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Preschool Program

Our Philosophy
 
The staff of the Preschool Program believes that each child is a gift from God, unique and special. Qualified teachers and small class size allow each child to develop at his or her own pace, interest and learning style.
 
The Preschool Program is committed to fostering wonder and delight in learning. The curriculum is designed to nurture a positive sense of self and respect for others; to support and develop emerging social and emotional skills; to encourage creative expression and problem solving; to create an environment where young children can discover God and experience his love.

 

Our Program

The Master's School Preschool Program offers the following programs for preschool children. Eligibility is based on birth date. Children in the three or four year old programs must be of age by December 31 of the year in which they start school.

Four Year Olds:
11 children, 1 teacher, 1 assistant

Three Year Olds:
10 children, 1 teacher, 1 assistant

Before school care beginning at 8 a.m. and Lunch Bunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. are available for all preschool students that attend The Master’s School for an additional fee. 

We encourage parent involvement through guest readers, seasonal celebrations, and special events such as our Christmas Program, Mother Child Tea, Father Child Day, and end of the year Blessing Ceremony. Our preschool families are also welcome to participate in our Lower School Parent Teacher League (PTL) community events such as Father Daughter Dance, Mother Son Challenge, and others as scheduled.

  

A Typical Day

 
CIRCLE TIME

The day begins at Circle Time. Children are met with a meaningful, hands-on activity that helps prepare them for the exciting day ahead. Teachers and children greet one another and engage in seasonal and faith-based songs and rhymes. Calendar and weather discussions help them to learn about the world around them. Mini-lessons and rich literature set the stage for a day of learning and discovery.

TABLE TIME

Table Time provides the opportunity for children to gain fine motor experience and apply the concepts learned at Circle Time. The teacher leads activities related to emerging reading and writing, math, science, and art. Children practice following directions and using familiar tools with the support and encouragement of their teachers.

 

INTEREST AREA PLAY

Interest Area play is a special time in our day when children choose from a large selection of centers that are specially designed to foster wonder, discovery, cooperation, and friendship. Teachers and assistants help facilitate thoughtful and creative play. Children also learn responsibility by restoring toys to their proper home as play time ends.

 
 
SNACK AND OUTDOOR PLAY

At the close of our day, children enjoy snack and outdoor play. Self-help skills grow as snack, prayer, and conversations are shared among friends. Large muscles are exercised and children can become confident in what their bodies can do. 3’s and 4’s join together on our playground equipped with bikes, climbers, swings, sand and an imaginative toy train.  

 
 
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
Weekly activities include both physical education and sign language. Community involvement includes events such as a visit from the Simsbury Fire Department, field trips to the Roaring Brook Nature Center, and guest visits from community helpers. 
 
Our Curriculum
  • Creative Curriculum for Preschool
  • Aligns with Connecticut Early Learning and Development Standards (ELDS)
  • Handwriting Without Tears
  • Early Learning Scale Assessment tool
  • Four year old program focuses on Kindergarten readiness
  • Play-based program with active hands-on approach
  • Focus on discovery, investigation and real situation application
  • Balance of structured and independent learning activities
  • Qualified teachers trained in early childhood education
 
 

2019-20 Offerings and Tuition

 

Note: Final Placement is at the Director’s discretion.