- Access to fellowship hall for indoor activities such as dance and Spanish class
We provide nutritious morning and afternoon snacks. Parents provide lunch.
Please see below for information on our preschool procedures and schedule. For more specific policies and more information please refer to your Parent’s Handbook distributed each year to all parents of our preschool students. If you need a replacement copy of the handbook please let us know.
Philosophy and Procedures
We recognize the years between 2 and 6 to be among the most crucial in the formation of a child’s cognitive, social and physical development.
It is our job to foster the child’s natural inclination to explore their world, ask questions, talk with other children and adults, and to become independent. We feel that children learn best through play and discovery.
We feel it is crucial to recognize individual differences and strive to help each child feel success and a sense of self-worth.
To achieve this, we:
- Create a safe and nurturing environment through daily routines, consistency, and clear, positive communication
- Provide activities designed to improve physical coordination, language skills, and “social graces”
- Stock our classroom and playground with constructive toys and encourage constructive play
- Foster creativity through music, art, and play
- Prepare children for school days to come with a combination of independent play and group activities
- Screen all books and strive to present the best in children’s literature
- Work around themes, helping children to connect concepts and basic skills to the greater world
An Example of a Day at Skyline:
7:00 – 9:45 AM Free Play and option to do art projects
9:30 AM All Students Arrive
9:45 – 10:00 AM Clean Up Classroom
10:00 – 10:20 AM Circle Time
10:20 – 10:40 AM Snack Time
10:40 AM – Noon Outside Play
Noon – 12:45 PM Lunch Time
12:45 – 1:20 PM Outside Play
1:20 – 1:40 PM Story Time
1:45 – 2:45 PM Rest Time
2:45 – 4:00 PM Wake Up, Snack Time, Inside Play
4:00-4:31 PM……….Pick up for Standard Day
5:00 PM……………..After Care Snack
4:31 – 6:00 PM After Care Outside Play
Spanish at 9:30 AM – one day weekly
Dance at 9:45 AM – one day weekly
For an infraction of a classroom or playground rule (i.e. running in the classroom, throwing toys, throwing sand, pushing or hitting etc.), a child will be given a series of reminders along with the reasons we have such rules. Whenever possible we will re-direct a child’s behavior toward a more productive and positive activity. If a child refuses to cooperate or is causing harm to his/her self or others we may use a time-out as an opportunity to cool off and/or break a negative pattern.
When a disagreement arises between children, we try to include the children involved in finding solutions. In the beginning we will model appropriate language and possible solutions in order to teach these skills.
If there is a pattern of misbehavior that isn’t improving we will ask for a parent/teacher conference to discuss how we may work together to work out a plan and discover how best to meet the child’s needs. If we cannot meet the child’s needs, we will ask you to remove him or her from our program.
Parents may be called to remove their child from school for the day if their child is causing physical danger to themselves or other children. Possible reasons for removal include biting and throwing toys or furniture at other children and staff.
Parent participation is expected on Parent Work Days, The Spring Fling (our annual fundraiser) as well as during field trips.
Prospective parents are welcome to visit. Please call ahead to arrange a tour, (510) 530-0884.