Preschool

Preschool

Peek into a Chance Preschool and Junior Kindergarten classroom you’ll undoubtedly see students having a lot of fun. They are strengthening their social and emotional skills through play and work while experimenting with age-appropriate pre-reading, pre-writing and math activities all within an innovative play-based curriculum. Collectively, the environment and curriculum build the foundation for long-term success.

Overview
Children are placed according to their ages as of Oct. 1 of the school year.

  • Two-year-olds  Two-day, three-day and five-day options are available; schedules offered are Half-day Preschool and Preschool Plus.
  • Three-year-olds  Schedule options include three-day and five-day options; schedules offered are Half-day Preschool, Preschool Plus, and Full-day Preschool.
  • Four-year-olds  Class (also known as Pre-Kindergarten or Junior Kindergarten) meets five days; schedules offered are Half-day Preschool, Preschool Plus, and Full-day Preschool.

Class Size and Ratio:

  • Twos: 6:1 ratio, two Teachers per room
  • Threes: 7:1 ratio, two Teachers per room
  • Fours:  9:1 ratio, two Teachers per room

Program Options:

Half-day Preschool, from 8:30 – 11:30 invites your child’s active mind and body to participate in a safe, engaging, discovery-driven program. Opportunities for purposeful work and play with classmates support social and emotional development. Chance’s dynamic learning environment and well-qualified teachers nurture, support and challenge your child with dignity and respect. Hands-on center activities are blended with theme studies that lead to incredible cognitive discoveries in art, early reading and writing, math and number sense, science, movement, music, and dramatic or pretend play. For Fours’ students, differentiated activities meet the needs of individual learners in early reading and writing strategies and skills, such as phonemic awareness, beginning letter-sound association, journal writing, and language experience stories. Specialists’ classes include library, movement, and science. Children are nourished daily with a healthy snack and organic milk and with physical exercise through outdoor and indoor play, movement classes, and our Minds in Motion maze.

Preschool Plus, from 8:30-1:00, extends the learning opportunities for your child beyond Half-day Preschool. Your child will have more time for cognitive, social, emotional, moral, and physical development. For 2s, 3s and 4s, Preschool Plus students have more exposure to theme studies and projects through group gatherings and learning centers. With a longer day for 3s and 4s, specialists’ classes are expanded and include such learning experiences as art, music, and foreign language. Lunch from home and organic milk from school will provide the nourishment for an extended day.

Full-day Preschool, from 8:30-3:00, promotes new discoveries, deeper exploration, and expanded learning with a longer school day. In addition to the Half-day program and specialist classes and experiences of the Preschool Plus, your child will have additional time for theme study through independent and group work, expanded learning centers and other physical development opportunities. The rich experiences of the Half-day Preschool are doubled in the Full-day option. Differentiated learning activities are continued to meet the needs of individual learners. An additional afternoon snack from school will provide the nourishment for Full-day students.

Additional Options: For families seeking more flexibility, our before and after school Chums program and Enrichment classes will be offered. With these extra options, programs are available from 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. for children ages 2 through Grade 5. Please refer to the Before and After School section for more information about extended programs.


A typical school day includes:

Group times

As preschool begins, teachers greet students with engaging group activities. One gathering may introduce new materials in the room or center choices for the day. Another may encourage discussions that promote listening and sharing. Others include reading a story or singing a song.

Learning centers

Students follow their curiosity and select a learning center. Choices include building with blocks, dressing up for dramatic play, creating a masterpiece on an easel, reading a book, digging into the sensory table, exploring a science topic or playing a game with a new friend. Centers promote exploration, decision-making, and social interaction as an extension of their studies.

Literacy development

The journey to literacy is an exciting one at Chance. In addition to learning opportunities at centers, experiences include:

Group read-alouds that let students experience meaningful literature as an extension of their studies. Class discussions stretch students to grow in comprehension, recall and reasoning.

Writing practice, that helps students make important connections. The youngest writers create stories using scribbles, stamps and pictures. Soon they are associating sounds with symbols. The grouping (patterning) of letters becomes words and then sentences.

Math development

Students explore, investigate and problem-solve with hands-on math activities that make abstract ideas concrete.

Group time featuring real-life experiences, the calendar, weather graphs and games make math learning come to life. Preschoolers may assist with a demonstration or talk about some interesting observations.

Math practice takes place in learning centers, with a small group or on an individual basis. Students explore new concepts at their individual levels of understanding by using hands-on materials. Teachers offer guidance and extra support.

Theme study

Preschoolers love to examine the world in which they live. Teachers generate topics of study based on children’s interests and life experiences. The exploration makes use of all the subjects, from writing and math to art and music. Teachers plan themes that are exciting and relevant to young learners, such as Family, Seasons, Animals, Transportation, Senses and All About Me.

 

Additional Reading:

Play-Based Early Childhood Education

Schema Play: Understanding and Supporting childhood fascinations