preschool

Preschool Program Specifics

Preschool program applicants for the 2018-19 school year must be three years old by September 1, 2018.

Parents can choose either a 3-day or a 5-day program for a three year old child:

– The 3-day program is Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 to 1:00.

– The 5-day program is Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 1:00.

Preschool

From age three to five children at Cliff Valley learn through play, exploration, and discovery. Every activity is geared toward enhancing a child’s academic, emotional, social, cognitive, and motor development. We use small group, highly differentiated instruction to ensure students' readiness in math, reading, science, language arts, and social studies. We promote problem-solving skills and encourage creativity, curiosity, self-direction and responsibility. All preschoolers spend time outside every day, explore music, and begin learning Spanish language and culture.

Every activity is geared toward enhancing a child’s academic, emotional, social, cognitive, and motor development.

Three-Year-Olds
Teachers of three-year-olds provide a language- and print-rich environment in which writing and print become meaningful to children and they can begin to learn the connections between written and spoken language. Our three-year-old students explore the possibilities of clay, paint and other art materials, engage in imaginative play by dressing up and trying out new roles, plant and care for growing things in the garden, begin learning to use language to negotiate conflicts, to express their feelings and to share experiences.
 
In developing our preschool curriculum, we pay close attention to:

  • Children's existing knowledge and skills
  • Building on prior knowledge and expanding current skills
  • Relationships and connections between areas of development and learning
  • Children's unique learning profiles and patterns of development
  • Application of skills to real life situations
  • What we know about how children learn
  • Designing experiences for children which provide opportunities for depth and understanding in their explorations.
  • The innate passion that children have for exploring their world